Last year I had the honor and privilege of speaking at the Bakersfield Business Conference, (BBC) sponsored by Borton, Petrini & Conron, a Bakersfield, Calif. law firm.

The Bakersfield Business Conference is held in a tent.

But this isn’t just a tent, It’s a tent that seats 9000 people. It’s large enough to hold two 747 jet airplanes.

This is a tent the likes of which you’ve never seen before, because the tent is a flag. The biggest flag of the United States of America you have ever seen.

When General Norman Schwarzkopf addressed the BBC he said to George Martin, the BBC’s founder, “We’ve got to get one of these for the Army.”

The 2003 Bakersfield Business Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2003, in Bakersfield, CA. For more information call 661-322-4001 or Click Here.

The Bakersfield Business Conference is not a conference.

It’s an Event!

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting:

*Terry Bradshaw; Hall of fame quarterback, N.F.L. M.V.P., and sports commentator,

*Mark Russell; America’s Favorite Political Satirist, and

*Jim Woolsey; Former Director of the C.I.A.

*General Hugh Shelton; 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

*Alan Simpson; The former senator from Wyoming, and

*Jean Kirkpatrick; Former National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the U.N.

*Naomi Judd; Inspirational country music sensation,

*George Will; Nationally syndicated columnist, and

*Oliver North; Co-Host of Fox-TV’s “Equal Time” and “War Stories.” and

*F.W. de Klerk, Former Prime Minister of South Africa Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

I had lunch with Jean Kirkpatrick, Oliver North, Alan Simpson and James Woolsey; and dinner with Kim Campbell, Canada’s First Woman Prime Minister.

Last year’s Surprise Guest was country music star Lee Greenwood, one of America’s most patriotic entertainers.

The program closed with Rudolph Giuliani, America’s Favorite Mayor, who boarded a chartered jet right after the conclusion of a memorial service for the firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, and flew from New York City to Bakersfield.

The audience was sitting on pins and needles because they weren’t sure if he would arrive in time.

But arrive he did, with five minutes to spare.

He walked onto the stage to thunderous applause. Nine thousand people rose to their feet and cheered. Nine thousand people waved the American flag. It was one of the most exhilarating — and moving — moments of my life.

At the conclusion of Mr. Giuliani’s remarks, out walked Lee Greenwood and FDNY Battalion Chief Richard Picciotto, who had spoken earlier. Chief Picciotto was one of only six survivors from the World Trade Center terrorist attack.

Lee Greenwood sang “God Bless The USA,” with the help of 9000 friends.

Click Here to see a photo of American’s Favorite Mayor, Lee Greenwood and Chief Picciotto.

It was a day to remember. A day I’ll never forget.

The 2003 Bakersfield Business Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2003 in Bakersfield, CA. For more information call 661-322-4001 or Click Here.

A Bit Of History

In 1985, George Martin, Managing General Partner for the law firm of Borton, Petrini & Conron decided to host a business and finance conference.

The 1985 Conference’s speakers included Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jack Nelson, nationally syndicated columnist Mark Stevens, and comedian Pat Paulsen. The crowd of 250 were enlightened, entertained and educated.

The Conference was such a hit that Borton, Petrini & Conron decided to do it again, and again. Each year the Conference has grown.

It has become a one-of-a-kind event where you can hear world-famous

* Politicians and entertainers, * Business people and sports figures,

tell their stories and share their experiences.

Former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, and Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford have spoken.

World leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, W.F. de Klerk, and Helmut Schmidt have spoken.

National heroes Neil Armstrong, Norman Schwarzkopf, and Colin Powell; trusted newsmen Mike Wallace, Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw; and media personalities Rush Limbaugh and Paul Harvey, have spoken.

In 1998 five Nobel Peace Prize winners shared the stage. Attending were

*F.W. de Klerk — Former President of South Africa,

*Mikhail Gorbachev — Former President of the Soviet Union,

*Henry A. Kissinger — Former Secretary of State,

*Shimon Peres — Former Prime Minister of Israel, and

*Lech Walesa — Former President of Poland.

The list goes on and on.

The 2003 Bakersfield Business Conference The 2003 Bakersfield Business Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2003, and I’ve the privilege of attending.

This time around I won’t be speaking, instead I’ll be writing about the event for my newsletter and will be sharing my thoughts, comments and experiences with you.

This year’s lineup includes:

*Cal Ripken, Jr., One of baseball’s, most memorable legends,

*Karen Hughes, Former Communications Director for President George W. Bush, and

*Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota, Navy Seal and former star of the WWF

*Neil Armstrong, First man to walk on the moon,

*J.C. Watts, U.S. Congressman and football great, and

*Fred Thompson, U.S. Senator, movie and television actor.

*Tom Wolfe, Award-winning author of “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,”

*George Mitchell, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and

*Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News

and more

In addition, this year’s Surprise Guest will be a tribute to one of America’s greatest patriots.

Plan to attend this year’s Bakersfield Business Conference. You’ll be inspired, motivated, and entertained by some of the most knowledgeable and influential men and women in the world.

It’s a day you will remember forever.

”’Reprinted with permission from “Jeffrey Mayer’s SucceedingInBusiness.com Newsletter. (Copyright, 2003, Jeffrey J. Mayer, SucceedingInBusiness.com.) To subscribe to Jeff’s free newsletter, visit:”’ http://www.SucceedingInBusiness.com

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