2014 SPEAKERS

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 lobbying and political powerhouse with expanded influence across the globe. In an era of economic and fiscal challenges, Donohue has aggressively advanced the American Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda, a plan that includes expanding trade and domestic energy production, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, combating an avalanche of new regulations, protecting intellectual property, revitalizing capital markets, and reforming entitlements and the tax system. Donohue has also spearheaded the creation of the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a positive, long-term program to defend, protect, and advance the free enterprise system. A signature project of the campaign is Hiring Our Heroes, which identifies job opportunities for tens of thousands of returning military veterans and spouses. Donohue established the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which advances significant legal reforms in the courts, at the state and federal levels, and in elections for state attorneys general and Supreme Court judges. In addition, he has dramatically expanded the activities of the National Chamber Litigation Center, the Chamber’s law firm, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Previously, Donohue served for 13 years as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the national organization of the trucking industry. Earlier in his career, Donohue was deputy assistant postmaster general of the United States and vice president of development at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He serves on the board of Union Pacific Corporation. Born in New York City, Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. He holds honorary degrees from Adelphi, St. John’s, Marymount, and Bradley universities, as well as the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. He is a 2013 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. Donohue and his wife, Liz, have three sons and five grandchildren.

Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.  As chairman and CEO of Revolution, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Case partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant, ‘built to last’ businesses. Revolution entities have jointly backed more than 30 companies, including Zipcar, LivingSocial, AddThis, Lolly Wolly Doodle, Bigcommerce, and Echo360. Case began his entrepreneurial career in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL). Under his leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company. In 2000, Case negotiated the largest merger in business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner. Case was the founding chair of Startup America Partnership—an effort launched at the White House to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship across the nation. In 2013, Startup America Partnership joined forces with Startup Weekend to create UP Global, which Case chairs. He is also co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He and his wife established the Case Foundation in 1997, which has invested in hundreds of organizations, initiatives, and partnerships with a focus on leveraging the Internet and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen the social sector. He was born and raised in Hawaii and retains active ties to his home state, but has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 25 years. CNBC recently called Case, “one of the nation’s greatest entrepreneurs.”

Charlie Cook is the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report , which he founded in 1984, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted—and most accurate—voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily and also pens a regular column for The Washington Quarterly. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal, Cook produces “the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to source for Americans who want to be truly informed.” During the 2013 spring semester, Cook was a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Cook has been featured on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs, as well as Good Morning America, TODAY, Nightline, Meet the Press, and This Week. He has also been an election night analyst for CNN, CBS, and NBC News and for every presidential election since 1994. 

Susan O'Malley was the first female president of a professional sports franchise, making her a pioneer in two fields: sports and business. She knows what it takes to be a leader in a tough business environment and how to create an organization from the ground up. Once an intern with the Washington Capitals and the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards), O’Malley joined Washington Sports and Entertainment in 1986. Under her guidance, the company improved its bottom line and its winning percentage. In her first season handling off-court activities, the Wizards experienced the largest ticket revenue increase in the history of an NBA franchise. The club also achieved the highest renewal rate of season tickets ever by the franchise, including the year following the 1977–1978 championship season. O’Malley’s magic helped attract more than 21.2 million patrons through the turnstiles of the Washington, D.C.-based Verizon Center. The 2005–2006 Wizards season saw the franchise tally an unprecedented 14 sellouts, averaging more than 17,000 fans per game en route to its second consecutive trip to the NBA playoffs. Her accomplishments also include innovative marketing and customer service initiatives that are still used today. After leaving Washington Sports and Entertainment, O’Malley earned her law degree from Georgetown University, where she also taught a sports business marketing class and was awarded the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award. She was the first sports marketing professor at St. Joseph’s University and is currently teaching sports marketing and sports law at the College of Charleston.

