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Mark Skousen

Forecasts & Strategies, High-Income Alert


Mark Skousen, PhD, was recently named one of the top 20 living economists in the world ( ). In 2018, Steve Forbes presented him with the Triple Crown in Economics for his work in theory, history and education. Dr. Skousen has been a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in California since 2014, and has the unique distinction of having worked for the government (CIA), non-profits (president of FEE), and several for-profit companies. In 2004-05, Dr. Skousen taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. Since 1980, he has been editor-in-chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter. Dr. Skousen was an analyst for the CIA, a columnist for Forbes magazine, chairman of Investment U, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He is the editor of his own Web site, , and is the producer of FreedomFest, "the world's largest gathering of free minds," which meets every July in Las Vegas ( ). He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has made regular appearances on CNBC's Kudlow & Co., the Santelli Exchange, and C-SPAN Book TV. Dr. Skousens bestsellers include The Making of Modern Economics, Investing in One Lesson, and The Maxims of Wall Street. His latest book is A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors. In honor of Dr. Skousen's work in economics, finance, and management, Grantham University renamed its business school The Mark Skousen School of Business. Based on his work, The Structure of Production (NYU Press, 1990), the federal government began publishing in Spring 2014 a broader, more accurate measure of the economy, Gross Output (GO), every quarter along with GDP.


Jo Ann Skousen

Forecasts & Strategies

Associate Editor

Jo Ann Skousen is co-producer of FreedomFest and founding director of the Anthem Film Festival. She has co-authored books on finance and economics with Mark Skousen and wrote the monthly Money Letter for Women until it merged with Mark Skousen's Forecasts & Strategies. The Skousens have traveled to nearly 70 countries, and Jo Ann frequently provides cultural insights for conference attendees.


John Prevas

Author, Mediator, and Classics Professor

John Prevas is an author, educator, and mediator. He was scholar in residence and assistant professor of classics at Eckerd College from 2001 until 2011, and since 2015 has been visiting professor of classics at the University of South Florida, Sarasota. His most recent book is Hannibal's Oath, (Hachette, 2017). Among his other books are the New York Times best seller, Power Ambition Glory, (Crown, 2009), co-authored with Steve Forbes. Envy of the Gods (De Capo, 2004), Xenophon's March, (De Capo, 2002), and Hannibal Crosses The Alps (De Capo, 2001).


Jeffrey M. Verdon, Esq.

Jeffrey M. Verdon Law Group


Jeffrey M. Verdon, Esq. is the managing partner of the Jeffrey M. Verdon Law Group, LLP, a Trust & Estates boutique law firm located in Newport Beach & Redwood City, California. Mr. Verdon's law firm has been representing affluent families and business owners to solve their complex and vexing wealth transfer challenges focusing on comprehensive estate planning with asset protection for more than three decades and is internationally recognized as an expert in his field. Mr. Verdon teaches his audiences how to increase their wealth through minimizing their taxes and protecting their family legacies with prudent asset protection strategies.


Valerie Durham


Conference Director

Valerie Durham has served as the conference director for FreedomFest since 2015, bringing together her background as a libertarian, marketing and project manager, and professional dance artist. Training as a dancer since the age of three in ballet, jazz, and modern, she is one of a few master artists in the world who specializes in the art of Isadora Duncan, known as mother of modern dance. Ms. Durham has performed professionally in New York as well as around the US and in Europe with Isadora Duncan repertory and her own original choreographies. She is the founder of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium and spearheaded the first digital archive of Isadora Duncan's life and legacy. With a Master's degree in dance and a Bachelor's degree in public relations, Valerie has worked in marketing for Phillips Publishing and run her own business in marketing, multimedia, and project management.


Michael Sheppard

Treasure Investments DBA Foundry Michaelangelo

Director Investor Relations

Michael Sheppard presently serves as a director investor relations for Treasure Investments Corporation and CEO/chairman of Nevada Mining Company. As former president of the America Cancer Society in Wisconsin, he has raised millions of dollars for charities conducting live auctions using donated Ghiglieri fine art since 1998. In addition, Mr. Sheppard has raised over $400,000,000 as president of the National Community Foundation and is a nationally known speaker on estate planning. After having served Firestone as training & development coordinator for the 48 North American plants, his expertise for the last 40 years has been to fix broken companies and minister to broken people.


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