SPEAKERS

At the Economic Club of Florida, we pride ourselves on the caliber of our speakers who come from around the world to discuss important issues of the day. Our roster of speakers includes national and international figures, ranging from Presidential candidates and diplomats to leaders of business and finance. We have even had the privilege of featuring speakers, such as an astronaut who went to the moon, the owner of the New York Yankees and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

We invite you to view our “honor roll” of distinguished speakers of the day detailed below.

Steve Brobeck, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America (4/26/02)

Dr. John H. Budd, President, American Medical Association (11/17/77)

Bob Chase, President, National Education Association (6/8/01)

Thomas J. Donohue, President, American Trucking Association (9/13/85)

Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute (4/17/12)

Jerry J. Jasinowski, President, National Association of Manufacturers (9/30/94)

Dr. Richard L. Lesher, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1/18/85)

Larry E. Naake, Executive Director, National Association of Counties (2/2/96)

Donald T. Senterfitt, President, American Bankers Association (5/9/86)

Randolph Smoak, President, American Medical Association (3/8/01)

Sen. Richard Schweiker, President, American Council of Life Insurance (3/13/92)

Frank DiBello,President & CEO, Space Florida (7/7/15)

James W. Kennedy, Director, Kennedy Space Center, NASA (4/28/05)

James A. Lovell, Astronaut who landed on the Moon (9/8/78)

William F. Readdy, Astronaut and Associate Administrator, NASA Office of space Flight (1/15/04)

Norman Thagard, Astronaut who made five flights on the space shuttle and spent 115 days on the Russian space station Mir (3/1/96)

Matt Behnke, CPA, Associate Athletic Director and CFO, Florida State University Department of Athletics (7/25/13)

Robert W. Blanchette, President and CEO, The TGV Company (12/11/87)

Gary Chartrand, Executive Chairman, Acosta, Inc. (3/21/17)

Nikita Chernovalov, Strategy and Business Innovation Manager, Fagerhult Group (10/10/16)

Chuck Cobb, Chairman, President and CEO of Arvida Corp/CEO/Sr. Managing Director, Cobb Partners. (8/15/80 and 9/20/16)

Francis E. Ferguson, Chairman, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (1/13/84)

Patrick "Pat" Geraghty, Chairman and CEO, Florida Blue (2/18/14)

Raymond V. Gilmartin, Chairman and CEO, Merck & Company, Inc. (6/18/03)

James Hackett, Chairman, President and CEO, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (2/26/09)

Dr. Armand Hammer, Chairman, Occidental Petroleum Corp. (9/21/79)

Gary R. Heminger, President & CEO, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (3/20/15)

Erik Jacobsen, President, Deseret Ranches and General Manager, Deseret Ranches of Florida (11/14/16)

Walter O. Lowrie, President, Martin-Marietta Aerospace (9/22/83)

Robert W. Lundeen, Chairman, Dow Chemical Company (3/8/85)

Sir Raymond Derek Lygo, CEO, British Aerospace, London (1/23/87)

Ed Murray, Jr., President/Broker/Owner, NAI TALCOR (7/25/13)

Albert F. Myers, Vice President for Test Operations, Northrop Corporation (5/10/91)

James E. Nevels, Chairman, The Swarthmore Group, and Lead Independent Director, The Hershey Company (5/26/16

W. J. Price, President and CEO, Chevron , USA (6/28/91)

Dr. Walter L. Robb, President, Vantage Management, Inc. (9/6/07)

Ross Roberts, General Manager, Lincoln-Mercury Division, Ford Motor Company (11/9/90)

Michelle A. Robinson,Vice President, Government Affairs, Verizon (5/18/15)

Peter Rummell, Chairman, The St. Joe Company (11/22/02)

Dr. William C. Rupp, CEO, Mayo Clinic in Florida (3/13/14)

Roger Staubach, Chairman and CEO, The Staubach Company (3/26/03)

Susan N. Story, President and CEO, Gulf Power Company (5/17/07)

Karen Tandy, vice president, public affairs, Motorola (11/12/10)

Sidney Taurel, Chairman and CEO, ELi Lilly and Company (9/8/06)

John Thompson, General Manager, IBM North America (2/13/98)

Jay Townsend, Assistant City Manager, City of Tallahassee (7/25/13)

