2011 Speakers

Debra Ballen joined Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) in 2008 as general counsel and senior vice president of public policy. She is responsible for managing all of the organization’s legal matters and overseeing IBHS’ public policy efforts. In addition, she serves as the organization’s corporate secretary. Ballen graduated with a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and an A.B. degree from Princeton University. She also has the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Hector Barreto was appointed by George W. Bush in 2001 to serve as the administrator of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). During his five years of stewardship, the SBA exceeded all previous records in small business loans, disaster relief, and procurement opportunities. Currently, Barreto is president of Barreto Associates, a Southern California-based international consulting firm, developing relationships between major corporations, government agencies, and small businesses. Barreto has received special recognition from many groups, including the U.S. Congress, the county of Los Angeles, and the YMCA. Most notably, in 2006, President Vicente Fox of Mexico honored him with the Aguila Azteca Award, the highest recognition bestowed on a citizen of another country. Barreto serves as the chairman of The Latino Coalition, a national organization that represents Latino interests in both the private and public sectors.  

 

Steven Boal founded Coupons.com Incorporated in 1998 after seeing his father-in-law descend the stairs early on a Sunday morning, trudge out the front door to get the newspaper, and then camp out at his kitchen table clipping coupons over morning coffee. Intrigued, Boal knew there had to be a better way, and Coupons.com is today the recognized leader in digital coupons. Coupons.com is consistently ranked No.1 in the Coupons/Reward category in the United States. In addition, the company is the go-to source for coupon-enabling marketing programs—including websites, email campaigns, and social media initiatives—for the largest brands in the world. Boal holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

Alithia Bruinton, director of Supplier Diversity Programs at AT&T, is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for the Supplier Diversity Channel Management Team. She has more than 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry and has developed expertise in supply chain inclusion, network management, and product management. Bruinton has a Master of Science in technology management and a Bachelor of Science in business. She attended Executive Management Programs at Harvard Business School. She also attained a Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification. Bruinton is a board member on the Supplier Diversity Development Council and a team member of the Women Presidents Educational Organization. She led a Women of Color Program within AT&T, designed to grow women businesses. She has been recognized by AT&T for her leadership capabilities and is in the AT&T Leadership Program.

Grady Burnett is vice president of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where he is responsible for sales, account management, and customer service for Facebook Ads globally. Grady also serves as a cross-functional leader who guides product and marketing priorities for Facebook’s advertising products. Previously, Grady served as director of Online Sales and Operations for Google’s AdWords team in North America. He launched the Google Ann Arbor, Michigan, office and grew the team to more than 250 people while managing a national team across five offices. Prior to this, Grady managed the national agency team at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. For five years prior to joining Google, Grady worked at DoubleClick, Inc., where he was vice president of Agency Sales. In addition to his career in advertising and management, Grady played professional tennis for three years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Eric Cantor, is results-oriented leader in Congress, is committed to helping solve problems for America's families. He has developed a broad range of innovative solutions to promote free markets, economic growth, job creation, and national security. Representing Virginia’s 7th District, Cantor has served in the House of Representatives since 2001. In the wake of the 2010 midterm elections, he was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the majority leader for the 112th Congress. In Congress, Cantor has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and ideas-driven conservative. A former small businessman, Cantor has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. His commentary is often featured in publications focusing on a wide range of issues including economic matters, health care and foreign policy.

Andy Card has been at the center of U.S. politics for more than 20 years. He served as chief of staff to then-President George W. Bush and assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for then-President George H.W. Bush. He began his political career serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983. Card served in President Reagan’s administration as deputy assistant to the president and director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1992, he was the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and at the request of the president, he coordinated the administration’s disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Card was the president and CEO of The American Automobile Manufacturers Association and later became vice president of General Motors, directing the company’s international, national, state, and local government affairs activities. He is on the board of directors of Union Pacific Railroad.

