2016 Guest Speakers and Panelists
Dennis P. Lockhart took office March 1, 2007, as the 14th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Lockhart is responsible for all the Bank’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).
From 2003 to 2007, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
From 2002 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a sponsor/operator of emerging markets venture capital/private equity funds. From 2001 to 2003, Lockhart was managing partner at the private equity firm Zephyr Management LP, based in New York with activity in Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining Zephyr, Lockhart worked for 13 years at Heller Financial, where he served as president of Heller International Group, which had activities in commercial finance and merchant banking in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In 2000, he served as chairman of the advisory committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
From 1971 to 1988, Lockhart held various positions, both domestic and international, with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). Early in his career with Citibank, he worked in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Iran. From 1978 to 1986, he served in Atlanta as Citicorp’s senior corporate officer and head of corporate banking for the Southeast. And from 1987 to 1988, he was head of the firm’s Latin American debt-to-equity swap investment program, designed to restructure sovereign debt.
Lockhart serves as a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and chairs the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Midtown Alliance. He is a trustee of Agnes Scott College and the Atlanta International School. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Lockhart was born in 1947 in Bakersfield, California. He earned a B.A. in political science and economics from Stanford University in 1968 and an M.A. in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1971. He also attended the Senior Executive Program at MIT, Sloan School of Management, in 1994. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1968 to 1974.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.
Manuel Balmaseda is the Chief Economist at CEMEX, a leading global building materials corporation. Previously he served as Chief Economist for Spain and Europe at BBVA, Chief Economist for Capital Markets at BBV, professor of economics at CEMFI and visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. He has also taught at the IESE Business School in Madrid, the EOI (School of Industrial Organization) in Madrid and the Helsinki School of Economics. He collaborates with the IMF, the EU Commission, the OECD, the Secretaría General Sudamericana and other private organizations on topics related to the economics perspectives and policy action in the US, the Euro zone, Latin America and Spain, and particularly, issues related to the construction sector, real estate markets and fiscal and monetary developments. Mr. Balmaseda holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics, Government and Mathematics-Computer Science from Colby College. He is a member of several international organizations: the ECB Shadow Council, ICBE (International Conference of Business Economists), EMNET (Emerging Market Network), the Global Interdependence Council, NBEIC (National Business Economic Issues Council), the Board of Directors of NABE (National Association of Business Economics) in the US and Grupo de Expertos de Coyuntura in Spain, among other economic organizations. His current professional interests focus on international economic developments, construction and real estate market evolution, economic impact of fiscal consolidation, crisis resolution, and institutional and market reform. Mr. Balmaseda participates in conferences on these and other topics and has published numerous articles in academic journals and books and in the press.
Ray Dillon became President and Chief Executive Officer for Deltic Timber Corporation on July 1, 2003. Since his arrival, Mr. Dillon has brought to the company a revitalized focus on efficiency and personal accountability within all levels of Deltic’s operations. The effects of this enhancement in core operating principles can be seen in the recent improvements in both the operating and financial results reported by the company.
Mr. Dillon was Executive Vice President of Gaylord Container Corporation until completion of its sale to Temple Inland Corporation in April 2002. Previously, he served as Vice President-Primary Production Operations and Vice President-Mill Operations for Gaylord, in addition to his other prior responsibilities.
Mr. Dillon began his 25-year career with Gaylord in 1977 as a process engineer at the Bogalusa mill in Bogalusa, Louisiana, for the predecessor of Gaylord, Crown Zellerbach. From 1987 until 1994, he was General Manager of Gaylord’s Pine Bluff, Arkansas, manufacturing facility. During the remainder of his tenure at Gaylord, Mr. Dillon held a variety of senior level positions in the Chicago, Illinois, corporate office of this $1.2 billion manufacturer of container board, corrugated containers, and other forest industry products.
Mr. Dillon earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1977 and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 2000.
President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Chief Economist, CEMEX
President and Chief Executive Officer, Deltic Timber Corporation
Michael Drury is the chief economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Michael began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael assesses macroeconomic developments around the world to help develop hedging strategies using futures markets in interest rates, currencies and industrial materials. He travels extensively in the United States and China, as well as to Japan, Europe and Latin America. Michael is the author of McVean Trading’s “Weekly Economic Update.” He is the chairman of the Global Interdependence Center, president of the Economic Club of Memphis, was the founder and first president of the MidSouth Association for Business Economics (a chapter of NABE), and is a member of the National Business Economic Issues Council (NBEIC) and a non-resident member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. Michael lives in Germantown, Tenn. with his wife, Mahrou, and has three children.