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted more than fifty years of his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. From 1989 to 1993, Powell served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He was not only the youngest officer to ever serve in the position but also the first African-American to do so. Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed the 65th secretary of state and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Among the many U.S. military awards and decorations Powell has received are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. His civil awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. In addition, he received awards from more than two dozen countries, including a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Powell is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and is on the board of Bloom Energy. He is chairman of the advisory board of Leeds Equity Partners, a private equity firm, and the Eisenhower Fellowships, a cross-cultural program for emerging international leaders. 

Jim VandeHei is co-founder, president, and CEO of POLITICO, which is widely recognized as the most innovative and influential media company in Washington. The all-politics-all-the-time site has been a smashing success since its 2006 launch with more than 6 million different readers visiting the site each month, and more than 30,000 of the nation’s political leaders reading its Washington-based newspaper. In 2013, VandeHei was named president and CEO of Capital New York, where he plans to replicate POLITICO’s success.  VandeHei, who helped define political discourse in America, has rare and invaluable access to, and insight on, the most powerful people in the most powerful places. Vanity Fair named him among the 100 most powerful “Information Age” thinkers for helping create “the model for the new media success story.” Washingtonian magazine named him one of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium. In 2009, VandeHei was selected as the first representative of a primarily online news organization to serve on the Pulitzer Board. Before founding POLITICO, VandeHei spent more than a decade covering the power politics of Washington. He started his career at Roll Call and moved to The Wall Street Journal in the late 1990s to cover Congress and the early years of the Bush presidency. He also worked at The Washington Post where he covered all things political and served as the lead writer on major congressional debates, the 2004 presidential election, and the second term of the Bush presidency.
 
Lisa Atkins is a Director of Immigration Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  As Director of Immigration Policy Atkins manages issues involving border security, global mobility, entrepreneurship, investment, and areas related to comprehensive immigration reform.  Additionally, Atkins coordinates all grassroots and grass tops activity for the immigration policy department.  Before joining the Chamber, she was a policy analyst at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, where she worked on narcotics trafficking and border security issues.  She also worked at the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of the Chief Counsel in Miami, Florida, for Ira Kurzban on employment-based immigration issues, and at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center on human trafficking and domestic violence cases.  Atkins received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in Spanish and government and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law.  She is a member of the Florida bar.

Hector Barreto is a nationally recognized business and community leader and served for five years as the administrator of the U. S. Small Business Administration. During his years of stewardship, the SBA exceeded all previous records in small business loans, disaster relief, and procurement opportunities. Barreto serves on the National Board of the U.S. Chamber and is president of Barreto Associates, a Southern California-based insurance and consulting firm. He is also the founder of Tributo a mi Padre, Tequila in honor of his late father, a legendary Hispanic business leader. Barreto is the author of The Engine of America, which provides motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs through stories of business leaders. Barreto has received special recognition from countless groups including the Congress, the California State Senate and Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, YMCA, The American Red Cross, and the prestigious Aztec Eagle Award from the President of Mexico. He is frequently identified in key publications as one the most influential Hispanic business leaders in the country. Aside from his private business interests, he remains in great demand as a speaker, panelist, adviser or commentator on issues of concern to small business.

Peter Cancro is founder and chief executive officer of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, which operates more than 740 restaurants in 35 states from New Jersey to California. He began his business career while in high school working at Mike’s Subs, a local sub shop.  In 1975, at the age of 17, Cancro gave up a potential college football career to buy that shop.  Peter credits Rod Smith, his football coach and area banker, for making his dream possible. In 1987, he changed the name of the original Mike’s to “Jersey Mike’s” and began to expand nationally.  Today, Cancro eyes the goal of 1,300 national and international stores within the next few years. Cancro credits his philosophy of “giving” as the secret to his success.  Charities, hospitals, school systems and numerous individuals have benefited from his support. It’s a philosophy that he has emphasized to each and every Jersey Mike’s franchise owner: support the community that supports you. 

