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Astronaut to speak at OTR Conference

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Astronaut to speak at OTR Conference

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced that Captain Mark Kelly, commander of the space shuttle Endeavor’s final mission, will be the motivational speaker at the 2015 OTR Conference. Captain Kelly’s motivational address will take place on Friday, Feb. 20 and is sponsored by BKT Tires.

Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, best-selling author, prostate cancer survivor, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996 and he flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Endeavor, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.

Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir, "Gabby," the couple shares their story of hope and resilience.

“We couldn’t be more excited to hear Captain Kelly’s story. He is a true American hero who exemplifies leadership and courage and his story is sure to inspire OTR attendees. We are in for a real treat,” says TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield.

The OTR Conference will be held February 18-21, 2015 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz.

Conference information and registration forms are available at

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