You won’t want to miss FAC’s 2015 Annual Conference, June 16-19 at the Sawgrass Marriott in St. Johns County. Our theme for this year's Conference is "Diversity Brings Us Together" and the Opening General Session on Wednesday, June 17  will focus on the diversity that is Florida and ways that our differences are also our strengths.

The keynote speaker will be Chef Jeff Henderson.  Award-winning chef and author of the New York Times best-seller Cooked, Chef Jeff Henderson discovered his passion and gift for cooking in a most unlikely place -- behind bars. The creator of the Food Network's reality series The Chef Jeff Project and the host of Family Style with Chef Jeff, he is one of the most influential African-American chefs in the country. He uses his redemptive journey--from drug dealer to TV celebrity chef to nationally acclaimed motivational speaker--to help others reboot their own dreams and gain a new foothold on the ladder to success.

In his most recent book, If You Can See It, You Can Be It, Chef Jeff teaches his 12 street-smart recipes for success. Through these recipes, audiences can discover their hidden business aptitudes, make life-changing decisions and strive for new levels of personal and professional success.

A frequent media guest, Chef Jeff has appeared on Oprah, Today, Good Morning America, and CNN and has been featured in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. His inspiring life story is now in development by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith for a major feature film.

"I didn't get arrested; I got rescued from the streets."  – Chef Jeff Henderson

Chef Jeff will be starring in a new syndicated series in the fall of 2014, Flip My Food with Chef Jeff.  In each episode, Chef Jeff will meet newscasters, local celebrities and everyday people from cities across the country to show them how to "flip" their favorite dishes into dining experiences that are more appetizing and measurably healthier. He'll show viewers how they can enjoy their favorite "guilty food pleasures" more often while cutting down on calories in the process.

Chef Jeff was  one of the keynote speakers at the NACo Annual Conference last summer and received rave reviews from attendees about his remarks, he was one of the highlights of the event. FAC is pleased to have him at our Annual Conference and hope that you will  join us to hear his engaging presentation.

Click here to read more about the incredible story on Chef Jeff Henderson. 

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