Michael Stumo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA). CPA is a national bipartisan organization including agriculture, manufacturing and organized labor. CPA works for policies to balance U.S. trade, create jobs and achieve broadly shared prosperity. CPA represents the interests of over 4.1 million households through its association and company members.
Michael works closely and regularly with administration officials as well as Democratic and Republican congressional offices. He educates political, media and business leaders on issues including trade imbalances, trade enforcement, tax reform, agricultural trade, manufacturing policy, currency misalignment and related issues.
Michael appears on American and international television (CNBC, Japan NHK World) and radio programs (BBC World Service), and speaks before domestic and international audiences. His articles on trade, tax and economics are published in The Hill, the American Prospect, Breitbart, Global Trade Magazine and other US publications.
Michael was a lawyer and litigator at Brignole, Bush and Lewis (Hartford CT) and Domina Law (Omaha NE). He was general counsel for the Organization for Competitive Markets focusing upon agriculture and antitrust.
Michael holds a B.S. from Iowa State University in Agriculture (high distinction) and a law degree from the University of Iowa (high distinction). He lives on a farm in southwest Massachusetts with his wife, Nadia, where they raised three children.
John R. Hansen is an international economist. He has thirty years experience at the World Bank holding increasingly senior positions as economist with special emphasis on macro, trade, industrial development, and fiscal policy issues. John was a leader of numerous World Bank country economic policy teams. He is now an independent consultant.
He's an author and speaker. Author of numerous publications and experienced public speaker on economic issues.
Currently, he's a consultant in International Economics. He Focuses on currency valuation, trade imbalances, and global monetary system.
CPA Speaker's Bureau Member: John R. Hansen is available to speak to topics of:
- How the MAC Would Help Restore American Manufacturing
- A Trade Strategy for the 21st Century – Can We Reach Consensus
- Fixing the Bloated Dollar
- America, not China, must be in Control of its Own Destiny
- U.S. Trade Deficits - Overvalued Dollar or Undervalued Renminbi?
- Free Trade Agreements -- Neither the Cause nor the Solution for America’s Trade Deficits
- A Competitive Dollar: Good for Workers and their Families – and the Rest of America
Travels from: Hendersonville, North Carolina
Fee range: $3,000-$5,000 + travel expenses
Travels from Hendersonville, NC
Economist Ian Fletcher is one of America's foremost experts on the problems of free trade. He is the author of the 2011 book Free Trade Doesn’t Work and has a column on trade issues in the Huffington Post.
From 2010 to 2012, he was Senior Economist of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. Before that, he was Research Fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council. Before that, he was an economist in private practice serving mainly hedge funds and private equity firms.
Educated at Columbia and the University of Chicago, he lives in San Francisco.
CPA Speakers Bureau Member: Ian Fletcher is available to speak to the topics of:
- Trade and Free Trade Agreements
- Why free trade is bad
- What’s wrong with economics as a discipline.
Fee range: $4,000- $6,000 + travel expenses
Travels from San Francisco, CA
Daniel Alpert is founding Managing Partner of the New York-based investment bank Westwood Capital, LLC and its affiliates and a Fellow of the New York-based Century Foundation, the nation’s oldest think tank. His work has been published by major periodicals and he is the author of the 2013 book "The Age of Oversupply: Confronting the Greatest Challenge to the Global Economy" (Penguin Portfolio) on the effect of macroeconomic imbalances on advanced economies.
Dan has more than 35 years of international merchant banking and investment banking experience. Throughout his career, Dan has been responsible for client relationships and execution of debt and equity offerings that were the first of their kind at the time. Dan’s experience in providing financial advisory services and structured finance execution has extended Westwood’s reach beyond the U.S. domestic corporate finance market to East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Dan has extensive experience advising on mergers, acquisitions and private equity financings, provided and/or arranged for financing for, and advised both debtors and creditors both inside and outside of bankruptcy.
