National Relationship Expert Hal Runkel Promotes “Screamfree Living” At FTF Fall Banquet

Friday, August 22, 2014

First Things First, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening marriages and families, will welcome New York Times best-selling author Hal Runkel as guest speaker for their 17th Annual Fall Banquet on Sept. 23 at the Chattanooga Convention Center at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Runkel is a world-renowned expert on helping families create great relationships. He is author of ScreamFree Parenting, and ScreamFree Marriage, and is founder of the ScreamFree Institute, which offers an approach to restoring emotional calm to the world, one relationship at a time.  Mr. Runkel is also a regular contributor on NBC’s the Today Show and CW’s the Daily Buzz.  


“The ScreamFree approach to relationships is practical and transformational,” says First Things First President and CEO Julie Baumgardner. “Every time I hear Hal speak, I witness so many ‘A-ha moments’ in the room.  His approach to keeping your cool in stressful situations is a perfect complement to our mission at First Things First.  This year’s banquet promises to be a great opportunity to laugh and learn, and leave with a new perspective on enhancing our relationships.” 

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $75 per person.  New this year is a VIP Experience for $125 per person which includes an exclusive reception with Mr. Runkel and premium banquet seating. For additional information or to purchase a corporate table, call 267-5383 or visit

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