David C. Chavern is executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation. The Center, with offices in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., represents the interests of technology companies across the United States. The Center addresses the opportunities of – and challenges to – high technology development in our economy. It also makes the case that entrepreneurship and free enterprise are the keys to our future. Previously, Chavern served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber for over 7 years.  During his tenure, total revenues increased by over 60%, and he chaired the Management Committee during times of historic activity and unprecedented challenges for the organization. Chavern also founded and served as president of the Chamber’s Center for Women in Business. CWB’s objective is to increase opportunities for women at all levels of business. Additionally, he served as chief of staff and founded the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, where he quickly became one of the nation’s leading voices on corporate governance and on the regulation of U.S. capital markets. Earlier, he served in several senior positions at the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. Before coming to Washington, Chavern was in private legal practice in Philadelphia. Chavern 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). He is a member of the board of directors of AEGON U.S. Holding Corporation, the U.S. arm of the international life insurance, pension, and investment group and the parent of Transamerica Life Insurance Company. He also serves on the board of Advisors for Humin, a tech start-up that uses the mobile technology to enrich human connections by presenting relevant information at the perfect time.  Additionally, he serves on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy & Negotiations and the board of trustees at the University of Pittsburgh.

Thomas J. Collamore is senior vice president of Communications and Strategy and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for all Chamber communications, including media outreach, Web strategy, advertising, publications, member interface, and branding. In addition, he advises senior management on long-term strategy and political engagement. During his tenure at the Chamber, Collamore has spearheaded the creation of the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a positive, long-term program to defend, protect, and advance a free enterprise system based on individual initiative, limited government, and private sector-led growth. Under his leadership, America’s Small Business Summit, the Chamber’s largest annual member event, continues to bring together more than 700 small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to learn, network, and advocate for pro-business policies. Collamore has also elevated the Chamber to the forefront of social media using cutting-edge practices. Prior to joining the Chamber, Collamore spent 14 years with Altria Group, Inc., as vice president of Corporate Public Affairs.  He previously served as chief of staff and assistant secretary of commerce in the George H.W. Bush administration, and from 1985 to 1989, served in the White House on former Vice President Bush’s senior staff. Collamore is chairman emeritus of the board of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and vice chairman of the board of directors of the Benedictine School for Exceptional Children in Ridgely, Maryland. He is on the advisory boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. He is a member of the board of trustees of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. In addition, he is a member of two communications leadership organizations, The Seminar and the Arthur W. Page Society. A native of Connecticut, Collamore graduated from Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, where he serves as a trustee emeritus. He graduated magna cum laude from Drew University, where he previously served on the board of trustees. Collamore resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Jacqueline, and their four children.

Matthew J. Eggers is a senior director in the National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He handles homeland security issues, such as cybersecurity, chemical security, and pandemics, on behalf of the Chamber’s 200 National Security Task Force members. Eggers leads the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Working Group, which focuses on developing and advocating the Chamber’s cyber policies before Congress, the administration, and the business community. Eggers is the author of Internet Security Essentials for Business 2.0 (2012), a Chamber guidebook to help business owners, managers, and employees adopt effective cybersecurity practices to reduce network weaknesses and make the price of hacking increasingly steep for their adversaries. He and Chamber colleagues are spearheading an education and awareness campaign—Improving Today, Protecting Tomorrow™—to help businesses start a cybersecurity program or improve an existing one. Before joining the Chamber in 2007, Eggers was director of public policy at B&D Consulting, a government affairs firm. For nearly a decade, he developed and executed legislative and appropriations initiatives for clients. Earlier in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill for House members on the Appropriations and Homeland Security committees.

Shana Glickfield is a partner with Beekeeper Group, a leading public affairs firm specializing in digital communications in Washington, D.C. With more than 15 years of experience, Glickfield advises a variety of corporate, association, and nonprofit clients on their online communications strategies, focusing on social media and mobile technology. Glickfield graduated from Michigan State University and has a law degree from Temple University. She was one of five women named “up and comers in technology” by The Washington Post and made Washington Life magazine’s list of the most creative people in new media. She presents and comments frequently on social media topics, including for CNN.com, Mashable, ABC News, Politico, and on Capitol Hill.