David Chavern is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He serves as chair of the Chamber’s Management Committee and is responsible for daily operations and long-term planning. This includes responsibility for a range of policy, financial, administrative, and legal operations. He also oversees several revenue operations, including corporate partnerships and small business outreach and membership. Previously, Chavern served as the Chamber’s chief of staff and vice president of its Capital Markets initiative. Earlier, he served in senior positions at the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. He holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University (valedictorian) and is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law (Order of the Coif) and the University of Pittsburgh (University Scholar). Chavern resides with his wife and two children in Falls Church, Virginia. He is a member of the board of directors of AEGON U.S. Holding Corporation and is on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy & Negotiations. He is also on the board of the Falls Church Education Foundation and the the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Tom J. Collamore is senior vice president of Communications and Strategy and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Collamore is responsible for all Chamber communications, including media outreach, web strategy, paid media, publications, member interface, and branding. In addition, he advises senior management on long-term strategy and political engagement. Before joining the Chamber in October 2007, Collamore served as chief operating officer of the Friends for Fred Thompson Committee. He spent 14 years with Altria Group, Inc., as vice president of Corporate Public Affairs. Collamore previously served as chief of staff and assistant secretary of Commerce in the George H.W. Bush administration. He served in the White House on former Vice President Bush’s senior staff from 1985 to 1989. During that time, Collamore traveled with Bush, visiting more than 30 countries and all 50 states, and served as a senior traveling aide throughout the campaign for president, culminating in Bush’s 1988 election.

 

Giovanni Coratolo is vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, he works with the Chamber’s policy experts and small and midmarket members to identify issues of importance to business. In addition, Coratolo is executive director of the small and midmarket business councils. These two councils are the Chamber’s principal standing policy committees and grassroots action groups representing legislative, regulatory, and international issues of concern to small and midmarket businesses. For 25 years before coming to the Chamber, Coratolo started, owned, and operated diverse business ventures including restaurants, a land development firm, software installation and development services, and a vending company. In the past, Coratolo served as the volunteer president and member of the board of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington as well as on the board of the National Restaurant Association.

Catherine Corley is vice president of Member Program Development at Sam’s Club®, a $40 billion division of the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, Inc. With more than 20 years’ experience, she brings a blend of strategy, marketing, and financial expertise to her role of ensuring that Sam’s Club is meeting the needs of their members by developing simple, relevant member benefits. Sam’s Club serves millions of consumer and small business members through Every Day Low Cost merchandise and access to financial services and additional savings for Plus members through e-Values. Corley has served on many industry advisory committees and boards and has a long history of championing gender diverse leadership. In 2002, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum for her leadership at Sam’s Club and contributions to the industry. Corley also serves on the Small Business Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Advisory Council of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

 

Thomas P. Cummings is the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional director for the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States. His expertise in export credit insurance is well respected within the trade community, encompassing more than 30 years’ in this profession. Cummings has worked at Ex-Im Bank for the past 17 years and is responsible for the bank’s sales and marketing to small businesses in a 16-state territory. He also served as acting senior vice president of Ex-Im Bank’s Small Business Group. Before joining the Ex-Im Bank, Cummings was employed by the Foreign Credit Insurance Association for 14 years in various positions in marketing, underwriting, and claims. Upon graduating from Long Island University with a B.S. in business management, he worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 7 years in project finance and trade finance positions.

Colleen DeBaise is The Wall Street Journal’s small business editor, an integrated position for the print Journal and online Journal. Her responsibilities include overseeing small business coverage and the development of new features that appeal to entrepreneurial readers. Her book, The Wall Street Journal. Complete Small Business Guidebook, was published in December 2009. Before joining the Journal, DeBaise was deputy editor of BusinessWeek SmallBizand editor at SmartMoney’s small business website. DeBaise began her career in financial journalism in 1998 at Dow Jones Newswires, where she spent seven years as a personal finance columnist and also lead court reporter. She has been interviewed on CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox Business News. DeBaise is a 2005 winner of the Newswomen’s Club of New York’s Front Page Award for specialized writing. She has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English from
St. Lawrence University.

Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming his position in 1997, Donohue has built the Chamber into a $200 million a year lobbying and political powerhouse with expanded influence across the globe. Donohue established the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which has won significant legal reforms in the courts, at the state and federal levels, and in elections for state attorneys general and Supreme Court judges. Under Donohue’s leadership, the Chamber has also emerged as a major player in election politics, helping elect congressional pro-business candidates through financial support and voter activism and turnout generated through the Chamber’s grassroots organization, VoteForBusiness.com. Previously to his current post, Donohue served for 13 years as president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, the national organization of the trucking industry.

Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is one of America’s leading small business experts. She is an author, speaker, and small business coach whose areas of expertise include small business startups, business development, and social media marketing. As CEO of MFE Consulting LLC, Emerson develops audio, video, and written content to fulfill her mission to end small business failure. She publishes a resource blog, succeedasyourownboss.com, and hosts a weekly talk show on Twitter called #Smallbizchat for emerging entrepreneurs. Forbes Magazinenamed Emerson one of the Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter. She has been featured on NBC Nightly Newsand in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Essence, and Black Enterprise. In 2010, her best-selling book Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Workswon a small business book award from SmallBizTrends.com. She writes a column for secondact.com and is an instructor for the Black Enterprise Small Business University.