Tyler Norton is the founder of Hero Partners and a founding partner of The Hyde-Norton Group. Tyler has 17 years of experience in the risk management and financial services industry, including 9 years of executive leadership with Beneficial Financial Group where he served as vice president, senior vice president and chief distribution officer. He also served as a senior vice president for Insphere Insurance Solutions, a private equity portfolio company of The Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs, where he reported to the CEO.
Tyler is the CEO and founder of StrategicLink – the proprietary planning and management consulting process that is exclusively offered through The Hyde-Norton Group. Tyler has over 10 years of strategic consulting experience with the StrategicLink process, having worked with a broad range of companies across multiple industries nationwide.
Tyler has a degree in economics from the University of Utah. Raised largely on the East coast, Tyler lives now in Highland, Utah with his wife Allison and their six children.
John Silvia is a managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he has held his position since he joined Wachovia, a Wells Fargo predecessor, in 2002 as the company’s chief economist.
Prior to his current position, John worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Before that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc.
John served as the president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in 2015 and was awarded a NABE Fellow Certificate of Recognition in 2011 for Outstanding Contributions to the Business Economics Profession and Leadership Among Business Economists to the Nation. For the second time in three years, he was awarded the best overall forecast by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as well as the best unemployment rate forecast for 2011. John is on the Bloomberg Best Forecast list for his forecasts of GDP, the ISM manufacturing index, housing starts, and the unemployment rate.
John holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Northeastern University in Boston and has a master’s degree in economics from Brown University. John’s first book, Dynamic Economic Decision Making, was published by Wiley in August 2011. His second book, Economic & Business Forecasting, was published in 2014, also by Wiley. John is a Certified Business Economist (CBE).
John serves as a member of the Blue Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and also serves on an informal advisory group for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He served as chair for the Economic Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Economic Advisory Roundtable. John also serves on the finance committee for the Mint Museum in Charlotte, and is a regular lecturer to the Cornell Food Executive Program. John is past president of the Charlotte Economics Club. He has also served on economic advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Public Securities Association.
A strong supporter of education and civic affairs, John serves as a member of the Business Advisory Council at the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and on the President’s Council for Charlotte’s Central Piedmont Community College. He has previously served as a board member of the British American Business Council of North Carolina, and on the Economic Development Board for the State of North Carolina, a special appointment by the Governor. He has also served on the Business Advisory Committee for the City of Charlotte.
Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments
Founder and CEO, Hero Partners
John E. Silvia, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo Securities LLC
John Ryding is the Chief Economist and a founding partner of RDQ Economics.
John was at Bear Stearns from 1991 to 2008 (most recently as the Chief U.S. Economist) where he was responsible for analyzing and forecasting U.S. economic trends and monetary policy. John has considerable experience in global central banking and monetary policy. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, he was a Senior Economist at the New York Fed from 1989 to 1991 and an Economic Advisor to the Bank of England, where he worked from 1980 to 1989.
John graduated with a BA in Economics in 1980 from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England.
Mr. Schenker is responsible for producing economic and financial market forecasts, writing market commentary, and managing the consulting projects of Prestige Economics, LLC. Since 2011, Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker one of the most accurate forecasters in the world across 27 different categories, including crude oil prices, natural gas prices, industrial metals prices, precious metals prices, foreign exchange rates, and U.S. economic indicators. In 2012, he had two books published: Commodity Prices 101 and Be the Shredder, Not the Shred. In 2016, his book Recession-Proof was published and was ranked a #1 Best Seller by Amazon. Mr. Schenker frequently appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and his research is frequently quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News.
Prior to founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked for McKinsey & Company as a Risk Specialist, where he was responsible for directing trading and risk initiatives on six continents. Before joining McKinsey, Mr. Schenker worked for Wachovia using the functional titles of Economist, International Economist, Chief Energy Economist, and Commodity Economist.
