2008 Southwest CEO Summit – Wednesday, October 22, 2008


1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Reception

Royal Palms Resort and Spa



Rules to Follow in the Brave New World of Credit – Economic Impact on Arizona and the U.S.

Speaker:  Drew Matus, Senior U.S. Economist of Merrill Lynch

Drew Matus is a Senior Director and Senior U.S. Economist at Merrill Lynch. In this capacity, Drew is responsible for driving the interest rate outlook with regard to the Federal Reserve and Treasury market forecasts as well as the firm’s views on fiscal policy and Treasury supply. Drew has appeared regularly on CNBC, the Nightly Business Report and the BBC, in addition to being quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, and other major newspapers. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Drew worked as the senior financial markets economist at Lehman Brothers and in the market research group at Moore Capital Management, a hedge fund in New York. He also worked on the Open Market Desk of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York assisting in the implementation and analysis of monetary policy operations and conducting Treasury market surveillance on behalf of several regulatory agencies. He has an MBA with specializations in Economics and Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Colby College.


Changing Dynamics of the Energy Market and the Growing Demand for Renewable Energy Sources

Panelists:  Charles Dunlap, CEO of Pasadena Refining System Inc.

Charles Dunlap is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Pasadena Refining System Inc. (“PRSI”). PRSI is an independent refining facility in Pasadena, Texas strategically located on the Houston Ship Channel with an approximate 120,000 barrel per day refining capacity. PRSI was acquired by Astra Holding USA, Inc., from Crown Central Petroleum in January 2005. Charles led the negotiations, due diligence review and acquisition. Charles has 30 years of management experience in the Petroleum and Auto Care Industries with 14 years of public board service. He has extensive experience in providing leadership in turnaround situations and unifying multi-functional organizations into integrated, aligned teams. Charles was the founding partner of Strategic Advisors, LLC, a management consulting firm providing strategy review, financial restructuring solutions, valuation studies, and management oversight to small and mid-sized firms. Prior to that, he was the CEO, President, and Director of Precision Auto Care, Inc., a NASDAQ Small Cap company with over 6oo franchise Auto Care locations in the U.S. and international markets with system sales of $200 million. Charles also held executive positions at The Clipper Group, Crown Central Petroleum, Pacific Resources Inc., Arco Petroleum, and Clark Oil and Refining. Charles received degrees from Rockhurst College (A.B., cum laude, 1965), Saint Louis University Law School (J.D.,1968), and Harvard University Business School, Advanced Management Program (1990).

Robert Worsley, CEO of Renegy Holdings, Inc.

Robert (“Bob”) Worsley has served as Chairman and CEO of Renegy Holdings, Inc., since October 1, 2007. Bob is also the founder and owner of NZ Legacy, LLC, an Arizona land and mineral company. Prior to founding NZ Legacy in March 2002, Bob served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyMall, Inc., which he founded in 1989, until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure at SkyMall, Bob was successful in leading the company through an IPO in 1996 and a sale to Newscorp’s Gemstar affiliate in 2001, and growing the business to become the largest in-flight catalog company in the world with over $85 million in annual revenues. From 1985 to 1989, Bob was a principal of ExecuShare, Inc., an executive services firm that provided time-shared financial executives for small companies. From 1980 to 1985, Bob was an accountant with PriceWaterhouse, a public accounting firm, where he most recently held the position of Audit Manager. Bob has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. Bob was a Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years.

Moderator:  Aaron Brown, Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at ASU and Anchor for the PBS Documentary Series Wide Angle

Aaron Brown is a Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and anchors the weekly PBS documentary series Wide Angle. Aaron’s 30-year career spans from the Viet Nam protests and Watergate in the 1970’s to the beginning of the Iraq war. He is best remembered for his coverage of the attack of 9/11. On the air a half hour after the first attack and broadcasting from a rooftop in lower Manhattan, Aaron’s coverage has been called courageous, calming and insightful. From 2001 to this past November, he was the anchor and managing editor of NewsNight on CNN. Before he arrived at CNN, he was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, founding anchor of ABC’s World News Now, and anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight Saturday. He covered the trial of O.J. Simpson, two California earthquakes, the shootings at Columbine, the violent struggle for democracy in Haiti, the war in Bosnia and much more for both World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Nightline. Aaron began his career at age 18 hosting talk radio programs in Minneapolis near his hometown of Hopkins, Minnesota. After a short stint doing radio programs in Los Angeles he moved to Seattle where for the next 18 years he was a reporter and anchor at KING TV and KIRO TV. Aaron is the winner of three Emmys, a DuPont, two New York Film Society World medals and a George Foster Peabody. His coverage of 9/11 earned him the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award. Last year Aaron served as the John Rhodes Chair of American Policy and Public Institutions at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and was named the first Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at ASU.


Does It Matter to Your Business Who Wins the U.S. Elections? A Bipartisan Discussion

Keynote Discussion:  Don Bivens, Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party

Don Bivens has been Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party since August 2007. He has been active in politics for 30 years, in positions ranging from President of the Arizona Young Democrats to service as Finance Chair for former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt and for Terry Goddard, the current Attorney General of Arizona. Today Don works closely with Governor Janet Napolitano and all Democratic elected officials in Arizona on the statewide coordinated campaign. Don was a Superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention. Don is a partner at the southwestern law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. He practices from the firm’s Phoenix office, where he specializes in complex litigation, internal corporate investigations, and government relations. He is ranked one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Arizona, and is a long-time presence on top trial counsel lists such as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Litigation, and Ranking Arizona. Don is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association. He has served as President of the Western States Bar Conference, the State Bar of Arizona, and the Maricopa County Bar Association. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Don is married to Patricia Lee Refo, who is also a partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. They have two daughters in college, and an 8-year old son, Andrew, who has the family pretty much where he wants them.

Randy Pullen, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party

Randall “Randy” Pullen is currently the Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. Randy began his career in 1972 as a high school teacher. During the summers, he worked with his father and brother in Oregon to found Charleston Marina and Shipbuilding. In less than five years, the Pullen family grew Charleston Marina and Shipbuilding into the largest sport fishing company in southern Oregon. After selling the business, Randy went on to become a partner in the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche specializing in real estate and related banking issues throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. In 1992, Randy became President of ILX, Inc., a publicly traded resort management company headquartered in Phoenix, and later founded Pullen & Company, a successful accounting and consulting practice specializing in complex financial issues for both litigation and bankruptcy cases. A consummate entrepreneur, he found WageWatch, Inc. in 1999, a premier Internet-based compensation and benefit survey firm serving Fortune 1000 companies. Randy has served on numerous non-profit boards and foundations, including co-founding the annual Student Entrepreneur Competition with the Arizona State University College of Engineering. He is or has been a member of the Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Technology Council, and the Social Venture Partners. Randy is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Masters of Business Administration.

Moderator:  Aaron Brown, Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at ASU and Anchor for the PBS Documentary Series Wide Angle

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