Bernard R. Tresnowski, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (3/11/94)

John Parke Wright, IV, Chairman, J.P Wright & Company, Inc. (1/18/07)

Larry Zelvin, Director, Citi's Cyber Security Fusion Center (9/21/15)

Jonathan Altman, Senior Analyst/Assistant Program Director for Military Strategy and Communications, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (1/13/17)

General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2/18/11)

Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen, Chief of Naval Research, U.S. Navy (10/23/03)

John H. Dalton, Secretary of the Navy (1/26/96)

Richard DeLaur, Undersecretary of Defense (2/24/84)

Thomas F. Hall, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (10/29/04)

General James J. Lindsay, Commander in Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command (12/2/88)

Mary Beth Long, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (9/5/08)

General Lance W. Lord, Commander, Air Force Space Command, USAF (1/13/04)

Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center (4/16/09)

Thomas W. O'Connell, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (4/27/07)

Steven Pomerantz, former Assistant Director, FBI; Director of Counter Terrorism and CEO, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (4/3/08)

Erik D. Prince, Owner and CEO, The Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater Worldwide (3/14/08)

Lawrence F. Snowden, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) and U.S. Chairman of the Reunion of Honor (1/28/05)

General Donn A. Starry, Commander in Chief, U.S. Readiness Command (12/9/82)

Admiral Carl Trost, Chief of Naval Operations (10/14/94)

General Larry D. Welch, Chief of Staff , U.S. Air Force (2/9/90)

General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (ret), Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East (8/23/02)

John Bolton, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (4/9/09)

Rafael Caldera, Former President, Republic of Venezuela (6/19/84)

Chuck Cobb, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, and Sr. Managing Director/CEO, Cobb Partners (9/20/16)

Allan Katz, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal (9/11/12)

Michael A. Ledeen, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute and International Affairs Expert (2/17/05)

J. William Middendorf, U.S. Ambassador to Organization of American States (4/20/84)

Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. (11/13/15)

Marshall D. Shulman, Ambassador, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State on Soviet Affairs (3/7/80)

Donald B. Sole, South African Ambassador to the U.S. (5/4/79)

Sir Roger Tomkys, Master Pembroke College and former Ambassador to Syria (2/13/02)

Kurt Waldheim, Secretary General, United Nations (2/11/83)

General Anthony Zinni, Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East (8/23/02)

Wayne Angell, Vice Chair, Federal Reserve System (10/9/86)

Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida (4/4/11 and 6/23/15)

Amy Baker, Coordinator, Florida Legislature's Office of Economic and Demographic Research (5/8/08)

Dave Bruns (AARP) and Ron Sachs (Ron Sachs Communications), "Choose Tallahassee - The Economics of Retirees" (8/18/11)

David A. Denslow, Jr., Economic Analysis Program Director, Bureau of Eonomic and Business Research, University of Florida (4/21/05 & 3/26/10)

Robert A. Eisenbeis, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (1/19/06)

John Forney, Managing Director, Raymond James (2/14/12)

Timothy Geithner, President, Warburg Pincus and former U.S. Treasury Secretary (3/1/17)/

Barry Gilway, President/CEO and Executive Director, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (7/10/14)

Richard A. Grasso, Chairman and CEO, New York Stock Exchange (3/13/00)

James Gwartney, Director, Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education, Florida State University (1/15/09)

Glenda E. Hood, Secretary of State, State of Florida (5/19/04)

Joseph T. Keating, Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Wealth Management, CenterState Bank (5/12/11)

Arthur Laffer, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California (3/8/79 & 1/8/93)

Bert Lance, Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (11/17/78)

Dennis P. Lockhart, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (3/3/11)

Dr. William D. Law, Jr., Chairman, Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County (6/29/06)

John Marks, Mayor, City of Tallahassee (6/29/06)

Paul W. McCracken, Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisors (5/5/95)

Ken Mehlman, Global Director of Public Affairs, Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts (1/8/13)

G. William Miller, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Chairman, G. William Miller, Inc. (10/14/88)

Gregory L. Miller, First Vice President and Chief Economist, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (10/14/04)

Leon E. Panetta, Director, U. S. Office of Management and Budget (10/22/93)

Peter G. Peterson, Chairman, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Inc., and former Secretary of Commerce (5/19/83)

John Phelan Jr., President, New York Stock Exchange (11/29/83)