Sam Graziano is chief executive officer and co-founder of Fundation, a New York City-based small business lender that utilizes a sophisticated software platform to streamline the lending process. Fundation launched its system to the public in May 2013 and is now backed by a group of high-profile private equity firms and other investors. Fundation offers a compelling alternative to bank loans:  funds delivered in as little as three days, a product with fixed interest rates and a repayment period over two to four years, and a first-of-its-kind online application designed to educate loan applicants.  Graziano is an experienced financial services professional and entrepreneur.  Prior to Fundation, Graziano spent more than a decade in investment banking and private equity where he developed an expertise on strategic, financial and operational issues for banks, specialty finance companies, asset managers, broker dealers, and other institutions throughout the financial services sector. At Centerview Partners, Graziano provided strategic and financial advisory services to some of the nation’s largest and most recognizable financial services companies.  Before that, he spent six years with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, the nation’s largest boutique investment bank focused on the financial services sector. There he executed dozens of mergers and corporate finance transactions and then co-founded the firm’s private equity practice. Graziano graduated from Bucknell University with honors with a degree in computer science & engineering.

Chip Griffin helps organizations communicate more effectively in a digital world. A pioneer in online communications since 1997 when he was appointed CEO of an Internet startup, he also holds the distinction of being one of the first individuals to serve as chief digital officer of a major public relations firm. As managing partner of Franeo, he takes a no-nonsense approach to online and mobile outreach, advising clients on the best strategies and tactics to achieve their marketing and communications goals. In addition to consulting, he co-founded CustomScoop, a news and social media monitoring software company. Griffin’s career began on Capitol Hill and includes experience in communications, advocacy, and executive leadership. He has been blogging since 1999 and frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of technology and communications. He is a graduate of American University where he is president of the Alumni Association and a member of the School of Public Affairs Advisory Council. Griffin lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.

Christopher Guith is vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. He is responsible for developing the Institute’s policies and initiatives as they apply to the legislative, executive, and regulatory branches of the federal and state governments. Previously, Guith served as deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he developed the administration’s nuclear energy policies and coordinated the department’s interactions with Congress, stakeholders, and the media. He was also the deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at DOE.  Guith is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and the University of California Santa Barbara.

Karen Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Institute). Harbert leads the Institute’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education, and advocacy. Harbert is the former assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Harbert was also a member of DOE’s Executive Board as well as the Credit Review Board. She negotiated and managed bilateral and multilateral agreements with other countries and international agencies to further the nation’s energy security and research and development objectives. Harbert was the deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She had oversight of programs in 11 countries, totaling more than $800 million and 1,000 employees. In the private sector, Harbert worked for a developer of international infrastructure and power projects valued at more than $9 billion in countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Harbert gained experience on issues associated with economic reform and privatization through earlier positions at the USAID, the Organization of American States, and the International Republican Institute. Harbert received a degree in international policy studies and political science from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is active in numerous international policy forums and resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

Caroline L. Harris is chief tax counsel and executive director of tax policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She directs the development, promotion, and publication of the Chamber’s policy on tax-related matters. She analyzes tax legislation, other legislation with revenue-raising provisions, and tax reform proposals, and submits comments, Hill letters, and testimony to Congress and regulatory agencies. Harris routinely meets with members of Congress and their staffs, the administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the Chamber’s tax policy. Harris is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Tax Section. Harris received a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. She received a Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center. Harris hails from Philadelphia and currently resides on Capitol Hill with her husband, Ethan.

James Haslam is founder of Pilot Corporation, the nation’s largest operator of travel centers and the largest seller of over-the-road diesel fuel. Started in 1958 as a single gas station, Pilot Corporation has grown to become a network of more than 650 travel centers and travel plazas in 43 states and 6 Canadian provinces. In 2013, Haslam received the Hall of Fame award from NATSO, the trade association representing the truck stop and travel plaza industry. Haslam is a 1952 graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he was starting tackle and team captain on the university’s football team.  He played in the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and won a national championship. Haslam was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. He was on active duty from 1953 to 1955 and served as a Company Commander of the Engineer Combat Company in Korea in 1954 and 1955.

