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May 23, 2011
Chapman to Keynote National Conference

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 her office.



For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: