Schedule is Subject to Change. 

Conference Update:
The JW Marriott is now sold out.
Rooms are available at the nearby
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Advocacy Conference Speakers

  • Congressman Tim Walberg

    R - Michigan's 7th District

    Congressman Tim Walberg

    Tim Walberg is currently serving his sixth term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan. The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County. Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

    Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

    In the 116th Congress, Tim serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

    He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 40 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.

  • State Rep. Jack O’Malley

    R - 101st District

    State Rep. Jack O’Malley

    State Rep. Jack O’Malley was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. He represents the Fighting 101st District, which includes Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties.

    He will serve as chair of the Michigan House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session. He will also serve as a member of the Tax Policy Committee, Education Committee, and Energy Committee.

    With almost 40 years in Broadcasting both radio and TV, Jack found his home hosting the morning show on WTCM FM in 1984. With his long tenure there, he holds the unofficial record for the longest-running morning show at one station in Michigan history, at 34 years. He is a graduate of the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media.

    He has been involved with many local community efforts, active with the area’s veterans, served on the community corrections board and has worked with area law enforcement and fire departments. Along with his community involvement, Jack has volunteered with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan, Hospice of Michigan and coached high school softball for a dozen years.

    Jack and his wife, Robin, have two adult daughters and one teenage son.

  • Rick Albin

    Political Reporter, 24 Hour News 8 / WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)

    Rick Albin

    Rick Albin is the political reporter for 24 Hour News 8 and has been associated with WOOD-TV since the mid-90s. He has been involved in broadcasting since he began working at his hometown radio station while still in high school and has covered politics on the radio and on television in five states, and has interviewed every U.S. president since President Gerald R. Ford.

    Rick has participated in numerous candidate debates, including a primary debate for presidential candidates and numerous gubernatorial debates. His town hall meetings, first with Gov. Jennifer Granholm and now Gov. Rick Snyder, have become regular occurrences as the state chief executives discuss the challenges Michigan faces and potential solutions. Rick is also the host of “To The Point,” a show that examines issues and elections that impact the state and the nation. In more than 10 years on the air with “To The Point,” Rick has interviewed hundreds of local and national political figures.

  • Andrew Brisbo

    Director, Marijuana Regulatory Agency

    Andrew Brisbo

    Andrew Brisbo was recently appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lead the newly-created Marijuana Regulatory Agency, the successor to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR). BMR was created in 2017 to implement the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and Marihuana Tracking Act and oversee Michigan’s existing medical marihuana registry card program under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The agency is also responsible for implementing the regulatory program enacted under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. BMR’s mission is to establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program that stimulates business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana. Andrew is the director of BMR and has been in licensing and regulation with the State of Michigan since 2004, including experience with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Department of State and occupational and health professional licensing in LARA.

  • Emily Lawler

    Public Interest Reporter, MLive

    Emily Lawler

    Emily Lawler is the lead reporter for MLive’s Public Interest Team. She joined MLive on the political beat in 2014, and before that reported on the Senate and administration for Lansing-based MIRS News. She appears on WKAR’s Off The Record. A graduate of Michigan State University, she lives in Lansing and enjoys bicycling around the state.

  • Steven W. Newberry

    Executive Vice President, Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning, NAB

    Steven W. Newberry

    Steve Newberry serves America’s broadcasters as Executive Vice President, Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning for the National Association of Broadcasters. Based in Washington, DC, NAB is the premiere trade organization representing America’s radio and television stations and television networks.

    Steve began his career as a broadcaster at the age of 14 and owned his first radio station at 21. He eventually co-founded and led Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation; a radio broadcast group with facilities throughout his home state of Kentucky. It was during his years with Commonwealth he first became engaged with the National Association of Broadcasters as an active member.

    As an NAB board member, Steve served as Radio Board Chair, NABPAC Chair, and was eventually twice elected to lead America’s broadcasters as the Joint Board Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters.

    He chaired the Authority for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for five years and served two terms as a member of the national board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS).    Steve is a past-president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (1993) and is a member of the KBA Hall of Fame. He received their Distinguished Kentuckian Award in 2009.

    He previously served on the board of directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and as a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) executive committee. He is a member of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank and was the named the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus from the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information.

    He received his BA in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky.

  • Tim Skubick

    State Capitol Correspondent, WKAR-TV (East Lansing) / WJBK-TV (Detroit) / WWJ-AM (Detroit) / WLNS-TV (Lansing)

    Tim Skubick

    Tim Skubick is the longest serving state capitol correspondent in state history with 50 years of covering state government and politics.  He anchors the weekly Michigan Public TV series Off the Record, now it is 47th year. Skubick also covers the capitol for WJBK-TV-2 and WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit, WLNS-TV NEWS in Lansing and writes for the MIRS Newsletter.  He is a member of the Michigan Journalism and Broadcast Halls of Fame and has received 5 Emmy’s for his WKAR-TV coverage.  Tim holds both BA and MA degrees from MSU and has written two books on Michigan politics.

  • Chuck Stokes

    Editorial/Public Affairs Director, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

    Chuck Stokes

    Chuck Stokes is the editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as moderator and producer of Spotlight on the News, Michigan’s longest-running weekly news and public affairs show created in 1965.

    Before he became Channel 7’s editorial/public affairs director, Stokes worked as the station’s executive producer of special projects in news. And prior to joining WXYZ-TV, Stokes was employed at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, as a producer and on-air reporter. He has also been a sports writer for the Washington Post.

    He has accumulated a long list of personal awards and achievements including 12 Emmys for editorial reporting and two Emmys for documentary reporting. In 2001, Stokes received the “The Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a past president of both the National Conference of Editorial Writers and its Foundation. In 2011, Stokes was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and in 2012 he received the “Life Membership Award” from the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly called the National Conference of Editorial Writers). He is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, past president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation, the current board president of the Historical Society of Michigan and a board member of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

    Stokes frequently appears as a panelist on Off the Record with Tim Skubick, a statewide PBS program produced by WKAR-TV in East Lansing at Michigan State University. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stokes is married, has two daughters and a son-in-law.

Speakers are subject to change without notice.