Southwest Economic Summit: Phoenix and Mesa: Gateway to the Americas

VIDEO March 2, 2014

Speaker / Author

Scott Smith

Mayor of Mesa

Scott Smith was first elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, the third largest city in Arizona and 38th largest in America, in 2008. He was re-elected to a second term unopposed in 2012. Mayor Smith is also president of the United States Conference of Mayors, Arizona’s first Mayor to lead the organization. Mayor Smith earned a degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, and MBA and Juris Doctor from Arizona State University. Serving in his first elected office, Mayor Smith has used his private-sector experience as a CEO, accountant and attorney to usher in a new era of decisive leadership and civic ... Read More

Hank Marshall

Economic Development Officer, City of Phoenix

Hank Marshall was named economic development executive officer in March 2013. He oversees the department’s international, business development and business retention/expansion programs and initiatives. The team is charged with the pursuit of opportunity that advances economic prosperity for the City of Phoenix. Prior to joining the City of Phoenix, Marshall was senior vice president of international at the Arizona Commerce Authority. Marshall was one of the key executives that assisted with the launching of the Arizona Commerce Authority in July 2011. From 2005 to 2011, Marshall served as the CEO of AISLE21, an international consulting firm. Marshall also serves as the British ... Read More

Michael McNiven, Ph.D.

Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Advisors

Dr. Michael D. McNiven serves as a managing director and a portfolio manager for Cumberland's international and global  equity portfolio styles. He is also an investment advisor representative for the firm explaining all of Cumberland's investment options to individual and institutional clients. He joined Cumberland Advisors in April of 2009. Dr. McNiven was formerly a university professor at Rowan University prior to joining Cumberland Advisors. He has taught courses and assisted at Rowan University, University of Georgia, Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. He began his career at the Financial Times in New York working in market research, business development and advertising sales. ... Read More

Peter A. Gold, Esq.

Principal, TheGoldGroup LLC

Peter A. Gold, Esquire is the founder and president of TheGoldGroup, LLC ( The consultancy brings businesses, colleges and universities, governments and not-for-profits together to create value, seize new opportunities, leverage assets, and reduce exposure to the risks created by today’s global economy principally through identifying “high value” initiatives and stakeholders in new institutes, centers of excellence and other initiatives. TheGoldGroup, LLC assists its clients to obtain their individual objectives better, quicker and in a more cost effective and efficient manner. Representative projects for clients located in Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Geneva, Switzerland include creating a road map ... Read More