Opening General Session

Opening General Session

Opening General Session: Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.

Special Guest: Mike Conaway, Congressman

We are pleased to welcome Congressman Mike Conaway to the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo. Serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.

Congressman Conaway is the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, where he strongly advocates for farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and consumers while ensuring programs under the committee’s jurisdiction are defensible and financially responsible. He was instrumental in the passage of the 2008 and 2014 farm bills, in which he focused largely on strengthening the agricultural economy. He believes the benefits of a strong rural economy are felt in every community in America. A life-long fiscal conservative, Chairman Conaway is committed to sound farm policy, protecting taxpayer dollars, and overseeing implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 as well as agencies and projects at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A native Texan, Conaway grew up in Odessa and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Texas A & M University-Commerce in 1970. After serving in the Army at Fort Hood, he returned to the Permian Basin with Price Waterhouse and settled in Midland, where he still resides today.


The Power of One: How One Attitude, One Action and One Person Can Change the World

Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live.

O’Leary  was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. Given less than 1% chance of survival, John is proof of the power of the human spirit.

His unlikely recovery meant a journey of pain and loss that could have easily been insurmountable. However, far from being an example of someone who simply endured tragedy, O’Leary is a luminous example of thriving through adversity.

Surprisingly, this “survivor” story isn’t focused on O’Leary — rather, it is a celebration of heroes who intimately served him and his family. From a dedicated Hall of Fame sports announcer to a visionary burn nurse (and countless others), every individual involved in this 1987 fire teaches us this truth: one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others.

With emotional storytelling and unexpected humor, O’Leary reminds us of the significance of daily attitudes, the power of gratitude, and the impact of serving others with courage. He will reawaken you to realize the gift of today and the possibility of tomorrow.

John O’Leary is the author of the #1 bestselling book ON FIRE – The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. He will be signing books after his presentation.