DALLAS — The Automotive Service Association (ASA), sponsor of the recently created Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), as well as the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), said Archie Manning, All-American quarterback and National Football League MVP, will be the 2008 keynote speaker at the opening general session Nov. 6.
DuPont Performance Coatings is the sponsor of the session that will be held during the NACE and CARS co-located events at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 5-8.
"When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Manning’s appeal transcends his athletic achievements and it is with great pride that DuPont will sponsor him as this year’s keynote speaker,” says Mark Wagner, vice president Refinish Americas, DuPont Performance Coatings.
Manning was recently selected as one of 10 outstanding New Orleanians by Family Service of Greater New Orleans and named Hornblower of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America. He currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies. For 25 years he hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi and is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes.
While attending the University of Mississippi, Manning was named an All-American quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. He was voted Mississippi’s Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and recently named Mississippi’s Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-1990), named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana and along with his son Peyton, Manning was named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players. Manning was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is a member of other Halls of Fame including Louisiana and Mississippi.
While in pro football, he received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. In 2005 Manning received the Legends award from the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the Aspire award, a tribute to life’s coaches, from the Cal Ripken Foundation.
His community activities include Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, NOKIA Sugar Bowl Committee, New Orleans Sports Foundation, and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Manning and his wife Olivia reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. Cooper is an institutional broker in New Orleans. Peyton is a former All-American at Tennessee. As quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, he was named MVP in the National Football League in 2003 & 2004 and was named All-Pro in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Also in 2004 he broke Dan Marino’s record by throwing for 49 touchdowns and recently won the Walter Payton award as the “NFL Man of the Year.” Eli set 47 school records as quarterback of the Ole Miss Football team and in 2003 received the Maxwell Trophy as the Outstanding Player in College Football. Eli is the quarterback of the New York Giants and was the No. 1 selection in the 2004 NFL draft.