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FARGO MOORHEAD, ND/MN (September 15, 2010) – The Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the launch of its new speaker series designed to bring world thought leaders and cutting-edge business visionaries to our community.

Voices of Vision kicks off on Wednesday, November 17, with its first distinguished speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.

Ltc. Oliver North is a combat decorated Marine, #1 New York Times best-selling author, small business founder, inventor with multiple U.S. patents, columnist, and the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel.

“We plan for Voices of Vision to be a significant annual community event,” said Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney. “We created it to bring together people of all walks of life, all political persuasions, opinion leaders, political leaders and business leaders, past and present; all to provoke thought, discussion and healthy debate.”

North’s speech is entitled “American Leaders for the Way Ahead.”

Drawing on his 20 years of experience as a United States Marine and his tenure as a staff member of the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, Ltc. North assesses the United States’ role in the world – militarily, economically, and politically. He identifies the policies that have made America the world’s only remaining superpower and outlines the strategies necessary to keep America at the forefront as a world power.

Who:        Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North
What:       Voices of Vision, an FM Chamber Annual Speaker Series
When:      Noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 17
Where:     Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, 4351 17 Avenue South, Fargo

North’s newest book, American Heroes in Special Operations, introduces readers to the brave, noble work of Navy Seals, Rangers and Green Berets. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Chamber event and North will sign copies after his speech.

Registration for the event is required. To register, call 218.233.1100 or visit FMChamber.com. Cost to attend is $45 per person for employees of Chamber-member firms and $60 for non-members.

The Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 1,800 private, public and nonprofit member firms that collectively employ more than 89,000 people. The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Dilworth, Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

More about Oliver North
North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a U.S. Marine. His awards for service in combat include the silver star, the bronze star for valor and two purple hearts for wounds in combat.

Assigned to the National Security Council Staff in the Reagan administration, Lieutenant Colonel North was the United States government's counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the Island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After assisting with plans for the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist found dead in Baghdad in August, 2002. President Ronald Reagan described him as "an American hero."

Since 2001, North has been the host of War Stories, the award-winning military documentary series on Fox News Channel. He has also authored twelve books - all of them New York Times bestsellers. His latest book, American Heroes, based on his extensive coverage of U.S. military units engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines was released in May 2008 and is yet another New York Times Best-Selling Book.

North is a life member of the National Rifle Association and serves on the NRA board of directors. He is also the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation that provides college scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action.

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