Rita Fabi is manager of Market Solutions, Global Customer Marketing & Communications at Facebook. She is responsible for educating small and midsize businesses about Facebook products. Prior to joining Facebook, Fabi worked at American Express and managed the OPEN Savings Program®, which gives small business card members automatic discounts on business expenses. Fabi began her career at Triage Consulting Group, a small business focused on health care consulting, located in San Francisco. She has a B.A. from UC San Diego and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Carly Fiorina, business and opinion Leader, is perhaps best known as the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), what is not as well known is Carly worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school. A self-made woman, she started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first, and to date, the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. Carly served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) from 1999 to 2005, leading the reinvention of the legendary company, successfully steering it through the dot-com bust and the worst technology recession in 25 years. During her tenure, HP’s revenues doubled, from $44 billion to $88 billion, with improved profitability in every product category.

Chris Gardner is owner and CEO of the brokerage firm Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. After enduring poverty and abuse as a child and homelessness in his late twenties while raising his infant son alone, Gardner became a successful entrepreneur. He is the international best-selling author of the 2006 autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness, which was the basis for the film starring Will Smith, and the 2009 book Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Gardner is also an aspirational speaker who addresses the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles, as well as a philanthropist committed to organizations that support education and combat violence against women, homelessness, and financial illiteracy.

Bill Graham is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and owner of Graham Corporate Communications. Graham helps CEOs, salespeople, executives, managers, teachers, engineers, elected officials, and other professional leaders become more likable. Graham spent more than a decade training writers and working on the stories for Procter & Gamble’s soap operas Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Another World. He helped make those complicated stories simple enough to create an emotional connection with the viewers. Today, he helps professionals create their messages through stories and images to make a valuable connection with their audiences. He is on the faculties of Seton Hall University, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management, and the George Mason Sports Management Department. He also presents workshops for The Johns Hopkins University’s Technical Management program.

Thomas Green joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) as deputy associate administrator in June 2010. Green is responsible for helping oversee GSA’s $3 billion small business program, the staff and daily operations of OSBU, and the execution of GSA’s strategic plan. Previously, Green spent 27 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He was competitively selected to participate in NASA’s Leadership and Executive Development Program, which included a temporary assignment to the Johnson Space Center and Texas Southern University in Houston. Throughout his career, he has served as a strong advocate for small businesses and has created significant opportunities for them to work with NASA. Green earned a Masters in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Karen Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. Harbert leads the Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action through policy development, education, and advocacy. Under her leadership, the Institute has evolved into a premier national and increasingly international organization dedicated to advancing a constructive energy agenda and transforming the energy and environmental debate into a widely supported plan of action. Harbert is the former assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy and was a member of the department’s Executive Board.  She was the deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Harbert previously worked for a developer of international infrastructure and power projects. R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president for Government Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is the second ranking officer at the Chamber and the organization’s senior government and political affairs executive.Josten is the senior manager of six major divisions within the U.S. Chamber: Congressional and Public Affairs; Economic Policy; Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs; Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits; National Security & Emergency Preparedness; and Political Affairs and Federation Relations. Josten is considered one of American business’ most effective strategists in the ongoing battle with the trial lawyer lobby. He served as co-chair of the Coalition to Save Medicare and founded the Employers for a Healthy Economy coalition and is sought after as one of the most knowledgeable and articulate pro-business advocates in the health care debate.

Joan Namahana Kerr joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) as director of Supplier Diversity and Development on November 2009. Kerr brings to PG&E 24 years of leadership experience in the utility industry. Previously, at AT&T (formerly Pacific Bell and SBC), she served as executive director of Supplier Diversity Programs where she led the creation of a best-in-class program. She served on the board of directors for numerous industry associations, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Executive Committee of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Kerr is the chair of the Institute for Supply Management’s Supplier Diversity Group. She is co-chair of WEConnect International and Procurement Committee, the National Utilities Diversity Council, and the California Utilities Diversity Council.

