Merril Hoge, former NFL player and ESPN analyst, will deliver the keynote address at the Fall Channel Partners Conference & Expo.
Hoges address, which is sponsored by AireSpring and Magellan Hill Technologies, is aptly titled Find a Way. In his speech, the athlete shares how he achieved his goals despite many obstacles, such as concussions prematurely ending his career, beating cancer and the impact of chemotherapy. He will talk about the importance of uncommon vs. common behavior, and how commitment can separate you from the pack. Hoges keynote address is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 26.
Hoges message about finding a way to make things happen will resonate with telecommunications industry executives, said Trade Show Manager Sarah Waschler. As the industry continues to face changes, Hoges uplifting philosophy reminds us to persevere .
Hoges message also mirrors the conference theme Making Connections. The conference program is all about helping channel partners discover the right path for the growth of their businesses given the unprecedented options now available, said Waschler. Hoges address should inspire agents to continue their journey while the industry-specific sessions will get them on the right track.
The Channel Partners Conference features three educational tracks: the Fast Track for introductory services, the Growth Track for more advanced opportunities, and the Business Development track for strategic and financial direction.
About Merril Hoge
Merril Hoge played fullback for the NFLs Pittsburgh Steelers from 1987 to 1993, where he led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his seven years. He was voted Steelers Iron Man of the Year for two consecutive seasons and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989.
He then signed with the Chicago Bears where he played for two years, until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. Hoge has been a highly sought-after speaker to discuss such topics as life in the NFL, health and fitness, and setting and attaining personal goals.
Since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and beating it, he delivers an awe-inspiring presentation about overcoming obstacles, the power of the mind and the body, and how to use adversity to become a better person. Hoge has been a long-time co-captain of the very successful Caring Team for Children. Hoge is currently an analyst on ESPN television.