AFP 2020, the most important event in treasury and finance, is coming back to Las Vegas this fall, and we are elated to announce a powerhouse lineup of keynote speakers. Fifteen-time NBA All-Star player and entrepreneur, Shaquille O’Neal, will open the event on Sunday, October 18. And skateboarding icon and philanthropist, Tony Hawk, will close the event as the Tuesday afternoon keynote.
Infamously known by one name alone—Shaq’s athletic career spanned two decades, bringing him to an iconic status that earned him sport’s highest honors, including induction into the NBA Hall of Fame. In his transition from sports, Shaq has established himself as an influential media personality and businessman, ranking among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ by Fast Company magazine. In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, Shaq has managed an increasingly robust personal brand that includes television shows, a shoe line and social media/tech products.
Shaq will speak to AFP 2020 attendees about the power of believing in and investing in yourself. As an athlete and business leader, Shaq is ready to bring his inspiring journey to life in this dynamic conversation. Providing what he dubs “Shaq-isms”, Shaq delivers actionable insights—for business and personal life—on being resilient, fostering collaboration, committing to life-long learning and his decision-making process for netting high-impact business outcomes.
Tony Hawk began his professional skateboarding career at age 14, and by 16, he was widely considered to the best skateboarder on earth. Today, his adept business skills have allowed Hawk to establish an empire that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series of sporting goods and toys.
At AFP 2020, Hawk will speak to attendees about maintaining authenticity through difficult decisions. In their role, treasury and finance professionals need to maintain their own authenticity and commitment to professional growth to ensure that they remain trusted advisors to the business. Hawk’s experience balancing his authentic self with the pressure of “selling out” is what has allowed him to embrace his gut sense of doing things, while remaining true to what has led to his overwhelming success.
“As we return to Las Vegas for AFP 2020, I know I can’t wait to hear from our keynote speakers, Shaquille O’Neal and Tony Hawk,” said Jim Kaitz, president and chief executive officer of AFP. “Their accomplishments are unparalleled, and they have both transcended the world of sports to become highly influential entrepreneurs. Their stories are sure to inspire attendees of the biggest event in treasury and finance.”