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is serving his third term in the Senate, after having completed four terms representing Arizona’s 4th District in the House of Representatives. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to serve as Republican Whip, the second-highest position in Senate Republican leadership. Kyl also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he helped write the landmark Crime Victims Rights Act and important provisions of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and other anti-terrorism laws. As a member of the Finance Committee, he has been the chief advocate of death tax repeal and pro-growth tax policies, including low tax rates on income, capital gains, and dividends. He has also been a strong proponent of step-by-step solutions for healthcare reform. Michael Barone wrote in The Almanac of American Politics 2010 that “the unassuming Kyl quietly built a reputation for hard work, for his knowledge of the nuances of policy, and for his ability to play the inside game.”

Bill Little is president and chief executive officer of Quam-Nichols Company and chairman of the National Chamber Foundation. Little was chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1998 to1999 and has been a Chamber director since 1994. Little joined Quam-Nichols Company, a manufacturer of commercial and industrial audio products located in Chicago, in 1970 as distributor sales manager. Previously, he spent seven years as a sales executive with the South Bend Lathe Division of Amsted Industries. He serves as a director of the Ohmite Manufacturing Co., a Skokie, Illinois, resistor manufacturer, and Aerovox, Inc., a New Bedford, Massachusetts, capacitor manufacturer. Little is a past two-term chairman of the Electronic Industries Association and has served as chairman of the Distributor Products Division. He has been an officer of the Electronic Industry Show Corp. In 1981, Little was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Electronic Distributors Research Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Jeff Mascott is the managing partner of Adfero Group, where he is responsible for Adfero’s long-term vision and strategic planning to guide the fast-growing firm’s continued success in the public affairs industry. Adfero’s rapid expansion has been recognized for three consecutive years by Inc.magazine, which has included the firm on its list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Mascott’s unique blend of political experience, business savvy, and communications expertise has helped Adfero become a public relations leader that is consistently recognized for staying ahead of the latest industry trends and has earned him a spot on PRWeek’s40 Under 40” list of outstanding PR professionals. Mascott provides strategic guidance on the development of communications and grassroots campaigns for Adfero’s clients, combining both current and emerging public relations tactics.

General Stanley McChrystal is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations.  A four-star general, McChrystal is one of our nation’s most respected military leaders with a remarkable record of achievement. His significant contributions to U.S. military operations since 9/11 include commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few people can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight as McChrystal. A warrior, statesman, and scholar with a groundbreaking leadership style, McChrystal has valuable lessons to share with business leaders.

Phyllis Meyer is the director of Global Marketing Partnerships and Alliances at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence® for 170 years. Meyer has more than 25 years of finance, operations, sales, and marketing experience. In her role, she provides strategic direction for the identification, prioritization, and sourcing of new partnerships and alliances
to build upon and expand the D&B brand, and provides an alternative distribution channel of D&B products and services into new markets. Meyer holds degrees in economics and accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Georgette Mosbacher is one of America’s beauty trendsetters, a successful business leader, a best-selling author, and a nationally recognized advocate for women, children, and our wounded military. She is CEO and president of Borghese Inc., a global cosmetic company breaking new ground in the ever-evolving business of beauty and retail. Previously, Mosbacher served as CEO and owner of the prestigious beauty brand LaPrairie, where within three years of taking the helm, she generated a 100% increase in sales and profits. In addition to her success in business, Mosbacher is renowned as a national leader and fundraiser for the Republican Party. She served as the Republican National Committeewoman for the state of New York for more than a decade and was the first woman to be general chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Jack Muhs, senior vice president of International Planning and Engineering and GTS for FedEx Express, oversees all aspects of international planning and engineering for FedEx. His responsibilities include five key strategic areas: U.S. Import and Export, System Form, Freight Management, International Planning and Engineering, and Global Trade Services. In addition, he provides strategic direction to FedEx global customs clearance to ensure international service regulatory compliance. Previously, Muhs served as vice president of Global Trade Services, vice president of Global Network Planning, managing director of Operations Control, and senior manager of Global Freight Movement. Muhs is a two-time recipient of the Five Star Award, the company’s highest award for individual leadership and contribution.

Dr. Len Nichols is a professor of health policy and director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University. He plans to continue the work he began at the New America Foundation, bridging the worlds of health economics and health services research for health system stakeholders and clinical leaders, elected and appointed policy officials, and journalists. He founded and directed Health CEOs for Health Reform. Nichols testifies frequently before Congress and state legislatures, is published in a variety of health journals, and is a popular public speaker on health policy and politics. Before joining George Mason in early 2010, Nichols was director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, vice president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a research associate at the Urban Institute, senior advisor for health policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration’s health reform effort, and chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980.

