Donald Trump to keynote national conference in Charleston

Donald Trump will serve as one of the keynote speakers during a national meeting of the State Financial Officers April 13-14 in Charleston.

Donald Trump is coming to the Holy City.

The real estate mogul, television personality and possible presidential contender will deliver one of several keynote addresses during a national meeting of the State Financial Officers April 13-14 in downtown Charleston.

Others scheduled to speak include Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO who is also considering a bid for president; former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft; and author Travis Brown.

“We’re honored to add Donald Trump to our distinguished lineup of speakers,” said Derek Kreifels, president of the State Financial Officers Foundation. “Trump needs no introduction. He’s an extraordinary business leader with a lifetime of experiences and insights that will benefit and challenge our guests.”

Kreifels added, “We’re also thrilled that renowned author Travis Brown will join our event. Few in America understand economics and tax policy at the state level — the very issues our members grapple with every day – better than Brown.”

Brown is the author of “How Money Walks” and the co-author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States.”

The conservative-leaning group hosting the event believes state financial officers can and should play a greater role in promoting conservative and fiscally responsible public policy.

“This conference brings state financial officers together with members of the corporate community to discuss some of the nation’s most critical financial issues,” state Treasure Curtis Loftis said.

“Charleston is the perfect location to host state treasurers, business experts and top thought leaders from around the country,” Loftis said. “(It’s) not only rich in history and culture, but also financial and economic opportunities.”

Topics in previous meetings have included pension reform, municipal bankruptcies, 529 college savings programs, unclaimed property, financial literacy, banking and finance regulatory reform, and retirement savings issues.

The two-day conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in historic downtown Charleston.

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