CONSERVATISM OUTSIDE THE BOX
Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
UPDATE: The conference is still on as scheduled. Roads should be cleared-up Friday (especially afternoon) as the snow is melting now (Thursday). Looking forward to seeing everyone.
In today’s political climate, it is easy to feel alone, like “the voice of on crying out in the wilderness.” The purpose of this conference is to show that we are not alone. There are many conservatives out there who we might not ordinarily connect with but need to if this is to remain a free republic. So please open your hearts and your minds as you attend this conference. I promise that you will leave feeling renewed in your dedication to the cause of freedom. – Jason Thompson
MIKE CHURCH (KEYNOTE SPEAKER) is host of the Mike Church Show, the first-ever produced talk show exclusively on Sirius Satellite Radio and today is still the longest running show in Satellite Radio's history (beginning March, 2003). A radio talk show host, author, filmmaker, and singer/songwriter, Mike Church is best known for his fearless ability to skewer liberals and fake conservatives with searing, in-depth analysis based on scholarly research into the history of the United States and what he calls [r]epublicanism. (Official Biography). Conference Topic: ARTICLE V CONVENTION
MICHAEL MAHARREY serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center. Hailing from Lexington, KY, he is extremely proud that his home state originated the Principles of ’98 laying the groundwork for state nullification of unconstitutional acts. Maharrey is the author of Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Road to Liberty, a historical, philosophical and moral case for nullification. (Official Biography) Conference Topic: NULLIFICATION
MARC HYDEN is a Coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a network of political and social conservatives who question the alignment of capital punishment with conservative principles and values. He recently worked for the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a Campaign Field Representative and was the Campaign Manager of a Republican Congressional race in Western North Carolina. Marc has additionally served as the Legislative Liaison/Public Affairs Specialist with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and as the Legislative Aide to the Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore. Conference Topic: DEATH PENALTY
DONALD LIVINGSTON is emeritus professor of philosophy, Emory University and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. He founded the Hume Society, co-founded the Adam Smith Society, the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society, and the Ciceronian Society. He is the author of Hume's Philosophy of Common Life and Philosophical Melancholy and Delirium, and has co-authored five books and published over a hundred articles in the areas of political philosophy and American constitutionalism. Livingston is editor of the recently published Rethinking the American Union for the 21st Century, a study in the constitutional limits of centralized power. He is currently president of the Abbeville Institute, an organization in higher education devoted to a critical study of what is true and valuable in the Southern Tradition. Conference Topic: AMERICAN REPUBLICANISM AND THE QUESTION OF SIZE AND SCALE
WILL KREMER is the State Chairman for the Georgia Association of College Republicans (GACR), a student-led, statewide organization that represents over 30 College Republican chapters and thousands of students from across the state of Georgia. Prior to being elected State Chairman, he was the GACR State Secretary and the founder of the Georgia Gwinnett College Republicans. Under Will’s leadership, the Georgia Association of College Republicans has added over half a dozen new chapters to its roster representing hundreds of new College Republicans. He has experience organizing student-led grassroots efforts for candidates in Georgia and around the nation. Will currently serves on the Georgia Republican Party Executive Committee, the Forsyth County Republican Party Executive Committee and is a board member on the College Republican National Committee. Will is a third-year student at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. He is double majoring in History and Political Science. Conference Topic: CONSERVATIVE YOUTH ACTIVISM
VIVIAN L.CHILDS: Through her business, VLCHILDS/UICF, LLC (www.vlchilds.com), Vivian has done publishing, tutoring, mentoring, and GED prep. She is involved in youth and women ministries and is focused on developing women to be of the greatest potential that they are designed to be. Vivian hosts the annual UICF It’s Time” Unity Conference which is held the first Saturday in March of each year. The conference honors women in different career fields and presents prestigious awards to ten outstanding women in education, selected from across the state of Georgia. Vivian is the GAGOP Eighth Congressional District's Immediate-Past Chairman. In her role as chairman, 23 of 24 counties were organized. She is the first Black 8th District Chairman and the second Black District Chairman in the State of Georgia. Vivian serves on the Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs & Government Affairs committees, and on a Christian Academy's School Board. She is a member of the board of directors for MGYSTC, Houston County CLCP, and Because We Care II. She has chaired several boards, committees, and partners with local agencies on community projects: Annual Back to School Bash sponsor, International City Fall Festival's mistress of ceremonies, Community Outreach Center and Feed the City's Thanksgiving initiatives, to name a few. Vivian is currently the First Lady of her church and the youth minister. (Official Biography) Conference Topic: UNITY
LEO SMITH: A resident of Smyrna Georgia, Leo Smith has civic and professional experience building bridges across difference and navigating demographic change. He now works with the RNC and GAGOP as Georgia State Director for Minority Engagement. He also serves as District 13 State Committeeman, and Vice Chair for Public Policy for the Georgia Black Republican Council.
