2019 Keynote Speaker

Merril Hoge to deliver his inspirational Find A Way message at NY Tech Summit

Retired NFL running back and former ESPN analyst, Merril Hoge will deliver his inspirational “Find A Way” message to information technology and business professionals as the keynote address at the 15th annual NY Tech Summit, June 5-7, 2019 at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort.

“Find A Way” is a phrase that Merril Hoge has proven can be three of the most powerful words in the English language. The words have helped Merril beat cancer, overcome family tragedies, triumph over his childhood traumas and conquer his personal demons. 

A retired NFL running back and former ESPN analyst, Merril Hoge, inspires audiences with his story of prevailing over life's hurdles through strength and determination while achieving success through hard work and perseverance.

He began his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, eventually joining the Chicago Bears before retiring due to post-concussion syndrome. During his tenure as an ESPN analyst and host, he was well-known for his sharp insights and knowledge of the game. 

In 2003, Merril was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which he fought – and beat – using the same tenacity he demonstrated on the field. He shares his moving story in his memoir Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life.

In 2018, Merril published his provocative book Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football. 

Join Merril at the 2019 NY Tech Summit to learn more about finding your way.

Register here today to hear Merril's keynote address.



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