Cattrell Cos. of Toronto continues support of Speaker Series

Christine Hargrave of Cattrell Cos. Inc. and Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, discuss plans for Michael Hayden’s April 27 presentation at Catholic Central High School as part of the Trinity Health System Presents the Herald-Star Speaker Series. — Jody Wisbith

Christine Hargrave of Cattrell Cos. Inc. and Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, discuss plans for Michael Hayden’s April 27 presentation at Catholic Central High School as part of the Trinity Health System Presents the Herald-Star Speaker Series. — Jody Wisbith

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents, young and old, will have the chance to hear an important message from an intelligence expert when the Trinity Health System Presents the Herald-Star Speaker Series resumes April 27.

That’s when Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security and Central Intelligence agencies, will discuss his 40-plus-year career in the field and help to put current events into greater perspective during his 7:30 p.m. presentation in Lanman Hall at Catholic Central High School.

He’ll share a message that’s of great importance to everyone, especially young people, and one that Cattrell Cos. Inc. is proud to be able to help bring to the Tri-State Area.

“Throughout the speaker series, we at Cattrell have been excited to provide an opportunity for students to hear these exceptional lectures on such diverse topics,” said Christine Hargrave, chief executive officer and secretary-treasurer at Cattrell, while speaking about the Toronto-based firm’s longtime connection with the presentations.

Cattrell’s sponsorship will allow area students to attend Hayden’s presentation at no cost. School administrators throughout the region have been contacted with the details about how students can obtain tickets. For information, check with school officials or contact Diana Brown at the Herald-Star at (740) 283-4711.

“Hayden’s presentation may be the most important for our young people to hear,” Hargrave explained. “An individual’s personal security has been all but forgotten with today’s ease of electronic communications. Regardless of how often you warn your teens, pre-teens and even younger children to be cautious about putting too much information out there, until there is a consequence — an embarrassment or hurt — the message doesn’t seem to sink in.”

A retired four-star Air Force general, Hayden enjoys speaking about the balance between liberty and security in gathering information, especially the new questions that are raised on a daily basis as changes in technology have led to greater concerns about information that is gathered through cyber intelligence.

Cyber intelligence is a topic Hayden writes a great deal about in his book “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.” He discusses that it’s critical for signal intelligence and human intelligence to function together to keep Americans — and the rest of the world — safe. The book, which is an important read for anyone who wants insight into the intelligence work that’s done on our behalf on a daily basis, spent many weeks on the New York Times’ best-seller list during 2016.

“There truly is a cyber challenge facing each of us,” Hargrave said. “His is a timely and much-needed message for the young people — and for those of us who aren’t so young, but find ourselves sharing TMI every day.”

Joining Cattrell, Trinity and the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times as series sponsors are Eastern Gateway Community College, EZtoUse.com, Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and WTRF-TV.

A native of Pittsburgh who remains a big fan of the Steelers, Hayden served in top intelligence posts under several presidents. He was appointed as director of the NSA by President Bill Clinton, a post he held from March 1999 through April 21, 2005, when he became principal deputy director of national intelligence. President George W. Bush then selected Hayden to lead the CIA, a position he held from May 30, 2006, through Feb. 12, 2009, when he was replaced by Leon Panetta, who was named by President Barack Obama.

He has stayed busy in retirement, and is a principal in the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. He also is a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, and is co-chair of the electronic grid cybersecurity initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center. He’s a frequent commentator on television and radio news and discussion shows, and always is willing to offer his thoughts on current events and the intelligence community.

This spring’s presentation will be the eighth in the series, which began in November 2012 when former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and his co-author Lisa McCubbin spoke. Other speakers have been Antonio and Jonna Mendez, Capt. Richard Phillips, retired Air Force Col. Mark Tillman, Rebekah Gregory, Mark “Oz” Geist and Jeanine Pirro.

Reserved seat tickets cost $20 and are available by visiting heraldstaronline.com; at the Herald-Star office, 401 Herald Square; or by contacting Brown during regular business hours. All tickets will cost $25 if purchased at the auditorium the night of the presentation.

Copies of “Playing to the Edge” are available for purchase for $25 at the Herald-Star. Attendees who have books will have the opportunity to have them signed after the presentation.

A limited number of VIP ticket packages remains available at a cost of $150 for two tickets and $100 for a single ticket. The package includes admission to a private reception with Hayden that will run from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Catholic Central High School; hors d’oeuvres and beverages; the opportunity to meet Hayden and have a photograph taken with him; a copy of “Playing to the Edge;” a pass for reserved parking at the high school; and special seating for the presentation. Contact Cindy Kotsch at (740) 283-4711 for information.

A preferred seating option is still available. Priced at $50 per ticket, the package includes a paperback copy of “Playing to the Edge,” special seating and the opportunity to be among the first people to meet Hayden after the presentation. Contact Kotsch for details.

Providing support for the presentation are the Best Western Plus University Inn at Franciscan Square, Piergallini Catering, Catholic Central High School, Newbrough Photo and Hertz-Thrifty Car Rental.

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