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Keynote Speakers

​​​Meet the speakers of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo!



​​​Dr. Rick Rigsby

Opening Sessions 1A, 1B, 1C​
Oct. 28 & 29, Freedom Hall

ABOUT DR. RICK RIGSBY Through motivational speaking, corporate coaching, books and blogs, Rick encourages and empowers audience members to become great people who do great things. The San Francisco native is a former award-winning journalist, who followed a television news career with six years of graduate school—culminating with a Ph. D. from the University of Oregon.
A college professor for two decades, Rick spent most of those years at Texas A&M University, where he also served as character coach and chaplain for the Aggies football team.

Dr. Rigsby now devotes his full attention to empowering people worldwide—from presenting leadership principles in Nigeria to speaking to Fortune 500 companies in the Americas, Europe and Canada. In addition to academic publications, Dr. Rigsby is the author of Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout​—the story of timeless common-sense wisdom learned from his father.

​​​Amberley Snyder

Session 4
Oct. 30, Freedom Hall

ABOUT AMBERLEY SNYDER Amberley Snyder was born in California and moved to Utah when she was seven. She is the second of six children in her family. Snyder began riding horses at the age of three and competing in rodeo at the age of seven. In 2009, Snyder was named the Finals and World All-Around Cowgirl for the National Little Britches Association. Snyder is a former Utah FFA State President, a position she held when she was involved in a car accident that dramatically changed her life. Snyder is now attending Utah State University pursuing degrees in agricultural education and school counseling. Through it all, Snyder remains a rodeo competitor and an excepti​onally inspirational story.

​​​Brad Montague

Session 7​
Oct. 30​, Freedom Hall

ABOUT BRAD MONTAGUE Brad Montague is a writer, director, comedian, and father with a love of cats and, yes, corndogs. He believes that if kids and grown-ups work together, they can change the world. And he developed the idea for Kid President after being inspired by a group of teenagers at GO! Camp, an annual summer program that he and his wife run.