Powell will address the annual exposition on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. in McCormick Place. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. This event is open only to attendees and exhibitors at the show.
General Powell became the 65th secretary of state in 2001 under President George W. Bush, and retired from that post earlier this year. Before becoming secretary of state, Powell served as a key aide to the secretary of defense and as national security advisor to President Reagan. He also served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 - 1993). During this time he oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.