March 11–13, 2018Atlanta, GA
February 23–25, 2018St. Petersburg, FL
April 13–15, 2018Atlantic Beach, FL
April 25–27, 2018Washington, D.C.
May 10–11, 2018TBD
July 16–19, 2017Coeur d'Alene, ID
We're hard at work scheduling top government and funeral service experts to present engaging and informational workshops at the 2018 Advocacy Summit! Check back for more information.
American Conservative Union
Matt Schlapp has more than 20 years of government, corporate and political experience and is a principal at Cove Strategies, a boutique government and public relations firm he and his wife founded in 2009.
Schlapp’s Executive Branch experience began in 2001 in President George W. Bush’s first administration when he became a deputy assistant to the president and his political director. During his tenure at the White House, Schlapp advised the president, vice president, cabinet members and senior White House staff and maintained extensive contact with members of Congress and federal agencies.
Prior to working at the White House, Schlapp built a successful career on Capitol Hill beginning in 1994, working for five years as a press secretary, chief of staff and campaign manager. He transitioned from the Hill to the presidential election in 2000 in Austin, where he served as regional political director.
Following the 2004 campaign cycle, Schlapp joined Koch Industries as vice president of federal affairs at Koch Companies Public Sector LLC. In this role, he directed major federal public policy strategies on environmental and energy, financial markets, legal reform and international and domestic tax issues.
Schlapp is currently chairman of the American Conservative Union and serves on the boards of The Boys and Girls Club and 60 Plus Foundation. He also serves on the Eisenhower Memorial Advisory Committee. Schlapp previously served on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Administration at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas Washington Intern Program and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Political Affairs Committee.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Schlapp earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public policy from Wichita State University. He and wife Mercy met while working at the White House, where she served as director of specialty media.
Wounded Warrior Project
On Friday morning, April 28, from 8-9am, Advocacy Summit, attendees will hear a fascinating keynote address by Dan Miller a former Marine who works with Wounded Warrior Project. Following Miller’s speech, attendees have the option of participating in a trip to Arlington National Cemetery where they can watch NFDA President Ashley Cozine and his wife Carolyn lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of all NFDA members. Following the ceremony, the group will be taken on a special tour of the Caisson Stables in Arlington National Cemetery. Read Dan’s bio here (link to text below).
Dan Miller says he doesn’t see his life experiences as being his story. He prefers to call it his history. “We are all a product of our own personal histories,” says Dan. “The first step in really understanding a person or a subject is to understand the truth behind that history.”
Dan’s history began in Chicago, Illinois, and for as long as he can remember, he wanted to be in the military. Throughout his military career with the U.S. Marine Corps, Dan served in many roles and deployed numerous times, including Desert Storm and twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he retired in May 2015, he had given 29 years of service to his country – five years on active duty and 24 years as a reservist. He also worked as a police officer for 21 years and retired from the force in June 2015.
Dan will be the first to tell you that he loved serving in the Marines and fighting for his country, but the years took their toll.
“When you see the destruction, the lives lost, the sacrifices, and the suffering, it changes you. But when it was happening, I didn’t have time to process it. So I buried it. I had to, because there was always the next mission, the next rocket or improvised explosive device (IED) the next danger to prevent or avoid. Those experiences can’t stay buried forever.”