Yet another amazing reason to come to SPN’s 26th Annual Meeting! We’re excited to announce Patrick Byrne, founder and CEO of, will be the keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Roe Dinner, Thursday, October 11.

You know Byrne as the founder of the highly successful and well-regarded, but are you aware of his many humanitarian and pro-freedom efforts?

  • In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. The profits have been donated to fund philanthropic projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa.
  • In 2004, Byrne began a vigorous citizen-journalist campaign with a goal of clean capital markets that earned recognition from both analysts and reporters.
  • In 2012, Byrne challenged Overstock to become the first business with more than $1 million in revenue to accept bitcoin as a payment method.
  • Since 2014, the pet adoption service Byrne created has connected people with over 100,000 pets.

Hearing Byrne’s insights promises to be even more interesting and entertaining, as political satirist and best-selling author P.J. O’Rourke will be conducting the interview.

P.J. O’Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whoresand Give War a Chanceboth reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

O’Rourke and Byrne’s conversation will touch on Byrne’s views on policy issues such as education reform, cryptocurrencies, local and state issues in Utah, and policy solutions that could have an impact on all states. Of particular interest for all current and future leaders in the audience will be hearing Byrne speak about his experience and the lessons learned while growing into the successful, responsible company it is today.

Space at the Roe Dinner is limited, register soon to secure your space.

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