The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce their Keynote Speaker for the March 16 Annual Meeting & Banquet.
Chamber director, Beckie Moore stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Rex Nelson as our Annual Meeting & Banquet Speaker! He is widely recognized & respected throughout the state. No doubt, Rex is the best speaker for such a time as this!”
Rex Nelson is one of the most high-profile writers and speakers in the state. As senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he writes three columns a week and essays for the cover of the newspaper’s Sunday Perspective section. He’s the author of three books — the first full-length biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod and a collection of his essays on Arkansas. He’s also the author of a popular blog known as Rex Nelson’s Southern Fried and makes regular television and radio appearances.
Nelson served for almost a decade as the policy and communications director for Gov. Mike Huckabee and then served for four years in the administration of President George W. Bush as one of the president’s two appointees to the Delta Regional Authority. He has been inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission named Nelson as its Rural Advocate of the Year for the state of Arkansas.
The theme for this year’s banquet is Building Communities, Building Hope. Everyone will gather at Hempstead Hall on Monday, March 16 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM to celebrate Hope & Hempstead County.