2017 Keynote Speakers

Frank Abagnale - Catch Me If You Can

Luncheon Speaker – Wednesday, May 31st

Frank Abagnale "Catch Me If You Can -
Checks to Cyber"

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. His rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April of 2011.

“I chose to immortalize him on film because of what he’s done for the country for more than 30 years.” -Steven Spielberg

Frank has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News - a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields. In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U guide to identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.

“Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see.” -Tom Hanks

Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work. Today, the majority of his income is derived from consulting with major corporate clients such as LexisNexis, Intuit, AARP, and Experian and his public speaking engagements. He has conducted over 3,000 seminars on identity theft, cyber-crime and fraud worldwide.

DeMaurice Smith

Luncheon Speaker - Thursday, June 1st

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA)

DeMaurice Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA). Smith was elected unanimously by a board of active player representatives in 2009. Upon his election, ESPN opined that he had assumed the toughest job in all of sports having succeeded the late Gene Upshaw and facing the most contentious and public labor/management battles in history. Smith was re-elected to a third term as Executive Director in 2015. He has been named one of the top ten most influential executives in sports.

During his tenure, the US Congress has held its most expansive and targeted inquiry into the NFL’s handling of Player concussions and as a result the NFL implemented several new protocols aimed at improving the manner in which concussions are handled by team medical personnel.

On August 4, 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with NFL management, leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout. The new CBA codifies new health and safety protocols for Players, achieved longer off-seasons, significantly reduces the amount of contact during practices, provides for unannounced inspections of training camps, creates the first compliance and accountability structure for NFL medical personnel, and provides the Players’ with their highest share of TV contract revenues in history.

Prior to his election as the Executive Director, Mr. Smith was recognized as one of the best lawyers in the country. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for nearly a decade and was formerly Counsel to then Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in the United States Department of Justice. He was awarded the US Attorney’s Office highest honor for courtroom advocacy with the John H. Evans Award. In 2000, he was awarded the Department of Justice’s highest honor with the Attorney General’s Award by US Attorney General Janet Reno. He has been recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in America when he was inducted into the prestigious American Trial Lawyers Association and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He served as a Partner in world-wide firms of Latham & Watkins and Patton Boggs.

Mr. Smith is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a 1985 graduate of Cedarville University.

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