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 Speakers’ lineup taking shape for Legislative conference

MSNBC Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough will headline the Opening General Session of NACo’s 2011 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. March 5–9 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Scarborough leads a speakers’ lineup that also includes Nationwide economist, Paul Ballew and military psychologist, Dr. David Brown. Online registration for the conference opens Nov. 30 at

Here’s more information about the speakers.

March 7 Opening Session

Joe Scarborough
MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.), aka Morning Joe, will address attendees on Monday, March 7, during the Opening Session of the 2011 NACo Legislative Conference.  MSNBC’s Morning Joe features interviews with top newsmakers and politicians, in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories and is described by The New Yorker as "appallingly entertaining."

Scarborough asks the tough questions as part of his unyielding pursuit to hold our leaders accountable. A signer of the Contract with America and member of the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, the former Florida congressman has been on the front lines of political history for over a decade. Scarborough talks with audiences about the state of the conservative movement, where it has gone wrong and what leaders in Washington need to do to curb reckless spending.

Scarborough is the author of two books including the recently released The Last Best Hope, where he takes on the Republican Party establishment and lays out a way forward for both political parties.

Tuesday, March 8 Morning General Session

Paul Ballew
Senior Vice President
Customer Insights and Analytics
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Paul Ballew, Nationwide’s chief economist, directs the company’s forecasting and planning. Ballew’s vast experience, prior to joining Nationwide, includes: executive director for global market and industry analysis at General Motors; senior advisor on industry conditions and corporate strategies for J.D. Power and Associates; and research officer and senior economist with the Federal Reserve.  Today he maintains his advisory role with the Federal Reserve in addition to serving on a number of boards of nonprofit organizations.

He will provide his insight about the current economic climate and what the future holds.  

Tuesday, March 9 Luncheon

David Brown, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Resilience and Preventative Directorate
Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE)

Dr. Brown is a special operations combat veteran and was a frequent guest on Armed Forces Networks television and radio in Japan, India and Germany for a range of psychological topics. He completed his residency training at the Department of Psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center and his postdoctoral training in Mind Body Medicine from Harvard Medical School.

He is a graduate of Organizational Leadership for Executives from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Prior to joining DCoE, he was the lead psychologist for seven bases in Bavaria, with more than 41,000 troops and their families dealing with a constant cycle of deployments.

Dr. Brown will share his knowledge on service member issues related to deployment and community re-integration and the impact this has on county services.