The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning will be the closing keynote speaker Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.
Manning, an All-American quarterback at the University of Mississippi, was the top draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 1971. He set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the National Football Conference’s Most Valuable Player in 1978. He concluded his 15-year career in 1985.
His sons, Peyton and Eli, are today star NFL quarterbacks with the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, respectively. Another son, Cooper, is a partner in an investment banking firm in New Orleans, La.
While in pro football, Manning received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. He and his wife, Olivia, received the National Pathfinder Award for their work in post-Hurricane Katrina.
Manning currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies. For 25 years, he has hosted the Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Manning’s presentation will highlight AWMA’s newly redesigned convention format, which will feature a broad array of educational and networking opportunities in a show that is intended to provide maximum value for attendees and exhibitors alike.
“AWMA is delighted to be able to present Archie Manning to help close our new Marketplace & Solutions Expo,” said AWMA President & CEO Scott Ramminger, in a prepared statement. “He was an outstanding athlete, has dedicated his life to charitable and community service and will offer a fascinating inside look into his experiences as a pro football player and dad.”