Matt Heimer is a senior editor at MarketWatch, based in Chicago. He is the lead writer and editor of the Encore retirement blog and also edits features for the retirement and personal finance sections. Before joining MarketWatch, Helmer worked for 12 years at SmartMoney, the personal finance magazine of The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter, senior feature writer, and most recently, deputy editor. He has a master’s degree in law and journalism from Yale Law School, where he was a Knight Fellow. 

Gary R. Herbert, Utah’s 17th governor, took the oath of office on August 11, 2009. Herbert’s focus is on education, energy, jobs, and the ability of states to solve their own problems. Under his leadership, Utah has been recognized as the best state for business and careers by Forbes magazine, the best state to live in by GALLUP.COM, and the no. 1 pro-business state by Pollina Corporate. Herbert serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) and on the education and workforce committee of the NGA. Previously, Herbert served as lieutenant governor of Utah for 5 years. Before that, he was the Utah county commissioner for 14 years, president of the Utah Association of Counties, and board member of the Provo Orem Chamber of Commerce. Herbert met his wife at Brigham Young University. Shortly after their marriage, he joined the Utah National Guard, where he served for six years. The Herberts were small business owners for 23 years and are the parents of six children and 15 grandchildren.

Darnell Holloway is Yelp’s head of Business Outreach. Holloway hosts informational sessions with local business owners across the country to educate them on best practices for navigating the world of online reviews. He oversees Yelp’s Small Business Advisory Council and delivers  feedback from the business community to the various divisions within Yelp. In addition, Holloway hosts a series of bimonthly webinars about Yelp’s free online tools and regularly produces informative content for Yelp's Blog for Business Owners. Before joining Yelp in 2009, Holloway worked in the banking industry as a securities research broker for Thomas Weisel Partners. He is a California native and University of California, Davis alumnus.

Jack Howard is senior vice president of the Congressional and Public Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Howard is responsible for developing the strategy and leading the tactical execution of the Chamber’s congressional lobbying activities, coordinating resources in Washington and around the country, and ensuring that the division’s mission and objectives align with those of the Chamber. With more than 25 years of government service, Howard served in the White House as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. He worked in the Office of Legislative Affairs where he coordinated the efforts of senior-level White House officials, Cabinet departments, and agencies to secure congressional passage of President Bush’s legislative priorities. Howard’s extensive experience also includes having worked at the highest levels of Congress and having served as senior counsel and adviser to Republican leaders of the House and Senate, including Speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich as well as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. His experience earned him recognition as an inside leader in Washington. National Journal named him one of the “Top 50 Bush White House staff members,” and Roll Call regularly acknowledged Howard among the “Top 50 Congressional staff members.”

Janet F. Kavinoky is executive director of Transportation and Infrastructure in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is the Chamber’s senior lobbyist and policy director on all transportation issues and leads the Chamber’s Let’s Rebuild America (LRA) initiative to raise the profile of infrastructure issues, broaden stakeholder engagement, and create new opportunities for businesses to influence public policy. She is also vice president of the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition, an effort by business, labor, and transportation to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system. Kavinoky has a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of Wyoming and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., living on Capitol Hill. 

Ami Kassar, CEO and founder of MultiFunding, is a nationally renowned small business advocate and leader. He’s committed to ensuring that small business owners have the best possible access to the capital they need to help grow and manage their businesses.  Kassar has been featured in renowned publications and is the 2013 recipient of the Small Business Influencer Award as well as the 2012 Small Business Advocate Award. He regularly blogs for The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine, where he focuses on access to capital and small business issues. He developed Banking Grades, a free tool that helps small business owners discover which banks are lending to small businesses.  Before MultiFunding, Kassar was the chief innovation officer at Advanta Corporation, one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards to small business owners. Kassar founded ideablob, which became one of the nation’s leading online, small business communities, and www.bizequity.com, an initiative that helped small business owners develop valuations for their businesses. Kassar earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and graduated with a B.A. in American studies from Brandeis University. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, two children, and his English Cavalier.

