Former Buckeye Roy Hall to Keynote Conference

NEWARK, Ohio, Oct. 18, 2017—Roy Hall will be the keynote speaker at the Global Business and Education Conference that will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark, 1209 University Drive. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Erin Teague will not be speaking.

Hall is a former wide receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes, drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was also a member of the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. Currently, Hall is the President of the Driven Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization he founded in 2008 with former NFL and Ohio State University Football teammate Antonio Smith. Driven's infrastructure is built on recycling community adversity and difficulties, and using them to motivate those who are challenged to produce a persevering, "never quit" mentality. This is accomplished by offering specialized events and programs that combat community and individual shortcomings that seem impossible to overcome; proving Driven to be a dependable organization of versatility. Since 2008, Driven has distributed approximately 500,000 pounds of free food to more than 4,200 Ohio families. Additionally, Driven promotes: the Driven Mentorship program for young men; birthday parties for children facing life-threatening illnesses; motivational speaking engagements and Community Outreach Day fund-raisers for other Ohio organizations, among other vehicles for impacting the lives of families and at-risk youth.

During his presentation, Calling the Play and Staying Connected to Something Bigger than Yourself, Hall will inspire students, educators, and business professionals to foster relationships that will help them become successful, globally-connected leaders.

The conference theme "Your Role in the World Economy: How to Lead, Compete and Win!" will bring together statewide business, education and industry leaders in a forum that explores worldwide social impacts and economic structures. The event will be hosted by COTC's Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC), along with partnering organizations Leadership Ohio and the Columbus Council on World Affairs. Regular registration is $129. Register online at

In addition to Hall's keynote, the opening plenary session will be presented by Patrick Terrien, president and CEO of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, with special guest Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer of Columbus 2020. A wide breadth of conference breakout sessions will be offered for business leaders and educators, including: "The World in Your Classroom," "Making Globalism a Job Skill Strength," "Skills Initiative for Building a Workforce," and "Blending Business/Industry and Technical Education."

COTC is grateful to the following conference sponsors: Columbus "Business First" - media sponsor, GROW Licking County CIC, Leadership Ohio, Licking County Job & Family Services/Ohio Means Jobs - Licking County, TrueCore Federal Credit Union, Blueway Technologies, Ohio Means Jobs - Coshocton County, Park National Bank, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, The Coshocton Foundation, The Licking County Foundation, The Wendy & Steven Cohen Family Philanthropic Fund.

The WDIC develops customized training programs and tailored technical courses that provide innovative, strategic solutions to specific challenges within business and industry. Customized contract training ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications to soft skills development and preparation for professional designation exams.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala