LAS VEGAS Virgo Publishing announced that Olympic and professional boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard will deliver the keynote address at SupplySide West Dec. 5 at the Venetian Hotel.
Leonard’s amateur career includes three National Golden Glove titles, two AAU championships, the 1975 Pan-American Games championship, and the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games. Leonard turned professional after the Olympics to help his family defer mounting medical bills from his father’s illness. During his 20-year professional career, Leonard won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, a record that stands today.
Leonard’s sincere personality caused him to be an immediate media and crowd favorite and led to a successful career as a television broadcaster for ABC, NBC, HBO and ESPN. He has also had endorsement relationships with leading companies such as EA Sports, Nabisco, Coca-Cola, Ford and Revlon.
Leonard has always demonstrated a commitment to supporting the community and those in need. He has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for a Cure for many years. He also participates in many national and international causes benefiting needy children.
The keynote address is sponsored by Unigen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (www.unigenpharma.com), a leading research and development company that specializes in identifying and producing unique phytotherapeutic compounds for the dietary supplement, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries, and Aloecorp (www.aloecorp.com), a world leader in the supply of aloe vera raw materials including newly developed Active-Aloe™.
“We are excited to be a part of Supplyside West and sponsor a great and accomplished boxer and role model such as Sugar Ray Leonard.” stated Derek Hall, president of Unigen Pharamceuticals, and Mick Anderson, president of Aloecorp, in a recent telephone conference.
SupplySide West 2002 is scheduled for Dec. 4-6, 2002, at the Venetian Hotel and the Sands Exposition Center in Las Vegas. The keynote is set for 11 a.m. on Dec. 5, and the SupplySide West exhibit hall will open immediately following the address. More information is available at www.supplysideshow.com or by calling Virgo Publishing at (480) 990-1101.
SupplySide is produced by Phoenix-based Virgo Publishing Inc., publisher of Natural Products Industry INSIDER and HSR: Health Supplement Retailer.