Dan maintains a finance and macroeconomics blog entitled Dan Alpert's 2 Cents with Economonitor.com. An associated Twitter feed, @DanielAlpert has over 8,000 followers. Dan was also featured in the 2010 winner of the Academy Award for Best documentary, "Inside Job" (www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob). In 2011, he conceived of, and co-authored along with Nouriel Roubini, New York University Professor of Economics, and Robert Hockett, a Professor of Financial Law at Cornell University, a well-received white paper on behalf of The New America Foundation (www.newamerica.net) entitled "The Way Forward" that has been credited on most sides of the macroeconomic debate with providing a clear and concise explanation of the issues that gave rise to the global financial crisis.
CPA Speakers Bureau Member: Daniel Alpert is available to speak on the topics of:
- Global Oversupply in the Post-Socialist World
- U.S. Under-employment Dynamics
- Global Wage Imbalances
- Currency and Production Cost Manipulation by U.S. Trading Partners
- Domestic Procurement Issues (Infrastructure and Defense)
Speaking fee:$800/hour including travel time + business class travel expenses
Travels from: New York City
Jeff Ferry is Research Director at the Coalition for a Prosperous America, responsible for building CPA’s resources of original research and analysis regarding trade and industrial policies to re-establish America’s prosperity and world-leading economic growth. Jeff is an experienced economist, financial and technology journalist, technology executive, and author. His first book, The British Renaissance (Hutchinson, 1994) focused on the strategies and culture of six world-class British companies that emerged from the Thatcher era in Britain. As a journalist, he wrote for the Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, and Bloomberg News and produced documentaries on business for the BBC and other British television broadcasters.
Jeff worked in the technology industry for 15 years, for startups and industry leaders including Nortel and Sun Microsystems. While at Infinera, a global optical networking leader that manufactures chips in Silicon Valley, he was a member of an industry advisory committee at the US Department of Commerce.
Jeff was born and raised in New York City. His father worked in the New York printing industry in and was a lifelong member of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America. He has degrees in economics from Harvard University and the London School of Economics. He lives in Redwood City, California with his wife and two small dogs. His hobbies include biking and chess.
CPA Speaker's Bureau Member: Jeff Ferry is available to speak to topics of:1. The Economics of Free Trade: Theory, Fallacies, Realities2. The Downside of Globalization3. The Secrets of Economic Growth in Today’s World
Fee range: $4,000 + traveling costs
Travels from: Redwood City, California
Michele Nash-Hoff, is president of ElectroFab Sales, a manufacturers sales rep agency, helping companies select the right manufacturing processes for their products.
She is the author of Can American Manufacturing Be Saved—Why We Should and How We Can. She is a director on the board of the American Jobs Alliance and Chair of the California chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. She is a columnist for Industry Week's e newsline and an authorized speaker on behalf of the Reshoring Initiative.CPA Speaker's Bureau Member: Greg Autry is available to speak to topics of:
- How to Return Manufacturing to America Using Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
- New Trends in Manufacturing - Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing & Technical Training
- Offshoring, Nearsourcing, or Reshoring - which is best for you?
- How We Can Solve the Skills Shortage & Attract the Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers
- How to Rebuild American Manufacturing to Create Jobs and Prosperity How to Return Manufacturing to America Using Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
Fee range:$250 for CPA member organizations and $500 for non-member + travel
Travels from: San Diego
Dan joined Nucor Corporation in November 1982 as Plant Metallurgist and Manager of Quality Control for Nucor Steel in Plymouth, Utah. In March 1991, Dan became General Manager of the Nucor-Yamato joint venture in Blytheville, Arkansas and became Vice President in January 1992. Dan became Executive Vice President of Nucor Corporation in September 1999, and in September 2000 he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer. Dan was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in June 2001, and Chairman of the Board in 2006. From January 2013-January 2014 he served as Executive Chairman. He presently serves as Chairman Emeritus (effective January 2014.)
Dan served as Nucor’s CEO longer than anyone since company founder, Ken Iverson. Under Dan’s leadership, Nucor delivered dramatic growth in profits and shareholder returns. From September 2000 through the end of 2012, Nucor completed over 50 acquisitions for a total investment of $6.5 billion, and Nucor’s total shareholder return growth was 720%, which is almost four times greater than the total return of the S&P Steel Group Index and twenty-eight times greater than the S&P 500’s total return. In addition to this impressive record of profitable growth, Dan proved himself an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and rules-based, rules-enforced free trade.