John Phelan Jr., President, New York Stock Exchange (11/29/83)

Lindsey M. Piegza, Chief Economist, Stifel, Nicolaus and Company, Inc. (8/19/15)

Richard Rahn, Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (11/20/87 & 5/13/93)

Vincent R. Reinhart, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and former director of the Federal Reserve

Board's Division of Monetary Affairs (11/12/08)

Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce (6/22/12)

Thomas Saving, Director, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University (10/13/05)

Charles L. Schultze, Chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisors (10/27/80)

Gray Swoope, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President/CEO, Enterprise Florida (8/21/12)

Manley H. Thaler, Attorney and Presdient, Thaler and Thaler, P.A. (6/4/10)

Mark Vitner, Senior Economist and Director of Corporate & Investment Banking, Wachovia Corporation (1/29/04)

Paul Volcker, former Chairman, Federal Reserve System (6/21/00)

David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States (6/10/05)

David M. Walker, Founder and CEO, Comeback America Initiative and former Comptroller General of the United States (6/17/13)

Dr. Manuel F. Ayau, President, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala (9/25/81)

Eric J. Barron, Ph.D., President, Florida State University (10/7/10)

Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor, State University System of Florida (6/2/11)

Marshall Criser, III, Chancellor, State University System of Florida (8/14/14)

Talbot “Sandy” D'Alemberte, President, Florida State University (8/31/00)

David Day, Director, Office of Technology Licensing, University of Florida (4/21/14)

Joseph A. Fernandez, Chancellor, New York City Public Schools (4/10/92)

Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida (2/14/17)

Dr. Fred Gainous, President, Florida A&M University (10/23/02)

John Kirtley,Co-Founder, KLH Capital (4/26/16)

John Lombardi, President, University of Florida (11/30/90 & 7/25/97)

Dr. J. Bernard Machen, President, University of Florida (6/11/04)

Dr. Elmira Mangum, President, Florida A&M University (6/3/14)

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation (2/1/13)

Cynthia F. O'Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery (7/29/11)

Jorge Pinon, Interim Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas at Austin (1/71/16)

Ed Poppell, Director of Economic Development, University of Florida Development Corporation (4/21/14)

Dr. Charles Reed, Chancellor Emeritus, California State University system and State University System of Florida (4/19/13)

Mark Rosenberg, Chancellor, Florida State University System (4/20/06)

John Ryor, President, National Education Association (12/1/77)

Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami (10/10/03)

Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers (3/22/96)

Dr. Henry King Stanford, President, University of Miami (5/8/81)

John Thrasher, President, Florida State University (2/3/15)

Theodore R. Aronson, President & CEO, Aronson + Partners (1/11/02)

Ralph J. Acampora, Director of Technical Research, Prudential Securities, Inc. (4/25/97)

Wayne D. Angell, former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve System and Chief Economist, Bear, Stearns & Co. (10/9/86 and 2/1/95)

Kevin J. Bannon, Executive V.P. and Chief Investment Officer, Bank of New York (4/2/04)

Greg Baty, Principal, Hamilton Lane (10/13/14)

John C. Bogle, Founder, The Vanguard Group (1/13/00)

Peter Canelo, President and Chief Investment Strategist, Canelo Associates, Inc. (3/1/07)

Lawrence Chimerine, Chairman and CEO, The WEFA Group (1/13/89)

Charles I. Clough, Jr., Chief Investment Strategist, Merrill Lynch (1/8/98)

Abby Cohen, Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co. (11/2/95)

Ricardo L. Cortez, President, Global Distribution, Broadmark Asset Management, LLC (5/20/10)

Thomas Doe, Founder and CEO, Municipal Market Advisors (3/14/13)

Benjamin F. Edwards III, President, A.G. Edwards and Sons (12/12/80)

Robert J. Eggert, President, Eggert Economic Enterprises, Inc. (2/10/89)

Steven Einhorn, Economist, Goldman Sachs & Company (1/4/91)

Mary Farrell, Senior Investment Strategist, Paine, Webber, Inc. (1/17/97)

Robert J. Farrell, Chief Market Analyst, Merrill Lynch (3/25/81)

Laurence D. Fink, Founder, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock, Inc. (6/21/16)

