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National Agents Alliance ‘Be Your Own Rock Star’ Leadership Conference yields record-breaking week

RALIEGH, N.C. – National Agents Alliance has released numbers from its “Be Your Own Rock Star” Leadership Conference held at the Raleigh Convention Center July 22-24.

President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright announced on Monday that more than 2,500 participants enjoyed the event – the highest total ever – and more than 2,500 applications were submitted for the week of July 23 – the most applications since 2008 (the year most mortgage companies died).

The record-breaking week was also capped by a record level of giving to various foundations, charities and organizations.

Albright announced that more than $40,000 was committed to Tim Goad International, a ministry that specializes in helping impoverished children all over the world; $11,000 was given to the Caldwell Fellows program at North Carolina State University in recognition of kickoff speaker Benny Suggs’ appearance; in addition to other donations made to the Duke Children’s Hospital, Benjamin Byers and K-Love Radio.

The event was highlighted by keynote speakers Chris Gardner (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) and Patrick Kelly (“Tax-Free Retirement”), in addition to Suggs, Albright and many of NAA’s top agents from across the country.

“We had another successful weekend with our latest leadership conference,” Albright said. “We continue to improve what we offer our agents, and we keep raising the bar with our presentation and the quality of our speakers. I can’t wait to see what our team will come up with for our next national event in Raleigh in January.”

Gardner, the author of two best-selling books “Pursuit of Happyness” and “Start Where You Are,” fielded questions after his address and then signed copies of his book on Saturday afternoon.

Kelly, a best-selling author with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services profession, also signed copies of his book on Saturday night.

An optional worship service was held Sunday, featuring various speakers and entertainment from the Goad family – Tim and Gaye Goad and their children Blake and BreAnn.

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, located in Durham, N.C., is nationally ranked among the best in pediatric health care programs. Caring for children is our number one priority, from routine check-ups and immunizations to the treatment of life-threatening injuries and illnesses. At Duke Children’s, we provide hope and the most advanced health care available. Offering innovative procedures including stem cell and bone marrow transplants as well as a variety of support services for our patients and their families, Duke Children’s cares for children from around the world. We are also a critical local resource – taking care of 60 percent of Durham’s children with more than 70 percent of patients coming from central North Carolina. For more information please visit


Chris Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich, LLC with offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. He is the author of two books, The Pursuit of Happyness and Start Where You Are, both New York Times best-sellers.


Patrick Kelly has worked in financial services for more than 20 years as an insurance agent. He is the best-selling author of Tax-Free Retirement, a nationally acclaimed speaker and trainer. Kelly lives near Seattle, Wash. with his wife and four children. His book details what Kelly says are nine common “financial landmines” to avoid, how to generate tax-free retirement income and how to multiply your IRA two or three fold for future generations.


Tim Goad has been doing ministry, music, speaking, and leadership development for more than 30 years. At 18, he founded and developed a charity that has been active in more than 100 countries providing millions of meals, medicines and clothing to millions in need. Today, along with his wife, Gaye, and their two children – Blake and BreAnn – the Goads are still carrying the Tim Goad International message all over the world. Goad has become a very sought after speaker for many huge corporations throughout the United States and other countries. He has performed in front of millions of people, including Mother Teresa, President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush. The Goads travel the U.S. and other countries spreading hope for the hurting, through music, and speaking. Goad has been very instrumental in helping in Haiti. He just recently helped build a medical clinic in Haiti, and continues to send food, clothing and vitamins. Goad’s work in India, Russia and Africa still continues.


Benny Suggs is the North Carolina State Alumni Association executive director, who believes in life it’s all about doing the right thing – and having fun along the way. Suggs, a 1969 N.C. State graduate, served for 30 years in the U.S. Navy and was Deputy Commander In Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command. He was general manager of the Harley Owners Group and Rider Services at Harley-Davidson Motor Co. until he retired in 2000.


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