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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.

Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Investments, Cumberland Advisors

Michael McNiven serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Investments. In addition to working with clients as an investment advisor representative, Michael is responsible for Cumberland Advisors’ retirement services and is the regional representative for partner firms and financial advisors in the Midwest region of the United States. He speaks at investment conferences and other events, explaining Cumberland’s investment philosophy and portfolio options to individuals, financial advisors, and institutional clients. Prior to joining Cumberland Advisors in 2009, Michael was an Assistant Professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, teaching strategic marketing communications and research. He began his career ... Read More

Peter A. Gold, Esq.

Principal, TheGoldGroup LLC

Peter A. Gold, Esquire is the founder and president of TheGoldGroup, LLC ( www.thegoldgrp.com). 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