Steve Forbes is chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media. His newest project is the podcast "What's Ahead," where he engages the world's top newsmakers, politicians, and pioneers in business and economics in honest conversations meant to challenge traditional conventions as well as featuring his signature views on the intersection of society, economic, and policy. Mr. Forbes helped create the recently released and highly acclaimed public television documentary, In Money We Trust?, which was produced under the auspices of Maryland Public television. The film was inspired by the book he co-authored, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy - and What We Can Do About It. His latest book is Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional). Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue of 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 US Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate. In both 1996 and 2000, Steve campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense.
Cottonwood Venture Partners
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 Forbes.com 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.
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.
The Prudent Speculator
John Buckingham, CIO of the 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 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.
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 of 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 is ETF strategist for The Oxford Club, a Baltimore-based financial publisher. He is editor of the Oxford Wealth Accelerator, and a contributor to LibertyThroughWealth.com. Mr. Vardy has been a columnist for TheStreet.com 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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