Mr. Schenker holds a Bachelor’s with distinction in History and German from UVA, an MA in German from UNC Chapel Hill, and an MA in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School and a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT. He has earned the professional designations of CVA® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERP® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFP® (Certified Financial Planner)
In January 2014, Mr. Schenker was elected to the Texas Business Leadership Council, the only CEO-based public policy research organization in Texas, which has a limited membership of 100 CEOs and Presidents.
Ellen Zentner is the Chief U.S. Economist and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, joining the firm in 2013. Ms. Zentner has been named to “Bloomberg Best” list of top forecasters of the U.S. economy and has more than 17 years’ experience as a Fed watcher and markets-based economist, with a keen eye toward early identification of market-moving trends.
Ellen joined Morgan Stanley from Nomura Securities International, where she served as Senior Economist for Fixed Income. Previously, she served as the Senior Economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, LTD., and Senior Economist at the Texas State Comptroller.
Ellen is the current president of the New York Association for Business Economics and sits on the Board of the Money Marketeers of NYU. She also serves on the Chicago Fed’s Academic Advisory Panel and the American Bankers’ Association Economic Advisory Committee. Ms. Zentner holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and is an avid fly fisherman.
Chief Economist and Founding Partner, RDQ Economics
President and Chief Economist, Prestige Economics, LLC
Chief U.S. Economist, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Mark Gottfredson is a partner in the Dallas office of Bain and Company, which he founded in 1990. Over the past 30 years, Mark has advised chief executives and top-level managers in a wide range of industries. He has served in a range of leadership positions within Bain, including leader of the global Performance Improvementpractice and as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
Mark is currently the global lead of Bain’s Complexity Management and Performance Improvement Diagnostic℠ areas, and he is also a leader in the firm’s Strategy, Industrial Goods & Services and Oil & Gas practices. Mark’s client work is primarily focused on full potential programs, revenue enhancement, cost reduction, complexity management and major change programs.
Mark is the author of The Breakthrough Imperative book, and has written extensively for publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Singapore Business Times, South China Morning Post, London Business School’s Business Strategy Review, World Business Review, and The Edge (Malaysia).
Mark is fluent in Japanese and has worked extensively in Japan. In 2005, Consulting Magazine named him one of the world’s top twenty-five consultants.
He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and in 1983 he received his MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction.
William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic adviser in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He produces the monthly “Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index” and organizes the Bank’s Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts several economic workshops and industrial roundtables throughout the year.
Strauss has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Webster University in Chicago. He currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies. At the latter institution, he was named winner of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs.
His research papers include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the automotive sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles and Federal Reserve payments operations.
Strauss has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows and quoted in the major business magazines and newspapers. He has also provided testimony concerning manufacturing issues to the U.S. Senate.
He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Business Economists; a past board member for the National Association for Business Economics; a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo; a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Economic Education; a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the Council on Competitiveness and a board member of Global Midwest Alliance.
Strauss earned a B.A. in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University.
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity; primetime television and radio show host; best-selling author; sought-after keynote speaker; and sometime cowboy. From small businesses to international corporations, he puts his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills into play, launching ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into professional development, mass marketing prowess, and affinity for social media.
Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is executive producer of a number of global television projects and is a frequent contributor to the American Marketing Association’s AMA TV and Marketing News publication. With a strong following in business and social media communities, he’s recognized as one of the top 10 c-suite Twitterers and a key influencer in the social media landscape.
Jeffrey hosts C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV. On C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett, Jeffrey takes viewers inside the c-suite of some of the world’s biggest companies, including Domino’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cadillac, and more. Hayzlett asks the tough questions to get to the bottom of business, and discovers what makes c-level executives tick. On Executive Perspectives, Jeffrey interviews business executives, thought leaders, and innovators live on stage, with interviews being recorded in front of live audiences. He brings viewers a front row seat to some of the most interesting and innovating game changers in business today.
Jeffrey is also the host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett, which airs on CBS on-demand radio network Play.It and C-Suite Radio. Jeffrey goes inside the good, bad, and ugly of recent business results from some of today’s biggest headline makers. He interviews business celebrities like Gene Simmons, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, and Kevin Jonas, in exclusive one-on-one interviews to discuss their business successes, failures, and strategies they’ve utilized to make it big.
