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. Donohue has aggressively advanced The American Jobs and Growth Agenda, a plan that includes opening markets to American goods and services around the world, dramatically expanding American energy production, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, combating an avalanche of new regulations, spurring innovation, and reforming the tax code and entitlements. In addition, Donohue 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, hard work, and personal responsibility. 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. He served for 13 years as president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, the national organization of the trucking industry. Donohue and his wife, Liz, live in Potomac, Maryland. They have three sons and five grandchildren.
Charlie Cook is the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report 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.” For the 2013spring semester,Cook served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. 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. He founded The Cook Political Report in 1984, and became a twice-weekly columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s premier newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998.
Jim VandeHei is the 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. VandeHei was recently 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.
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.
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