2018 Speakers

Dr. Kyle Varner

Dr. Kyle Varner is a practicing hospitalist and expert in health care policy. In his upcoming book, White Coat Cartels, Dr. Varner uncovers the dark side of the U.S. health care market. Dr. Varner passionately stands for freeing the market and advocates cash-based services and medical tourism as the prevailing alternatives to the compromised health care system we are faced with today.

    Laura Ebke

    Laura served as a state senator for Nebraska's 32nd legislative district, where has spent most of her life. During her time as a sitting Libertarian Party officeholder, she spearheaded a landmark statewide occupational licensure reform bill that passed with nearly unanimous legislative support and was signed into law.

      Larry Sharpe

      Larry Sharpe was the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of New York in the 2018 election.

        Lisa Jaster

        Lisa is an engineer and soldier. She was the third woman ever to graduate from Army Ranger School. She speaks around the county and the globe regularly on topics ranging from persistence to breaking down barriers.

          Patrick M. Byrne

          Patrick M. Byrne is founder and CEO of Overstock.com.

            Jeff Hewitt

            Jeff currently serves as County Supervisor in Riverside County, CA. This board of supervisors manages an annual budget of over $5 billion in an area with a population of over 2 million people.

              Joel Trammell

              Joel is a tech entrepreneur and CEO from Austin and a Lifetime Member of the Libertarian Party.

                Lauren Daugherty

                Lauren is the Development Director of the national Libertarian Party. In 2018, she ran for Justice of the Peace in Waco and received 22% of the vote.

                  Boomer Shannon

                  Boomer currently serves as Chief-of-Staff for Jeff Hewitt in his capacity of County Supervisor in Riverside County, CA. In 2018, he served as Hewitt's Campaign Manager.

                    Howard Wetsman

                    Howard is a father, veteran, addiction psychiatrist, and Lifetime Member of the Libertarian Party.

                      Amaryllis Fox

                      Amaryllis is host of History Channel's American Ripper. She's a writer, activist, and former CIA Clandestine Service operative.

                        Jeffrey A. Tucker

                        Jeffrey is Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research.

                          Jim Cantrell

                          Jim is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vector. He brings 30 years of aerospace systems technology expertise to the table.

                            Sen. Laura Ebke

                            Sen. Laura Ebke is the highest-ranking Libertarian elected official in the country. She represents Nebraska’s 32nd district. She is running for re-election in 2018.

                              Walter Block

                              Walter is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute.

                                Naomi Brockwell

                                Naomi is a Stossel Producer, CEO of Rainsworth Productions, and host of the show Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Technologies of our Future.

                                  Tim Moen

                                  Tim, who served as a firefighter, paramedic, entrepreneur, writer, and filmmaker, leads the impressive LP of Canada.

                                    Caleb Q. Dyer

                                    Caleb is a member the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In 2017, he switched to the Libertarian Party.

                                      Matt Welch

                                      Matt Welch is Editor at Large of Reason, co-host of The Fifth Column podcast, & co-author of The Declaration of Independents.

                                        Cara Schulz

                                        Cara is a sitting city council member for Burnsville, MN, population 60,000, and Candidate Recruitment Specialist for the LNC.

                                          Robin Koerner

                                          Robin is a member of the Faculty Network at FEE and author of the book If You Can Keep It.

                                            Jilletta Jarvis

                                            Jilletta is a Candidate for Governor from NH, one of the 20 Outstanding Women of NH in 2018, and a former secretary of LPNH.

                                              Wes Benedict

                                              Wes serves as Executive Director of the Libertarian National Committee and authored the book Introduction to the Libertarian Party.

                                                Rep. Brandon Phinney

                                                Serving his first term in the New Hampshire State House, Brandon is one of three Libertarian Representatives in the state.

                                                  Larry Sharpe

                                                  Larry is an entrepreneur, a veteran and a member of the LNC. He is running for Governor of New York as a Libertarian.

                                                    Colin Cantrell

                                                    Colin is a hardware and software expert, inventor, composer, musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur determined to bring positive change to the world through his creation of Nexus.

                                                      David Pratt Demarest

                                                      David Pratt currently serves as LNC Region 6 Representative and member of the Bylaws & Rules and Affiliate Support Committees. He is Founder and CEO of the Roads to Freedom Foundation.

                                                        Gil Hildebrand

                                                        Gil is the CEO of Gilded Finance, an accounting software package for crypto businesses.

                                                          Judge James P. Gray

                                                          Jim is a nationally known and respected author and speaker who has long advocated reform of the nation’s drug laws.

                                                            Brett Pojunis

                                                            Brett runs two publicly traded marijuana companies, loves Crypto, and is working on legalizing marijuana state-by-state.

                                                              Kyle Varner, MD

                                                              Dr. Kyle Varner is a practicing physician, healthcare policy expert and passionate defender of free markets.

                                                                Matt Simon

                                                                Matt has been working since 2007 to end marijuana prohibition in New Hampshire, Vermont, and several other states.

                                                                  David Guilford

                                                                  Dave is a financial advisor, technologist, and the curator of DavesList, a weekly e-mail newsletter.

