MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Secretary of State Beth Chapman has
been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual National Notary
Association Conference to be held this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“This year’s Conference offers guidance for Notaries at
every level — from employees and their supervisors to risk managers and
entrepreneurs,” said National Notary Association chief executive officer Marc
Reiser. “As a champion for Notaries in her state — and soon on the national
level — we are pleased to have Secretary Chapman address the nation’s Notaries
about the challenges and risks in today’s business climate.”
An expert in Notary compliance and risk management, who
has twice hosted conferences for Notaries on state law and best practices,
Secretary Chapman is perfectly suited to keynote this year’s conference, which
is focused on Managing Risks in Today’s World — a theme designed to help
attendees learn the strategies and best practices to manage risk in today’s
complex legal landscape.
A partnership between the National Notary Association and
the state of Alabama began when a representative of that organization spoke at
the first statewide training conference held in Montgomery. Their trip was not
paid for at taxpayer expense and neither will Chapman’s trip this week.
“I am very proud that my staff and I are doing enough
innovative things with notary education and training here in Alabama to garner
the attention of a national association,” Chapman said. “Anytime we can make
Alabama shine in the national spotlight is a good thing for our state.”
In addition to the 75,000 Notaries Public here in
Alabama, there are 4.8 million in our nation, many of whom will attend the
annual conference this week.
Elected Secretary of State in 2006, Chapman has
streamlined the state’s Business Services division and brought it into the 21st
Century with electronic online business filings. She created Alabama’s first
Voter Fraud Task Force, a branch of her office formed to combat voter fraud,
and is also known as a national leader in the effort to develop online voting
for military personnel to better serve those who serve abroad. Under her
leadership in 2008, the number of Alabama voters increased by approximately
200,000 and her office successfully achieved the largest voter turnout for a
presidential election in state history.
Chapman is President Elect of the National Association of
Secretaries of State and is known for representing Alabama’s successes in the
national arena with regard to the elections and business services divisions of