Loftis to host Trump, Ashcroft, others for national conference in Charleston

From: Greenville Business Magazine

The State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) today announced that businessman and investor Donald Trump, and author Travis Brown, will deliver keynote addresses at its spring meeting on April 13-14 in historic downtown Charleston.  Other keynote speakers include Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

“Charleston is the perfect location to host state treasurers, business experts and top thought leaders from around the country," said South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis Jr.  "Charleston is not only rich in history and culture, but also financial and economic opportunities." 

“We’re honored to add Donald Trump to our distinguished lineup of speakers.  Trump needs no introduction.  He’s an extraordinary business leader with a lifetime of experiences and insights that will benefit and challenge our guests,” said Derek Kreifels, president of the State Financial Officers Foundation. 

“We’re also thrilled that renowned author Travis Brown will join our event.  Few in America understand economics and tax policy at the state level – the very issues our members grapple with every day – better than Brown,” Kreifels said.
Brown is the author of "How Money Walks" and the co-author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States" (with Art Laffer, Steve Moore, and Rex Sinquefield).

SFOF is the nation’s leading conservative foundation committed to bringing together state financial officers with the nation’s top private sector companies and organizations.  SFOF is founded on the belief that state financial officers can and should play a greater role in promoting conservative, and fiscally responsible public policy.

"This conference brings state financial officers together with members of the corporate community to discuss some of the nation’s most critical financial issues," said Loftis.  Topics in previous meetings have included pension reform, municipal bankruptcies, 529 college savings programs, unclaimed property, financial literacy, banking and finance regulatory reform, and retirement savings issues.

The two-day conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in historic downtown Charleston.
“I’m thrilled Treasurer Loftis has agreed to host our meeting in the beautiful city of Charleston," said Kreifels.  "Treasurer Loftis is widely respected among his fellow financial officers for his leadership skills, and for his impressive background in private business."
Previous speakers have included former New York Governor George Pataki, Stephen Moore, the Heritage Foundation’s chief economist, James Kemp, president of the Jack Kemp Foundation, and John Sugden, pension expert from Standard & Poor's.

For more information about the SFOF Spring National Meeting, contact Scott Lindenberg at or (803) 734-2620.