Dan was appointed to the United States Manufacturing Council in 2008 by then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, and served on the board until 2011. Dan also served on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers and the World Steel Association on the Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Duke Energy Corporation and continues to represent Nucor on the US Council on Competitiveness and the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA).
Many of the nation’s leading business authorities recognized Nucor’s exceptional performance under Dan’s leadership. In 2005, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Nucor the nation’s No. 1 Company, based on sales growth and return on investment. In the coming years, Nucor made three additional appearances on the BusinessWeek 50 list. In 2008, Dan received the Charlotte Business Journal’s sixth annual “Business Person of the Year” award. The Harvard Business Review included Dan in its 2010 top 100 list of The Best Performing CEOs in the World. Institutional Investor named Dan to the 2012 All-America Executive Team and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in January 2012 awarded Dan the prestigious Robert P. Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence, noting that “[The award] gives special recognition to individuals who have provided unparalleled leadership in the steel construction industry. Recently Dan received the prestigious 2013 “Citizens of the Carolinas” award by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Dan was named to IndustryWeek magazine’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2011 where he was one of ten members selected for the year. In describing the inductees for 2011, IndustryWeek said, “This year’s inductees have made names for themselves by challenging the established norms of their organizations, their industries and their world.” In selecting Dan IndustryWeek cited the return to shareholders during his time as CEO, his commitment to Nucor employees, his “shepherding the company through a period of unprecedented growth as well as the harrowing recession of the late 2000s (during which Nucor hewed to its no-layoff philosophy),” and his work to keep trade issues at the forefront of U.S. public policy. The magazine described DiMicco as “a leading voice for U.S. manufacturing and the nation’s steel industry,” especially for his criticism of China’s trade practices.
Dan is always quick to note that “None of these honors would have been possible without the tremendous work of my thousands of Nucor teammates.”
Dan graduated from Brown University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science. He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.
Brian O’Shaughnessy is the Chairman of Revere Copper Products and served as President & CEO for almost twenty years until the end of 2007. His company was founded in 1801 by Paul Revere and may be the oldest manufacturing company in America. Revere does not make pots and pans anymore but makes copper and brass sheet, strip and coil as well as extruded products for shipment to other manufacturing companies. Brian did a leveraged buy out of Revere in 1989.
Brian is recognized as an expert on international trade, energy and environmental issues. He championed and chaired the world class, worldwide copper industry’s environmental program. In February of 2006, the Copper Club named Brian as its Copper Man of the Year—an international award considered the most prestigious in the copper industry.
Brian has chaired two industrial energy advocacy committees and serves on the board of directors of a third group. He also serves on the board of directors of a public utility with transmission and distribution operations for gas and electricity in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
In 2005, Brian testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Resources and testified in 2006 before the US House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform regarding energy, trade and tax policy. In May, 2007, he testified before a triparte hearing on China Currency Issues before subcommittees of the House Ways and Means, Energy and Financial Services Committees. In July, 2007, he testified before a US Senate subcommittee hearing on the impact of China Trade on US manufacturing. Brian has appeared on BBC World News and been interviewed on Bloomberg On the Economy as well as PBS.
Brian also serves on the board of directors of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) and served on the BOD of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). At NAM, Brian is on its International Economic Policy Committee and its China Policy Subcommittee. Brian is a past Chairman of the US Copper & Brass Fabricators Council and currently a member of its BOD. He testified on its behalf before the International Trade Commission. Brian is currently Chairman of the Copper Development Association (CDA) and serves on the BOD of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA).
Brian is a national leader of domestic manufacturing companies attempting to change US international trade and tax policy to help level the playing field for domestic manufacturing.
Prior to joining Revere, Brian spent twenty-one years in the international copper mining industry with seven years each in operations, marketing & corporate administration.
Brian is celebrating over 40 years of marriage with three sons and four grandchildren. In 2002, Mr. O’Shaughnessy rode his Harley Davidson on two-lane scenic roads from Moody Beach, