POWERGEN International is pleased to announce that one of New Orleans’ favorite sons, football legend and businessman Archie Manning, will be the keynote speaker when POWERGEN kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
“Archie grew up in Mississippi, but his hometown has been New Orleans virtually since the Saints drafted him in the first round in 1971,” Teresa Hansen, Clarion Energy’s vice president of global content, said. “And Archie’s life there has been so much more than football, as he is known widely for his charity in time, money and energy.”
Manning’s athletic career was historic enough, setting records as quarterback at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in the late 1960s and 1970. He generated more than 5,000 yards of total offense and, since then, has been named Mississippi’s Greatest All-Time Athlete and Most Popular Athlete of the Century.
Manning played for a decade as quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, setting franchise standards despite an often struggling team. He was named National Football Conference Player of the Year by United Press International for the 1978 season.
He and his family settled in New Orleans, although Manning’s business and charitable activities took him all over the country. His community activities include Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, The Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Board of the National Football Foundation.
In 2016, Manning received one of the highest honors in football, the Gold Medal Award, presented by the National Football Foundation. He was the 63rd recipient of the Gold Medal Award, with past honorees including Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and George H.W. Bush, as well as baseball immortal Jackie Robinson, acting legend John Wayne and pioneer astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn.
Manning and his wife, Olivia, have three sons. His oldest, Cooper, has generated a lengthy career in energy investment within the Gulf Coast.
The two youngest Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, had long careers as Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in the National Football League. Peyton Manning retired several years ago while Eli is still playing for the New York Giants.
Manning will give a short talk to begin his keynote, then sit down for a conversation with Rod Walton, POWERGEN International content director.
“He is known to be a man of wide talents and interests,” Walton said. “I’m excited as a lifelong fan, but I’m pretty certain our conversation could go well beyond football.”
POWERGEN International is the industry’s comprehensive power generation conference with content sessions on gas-fired, coal-fired, renewables, plant performance, energy storage, digital transformation and microgrids. POWERGEN is Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans. POWERGEN University will be Monday, Nov. 18.
Registration is now open at power-gen.com.