WASHINGTON (10/14/09)--Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, a modern-day hero of the high seas, will be the closing speaker at the Credit Union National Association’s 2010 Governmental Affairs Conference this February. The Maersk Alabama became the center of an extraordinary international drama last
April when the ship was hijacked by Somali pirates, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. To protect his crew, Capt. Phillips made a conscious decision to put himself in harm’s way, offering himself as a hostage. The standoff ended when Navy SEAL snipers saw one of the pirates aim his AK-47 machine gun at Phillips and concluded he was in “imminent danger.” President Obama has praised Phillips’ “selfless concern for his crew” and said the courage he displayed through the ordeal is “a model for all Americans.” At the GAC, The Maersk Alabama captain will share his compelling story and some valuable leadership lessons gleaned from the experience that are relevant to all business leaders today. Phillips joins a GAC roster that includes former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, economist Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s "The Kudlow Report," and a political point/counterpoint that pits former Vermont Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean against MSNBC “Morning Joe” host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough. CUNA’s 2010 GAC is Feb. 21-25 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Registration and housing lines are open. Click the resource link below for more information. Use the resource link below for mor 2010 GAC information.