Keynote Speakers Announced, Registration Open for National Red Angus Convention

Posted June 1, 2021

DENVER – Cattle enthusiasts are in for a rousing lineup of speakers at the upcoming 68th annual National Red Angus Convention, set for Sept. 15-17 in Boise, Idaho. Featured during convention will be “Cowboy Ninja” Lance Pekus who has gained fame on America’s Ninja Warrior; farmer and motivational speaker Carey Portell; and sixth-generation rancher and health advocate Kiah Twisselman Burchett.

"We are looking forward to our Boise convention in September, and are super excited about the lineup of speakers we have joining us, " said Tom Brink, RAAA CEO. "When they take the podium, these speakers will be fun, informative and challenging, and will add tremendously to our event."

The ever-popular Women’s Symposium on Wednesday, Sept. 15, will feature Kiah Twisselman Burchett, a sixth generation California rancher who helps others in their journey to health and happiness by teaching the mental tools it takes to reach their goals. Twisselman doesn’t promote fad diets or restrictive eating plans, rather she promotes the mental skills needed to dispel a negative mindset that holds people back from happiness while also sharing how beef can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. Twisselman has been featured on Good Morning America, the Kelly Clarkson Show and in People Magazine for her empowering message.

Carey Portell kicks off the second day of the National Red Angus Convention on Thursday, Sept. 16. Portell is a farmer who has inspired thousands to change their perspectives by sharing her triumphs and challenges of her four-year recovery of being a survivor of a drunk driver. Receiving disabling injuries, Portell has become an expert of breaking through limitations. Her journey is compelling, humbling, shared with gut-wrenching honesty and inspires the audience to take action through their adversity and instead of “surviving,” learn to thrive.

Lance Pekus, best known as the “Cowboy Ninja” during his appearances during several seasons on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and Spartan’s Ultimate Team Challenge, is an Idaho rancher that has found his passion in obstacle racing. Pekus spends his days ranching with his in-laws while finding unique ways to train for warrior competitions that are part of everyday ranch life. Pekus will share his experiences of overcoming obstacles in life and on the ninja warrior course with attendees on Friday, Sept. 17, during the general session.

Other exciting events to be held during convention are several educational workshops addressing topics from generational transfer to leveraging leadership to building a brand online.

Registration is now open for the National Red Angus Convention in Boise, Idaho. For a full agenda and to register, please visit For media inquiries or more information, contact Brandi Buzzard Frobose, RAAA director of communications, at


The Red Angus Association of America serves the beef industry by enhancing and promoting the measurable advantages of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced cattle. The RAAA provides commercial producers with objectively described cattle by implementing new technologies and utilizing scientifically sound principles that quantify traits of economic importance to beef producers in all segments of the beef industry. For more information, visit



June 1, 2021

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Lance Pekus
Lance Pekus, "Cowboy Ninja," will be a keynote speaker at the National Red Angus Convention in Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 17.

Carey Portell
Carey Portell, farmer and motivational speaker, will be a keynote speaker at the National Red Angus Convention in Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 16. 

Kiah Twisselman Burchett
Kiah Twisselman Burchett, rancher and health advocate, will be a keynote speaker at the National Red Angus Convention during the Women's Symposium in Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 15.

National Red Angus Convention Logo
The National Red Angus Convention theme is Collaborate. Innovate. Elevate. and will be held Sept. 15-17, in Boise, Idaho.