 

Tami Overby has served as vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since July 2009. Overby is responsible for developing, advancing, and executing programs and policies promoting U.S. trade and investment in Asia. She works closely with Chamber member companies, business coalitions, AmChams, and government leaders to bolster U.S. business relations with this dynamic region. Previously, Overby lived and worked in South Korea for 21 years. There she raised the profile of AmCham Korea to make it the largest, most influential foreign business group in Korea. In recognition of her efforts promoting economic relations between South Korea and the United States, Overby was awarded the Korean Order of Industrial Service Merit (Silver Tower) by President Lee Myung-Bak in June 2009. She was previously recognized with a Letter of Citation (Bronze Tower) from both President Roh Moo-Hyun and President Kim Dae-Jung.

 

Dana Perino served as White House press secretary for President George W. Bush and is a nationally renowned media strategist and an active participant in the national political debate. She is president of Dana Perino and Company, a strategic communications firm she founded in 2009.  Also, she is a Fox News contributor, a member of Burson-Marsteller’s Global Strategy Team, and frequent author of opinion pieces on FoxNews.com, National Review, Politico, and The Washington Post.  She is editorial director of Crown Forum, Crown publishing’s conservative imprint. President Obama appointed Perino to the Broadcasting Board of Governors in November 2009. Perino is a founder of “Minute Mentoring,” an organization focused on giving professional guidance to young women starting their careers. She serves on the board of Mothers Day Every Day, a collaborative effort by the White Ribbon Alliance and CARE.  Perino also serves on the board of Pets2Vets. Perino graduated from Colorado State University–Pueblo with a B.A. in mass communications and received her Masters in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and her vizsla, Henry.

Dr. Martin Regalia is senior vice president for economic and tax policy and chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Before coming to the Chamber in 1993, Regalia served as the director of research for the Savings and Community Bankers of America. Before that, Regalia was executive vice president of policy development and chief economist for the National Council of Community Bankers. Regalia also served as a principal analyst in the Fiscal Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office, as an economist for the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in both the Banking and Capital Markets Sections, and as a financial economist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. USA Todaynamed Regalia one of the top 10 economists in the nation, based on the accuracy of his 2008 forecasts and his predictions for 2009. 

Lisa Rickard has served as president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) since 2003. She provides strategic leadership to ILR’s comprehensive program to change the legal culture that has resulted in our nation’s litigation explosion. Rickard, named by The National Law Journalin 2011 as one of the 34 most influential lawyers in the United States, has led comprehensive legal reform campaigns and numerous voter education initiatives. She also serves as executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber, where she leads several key strategic initiatives, including the Workforce Freedom Initiative, a multimillion-dollar grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaign. Rickard has spent more than 25 years as a public policy advocate, most recently as vice president, federal and state government affairs, for The Dow Chemical Company. Rickard serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Research and Education Institute and is a member of the Business Government Relations Council and the Carlton Club.

Wayne Rogers, a well-known professional actor, was one of the stars of the television series M*A*S*H*, a Broadway producer, and is now a news contributor to the Fox Network. He has been involved in investment activities for more than 40 years, including real estate development, business management of a number of motion picture personalities, and co-ventures with other prominent individuals and institutions. Rogers is presently chairman of Wayne M. Rogers & Co, an investment strategy firm, and CEO and chairman of Stop-N-Save, LLC, which owns and operates convenience stores in the Southeast. His business and economic expertise has evolved into managing other top Hollywood talents, running banks, heading major investment firms, and appearing as an expert witness before the House Banking Committee. Rogers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and served in the Navy for three years

Nirmal (Nim) Traeger is second vice president of Casualty Services for Travelers Risk Control. She is the practice leader for developing risk assessment and safety consulting services for Travelers Workers Compensation and General Liability insurance, including the Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomic consulting services and Products Safety units. Traeger has more than 20 years of risk control experience. Her career as an industrial hygiene specialist, director of products liability safety specialists, and a member of the Emerging Issues and Climate Change groups equips her with the tools and insight to be a trusted advisor to her customers.

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free market ideas for health reform. She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy. Turner served for a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and Quality and served as a member of the Medicaid Commission, charged with making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid. Turner is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group, which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks to analyze and develop policy recommendations. She is the editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reformand produces a widely read weekly electronic newsletter, Health Policy Matters. Turner is also a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America.