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The Forum


The Forum was held on October 25, 2016 at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

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The Forum Brochure

The Forum Agenda

Slideshows Presented at the 2016 Forum

Anika Khan - Slideshow Presentation

Mayor Strange and Chairman Dean - Slideshow Presentation

Meet the Speakers

Dr. David BronnerDr. David Bronner heads the State of Alabama’s $37 billion-plus public pension fund, providing benefits to more than 339,000 public employees and retirees.

Time, Governing magazine, The Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes Magazine, and others have featured Bronner for his investment strategies and financial market decisions.

Among Bronner’s high-profile investments aimed at making Alabama thrive are office buildings in Montgomery, Mobile and New York as well as the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which has helped increase state tourism from a $1.8 billion industry to a $12 billion industry. Bronner
                                          taught in the University of Alabama’s graduate schools of Business and Education and
                                          served as assistant dean and lecturer in the School of Law before joining the RSA.

Other speakers include but are not limited to:
William CanaryWilliam “Billy” Canary has led more than a decade of growth for the Business Council of Alabama, driving the creation of the partnership between the BCA and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama as well as the BCA’s Manufacturing Advocacy Council and the Business and Education Alliance of Alabama.

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed Canary, a former elected official in Long Island, N.Y., to serve as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs. He later was named chief of staff for the Republican National Committee before serving as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the BCA in

Anika R. KhanAnika R. Khan holds more than 15 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, including U.S. macroeconomic and quantitative analysis, institutional sales and trading analytics, and commercial-mortgage-backed securities underwriting.

Khan is responsible for producing commentary on U.S. residential and nonresidential real estate markets, which is frequently cited by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, USA Today, and other publications. She is also a frequent guest on radio programs produced by National Public Radio, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. She appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Through special                                                         White House invitations, Khan has discussed the economic outlook with senior administration                                            officials.

Mara LiassonMara Liasson’s reports are aired on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She provides extensive coverage of national politics and policy and political trends beyond the Beltway. She is also a FOX News Sunday contributor and panelist.

Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster, taking a leave of absence in 1988 for a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. She returned to NPR as the congressional correspondent until 1992, when she became NPR’s White House correspondent, reporting throughout the Clinton
                                          administration. She is a three-time winner of the White House Correspondents Association’s
                                          Merriman Smith Award. Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates
                                          and issues in both presidential and congressional races.


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