William M. Fitzgerald, Chief Investment Officer, Nuveen (7/12/07)

Robert J. Froelich, Managing Director, Deutsche Asset Management Americas (6/13/02)

Elaine Garzarelli, Executive Vice President and Investment Strategist, Shearson Lehman Brothers (1/31/92 & 10/14/93)

James K. Glassman, Host, TechCentralStation, New York (7/20/00)

Alfred Harrison, Vice Chairman, Alliance Capital Management (4/3/96)

Ira Hersch, President, The Fourteen Research Corp., (1/12/95, 10/6/00, 10/30/01 & 07/22/05)

Richard F. Hokenson, Chief Economist, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (9/13/96 & 3/25/04)

Robert D. Hormats, Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs International (6/30/94)

Edward S. Hyman, Chairman, International Strategy & Investment Group (4/25/91)

Harry A. Jacobs, Chairman, Prudential Bache Securities (8/19/83)

Edward D. Jannotta, Chairman, Securities Industry Association and Managing Partner, William Blair and Company (10/8/82)

David Johnson, CBS-KRLD Business Analyst (3/26/09)

Bruce Johnstone, Managing Director, Fidelity Investments (11/2/06)

Henry Kaufman, General Partner, Salomon Brothers (2/12/81)

Dr. Quincy Krosby, Chief Investment Strategist, The Hartford (1/13/05)

Alan C. Lerner, Chief Economist, Bankers Trust Company (10/27/88)

Louis I. Margolis, Managing Partner, Solomon Brothers, Inc. (2/26/88)

Michael E. Metz, Chief Investment Strategist, Oppenheimer & Co. (2/15/96)

Adebayo O. Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners (5/24/13)

William F. Rhodes, Vice President, U.S. Advisor Services, Franklin Templeton (9/24/09)

Philip J. Roth, Technical Analyst, Miller Tabak + Co., LLC (9/19/02)

David M.Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group (5/6/14

Paul Salem, Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners (1/31/14)

Jeffrey D. Saut, Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director, Equity Research, Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (1/10/08)

Pete Seeley, Executive Director and Director of Investment Strategies, Morgan Stanley Investment Management (10/29/09)

Sarah A. B. Teslik, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors (7/10/03)

Lord Taylor, House of Lords, Chairman, Morgan Grenfell & Company, London (5/22/85)

Bill Walton, Founding Managing Member, Rockpoint Group, LLC (9/11/14)

Sam Wardwell, Senior Vice President and Director of Investment Communications, Pioneer Investments (10/9/08 & 1/28/10)

Scott Welch, Senior Managing Director, Fortigent, LLC (6/5/08)

Ash Williams, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, State of Florida Board of Administration (04/16/10)

David A. Wilson, Jr., Senior Director - Research, Portfolio Strategist, Merrill Lynch (5/25/06)

Ed Yardeni, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Securities (12/15/98)

Walter Anderson, Editor, Parade Magazine (2/22/91)

John P. Avlon, Columnist, The New York Sun and former Speechwriter for Mayor Guiliani (7/30/04)

David S. Broder, syndicated columnist, The Washington Post (7/9/93 & 3/14/02)

Carl M. Cannon, Executive Editor, PoliticsDaily.com (7/30/10)

Hodding Carter III, President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (11/7/02)

Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Knight-Ridder Newspapers (4/26/85)

Steve Coll, Associate Editor, The Washington Post (9/15/05)

Richard Edmonds, Editor and Publisher, Florida Trend Magazine (3/18/86)

Marilyn Geewax, Senior Business Editor, National Public Radio (9/8/16)

Diana B. Henriques, Financial Reporter, The New York Times (03/13/03)

Mark Howard, Editor, Florida Trend Magazine (9/26/03)

Carl Hulse, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times (11/21/11)

Lynda Keever, Publisher, Florida Trend Magazine (9/26/03)

David Lawrence, Jr., Publisher and Chairman, Detroit Free Press (10/31/86)

Miles O'Brien, former CNN chief science correspondent (9/23/10)

Susan Page,Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today (3/14/16)

Eugene Patterson, Editor and President, St. Petersburg Times (11/13/91)

Allen M. Neuharth, founder of USA Today and President, Gannett Newspapers (2/9/78 & 12/30/86)

P. Anthony Ridder, President, Knight-Ridder Newspapers (1/10/92)

Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (10/23/15)

