Governor John Kasich

Governor John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak at the opening reception for the 2013 ONA Convention, which will be held on Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 pm in the Hilton Columbus at Polaris.

Kasich, who is expected to run for re-election in 2014, last addressed the ONA at the 2011 convention. He is expected to make brief remarks and answer questions from ONA members. The governor will be joined by other invited legislative and executive branch leaders who will mingle with convention attendees at the opening reception.

“We urge ONA members to attend the reception. A good turnout really supports our efforts at the Statehouse,” said Executive Director Dennis Hetzel. “It’s a great opportunity to network with elected officials, discuss the issues that are important to us and, frankly, remind them that we’re paying attention.”

The complete convention program kicks off the next day, with a full schedule of speakers and panels. Among the headliners on Feb. 14 will be Caroline Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America; Phillip J. Castellini, chief operating officer for the Reds; Paul Dolan, chairman and chief executive officer of the Cleveland Indians; and Ken Doctor, the president of Newsonomics and one of the industry’s keenest commenters and observers. Castellini and Dolan will make a rare joint appearance at the kickoff breakfast.

Anyone attending the opening reception should consider arriving a few hours earlier for the ONA’s pre-convention workshop, “Competing and Winning Against Direct-Mail Competitors with Jim Hart.” The workshop will be held on Feb. 13 from 2 – 4:30 p.m.

For the complete convention schedule, and for more information on how to register, please go here.

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