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Tom Brokaw is Keynote Speaker at ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits

Alexandria, Va 2008-01-04
Other speakers are political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin, and “Flags of Our Fathers” author James Bradley

ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide, announces that Tom Brokaw, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, and political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin, will be keynote speakers at the ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2008), held in Atlanta, Sept. 15-18, 2008.

In December 2004, Tom Brokaw stepped down after 21 years as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. He continues to work with NBC, reporting and producing documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw will give the keynote address on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Brokaw has received numerous honors and awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award and an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.  He was inducted as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and as a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.  He has received the Records of Achievement award from the Foundation of the National Archives, and the Association of the U.S. Army honored him with their highest award, the George Catlett Marshall Award, first ever to a journalist.

Brokaw became a best-selling author in 1998 with the publication of “The Greatest Generation.”  His most recent book, “Boom—Personal Reflections on the 60s and Today,” was released in November 2007.

James Carville is one of America’s best-known political consultants.  He and wife Mary Matalin, former assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN’s critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire.  She has made frequent television appearances as a political commentator and has written for many periodicals.  She is coauthor (with her husband) of the best-selling political campaign book “All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President.”

Carville, who was the chief campaign strategist for Clinton/Gore in 1992, has a long list of electoral successes that shows a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for remaking political underdogs into upset winners.  In addition to his political activities, he is an author, actor, producer, talk-show host and restaurateur.  His next project is a book called “The Lost Generation,” scheduled for release this spring or summer.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, best-selling author James Bradley will speak at the closing luncheon, noon to 2 p.m.  Bradley burst onto the national scene as an author in 2000 with his book “Flags of Our Fathers.”  “Flags of Our Fathers,” released as a movie in 2007, is about the six young men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.  One of the men in the famous photograph of that event is Bradley’s father, John Bradley.

ASIS 2008 will bring together more than 23,000 security, business and government professionals from more than 90 countries for the exchange of ideas and information, shared in educational settings, on the exhibit floor and during after-hours events.

Tradeshow Week magazine has recognized the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits as one of the 50 fastest-growing tradeshows in the United States and Canada three years in a row.  ASIS debuted on Tradeshow Week’s “Fastest 50” list in 2005, and is one of only 26 shows recognized that year to repeat on the 2006 list.  Among the 2007 winners, the ASIS event is one of 27 shows to appear from the previous year. 

This year’s show will feature more than 280,000 net square feet of the latest security technology and innovations, providing a showcase for more than 950 companies demonstrating cutting-edge products and services that are shaping the security industry today.

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ASIS International (ASIS) is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 35,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, and materials that address broad security interests as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.