Harold H. Kim serves as executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. He is responsible for providing strategy, policy guidance, programmatic management, and leadership support for ILR’s comprehensive program aimed at improving the nation’s litigation climate. Before joining ILR, Kim held several government positions, including special assistant to former President George W. Bush in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. While in the White House, Kim served as the president’s liaison to the Senate on matters involving national security, the judiciary, civil justice reform, intellectual property, and criminal law enforcement. During his tenure, he helped win confirmation for several of President Bush’s judicial and executive nominees and worked closely with Congress to advance the administration’s policy priorities.  Prior to government service, Kim was a senior litigation associate at the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP.  Kim is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. He earned a J.D. from the Catholic University of America.

Joel Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University and a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore. An expert in the future of urban development, Kotkin has published reports and white papers on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the rise of growth corridors in the U.S. economy.  His recent report Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future, an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented on not only in the United States but in Israel, Brazil, Canada, and other countries. An internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends, Kotkin is the author of two critically acclaimed books, The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 and The City: A Global History.  He is the executive editor of the widely read website www.newgeography.com, and he contributes weekly columns to Forbes.com and the Orange County Register, where he is also on the editorial board.  Kotkin is a regular contributor to the The Daily Beast.  

Tamara L. Lundgren is president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board of directors of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (SSI). With $3.3 billion of annual revenues in its last fiscal year, SSI is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metals in the United States. Lundgren joined SSI in 2005 as chief strategy officer and became its president and chief executive officer in 2008. Since then, SSI has more than tripled its revenues and has expanded its geographic footprint from 41 facilities primarily located in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California to include 120 operating facilities located along both coasts of the United States and in Alaska, Hawaii, Western Canada, and Puerto Rico. SSI’s Metals Recycling Division operates 58 facilities, including seven deepwater export operations on both coasts of the United States and in Puerto Rico. Before joining SSI, Lundgren was an investment banker, lawyer, and professional board member with 25 years of experience in the United States and Europe. She graduated from Wellesley College (B.A. with honors, 1978) and received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1982). Lundgren is a member of the board of directors of Ryder System, Inc., Parsons Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Portland Branch. She has been a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber since 2010 and currently sits on the Executive Committee. Lundgren is a member of the Committee of 200, the international organization of senior women business executives, and the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College.

Katie W. Mahoney is executive director of health policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   Mahoney has more than 13 years of health care experience in hospital and health plan operations, as well as health policy. She is responsible for developing, advocating, and publicizing the Chamber’s policy on health and works with members of Congress, the administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the organization’s health policy. Mahoney also crafts regulatory responses for the Chamber and its member companies and addresses material areas as part of a comprehensive health policy. Mahoney joined the Chamber from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig where she served as assistant director of health and FDA business. Mahoney has consulted on a variety of projects for state agencies and hospitals to maximize reimbursement and improve coverage among underserved populations, using public financing strategies. Originally from Massachusetts, Mahoney graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and earned her law degree and a master’s degree in health administration from Tulane University’s Schools of Law and Public Health and Tropical Medicine, respectively. She lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband, Jason, twin sons, and a daughter.
Former Maine 

