Master of Ceremonies
Rob Keck is Master of Ceremonies for the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo who brings unique insights into wildlife conservation. His knowledge and experience of hunting, as well as a southern charm, adds much to help make our 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.
John Bair is the official auctioneer for the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo. Part auctioneer and part entertainer, “The Man on Stage” does more than just talk really fast into a microphone. John is perhaps the most engaging and successful auctioneer the hunting and firearms industry has ever seen. As an auctioneer, John has helped raise well over $100 million for wildlife conservation and hunter advocacy issues. His presence on stage and unique rapport with agricultural, hunting and outdoor industry enthusiasts has been immeasurably beneficial in bringing sellers and buyers together to help build the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo into the annual success it has become for wildlife conservation. Our guarantee: you will enjoy your time with John.
U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt
Invited to Speak
David L. Bernhardt serves as the 53rd Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 11, 2019 and took office on the same day.
As Secretary of the Interior, Bernhardt leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees who are stewards for 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and other public lands. The department oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters, is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states, and upholds trust responsibilities to the 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Bernhardt is an avid hunter and angler and recently served on the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also led the International Boundary Commission between the United States and Canada and was responsible, along with his Canadian counterpart, for maintaining the 5,525 mile international boundary between these two nations. He has in-depth experience in legal matters concerning active regulations and rule-makings, with years of legal experience in both the government and the private sector. His expertise ranges from the Endangered Species Act to Outer-Continental leases, from mining royalties to Indian Affairs.
From 2001 to 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including serving as Solicitor. Prior to that, he served then-Secretary Norton as a deputy solicitor, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Secretary, and as director of Congressional and Legislative affairs and counselor to the Secretary.
Raised in Rifle, Colorado, Bernhardt earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1990. He graduated with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1994 and is admitted to various state and federal court bars. He is married to Gena Bernhardt. They have two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.
Thursday Night Live Performance
This year, we welcome Little Texas to the Thursday night stage! Since their debut album in 1992, Little Texas has sold over 7 million albums, earned 3 Grammy nominations, won a CMA Album Of The Year award and earned the title “The Hardest Working Band In Country” by playing over 300 shows a year! Come see them perform their smash hits live!
“God Blessed Texas”
“What Might Have Been”
“Amy’s Back In Austin”
And many more!
Chris Janson takes the stage
Saturday Night Live Performance
Chris is a “live legacy in the making” (Rolling Stone). Breakout country star Janson is a platinum-selling recording artist, high-octane entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter. In the four years since the release of his debut album, the three-time CMA nominee has collected prestigious accolades that place him amongst country music greats, including two No. 1 singles. He most recently took home the trophy for ACM Video of the Year for his Gold-certified, inspiring hit song “Drunk Girl,” which also earned the Song of the Year title at the 2018 MusicRow Awards. His chart-topping, double-Platinum smash “Buy Me A Boat” was named the iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year and declared one of the “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written” by NSAI. Now its onto new music for Janson: “Good Vibes,” the flagship single from his forthcoming album due this fall, is approaching Top 20 at country radio. In addition to his own successes, the talented songwriter has lent his pen to his industry peers. Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah,” “How I’ll Always Be”), LOCASH (“I Love This Life”) and the legendary Hank Williams Jr. (“God Fearin’ Man,” “Those Days Are Gone”) are among those who have taken his songs to great heights.