Dana Perino, former White House press secretary, political commentator and Fox News host, and Donna Brazile, renowned political strategist and former interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee, will provide the opening keynote address at this year’s NGA Show on Sunday, Feb. 24. The 2019 NGA Show will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in California from Feb. 24-27.
Perino, a journalist and New York Times best-selling author, currently hosts “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” and is a co-host on the “The Five,” both on the Fox News Channel. A Fox News political commentator, she also appears weekly on other Fox programs. Before joining Fox, Perino served as the first Republican woman to be press secretary of the U.S. She spent more than seven years as part of the administration of President George W. Bush, joining right after the 9/11 attacks as a spokesperson for the Justice Department. A year later, she was pulled to the White House and stayed until the last day of the Bush administration. As press secretary, she handled interactions with the White House press corps and advised the president on communications.
Veteran Democratic political strategist Brazile is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. She is the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee and the author of New York Times bestseller Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House. Brazile first got involved in politics at the age of nine when she worked to elect a city council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the playground was built, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Brazile has worked on every major presidential campaign since 1976, and in 2000 she became the first African American woman to serve as the manager of a major party presidential campaign, running the campaign of former Vice President Al Gore.
“We are thrilled to welcome two prominent political strategists who will share their insight on how the results from the 2018 midterm elections will impact the political environment and hot-topic issues that could influence the economy and independent grocers. On behalf of NGA, I’d like to thank The Kraft Heinz Company for their continued sponsorship of the NGA Show opening keynote” said Peter Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association. “We look forward to a strong turnout of independent grocers and wholesalers as the industry continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of their customers and communities.”
The NGA Show will feature more than 40 educational workshops and sessions, more than 350 companies on the expo floor, and seven “Pavilion Partners,” which include the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology, Coffee Fest Marketplace, Halloween Industry Association, North American Meat Institute, Produce Marketing Association, Specialty Food Association and The World of Latino Cuisine. Other highlights of The NGA Show will include the National Best Bagger Championship, the NGA Creative Choice Awards, the NGA Student Case Study Competition and more.