F. Lee Bailey, trial lawyer (2/26/99)

Robert S. Bennett, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP (11/3/05)

Jon Birger, FORTUNE Contributor, Freelance Journalist and Author (2/11/16)

Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General (5/7/12)

Congressman F. Allen Boyd, Jr., Second Congressional District, Florida (8/23/07)

Carol M. Browner, Administrator, EPA (5/28/98)

Bob Buckhorn, Mayor, Tampa, Florida (10/4/13)

Jeb Bush, Governor, State of Florida (1/15/03)

Johnnie Byrd, Speaker, Florida House of Representatives (2/20/03)

Linda Chavez, President, U.S. English (9/23/86)

Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs Magazine (2/25/10)

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Chairman, Republican National Committee (9/18/87)

Ted C. Fishman, Author, China, Inc. and Shock of Gray (11/30/12)

George Friedman, CEO, Statfor and author, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2/11/09)

Tom Gallagher, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida (5/28/03)

Don Gaetz, Florida Senate President (11/4/13)

Sen. Bob Graham, (2/19/04 & 1/14/11)

William H. Gray III, President and CEO, The College Fund/UNCF (10/11/96)

Peter D. Hart, President and CEO, Hart Research (3/6/97)

Yoram Hessel, Former Head, Global Operations, Intelligence and Foreign Relations, The Mossad (10/26/11)

Clark Hoyt, Public Editor, The New York Times (10/23/08)

Toni Jennings, Lieutenant Governor, State of Florida (3/11/04)

Rhoda H. Karapatkin, President, Consumers Union of the United States (10/2/92)

James E. "Jim" King, President, Florida Senate (4/11/03)

Claude Kirk, Former Florida Governor (3/31/06)

William Kristol, Chairman, Project for the Republican Future (2/23/95)

John C. Lawn, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Agency (10/7/88)

John Lenczowski, Founder and President, Institute of World Politics (10/5/06)

Norman Y. Mineta, Chairman, Hill and Knowton, former U. S. Secretary of Transportation (2/21/07)

James T. "Tim" Moore, Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (4/12/02)

Dr. Nancy Nielsen, President-Elect, AMA (1/24/08)

Bill Nelson, Senator, United States Senate (8/31/05)

Michael Novak, Director, Social & Political Studies, American Enterprise Institute (3/5/88 & 2/16/90)

Sam Nunn, former Senator, United States Senate, Co-chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative (3/1/06)

G. Mark O'Bryant, Chief Executive Officer and President, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (11/13/03)

Father Valentine Peter, Executive Director, Father Flanagan's Boys Town (2/3/93)

Kevin Phillips, President, American Political Research Corp. (3/3/88)

Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. (10/10/12 and 4/28/15

Pat Robertson, President, Christian Broadcasting Network (6/11/86)

Sharon L. Roush, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Regional Medical Center (11/13/03)

Phyllis Schlafly, Chairman, Stop ERA (1/20/82)

Rick Scott, Governor, State of Florida (9/6/11)

Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer, Florida Department of Financial Services (3/15/07)

Dr. John T. Sinnott, Director, USF, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Tampa, General Hospital (3/9/06)

Eleanor Smeal, President of NOW (12/4/81)

Leonard Steinhorn,Professor of Communications and Affiliate Professor of History, American University (7/7/16)

Stuart Strahl, President and CEO, Audubon of Florida (2/21/02)

Sidney Taurel, Chairman, Eli Lilly & Company (9/8/06)

Larry D. Thompson, Deputy Attorney General of the United States (5/2/02)

Guy Tunnell, Commissioner and Executive Director, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (8/6/04)

Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Administrator (5/30/07)

Andrew Young, Chairman, Law Companies International and former Ambassador to the United Nations (2/28/92 & 3/24/95)

Charles Wells, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice (9/20/13)

Mark A. Emmert, Ph.D., President, NCAA (1/30/12)

Bud Selig, Baseball Commissioner and owner, Milwaukee Brewers (3/23/95)

Roger Staubach, Chairman & CEO, The Staubach Company (3/26/03)

George Steinbrenner, owner, New York Yankees (3/12/82)

John D. Swofford, Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference (5/13/05)

Don Yaeger,Inspirational Speaker and Best-selling Author (11/24/14)

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