2009 Southwest CEO Summit – Wednesday, October 21, 2009


12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Reception

InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa



The Economy, Monetary Policy, and Financial Reform

Keynote Discussion:  Vice President Dan Quayle

Dan Quayle is the Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments with offices in Asia, Europe as well as New York City. He has been with Cerberus since 1999. Cerberus is a private equity company with $25B under management. Cerberus also has an asset-based lending company, Ableco Finance which originates $5B of loans annually and Blackacre Capital Management, a $2B real estate fund. Dan’s political career includes election to Congress in 1976, age29; to the Senate in 1980, age 33; and Vice Presidency of the United States in 1988, age 41. He served as the 44th Vice President under President George Herbert Walker Bush. Prior to joining Cerberus and after his vice presidency, Dan authored three books: “Standing Firm,” a vice-presidential memoir which was on the NY Times bestseller list for 15weeks; “The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong;” and “Worth Fighting For.” He has been an active international public speaker on the lecture circuit, and he has served on many boards, both private and public. He established and sold an insurance business in Indiana. For two years he was a distinguished visiting professor of international studies at Thunderbird, School of Global Management. Dan graduated from DePauw University in 1969 and received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis in 1974.

Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dennis Lockhart took office March 1, 2007, as the 14thPresident and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, he serves on the Federal Reserve’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and is a voting member for 2009. From 2003 to 2007, Dennis served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, teaching in the master’s program. From 2001 to 2003, Dennis was managing partner at the private equity firm Zephyr Management, L.P., based in New York with activity in Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining Zephyr, Dennis worked for 13 years at Heller Financial, where he served as executive vice president and director of the parent company and as president of Heller International Group. Dennis held various positions, both domestic and international, with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup) between 1971 and 1988. Dennis was born on Feb. 1, 1947, in Bakersfield, Calif. 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. 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.

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 70’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 2007 he was the anchor and managing editor of News Night 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 OJ 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. He began his career at 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 KINGTV 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. In 2007, 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.


We’ve Survived ’09, What’s Next?

Speaker:  Dana Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of Comerica Bank

Dana Johnson has been senior vice president and chief economist at Comerica Inc. since January 2005. He leads the Bank’s economics department and provides commentary and research vital to Comerica and its customers. Dana came to Comerica from Bank One in Chicago where he served as managing director and head of research for Banc One Capital Markets. During his 18 years with Bank One, he was the chief economist for capital markets and was responsible for building the economics, foreign exchange, and fixed income research teams. Dana began his career at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, where he served for eight years doing both nonfinancial and financial analysis. His duties also included drafting speeches and testimony for former Fed Chairman Paul Volker. Dana is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and the American Economic Association. Currently he is on the American Bankers Association Economic Advisory Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University. 


What’s up in DC?

Speaker:  Eleanor Clift, Author, Contributing Editor for Newsweek, and Panelist on The McLaughlin Group

Eleanor Clift is a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. She reports on the White House, presidential politics, and a variety of national issues. Her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each week on Newsweek.com and MSNBC.com. Eleanor is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show, “The McLaughlin Group.” Playing herself as a member of The McLaughlin Group, she has appeared in several films, including “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania,” and “Dave,” as well as the CBS series, “Murphy Brown.” Eleanor’s latest book, “Two Weeks of Life,” tells the parallel stories of her husband’s death at home with hospice alongside the national debate over the right to die of a young brain-damaged woman named Terri Schiavo (Basic Books 2008). Eleanor is also the author of “Founding Sisters and the 19th Amendment” (Wiley 2003) which tells the story of the long struggle for women to gain the right to vote. The book accompanied the HBO movie, “Iron Jawed Angels,” starring Hillary Swank and Anjelica Houston. Formerly a deputy bureau chief and Newsweek’s White House correspondent, Eleanor continues to write about the White House, Congress and the political scene. She covered the Obama campaign for Newsweek’s special election project, which is a behind-the-scenes account of the presidential race that is published immediately after the November 2008 election and expanded into a book. Hillary Clinton’s strong showing in the primaries as well as her career on Capitol Hill are also part of Eleanor’s reporting duties. Eleanor covered the Gore and Kerry campaigns and was also a member of the magazine’s 2000 and 1992 election teams. She followed Bill Clinton’s campaign from the start. According to Brill’s Content, a journalism review, Eleanor is one of the most accurate predictors among the pundits on the political talk shows.

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