|7:00||Registration and Breakfast|
Robert J. Lowe, Board Chair, Lowe Institute of Political Economy
|8:10||National and State Forecast
Jerry Nickelsburg, UCLA Anderson Forecast, Senior Economist
|8:45||Inland Empire Forecast
Marc D. Weidenmier, Claremont McKenna College, Professor of Economics and Director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy
|9:15||Redevelopment Agency Panel
|10:20||Election Year Politics and Economics
Christopher D. Myers is President and Chief Executive Officer of CVB Financial Corporation and Citizens Business Bank, joining the Company in August of 2006. Two years prior, Mr. Myers served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon First Business Bank, where he spent a total of ten years in various assignments. He began his banking career with First Interstate Bank in 1984 where he completed extensive commercial loan training and progressed through their management ranks. Mr. Myers also spent six years with Sanwa Bank California (now ‘Bank of the West’) as a Vice President and Commercial Banking Center Manager. Chris is presently a Board Member for the California Bankers Association and the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Fink Center for Finance and Investments. Mr. Myers received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harvard University in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991.
Jerry Nickelsburg joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2006 as a senior economist. At the Anderson Forecast he plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the Los Angeles, Southern California and California economies. He has conducted special studies into the future of manufacturing in Los Angeles, the distribution of income, the economic impact of the writer’s strike, the aerospace industry, the undocumented construction and manufacturing labor force, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the garment industry, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to sectoral issues. His current academic research is on organizational and individual learning in manufacturing, and the influence of power groups on the balance of trade. From 2000 to 2006, he was the Managing Principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He has been the recipient of the Korda Fellowship, USC Outstanding Teacher, India Chamber of Commerce Jubilee Lecturer and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has published over 100 articles on monetary economics, economic forecasts and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization and he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.
Manfred Keil is an Associate Professor and the former Chairman of the Faculty at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Keil is a Fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and a Research Associate at the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at CMC. He has a history of working on various aspects of business cycles and comparative economic performance (Journal of Macroeconomics, Oxford Economic Papers, Southern Economic Journal, and Canadian Public Policy). More recently, Keil has written papers on the employment effects of minimum wages and the recession of 2009. Both papers were listed among SSRN’s top 10 downloads in their respective categories.Presentation Slides
Randall Lewis is Executive Vice President and a Principal of Lewis Operating Corp., a member of the Lewis Group of Companies. Lewis Group is one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate organizations focused on developing planned communities, multifamily projects and shopping centers throughout California and Nevada. The Lewis Group of Companies is currently involved in developing more than a dozen master planned communities that will include over 60,000 homes at build out. Randall and the company devote considerable resources to enhancing the quality of life in communities where they do business. They are pioneers in programs promoting healthy communities, learning communities, and sustainable communities.
Janice Rutherford was elected to serve as San Bernardino County’s Second District Supervisor in November 2010 after serving on the Fontana City Council for 10 years. She was selected to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Board in January 2013. Supervisor Rutherford has led efforts to reduce County spending, reign in pensions, protect local businesses, and restore public trust in County government. She serves on the boards of San Bernardino Associated Governments, San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Local Agency Formation Commission, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Joint Conference Committee and Omnitrans. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with highest honors from UC Riverside before attending Claremont Graduate University where she earned a master’s degree in American politics. Supervisor Rutherford lives in Rancho Cucamonga with her husband, Steve Lim, and their two boys, Ethan and Noah. The family enjoys camping, biking, canoeing, and hiking. Janice is also an avid reader and scrapbooker.
John Tavaglione was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District on November 7, 1994, and was sworn into office on January 3, 1995. John has presided as Chairman of the Board four times during his tenure. In 2002, he was Chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and was appointed to the State of California Probation Services Task Force. He has served sixteen years as a member of Riverside County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). In January of 2002, John was appointed to the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), an agency that serves the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families populations in the Riverside/San Bernardino County Region. John is also a member of the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Board of Directors, and is a board member on the Riverside Conservation Agency (RCA). Supervisor Tavaglione was a member of the statewide Court Facilities Dispute Resolution Committee (CFDRC). Supervisor Tavaglione has been a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for the past 14 years, and was elected by California’s 58 counties in 2010-2011 to serve as President of the Association. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, John has been credited for his leadership in regional transportation issues, community and economic development and for his strong fiscal and organizational management.
Deborah A. Freund was appointed President of Claremont Graduate University on November 15, 2010. Prior to moving to CGU she was a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Economics at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and an Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. She served as Vice Chancellor and Provost at Syracuse University (1999-2006), and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) (from 1994-99), where she was also a Professor of Public Affairs, Economics and Family Medicine. She was also assistant and associate professor of health economics at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an A.B. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis (1973), an M.P.H. in Medical Care Administration (1975), a M.A. in Applied Economics (1975), and a Ph.D. in Economics (1980) from the University of Michigan.Presentation Slides
Steve PonTell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Community Renaissance, a national nonprofit housing firm with the capacity for large-scale community development projects and history of leading edge social services. National CORE’s portfolio includes over 8,000 units in four states. Mr. PonTell has an extensive background in economic and community development. He is a nationally recognized authority on community development and on creating forward-thinking organizations to maximize evolving market environments. He founded and is President of the La Jolla Institute, a California-based nonprofit think tank that advances a better understanding of the critical elements necessary for both communities and corporations to achieve sustainable economic competitiveness.
Noel Massie first came to the company in 1977 as an engineering student at San Jose State University. In 2010, Noel was named President of the South California District, a $3.5 billion business unit employing almost 20,000 people and serving over 90,000 customers daily. He has been honored with numerous global trade awards, including his most prestigious: White House Appointment to the District Export Council by the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke. Noel will serve on this board until his term ends in December of 2013.He has been a member of the Urban League’s BEEP program since 1995 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Urban League. Noel has received the Spirit of Corporate Entrepreneurship Award, 11 Congressional and Senate awards for his support of communities and civic activities, and has been featured in publications such as the Business Resource Guide and Inland Empire Business Journal. Noel received his degree in Business Management from La Salle University. He has been married for 23 wonderful years to his wife Amanda, and has two sons, Brayden, a senior in high school, and Pierce, a sophomore at LMU.Presentation Slides
John H. Semcken, III joined Majestic Realty Co. in February 1996 as Vice President and was responsible for the development of the $400 million Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, Clippers, Sparks and Avengers. John is currently the Senior Development partner responsible for the development of a 600 acre property for a new National Football League Stadium in Los Angeles and an NFL themed entertainment mixed use development. He is a co-owner and senior development partner for the $60 million redevelopment and renovation of the Pacific Palms Conference Resort. John is the senior development partner for a 310 acre industrial development in Riverside, California. He is currently working towards developing Industrial, Retail, and Hospitality projects in Los Angeles, Redlands, San Bernardino, Riverside, Texas, and Wisconsin. Overall, Semcken’s projects total more than 15 million square feet. Mr. Semcken is a 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation he attended Naval Flight training and was selected to fly fighters at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. He was selected to attend and graduated from the prestigious Navy Fighter Weapons School “TOPGUN” in June, 1983.