                                                                    Zoltan Istvan

                                                                    Zoltan is a transhumanist, Libertarian futurist, author, journalist, filmmaker, entrepreneur, non-profit director, speaker, political activist and 2018 Libertarian candidate for Governor of California.

                                                                      Avens O’Brien

                                                                      Avens is a second generation Libertarian activist, former Vice Chair LPNH ('06-08), and Chapter Leader of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance.

                                                                        Hesham El-Meligy

                                                                        Hesham is chairman of the Staten Island Libertarian Party, co-founder of Muslims for Liberty, Interfaith pioneer, Middle East expert—and myth buster.

                                                                          Richard Fields

                                                                          Richard is a 37 year veteran of radio, TV and print media. He served as advance man in WI for the Koch VP campaign in 1980 and is a three time Libertarian candidate.

                                                                            Jim Turney

                                                                            Jim brings his experience as a commissioner, LNC At-Large member, LNC Chair, and Leadership Institute skills to bear.

                                                                              Craig Bowden

                                                                              Craig has dedicated his life to the preservation of liberty, both economic and social as a candidate and activist.

                                                                                Sarah Daggers Stewart

                                                                                Sarah is a long-time LP activist, veteran and former police officer currently lobbying for the decriminalization of sex work.

                                                                                  Tracy Ryan

                                                                                  Tracy is the chair of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii. She has two decades of experience with sex worker rights.

                                                                                    Matthew Hurtt

                                                                                    Matthew is a libertarian activist and a Senior Trainer for Americans for Prosperity’s Grassroots Leadership Academy.

                                                                                      Kevin McCormick

                                                                                      Kevin is a technology entrepreneur and Libertarian candidate for governor of Arizona. He was also a Libertarian candidate for president in 2016.

                                                                                        R.J. Lyman

                                                                                        R.J. is a Boston-based lawyer. He ran a Super PAC supporting Bill Weld in 2016 and he is a Libertarian Party Lifetime Member.

                                                                                          Joe McKenzie

                                                                                          Joe is an entrepreneur, career strategist, and radio broadcaster with his company Ripple Connects, Inc.

                                                                                            George Zsidisin

                                                                                            George is a Business Professor (Supply Chain Management), Veteran, and lifetime member of the Libertarian Party.

                                                                                              David Spencer

                                                                                              David is a youth activist who leads the Young Americans for Convention of States and engages young people in politics.

                                                                                                Aubrey Eyrolles

                                                                                                Aubrey is a Dallas-based campaign manager, nonprofit director, community activist, and nuisance to legislators in Texas.

                                                                                                  Jason Spyres

                                                                                                  Jason founded 30 Years for Cannabis and actively works to educate the public on the realities of cannabis sentencing.

                                                                                                    Andy Burns

                                                                                                    Andy is Affiliate Development Specialist for the National LP, previously served as the LPMN Executive Director, technologist.

                                                                                                      Jess Mears

                                                                                                      Jess currently serves as the LNC’s Development Manager. She’s a group founder, past senate candidate, event organizer, and campaign manager.

                                                                                                        Dan Johnson

                                                                                                        Dan is the Executive Director of We Do Better, Founder of Solutions Institute and People Against the NDAA (PANDA)

                                                                                                          Edward Trosclair

                                                                                                          Edward is a Community Ambassador @ Lisk Foundation, Delegate @ Lisk Network specializing in information tech and systems administration.

                                                                                                            Valerie Sarwark

                                                                                                            As a devoted mother of many small children and a decade-long Libertarian, Valerie Sarwark is an adamant believer in parental freedoms.

                                                                                                              Vinny Marshall

                                                                                                              Vinny is a brand manager, podcast host, professional digital marketing manager, creative director, and entrepreneur.

                                                                                                                Aeris Stewart

                                                                                                                Aeris Stewart is the whip for the Libertarian Pragmatist Caucus, former chairman at large for the Libertarian Youth Caucus, and a full-time student.

                                                                                                                  Tom Mahon

                                                                                                                  A Libertarian Party member since 1981 and a fan of Gary Johnson, Tom served Johnson’s two presidential campaigns, and later served as fundraising and event director for Our America Initiative.

                                                                                                                    Andy Craig

                                                                                                                    Andy worked as a staff member on the 2016 Johnson–Weld campaign, where he coordinated high-profile endorsements for the Libertarian ticket — even while running, himself, for U.S. House in Wisconsin (4th district).

                                                                                                                      Daniel Fishman

                                                                                                                      Daniel is the Political Director of the LPMA and is the host of Liberty on The Air, a weekly radio show in Boston.

                                                                                                                        Cliff Maloney

                                                                                                                        Cliff is the National President of Young Americans for Liberty.

                                                                                                                          Dustin Nanna

                                                                                                                          Dustin Nanna is vice chairman of the Libertarian Party of Ohio, where in 2017 he ran for Delaware City Council.

                                                                                                                            Caitlin Cloven

                                                                                                                            Caitlin is a Libertarian candidate consultant, social media manager, and leader in the Libertarian Party of Minnesota.