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National Agents Alliance announces guest speakers for July Leadership Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Chris Gardner, the man who inspired the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will be the keynote speaker at National Agents Alliance’s “Be Your Own Rock Star” Leadership Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center July 22-24 in Raleigh, N.C, President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright announced Tuesday.

Albright also announced that Patrick Kelly, author of Tax-Free Retirement, will appear at the 3-day event.

Gardner, a motivational speaker and author of The New York Times and Washington Post bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness and Start Where You Are, gained national acclaim with the release of the film about his life, which starred Will Smith and featured a cameo from Gardner in the film’s final scene. In paperback, The Pursuit of Happyness spent more than 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Gardner is owner and CEO of Gardner Rich, LLC and is one of the most recognized motivational speakers, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles to live a better life.

“When you look at rags-to-riches success stories, then certainly Chris Gardner is at the top of that list,” Albright said. “He went through just about anything you can imagine and kept working to find a better life for his family. We are extremely pleased that Chris will share his story and insights with our National Agents Alliance team in July.”

Gardner overcame the odds against him to earn a spot in the Dean Witter Reynolds training program, but became homeless and struggled on a meager trainee salary. Today, he is highly involved in homelessness programs and assisting families in need. He and his two children reside in Chicago and New York.

Kelly, who has worked in financial services for more than 20 years, is a nationally acclaimed speaker and trainer. His book Tax-Free Retirement was a national bestseller with more than 300,000 copies sold. Kelly lives near Seattle, Wash. with his wife and four children.

“Patrick Kelly’s book will revolutionize the way people look at tax-qualified retirement plans,” Albright said. “His book lays out a strategy for people who are serious about maximizing their retirement contribution efforts. We love having Kelly visit us and we know that he will rock the house with us in Raleigh.”

National Agents Alliance plans to release further details about special guests for the event later this week. For more information, please visit “Be Your Own Rock Star.”


National Agents Alliance is an innovative lead generation and marketing organization that sells life insurance, annuities, and other financial services products through more than 7,000 active independent sales representatives in 50 states. Focused on serving middle-income families, National Agents Alliance is the No. 1 United States provider of mortgage protection insurance and offers a broad array of other affordable products from highly regarded companies such as Mutual of Omaha, Foresters, and ING. Since its inception in 2002, National Agents Alliance has helped more than 670,000 families successfully apply for more than $78 billion in life insurance coverage.

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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 bestsellers.


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.

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