2014 National FFA Convention & Expo keynote speakers to be announced this summer.
2013 Keynote Speakers
Rick Pitino is no ordinary college basketball coach. His energy and
charisma have pushed teams toward national championships
(most recently the 2013 NCAA Division I title) and unprecedented
success. The head coach of University of Louisville basketball will
bring his 10-step process that will motivate you to realize "success
is a choice" on the road to becoming a winner, just like his basketball
Joe Torrillo is a hero in every sense of the word. The New York City
Fire Department veteran was heading to a press conference when
the first plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept., 11, 2001. He
rushed to join the rescue efforts, was buried alive twice in the twin
tower collapses and miraculously survived. Now, Torrillo is on a
mission to promote dreaming big and patriotism in the "Re-United
States of America."
Josh Sundquist was told at age nine that a rare form of bone cancer
left him with a 50 percent chance of survival. Chemotherapy
treatments and the amputation of his left leg by the age of 13 saved
his life. Josh was never deterred by the loss of his leg, and took up
ski racing – eventually competing for the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team.
Now, the author of Just Don't Fall uses his phrase "one more thing,
one more time," a sharp wit and humor to inspire determination and
optimism audiences everywhere.
Katie Pratt has an appreciation for hard work, nature's power, sunrises and sunsets that keep her believing that life on the farm is the greatest challenge tempered by the greatest rewards. A former FFA member and officer from Illinois, Katie lives on a farm with her husband Andy and family and maintains an open door policy that regularly welcomes students, consumers and more to allow her to tell the story of agriculture. A “Face of Farming” for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s The Food Dialogues, Pratt is dedicated to telling the story of today’s farmer.