Leo has been recognized in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta for faith based business development in east Atlanta. He serves on the City of Smyrna’s Business Task Force, The Smyrna Education Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the Ga. Charter School Association Parent Teacher Advocacy Board. Leo has received honorable mentions from organizations like Americans for Prosperity and the Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders for whom he’s volunteered as a citizen activist lobbying for conservative causes at the Georgia State Capitol. Heritage Action has recognized him as a Georgia Sentinel for his work with conservative leaders.
Prior to coming to Georgia, he’s had a career in university administration working on policy reviews, workforce development, campus climate, race and gender. He was licensed for ministry by the A.M.E. church and presided over a conservative NAACP chapter in Virginia. He was the first recipient of Virginia Tech’s College of Arts and Science Diversity Award for staff leadership. He’s the father of a 6 year old son Luke and 7 year old daughter, Grace. His wife Andrea, teaches sociology at Pointe University, formerly Atlanta Christian College. Topic: ENGAGING THE FUTURE MAJORITY
BYRON SCHLOMACH: Dr. Byron Schlomach is an economist and works as the Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute. He has 15 years of experience working in and around state government. He has researched and written on tax and spending policy in two states in addition to studying transportation, health care, and education policy. Byron’s writings have appeared in National Review Online, Business Week online and numerous Texas and Arizona newspapers. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University. TOPIC: COMPACT FOR AMERICA
MICHAEL FARRIS: Citizens for Self-Governance – Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, head of Convention of the States Project
B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, Western Washington University (formerly Western
Washington State College)
J.D., honors graduate, Gonzaga University School of Law
LL.M. with Merit in Public International Law, University of London
Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home
School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization.
Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in the United
States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of thirteen states.
He has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over thirty years and is widely known for his
leadership on homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty.
A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with a number of awards including the
Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship by the Heritage Foundation and as one of the “Top 100
Faces in Education for the 20th Century” by Education Week magazine.
Mike and Vickie Farris have ten children and 14 grandchildren. ConferenceTopic: CONVENTION OF THE STATES PROJECT
JOSH MCKOON is State Senator from Coumbus, Georgia (District 29) and an attorney/partner at Crowley/McKoon. He serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vice-chairman of the Higher Education Committee, and secretary of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. He is also a member of the Ethics, Insurance and Labor, and Jury Non-Civil Committees.
McKoon is the National Committeeman for the Georgia Republican Assembly, recipient of Maverick PAC's "40 under 40" Award and Man of the Year Award by the Young Republicans National Federation. He was instumental in passing ethics reform in Georgia. (official biography). Conference Topic: MEDICAL MARIJUANA
GOLD: CONVENTION OF THE STATES
SILVER: Rep. Mark Hamilton, Rep. BJay Pak, Rep. Geoff Duncan, GA Ins. Comm. Ralph Hudgens, Gwinnett Co. Comm. Jace Brooks, Georgia Republican Assembly; Compact for America, Rep. Michael Dudgeon
BRONZE: Sen. Renee Unterman, Gwinnett County Republican Party, Mark Williams, Bill Evelyn, Gwinnett Tea Party, Michael Williams, Forsyth County Republican Party.