Is a trade war brewing? How would it affect you and your business? Financial markets are very sensitive to this issue. As the administration ponders sanctions on certain imports, there is a risk that it could become an all-out trade war affecting everyone adversely. Dr. Sohnâ€™s speech will focus on the pros and cons of trade restrictions. In addition, a panel of distinguished corporate directors from Southern California will discuss how businesses should respond to the looming threat of trade frictions. The lunch event will cover the benefits of free trade, some of the unfair trade practices and possible approaches to deal with the problems.
Dr. Bogart is currently a director of Mohawk Industries (MHK); a NYSE listed floor covering firm; Michelman, Inc., a private specialty chemicals company; and ZBE Inc., a private digital printer firm. Last July, she completed her service as a director of Monolithic Power Systems (MPWR), a NASDAQ listed semiconductor firm. She was formerly a senior executive of Eastman Kodak Company. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and was recognized in the 2016 “Directorship 100". She is a Trustee of Fielding Graduate University. Further, she is President of Smith Bogart Consulting and a lecturer in the University of California at Santa Barbara Technology Management Program. She has authored articles on board influence in sustainability and social responsibility.
Ray Link served as executive vice president and CFO of FEI Company from 2005 to 2015. FEI is a leading supplier of instruments for the semiconductor and oil and gas industries and scientific applications. Before joining FEI, Ray was the CFO of TriQuint Semiconductor from 2001 to 2005 and the CFO of Sawtek Inc. from 1995 to 2001 when Sawtek merged with TriQuint.
Ray is a licensed certified public accountant and has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the board of directors of Form Factor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM), Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) and nLight Inc. He is also a Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors. He and his wife Jill Taylor moved to Santa Barbara from Portland in 2015.
Dr. Sohn is an internationally known economist. Dr. Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks. Dr. Sohn also serves as Commissioner for LACERS (Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System) and Chair of the Investment Committee, managing $18 billion in assets. He serves on the Board of Directors for Western Alliance Bancorporation, and National Association of Corporate Directors of Southern California.
Dr. Sohn is an economics professor at California State University CI and director of the Institute for Global Economic Research forecasting economic and investment conditions in the Pacific-rim countries.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured professor in Pennsylvania State University System.
In 2001, Bloomberg News selected Dr. Sohn as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United States. In 2002, Blue Chip Publications picked him as the most accurate forecaster for the Western States, and he was named to Time Magazine's Board of Economists. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured a story naming Dr. Sohn as the most accurate economist in the United States. This is the most prestigious honor in the economics profession.
Dr. Sohn was chosen as one of the 100 most influential Minnesotans of the 20th century by the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Star Tribune. Others on the list included Charles Lindberg, Sinclair Lewis, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Charles Schultz.
Dr. Sohn was a Commissioner of the Port of Los Angeles, our nation’s largest seaport. He has served on the boards of First California Bancorporation, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, LA Music Center (Performing Arts), Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Foreign Affairs Council of LA, Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota, Crystal Evangelical Free Church, Children's Theater Company, and the American Heart Association of Minnesota.
He is the author of two books: Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy (2009) and The New Economy (2014).
Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School.
Wendy Webb is CEO of Kestrel Advisors and is an Independent Director on the board of ABM Industries. She advises 9 Spokes Int’l. Wendy formerly was a director for TiVo Inc. and Jack in the Box.
Wendy was a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company, global e-commerce leader Ticketmaster and investment firm Tennenbaum Capital. She is the Co-Chair of non-profit Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Wendy is a graduate of Smith College and holds an MBA from Harvard.