U.S. Army Veteran & Winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Slated as the 2019 High Desert Opportunity Summit Keynote Speaker

J.R. Martinez wounded U.S. Army Veteran and winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Best-selling author, motivational speaker, advocate, and wounded U.S. Army Veteran, Jose Rene “J.R.” Martinez will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2019 High Desert Opportunity Summit event.  J.R.’s career path has been incredible and perhaps a bit improbable. Now a highly sought after motivational speaker, Martinez shares his experience motivating and inspiring others to believe in themselves and to never quit!

Martinez enlisted in the army out of high school.  In 2003, he survived smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body when the left front tire of his Humvee hit a roadside bomb in Karbala, Iraq.  While visiting a burn patient during his recovery, J.R. realized he had a positive impact and decided to use his own experiences to help others.  As a result, he continues to visit patients every day, sharing his story and listening to theirs.  He learned that inspiration is often a two-way street. More of his incredible journey will be shared on October 24, 2019 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.

Now in its 38th year, the original High Desert Opportunity event has officially merged with the Victor Valley College Foundation’s High Desert Economic Summit.  As one brand, committee members are capitalizing on the success of 2018 and bringing back more of the same programming as well as fresh new content.  In addition to the keynote speaker and economic forecast, the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce Expo will feature its traditional exhibitors building, offering municipalities, utilities and businesses the opportunity to display and interact with attendees.

High Desert Opportunity, which for 37 years existed to annually put on the popular High Desert Opportunity Conference, voted last year to dissolve and hand over control of the annual conference to the Victor Valley College Foundation. In doing so, High Desert Opportunity also voted to invest over $100,000 towards an endowment that will start awarding five, $1,000 scholarships to deserving students in 2019.

“The event is a favorite in the High Desert and now that it is officially under the umbrella of the Victor Valley College Foundation, sponsors and guests will know their contributions to the event will increase access to higher education for students attending Victor Valley College” said Mike Nutter, Victor Valley College Foundation Board President.

The Victor Valley College Foundation is already well under way in planning the 2019 conference presented by Desert Valley Hospital/Desert Valley Medical Group and will be held October 24, 2019 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, California.

About the Victor Valley College Foundation.The Victor Valley College Foundation is a charitable organization that makes friends and raises funds to help Victor Valley College better serve its students and community. For over 40 years, the Foundation has served as the alumni relations, community outreach and resource development partner of VVC. Visit www.vvcfoundation.comor find us on Facebook to join the growing number of people and organizations who contribute to support our mission. For more information about Victor Valley College and the programs available, visit www.vvc.edu.

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