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National Talk Show Host Hugh Hewitt to Deliver Dinner Keynote at 2013 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit

Date: 8/14/13

SILVER SPRING, MD – August 14, 2013 – Emmy award winning journalist, law professor and best-selling author Hugh Hewitt will deliver the political keynote at the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit on September 25-26, 2013 at the Baltimore Four Seasons Hotel. The addition of Hewitt’s keynote session to the Summit agenda finalizes the outstanding speaker roster for the inaugural executive-level industry event.

“Executives in the sports and fitness industry have to be informed on a wide range of topics that impact their businesses every day. An understanding of the nuanced relationship between our nation’s business leaders and the policy makers on Capitol Hill and around the country is certainly a priority for many Summit attendees,” said Hewitt. “I appreciate the opportunity to provide this esteemed audience with insight into the current (and future) political climate and how the leaders of this industry can best represent their own corporate interests.”
The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show has an estimated audience of more than 2 million listeners each week in more than 120 cities. Since its debut in July 2000, Hewitt has conducted ground-breaking interviews with government officials from both major political parties as well as respected analysts, authors and pundits. In a 2006 profile published in The New Yorker magazine, the dean of Columbia University School of Journalism called Hewitt “the most influential conservative you have never heard of.” Hewitt is a weekly columnist for The Washington Examiner and Townhall.com and also writes daily for his blog, HughHewitt.com, which is among the most-visited political blogs in the country.
Hewitt is also a frequent guest and commentator on CNN, Fox News Network, including The Sean Hannity Show, and MSNBC and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Hewitt received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life & Times program, a nightly news and public affairs program that aired on Los Angeles PBS affiliate KCET, from 1992 to 2007. In addition, Hewitt conceived and hosted the 1996 PBS series Searching for God in America, and is the author of a dozen books, including two New York Times best-sellers. Early in his career, Hugh Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General. 
Hewitt’s political keynote will be delivered during the Summit dinner and rounds out a powerhouse speaker line-up that includes keynotes from Kevin Plank (Founder and CEO, Under Armour), Ted Leonsis (Founder, Chairman and CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment), Dan O’Connor (President and CEO, RetailNet Group), Joe Pellegrini (Co-Head Consumer & Retailer Group, Robert W. Baird & Co.), Robert Reiss (Host of The CEO Show, Author of The Transformative CEO and Forbes Columnist), Jeffrey Rosensweig (Director of Global Perspectives, Emory University), Auret van Heerden (CEO, Fair Labor Association).
Several exceptional panels are lined up in addition to the keynotes. The Global Industry President/CEO Roundtable will be moderated by Tom Cove (President and CEO, SFIA) and will feature Scott Baxter (President, VF Corp. Jeanswear Americas & Imagewear) and Hugo Malan (President, Fitness, Sporting Goods & Toys, Sears Holdings). Jim Pisani (President, VF Licensed Sports Group) will moderate a panel examining the Relationship between Professional Sports and the Sports & Fitness Product Industry which will include Lisa Baird (CMO, USOC), Tim Brosnan (EVP, MLB), Eric Grubman (EVP, NFL), Brian Jennings (EVP, NHL), and Sal LaRocca (EVP, NBA). Rounding out the panels will be the Aspen Timeout session featuring Christine Brennan (USA Today Columnist), Ed Foster-Simeon (US Soccer Foundation President & CEO), Dan Jablonic (Washington Capitals) and Caitlin Morris (Nike, Sr. Director for North America, Access to Sport). The panel, which will be hosted by Aspen Institute Director of Sports & Society and ESPN Reporter Tom Farrey, will discuss the keys to getting more people involved in sports and reducing the barriers to participation.
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports and fitness product industry. SFIA’s membership represents 1,000+ premier brands who account for more than $150 billion in annual sales. As the #1 source for sport and fitness research, the SFIA serves as the voice of the sports and fitness industry in the media and on Capitol Hill. More information on the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit (including the full agenda) can be found at www.sfia.org/ils.

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