Gov. John R. McKernan Jr. is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a senior adviser to U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. McKernan also serves as chairman and CEO of consulting and investment firms McKernan Enterprises, Inc. and Nottingham Equity, Inc. in Portland, Maine. Until August 2012, he was chairman of the board of directors of Education Management Corporation where he was CEO from 2003 to 2007 and still serves as a director. Education Management has more than 130,000 students as of October 2012, 20,000 employees, and $2.8 billion in revenue. It is among the largest providers of postsecondary education in North America based on student enrollment and revenue. McKernan serves on the boards of directors of BorgWarner, Inc., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the American Action Forum, a Washington, D.C., policy institute. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. He served his native state of Maine for two terms in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1987 and then as governor for two, four-year terms from 1987 to 1995. During his two terms as governor, McKernan was chairman of the Education Commission of the States and the National Education Goals Panel and was recognized as an Outstanding Governor by the American Society for Training and Development. He is the author of Making the Grade, a book on youth apprenticeship. McKernan has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He and his wife, former U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), reside in Falmouth, Maine, and in Washington, D.C.

Seong Ohm, senior vice president of Merchandise Business Services at Sam’s Club, develops merchandise service solutions for the second-largest warehouse club in the U.S.  Ohm brings 25 years of experience in both the retail and supplier sectors, having previously spent 10 years with Walmart Stores Inc. Previously, Ohm lead the entertainment small business unit for Walmart US, which included CE, media, wireless, and photo.  She led the team to gain market share in all categories and was awarded retailer of the year.  Before that, Ohm worked as senior vice president of the Global Merchandising Center, and spent nearly two years in Japan as senior vice president and general manager of general merchandise and consumables. Ohm worked with Fortune 500 companies AT&T and General Electric. She was named one of the 15 top innovative women in business by Pink Magazine and ranked as a top 100 MBA by Diversity Magazine. Ohm holds a bachelors’ of science in neuroscience and an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Rochester, where she is an alumni scholar. 

Luis Orbegoso, president of the Small Business Unit for The ADT Corporation, develops and executes the company’s strategy to grow the security and automation segment serving small business owners.  Orbegoso joined ADT in May 2013 as senior vice president of small business from United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Climate, Controls & Security, where he was president of the Global Fire Detection and Alarm segment. Previously, he was president of Lenel Systems International, a division of UTC’s Fire and Security segment. Before joining UTC in 2008, Orbegoso spent 13 years with General Electric in a variety of sales, marketing, and general management roles, culminating in his post as chief marketing officer of GE Equipment Services, a $7 billion division of GE Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Cheryl A. Oldham is vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is also vice president of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW). Oldham has 20 years of experience in public policy development and implementation as well as in project management and government relations. Her previous experience includes serving for 8 years in President George W. Bush’s administration. In July 2008, the president designated Oldham as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education while also serving as chief of staff to the under secretary of education. In September 2005, the secretary of education appointed Oldham executive director of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education.  She has also served as deputy associate director in the Office of Presidential Personnel and as associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs before moving to the Department of Education as White House Liaison in January 2003. Oldham received her Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her two sons, Jeffrey and Dylan.

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. Regalia appears regularly on national television news and debate programs, testifies before congressional committees, authors articles and publications on a variety of economic topics, and speaks to many groups across the country. USA Today named Regalia one of the top 10 economists in the nation, based on the accuracy of his 2008 forecasts and his predictions for 2009. Regalia has a B.A. with honors in economics from the University of Santa Clara as well as an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in monetary economics from the University of Wisconsin.

E. Phil Saunders began his entrepreneurial career in 1955 making water skis in his parents' basement. Next, he transformed his father's gas station into Travel Centers of America.  Saunders is also credited with growing the Sugar Creek convenience stores while owning Griffith Oil Company. Saunders owns Swain Ski Center, Bristol Harbour Resort, Youngblood Disposal Company, and Essex Property Management, which maintains more than 100 commercial properties and retirement communities in Ohio, North Carolina, and Arizona. He serves as chairman of PCORE Electric Company, Griffith Energy, and the Genesee Regional Bank, which he founded. His previous business history includes owner of Econocar International, owner of Richardson Foods, CEO of American Rock Salt, and senior vice president of Ryder Systems. Saunders has received numerous awards for his contributions to the business community, including the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Doctorate of Commercial Science from Paul Smith’s College. He was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

 

 

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