Jeffrey is the author of two business bestsellers, Running the Gauntlet: Essential Business Lessons to Lead, Drive Change and Grow Profits and The Mirror Test: Is Your Business Really Breathing. The Mirror Test received acclaim on numerous bestseller lists including Inc’s 800CEORead, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. From the world of academia at leading business schools to corporate training and c-level circles, The Mirror Test’s thought-provoking lessons are told with bold simplicity, readability, and humor. Christie Hefner, former CEO of Playboy Enterprises, says The Mirror Test, “…provide(s) fresh insights and actionable advice in an engaging style.”
Jeffrey’s second bestseller, Running the Gauntlet, released in January 2012 and answers the question: How do I change my business in a way that instills enthusiasm and increases profits? Providing the inspiration and tools for spearheading dramatic change, Jeffrey helps readers tackle their biggest obstacles to making changes necessary for business success: fear, apathy, and failure to take personal responsibility. In his trademark fast-paced, brash, humorous style, he provides a realistic approach to competing effectively in an increasingly competitive business environment.
Jeffrey’s third book, Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, released in September 2015. Not only engaging through his writing, Jeffrey’s presence and insight is in demand; he frequently appears at events globally, addressing business growth, communications, and marketing, and is in demand around the world for conferences, events, and corporate planning meetings.
Jeffrey has years of international marketing, sales, and customer relations management experience. In 2010, Jeffrey stepped down from his role of Chief Marketing Officer at Eastman Kodak Company after four years with the company where he was responsible for Brand Development and Management, Market Development, Corporate and Product Public Relations, Communications and Public Affairs, Corporate Sponsorships, Business Development, Corporate Relationships and Partnerships, and Marketing.
Prior to joining Kodak, he led a private business development and public relations firm specializing in the technology and visual communications industries. He also held senior management positions in strategic business development and marketing at several companies, including Cenveo, Webprint, and Colorbus, Inc., and served in staff positions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Currently, Jeffrey leads The Hayzlett Group and is Chairman of TallGrass Public Relations, offering strategic business, marketing, and PR consulting, leading change for high growth businesses globally. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of C-Suite Network, the most powerful network of c-suite leaders. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance and brand building. Even when away from his home state of South Dakota, Jeffrey can always be found in his trademark cowboy boots.
Partner, Bain and Company Dallas office
Senior Economist and Economic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Primetime TV & Podcast Host,
Chairman of C-Suite Network
Danielle DiMartino Booth is President of Money Strong, an economics consultancy. She writes a widely followed newsletter and offers a unique perspective to global audiences seeking expertise in the financial markets, the economy, and the growing role played by central banks. She is a regular guest on Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Danielle spent nine years as an Advisor on monetary policy to Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard W. Fisher. She began her career in New York at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the fixed income, public equity and private equity markets. Danielle earned her BBA as a College of Business Scholar at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
John Pestana is the Co-founder of ObservePoint a enterprise software company based in Provo, Utah. ObservePoint builds a innovative data governance technology that improves the data quality of online marketing technologies.
Prior to ObservePoint, John co-founded Omniture a web analytics company which was sold to Adobe in 2009 for $1.8 billion. A distinguished entrepreneur, John has been honored with awards such as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Entrepreneur of the Decade by the BYU Marriott School Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.
In addition to John's business accomplishments he serves as chairman of the board for the Libertas Institute. Libertas Institute advances the cause of liberty in Utah using a holistic approach that includes accountability for elected officials, liberty-based legislation, strategic litigation, and effective and widespread education.
William Dunkelberg is professor emeritus of economics at the School of Business and Management, Temple University, where he served as dean from 1987 through 1994 and as director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Entrepreneurship. His prior appointments were at the Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. He has served as the chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (600,000 member firms) since 1971. He has a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Dunkelberg is a nationally known authority on small business, entrepreneurship, consumer behavior and consumer credit and government policy. He was reported by the New York Times to be one of four final candidates for vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1981, served as an adviser to the secretary of commerce and was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System in 1989 (two-year term). He is a past president and a fellow of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He was appointed to the Census Advisory Committee representing the American Economic Association in 1992 and again in 1995 (serving as chair) and served on the board of The National Bureau of Economic Research from 1996 to 1999. He is an elected member of the Conference of Business Economists (and chairman in 2003) and the National Business Economic Issues Council and the first recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Research Advocate of the Year award.
