Lt. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which secures a sound economic future for Americans – with growth, opportunity and returning the promise of the American dream for this generation and those to come.
He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22-year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida's 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2011 and 2012 National Defense Authorization Acts.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group. West also hosts a podcast called the Old School Patriot available on Stitcher and Apple Podcasts and his latest work can be found on www.theoldschoolpatriot.com
He is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas. LTC West holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee as well as two Masters degrees, one from Kansas State University and another from the US Army Command and General Staff Officers College. West is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver, a motorcyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.
Lt. Col. West is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the American Legion, life member of the Association of the United States Army and the Society of the First Infantry Division, Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) and Board of Directors member of the National Rifle Association. Lieutenant Colonel West is an inductee into the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He is on the Board of Advisors of Amegy Bank, Dallas Region. West was appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. He is married to Dr. Angela Graham-West, a financial adviser, and they have two daughters, Aubrey, who recently graduated with her Masters from SMU, now attending Physician Assistant school in West Virginia, and youngest daughter Austen.
In this up close and personal discussion, Congressman Allen B. West shares his early childhood years, which includes his early life as a military brat to then joining and serving in the Army, his experiences as an African American conservative, his philosophical and political foundation, and his vision for our country. Your audience will leave understanding Allen B. West not only as a political icon, but also as a person, a military hero, and riveting leader.
Washington gridlock continues to hurt organizations nationwide. After serving in Congress, Representative Allen B. West won support from many groups along the American political spectrum and was named a torch bearer and a political icon. From an insider’s perspective on Washington, West is perfectly positioned to answer the major questions facing the U.S. from the debt ceiling issue and healthcare reform to slow job growth and a poor education system. In this intellectually fearless keynote, West explains the challenging dynamics between the Congress and the Administration, and how partisanship has drastically diverted the nation’s political course.
As a Member of Congress, Representative Allen B. West served on the Committee on Small Business, and specifically two of its subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce; and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations. Based on his experience and his political philosophies, West knows that small businesses are the foundation of our economy. More importantly, recent laws such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are jeopardizing the livelihood of these businesses and the U.S. economic foundation. West shares his concerns for small business owners and the outlook for our economy.
After a 22-year military career, Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West USA (Ret) certainly understands the value and challenges of effective leadership. Soldiers are trained to face hidden enemies, adjust to changing landscapes, meet short deadlines, and experience the fog of war. LTC Allen B. West teaches organizations how these same military principals when applied to the business world will help ensure an organization’s success in today’s market.
Typically, African American and conservative are not synonymous. As the first African American, Republican Congressman from Florida since 1876, Congressman Allen B. West is an anomaly. He was also born in the south Atlanta, GA. West shares why he holds certain political values, and how they complement his background. In this unparalleled discussion, West will challenge all your assumptions and break down all stereotypes, including African American does not mean Democrat. Your audience will leave with a new sense of what political demographics really means in today’s day and age.
The state of 21st century warfare has drastically changed. Unconventional threats such as drones, robotics, and cyber warfare now exist and not only threaten our troops, but also our nation’s citizens. Properly equipping and training is essential to ensuring the security of our country and, the latest advancements in U.S. military capabilities are not enough to ensure our national security, according to Congressman Allen B. West who also served 22 years in the U.S. Army. While in Congress, West served on the House Committee on Armed Services and also on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. West knows first-hand the threat of not properly equipping and training soldiers for today’s unconventional battlefield, and your audience will gain a better understanding for the dynamics that politics plays on modern warfare.
A former military leader and a politically conservative leader, Congressman Allen B. West rose to become an icon. His fearless approach to voicing key issues provides not only an inspiration to his half-a million followers, but also a valuable point of view. West knows the value of an inspirational leader, and more importantly, how to be one. In this stimulating keynote, West explores the top characteristics and principles of a good leader. Your audience will leave with applicable strategies for bettering their leadership approach.