Convention Promises Magical Speaker

April 3, 2012

Billy Riggs

GMA’s Annual Convention, June 23-26 in Savannah, promises to be magic. With the theme, “The Magic of Cities,” the convention will focus on how cities are transforming lives and communities.
The magic begins with the General Opening Session on Sunday, June 23, with keynote speaker Billy Riggs, who has been called “The Dr. Phil of Magic," and is America’s source for all things attitude! Through television, radio, books, videos, his helpful website ( and live keynote speeches Riggs has used an unusual blend of comedy, music, magic and motivation to spread his positive attitude to more than a million people on five continents.
A spellbinding communicator, Riggs honed his uplifting message and speaking skills in the pulpit, founding one of America’s fastest-growing churches at the age of 29. Though his presentations now are secular, audiences sometimes sense the old preacher in him, stirred by his sincerity and power on the platform. In 2002, Riggs was presented the highest earned award of the National Speakers Association: the Certified Speaking Professional. Since 1995, he has breathed The Magic of Attitude into people, companies and organizations.
But the goose bumps aren’t always the result of dramatic oratory. When Riggs appears, things on stage begin to disappear! Using world-class magical illusions to drive home his points, his presentations have transformed hundreds of otherwise ordinary conferences into something truly special. His quick wit and quicker hands spread laughter and raise morale as listeners learn to reshape their destinies by eliminating their “Grand Illusions” and embracing even grander truths.
“GMA has a reputation for bringing some of the greatest inspirational speakers to city officials,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “This year is no exception. We want our members to be inspired, entertained and enlightened, and Mr. Riggs is going to do all that and more.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss policy issues at the six policy committee meetings and learn more about issues affecting cities at several concurrent sessions. At the Annual Business Meeting and Awards and Installation Program GMA’s 2013 Legislative Policies will be voted on and the Board of Directors and district officers will be elected. Voting delegate forms will be mailed to cities later this month. During the last half of the session, the Officers and Board will be installed, new Certified Cities of Ethics will be recognized and training certificates will be presented.

City officials can learn about the latest in municipal government services and products in the Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall will be open on Saturday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Along with concurrent sessions, district caucuses and policy committee meetings, the Convention will offer training classes on the Saturday before and the Tuesday following the Convention. Fifteen classes are scheduled for Saturday, with an additional four classes being offered on Tuesday.