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Hutchinson Taps Additional National Leaders To Address Key Issues At Bentonville Summit
[September 14, 2022]

Hutchinson Taps Additional National Leaders To Address Key Issues At Bentonville Summit

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson strengthens the already impressive roster of presenters for the upcoming "America Leads: An Ideas Summit," scheduled for Oct. 19 in Bentonville, Ark. Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos; Revolution, LLC, CEO and AOL Co-founder, Steve Case; and Runway Group co-founders Tom Walton and Steuart Walton will join keynote speaker Dr. Condoleezza Rice at the ticketed event, a gathering centered on ideas that will guide America to the future.

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Betsy DeVos headshot (Photo: Business Wire)

Betsy DeVos headshot (Photo: Business Wire)

Other speakers include Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts, and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) senior fellows John Bailey, Klon Kitchen and Dr. Kori Schake.

During the day-long event, these newsmakers and thought leaders will encourage a robust discussion of practical, actionable ideas to address major economic, educational and foreign policy issues being faced by the United States.

"I have always believed that you shape the future by talking about principles and ideas and what makes America great. We are fortunate to have a strong group of leaders with experience on both the state and national level as well as both the public and the private sectors," said Gov. Hutchinson. "Sec. DeVos is a strong proponent of freedom in education and she proved that during her time in Washington. Steve Case, Steuart Walton and Tom Walton have a proven track record of not only how intentional entrepreneurship can lead to public benefits, but more importantly illustrating what it means to be a partner in ideation."

Sec. DeVos will join governors Ducey and Haslam on the Education Panel at the summit. She served as the nation's 11th secretary of education from 2017-2021 and worked to pursue policies aimed at getting government out of the way of allowing students the freedom, flexibility, resources and support they need to choose where and how they learn. DeVos' efforts helped create new educational choices for K-12 students in 25 states and the District of Columbia. She also expanded post-high scool education options for both students and adult learners. DeVos served as chairman of the Windquest Group, a privately held investment and management firm based in Michigan. She is also the former chair of the American Federation for Children, the Philanthropy Roundtable and the Michigan Republican Party.

Case co-founded AOL in 1985, and the company became the largest, most valuable Internet provider in the world under his vision and leadership. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Revolution, LLC, a Washington D.C.-based investment firm that supports entrepreneurs at every stage of growth with Revolution Growth, Revolution Ventures and Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. Case was also recently named co-chair of the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which supports policies that ensure America's competitiveness globally. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places are Building the New American Dream, and the New York Times bestseller, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future.

Steuart Walton is co-founder of Runway Group, a Bentonville-based holding company making investments in real estate, outdoor initiatives, hospitality, and businesses committed to moving Northwest Arkansas forward. He is also the founder and chairman of Game Composites, LLC, which designs and builds small composite aircraft. Walton serves on the board of directors at Walmart, Flipkart, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He previously worked in London for Allen and Overy, LLP, and Walmart's international division, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Walton holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He also founded the Wartime History Museum and, as an experienced pilot and investor in the preservation and restoration of historic aircraft, organized a statewide flyover of World War II-era planes during the height of the pandemic in support of frontline healthcare workers in Arkansas.

Thomas L. Walton is also a co-founder of Runway Group, and for his efforts in revitalizing northwest Arkansas downtown areas, he was named the Arkansas Tourism Person of the Year in 2016. He has been involved in many notable projects in Bentonville, including: the establishment of the 21c Museum Hotel, responding to the demand for downtown hospitality driven by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and business travel; improving natural spaces such as Lake Atalanta in Rogers, Ark.; and the collaboration with Northwest Arkansas Community College to provide world-class culinary arts training in the area. Walton also discovered a love for mountain biking while in college at Northern Arizona University, and has invested in multiple local projects to facilitate and encourage participation in the sport.

"America Leads: An Ideas Summit" is hosted by America Strong and Free, Inc., which is an education and advocacy organization. Please visit the America Strong and Free website for more information about the summit and ticket information.

About America Strong and Free, Inc.

The mission of American Strong and Free (ASF) is to advance freedom individually; collectively as Americans; and globally for those who are oppressed. Freedom grows by restraining government. Individual liberty is protected by adherence to our Bill of Rights. Our national freedom depends upon respect for the rule of law and the fair application of our legal system. And globally, we promote freedom by a strong American that supports the defense of our country and the integrity of our borders. In other words, we consider a successful election as one that keeps America Strong and Free.

ASF will promote the principles of limited government, individual responsibility and a strong America through media, online issue advocacy, public commentary, and debate. Our leadership will participate in forums as needed and use the media to educate voters and advocate for common sense conservatism.

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