Sen. Ben Nelson to keynote SIA Public Policy Dinner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Security Industry Association (SIA) is proud to announce that Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., will deliver the keynote address at its Government Summit Public Policy Dinner on June 2.

The annual Government Summit, the security industry’s premier public policy conference, brings representatives of government and the security industry together to share information and form relationships. This year’s event features two days of influential speakers and valuable panel discussions.
“I am truly honored to be delivering the keynote address at the Government Summit dinner,” Nelson said. “The security industry is vital to the continued economic strength and progress of our great country, and I look forward to meeting with those who are working to ensure access to markets worldwide. SIA provides an essential forum for stakeholders to learn and strategize on opportunities across the globe.”

Nelson is in his second term as senator after serving eight years as governor of Nebraska. He serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee, as well as the Armed Services Committee, the Rules Committee and the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

SIA Director of Government Relations Don Erickson noted that Nelson has been a crucial ally on some important issues for the industry. In recognition of his efforts, especially his work in 2008 to enact legislation to provide tax credits to help agribusinesses invest in electronic security equipment, SIA will present him with an award at the dinner.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to honor Senator Nelson,” Erickson said. “Not only is he an effective member of the Senate, he is a strong leader on important critical infrastructure and economic issues. We look forward to learning a lot from his talk.”

Nelson joins a Government Summit lineup that includes two other members of Congress – Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. – and two high-ranking federal officials – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Richard Skinner and DHS Chief Commercialization Officer Thomas Cellucci. In addition, conservative commentator Fred Barnes and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile will be making special appearances.
The Government Summit is to be held June 2-3 at the Embassy Suites Washington D.C. Convention Center Hotel. More information is available on the SIA Web site at