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ROB KECK

Master of Ceremonies

Rob Keck is Master of Ceremonies for the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo adding unique insights into wildlife conservation, his knowledge and experience of hunting, as well as a southern charm that adds much that help make so many events truly special. Mr. Keck is Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops, a RedHead Pro Hunting Team member and Co-Host of Bass Pro Shops Television Productions.

Rob Keck

Kimberly Rhode

Keynote Speaker
Saturday Night, February 18, 2017

Kimberly “Kim” Susan Rhode (born July 16, 1979[1]) is an American double trap and skeet shooter. A California native, she is a six-time Olympic medal winner, including three gold medals, and six-time national champion in double trap. She is the most successful female shooter at the Olympics as the only triple Olympic Champion and the only woman to have won two Olympic gold medals for Double Trap. She won a gold medal in skeet shooting at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, equaling the world record of 99 out of 100 clays. Most recently, she won the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics making her the first Olympian to win a medal on five different continents and the first Summer Olympian to win an individual medal at six consecutive summer games.

John Wayne Walding

Keynote Speaker
Friday Night, February 17, 2017

SFC (R) John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with 7 of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg NC. He has a beautiful wife, Amy, and four children, Emma (10), Sam (9), Andie (4), and Hannah (1). He has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career at 3rd SFG he worked on ODA 396/3336 as s Special Forces Communications Sergeant and at the Sniper Detachment as a Sniper instructor. On April 6th 2008 during the battle of Shok Valley he was shot in his right leg resulting in becoming a below-knee amputee. Post injury he attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee to ever become a Green Beret sniper. His military school experience includes: Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, 3rd SFG Advance Sniper, Special Forces Qualification course, Airborne and Air assault. John’s awards and badges include: Silver Star, Bronze star, Purple Heart, Combat infantry badge, Airborne air assault and the special forces tab. John participated in numerous battles during his deployments; most famous was the Battle of Shok Valley, which you can read about in the book “No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan” by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.

John Wayne Walding

LONESTAR

Live Performance
Saturday Night, February 18, 2017

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar, comprised of Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar & backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards & backing vocals), has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved ten #1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying To Me,” and their crossover smash “Amazed” (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983’s “Islands in the Stream”, to top both charts). The band’s awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for “Amazed” (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.

AARON WATSON

Live Performance
Friday Night, February 17, 2017

With the release of The Underdog in February 2015, Aaron Watson made country music history by becoming the first ever independent artist to debut an album at #1 on Billboard Country Chart.  This achievement was highlighted by the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 with an installation commemorating this milestone showcasing some of Aaron’s artifacts throughout his career that brought him to this place. Since then he has gone on to take his tour around the world performing headline shows, many sold out!  Press continues to praise his music as well…”a proud country traditionalist” -Rolling Stone, “winning in country music” -NPR, “one of the few real cowboys left in country music” -iTunes, “puts the bite back into traditional country music” -Rolling Stone are a few of the rave reviews his brand of country music has received.  Aaron remains firmly committed to staying true to his music and the brand; the epitome of representing Texas, cowboy hats, buckles, and fiddles that have served country music and country music lovers for generations while always staying focused on the core values that have brought his unprecedented success to this point….faith, family, and fans.

Aaron Watson

SUSIE BROWN

Performs Live at the Ladies Luncheon
Friday Afternoon, February 17, 2017

Among the many extraordinary things about Susie Brown, the multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter, and performer, is that she is just getting started.  She already has accomplishments beyond most musicians wildest dreams performing at the Grand Ole Opry, CMA Fest, CMT Awards, Jimmy Kimmel, Heart of Dixie tv series, and appeared with Big & Rich in ESPN’s College gameday commercial. Performing is second nature to Susie who has shared the stage with the likes of Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Reba, Miranda Lambart, Martina Mcbride, Brad Paisley and many others. As the lead singer of Reprise Records female duo the JaneDear girls she acquired an ACM nomination for top vocal duo of the year, and top new vocal duo or group, CMT nomination for duo video of the year, and ACA nomination for single by a new artist – Wildflower. Susie penned the duo’s top 15 hit single “wildflower” which sold as many as 30,000 copies a week on iTunes and became a #1 music video on GAC. You might say that she’s lived a charmed life, but those experiences are simply the natural result of her hard work and natural talent that’s been there from the beginning.

Susie Brown

CASEY DONAHEW

Live Performance
Thursday Night, February 16, 2017

In just over 10 years, Casey Donahew has risen from being a favorite on the local Texas music scene to a nationally popular touring act who has racked up 13 No. 1 singles and consistently sells out venues across the country. Donahew has released four independent albums to critical and commercial acclaim. His 2011 release, DOUBLE WIDE DREAM, spawned three No. 1 singles: the title track, “Double Wide Dream,” “Let’s Not Say Goodbye Again,” and “One Star Flag.” Casey’s last CD, STANDOFF, quickly topped the iTunes Country Chart at No. 1, upon its release, and yielded five No. 1 radio singles “Whiskey Baby,” “Small Town Love,” “Lovin’ Out of Control,” which is Donahew’s fastest rising single to date, “Not Ready To Say Goodnight” and “Loser.” His most recent #1 single “Feels This Right,” from his EP release PRE-PARTY, marks his latest Texas radio hit. Donahew released his most recent studio album ALL NIGHT PARTY on August 19, 2016 and it immediately rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, No. 13 on the Top Album Sales Chart and Top Current Album Sales Chart and No. 40 on the Billboard 200 Chart. The hot new project also took the No. 2 spot on the Internet Albums Chart and landed at No. 3 on the Independent Albums Chart. Donahew worked with acclaimed producer Josh Leo (Love & Theft, Timothy B. Schmit and Alabama, among others) on this latest project, marking the first time he has engaged an outside producer. Leo has performed on over 150 records, produced 21 singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, written six singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and has won 6 BMI Millionaire awards.

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