Brett King

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Alan Parisse

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William Shipman

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Norman Ornstein

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James Glassman

James Glassman

A former CNN talk show moderator, syndicated financial columnist, and State Department official, James K. Glassman has made a career out of taking hard to understand, complex issues and distilling them into plain, clear language. He is widely recognized as an expert on the economy, finance, technology and international affairs, and is the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, an action-oriented think tank that is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He also currently hosts Ideas in Action, a weekly public affairs program broadcast on PBS stations across the country from our nation’s capitol. Glassman wrote the first investing column for Reader’s Digest in the 1970s and went on to write columns for the Washington Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Forbes.com. He’s written three books on investing, Dow 36,000, with co-author Kevin Hassett; The Secret Code of the Superior Investor, and most recently, Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence. Glassman is a former Senior Fellow for the American Enterprise Institute, where his work focused on economics, business and understanding the intersection between policy, finance and technology. He most recently served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where he brought new Internet technology to bear on outreach to foreign republics, and Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, where he directed all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV. Read more

David Leinweber

David Leinweber

David Leinweber, author of “Nerds on Wall Street: Math, Machines and Wired Markets“, was recently named one of the Top Ten Innovators of the Decade by Advanced Trading magazine. As founder of two financial technology firms, and as manager of multi-billon dollar quantitative equity portfolios, he brings a practical approach to innovation. He is now principal of Leinweber & Co., and in a public service role, co-founder of the Center for Innovative Financial Technology at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Read more

Gene Stanaland

Gene Stanaland

Dr. Gene Stanaland has been called the “Will Rogers of Economics.” He has the uncanny ability to take complex subjects and make them understandable and entertaining. Through his wit and style he makes the “dreary science” exciting, leaving audiences laughing and informed. Possessing a unique ability to analyze current economic conditions and relate their impact on individuals and businesses in an understandable and entertaining way, Stanaland leaves audiences entertained but also educated about the economic realities of the day. Read more

Jack Perkowski

Jack Perkowski

In the early 1990s, Wall Street veteran Jack Perkowski saw opportunity and relocated to China and, in 1994, he founded what is now one of China’s most-respected companies, ASIMCO Technologies. In January, 2009 he left ASIMCO to establish JFP Holdings, a merchant banking firm focused on helping companies gain access to the China market. His perspective on doing business in China is unmatched and he shares with audiences what awaits Western businesses wishing to take advantage of the booming Chinese market. In his presentations, he shares colorful and amusing anecdotes on conducting business in China and he answers the tough questions: Is China stable enough for Western businesses? What does the future hold for the Asian markets in general? Perkowski is also the author of Managing the Dragon: How I’m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China (2008). A transplanted Westerner, Jack Perkowski’s first-person look at the realities of doing business at the frontier of the global economy is unmatched as he provides insight into how other economies affect China and the implications of China’s rise, what to anticipate – and what to look out for. Read more

Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski’s contributions in the world of economics and finance range from serving as Chief Economist for a major Midwest bank to teaching at New York University (NYU) and the prestigious University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He has also managed to be crowned a top-five speaker in the field of Economics and Finance, and is renowned for the simplicity with which he explains critical elements and classical principles of economics. After receiving his Ph.D in economics from NYU, Genetski worked in the banking industry and subsequently founded of his own economic and financial consulting service. Read more