Mike Smith Public Affairs Announces New Speakers at PR News’ PA Conference

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Gary Shapiro, CEA, and Eleanor Clift, Newsweek Magazine, now Keynoters

Mike Smith Public Affairs (http://www.mikesmithpa.com) is co-hosting a PR News national public affairs conference in Washington, DC on May 25 http://www.prnewsonline.com/conferences/PublicAffairs2010.html

Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Consumer Electronics Show, will provide the morning keynote. His address is also part of the National Press Club morning newsmakers program.

Journalist Eleanor Clift will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker. Clift is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, a political contributor for FOX News, and a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group.

Both Shapiro and Clift will discuss current attitudes in Washington and prognostications about the midterm elections in November.

“We are eager to have Gary Shapiro and Eleanor Clift offer their experiences and predictions for 2010 to the public affairs community,” noted Mike Smith of MSPA (http://www.mikesmithpa.com). “Eleanor Clift’s understanding of the rapidly evolving political landscape and Gary Shapiro’s innovative perspective on the future of technology and politics will add new dimensions to this conference.”

New speakers who will serve on panels include: Mindy Finn, who helped Governor Bob McDonnell to victory in Virginia, and crisis expert Eric Dezenhall, called upon to discuss political hijinks and reputation recovery this year. Public Affairs Executives from companies such as Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and E-Bay will also speak.

The conference’s primary media sponsor is the Access Intelligence publishing group, which publishes: PR News, http://www.prnewsonline.com, Defense Daily, Chemical Week, Energy Daily, and POWER.

Mike Smith Public Affairs is a Washington-based agency with clients that have included: Craig Newmark (Obama Campaign), Baker Botts law firm (DOE grants), and comScore (FCC broadband policy). Mike Smith is a Washington native and 25 year PR practitioner.

A previous release indicated Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) would be the keynote for the national press club “morning newsmakers” portion of this full-day event. Congress is still in session May 25 and Warner will be unable to attend.

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