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Steve Forbes

Forbes Media

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief

Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media. The company's flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation's leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company's licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than five million readers. has become one of the world's most influential Web sites, with more than 60 million unique visitors a month. Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of "Fact and Comment." A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate. He is the author of Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code, and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy--and What We Can Do About It, How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today's Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames; and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels Between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today...and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas. He also wrote: Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS; and A New Birth of Freedom, a book of bold ideas for the new millennium. Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.


Mark Mills

Cottonwood Venture Partners

Co-Founding Partner

Mark Mills, co-founding partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund, is also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a faculty fellow at Northwestern University's engineering school. He writes a column for on the intersections of technologies and is published widely, including frequently in The Wall Street Journal. He earlier served as chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies, helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. He is author of Work In The Age Of Robots (Encounter Books, 2018), and earlier co-authored the book, The Bottomless Well, which rose to #1 in Amazon science. He served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan, and previously was an experimental physicist and engineer in semiconductors and fiber optics, working at Canada's Bell Labs and RCA's Sarnoff Research Center.


Douglas Kass

Seabreeze Partners Management Inc.

Founder and President

Doug Kass is the principal contributor to TheStreet's Real Money Pro and the president of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc., which manages a hedge fund and individually managed accounts. Past roles include senior portfolio manager at Omega Advisors, executive senior vice president and director of institutional equities at First Albany Corporation and JW Charles/CSG, general partner at Glickenhaus & Co., as well as various positions with Putnam Management and Kidder, Peabody. Mr. Kass co-authored Citibank: The Ralph Nader Report with Nader and the Center for the Study of Responsive Law and wrote the best-selling Doug Kass On The Market: A Life on the Street in 2016. He has been featured on the cover and has been interviewed frequently in Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and has written numerous editorials for Barron's, The Financial Times, and other newspapers. Since 2003 Mr. Kass has been a guest host of CNBC's Squawk Box, and over the last three years, he has been a guest host at Bloomberg's Market Surveillance. He attended Alfred University and received his MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Alfred University in 2010 where he was vice chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Kass has lectured at Harvard Business School, the Yale School of Management, and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.


John Buckingham

The Prudent Speculator


John Buckingham, CIO of the AFAM Division of Kovitz Investment Group, joined AFAM Capital in 1987 and Kovitz Investment Group in 2018, as part of the Kovitz acquisition of AFAM. He has more than 30 years of investment management experience and serves as editor of The Prudent Speculator, which has been a trusted newsletter for over 40 years. Mr. Buckingham chairs the AFAM Investment Committee, leading a team that performs comprehensive investment research and financial market analysis. He has been featured in Barron's, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes, and frequently contributes to CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News. Mr. Buckingham is a recognized industry contributor who regularly speaks at prominent industry seminars and events.


Jack Ablin



As chief investment officer, Jack Ablin, is the leader of Cresset's investment strategy and provides investment policy and philosophy guidelines to the firm's advisor teams and clients. He joined the organization in 2018 and has three decades of experience in money management. Mr. Ablin was formerly the chief investment officer with BMO Harris Bank. He is the author of Reading Minds and Markets: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Returns in a Volatile Global Marketplace, published in July 2009 by F.T. Press, which was on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list. Mr. Ablin is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and Barron's. He served as a professor of finance at Boston University, Graduate School of Management. Mr. Ablin spent five years as a money and markets correspondent for the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. He was named one of the Top 100 Wealth Advisors in North America by CityWealth Magazine in 2006, 2010-2017.


Nicholas Vardy

Oxford Club

ETF Strategist

Nicholas Vardy is ETF strategist for The Oxford Club, a Baltimore-based financial publisher. He is editor of the Oxford Wealth Accelerator, and a contributor to Mr. Vardy has been a columnist for and for Dow Jones MarketWatch. He started his career in 1991 as an associate attorney at Baker & Mackenzie and White & Case, working on foreign direct investments and privatizations in Eastern Europe. In 1994, he joined Creditanstalt Securities, where he helped establish the bank's asset management division and helped establish and co-manage the largest investment fund in Hungary. Mr. Vardy was also vice president of the Harvard Club of Hungary. He has been an active member of the London financial community since 1996. Mr. Vardy was a portfolio manager at London-based Henderson Global Investors and a partner in a London-based hedge fund Convergence Capital. He has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Investor's Business Daily, Yahoo! Finance, and MSN Money Central. He has also appeared on CNBC Asia, Fox Business News, and CNN International.

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