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.
Mark is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, a faculty fellow at Northwestern University, and partner in Montrose Lane Ventures. He is author several books: The Cloud Revolution (Oct. 2021), Digital Cathedrals (2020), Work In The Age Of Robots (2018), and The Bottomless Well, (2006). He served as chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public (2007 IPO). Earlier Mark served in the Reagan White House Science Office, and prior to that was an experimental physicist and development engineer in microprocessors and fiber optics.
Doug Kass is the president of Seabreeze Partners Management, Inc., a money management organization. He is the principal writer for TheStreet.com's RealMoneyPro site. Mr. Kass has lectured Harvard Business School, Tulane University, The Kellogg School at Northwestern and, in 2019, at The Yale School of Management during the Spring semester. He has written several books including Doug Kass on The Market: A Life on the Street (J Wiley) and has been featured on the cover of Barrons. Mr. Kass received his B.A. from Alfred University and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
John Buckingham joined AFAM Capital in 1987 and Kovitz 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.
As chief investment officer, Jack Ablin is the leader of Cresset Capital'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 CIO with BMO Harris Bank. He is the author of Reading Minds and Markets: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Returns in a Volatile Global Marketplace, which was on The Wall Street Journal's 2009 best-seller list. Mr. Ablin is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and Barron's. He was named in CityWealth Magazine's Leaders List in 2006, 2010-2020 and was also a finalist in the 2020 Family Wealth Report Awards in the category of "Outstanding Contribution to Wealth Management Thought Leadership".
Nicholas Vardy is a widely recognized expert on quantitative trading systems, ETFs, and global investing, and is an accomplished investment guru with several successful newsletters to his name. In 2020, he launched his quant-based trading research service, Oxford Swing Trader. He is also a featured contributor for Liberty Through Wealth and The Oxford Communiqué.