Dunkelberg has presented expert testimony before the U.S. House and Senate on consumer credit, inflation, tax reform, the minimum wage, small business, electronic funds transfer systems, energy efficiency standards, health care and monetary and fiscal policy. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, the ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News programs, Good Morning America, and numerous local news and business TV and radio shows. He is frequently quoted in major news publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the New York Times, U.S. New and World Report, Grants Interest Rate Observer, USA Today, Time, the Washington Post and Newsweek and serves on the economic forecasting panels for USA Today and Business Week and Forbes. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles and writes a monthly small business economic report for the National Federation of Independent Business. He had his own radio show on WPHT 1210 AM Philadelphia every Sunday for two years and his editorials have been carried by KYW NEWS RADIO for 14 years.
His board service includes NCO Group, ADVANTA Corp.(1989-2001), Active-e Solutions (sold to Neoware), Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg. (sold 12/02), Made4me.com (a founder,dba Intellifit.com), Ensoniq Corporation (sold to Creative Labs), the Global Interdependence Center, the Credit Research Center (Georgetown University), the Commonwealth Foundation, the International Visitors Council, The Ben Franklin Innovation Investment Advisory Committee, the National Economist Club (2001), the Javie Foundation for Charity, the Laboratory for Student Success, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Delaware Valley, and the Pennsylvania Council on Economic Education. Dunkelberg has served as a regional judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program for 14 years, a national judge in 2001 and 2003 and a member of the board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a member of the Quality of Markets Committee for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
Danielle DiMartino Booth
President, Money Strong
Bill Dunkelberg, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, NFIB
Co-founder of ObservePoint
Cameron Gunter graduated from Idaho State University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting emphasis. Prior to the founding of PEG Development, Cameron worked in private and public accounting, city management, and construction and development services.
Cameron’s experience in the public sector familiarized him with all facets of city government, including ordinances, development laws, economic development, tax incentives, special improvement districts, local and federal grants, and planning and zoning. While serving as the Executive Director of the RDA for the Micron Technology Project in Lehi, Utah, he was responsible for the largest tax incentive project in the western United States to that date ($125 million).
In addition to his public sector expertise, Cameron is a true entrepreneur. He excels in uniting the interests of landowners, investors, and even municipal leadership to create a successful project. This ingenuity has been an essential part of building PEG Development from the ground up.
As Chief Executive Officer, Jack Rivkin leads the strategic and day-to-day management of the Altegris companies. He is also Vice Chairman of the board of Altegris. In his role as Chief Investment Strategist, he provides insight and guidance to the Altegris Research and Investment Solutions Group, which has overall responsibility for identifying, selecting, and monitoring fund managers across multiple investment disciplines, and managing risk and asset allocation. He is Chairman of the Altegris Investment Committee.
A respected thought leader, appearing in a variety of fora, Jack has held senior roles in the investment industry with Neuberger Berman, Citigroup Investments, and PaineWebber, among others. His managerial achievements have been featured in one of Harvard Business School’s most popular case studies, “Lehman Brothers: Rise of the Equity Research Department,” 2006.
Jack began his investment career as an Analyst at Mitchell Hutchins, where he later became Director of Research. He subsequently held several executive positions with PaineWebber, the acquirer of Mitchell Hutchins, including CFO of PaineWebber, CEO of PaineWebber Mitchell Hutchins (PaineWebber’s equity trading and investment arm), Chairman of Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, and President of PaineWebber Capital. He later served as the Director of Global Research and Head of the Worldwide Equities Division of Lehman Brothers Inc.
Following his time at Lehman Brothers, he was a Vice Chairman and Director of Global Research at Smith Barney (ultimately a subsidiary of Citigroup), and an Executive Vice President with Citigroup Investments making direct investments and leading an investment team. He was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Private Asset Management at Neuberger Berman and subsequently continued as a Trustee of the Neuberger mutual fund complex. He is an Executive Adviser with Aquiline Capital Partners.
In addition to his direct experiences in the investment industry, Jack was an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where he taught security analysis. He is also the co-author of Risk and Reward: Venture Capital and the Making of America’s Great Industries. He has served as a Director of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the World Policy Institute, LEDA, multiple private companies, and currently, Idealab and Dale Carnegie.
He earned his professional engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Strategist, Altegris
PEG Development, Inc.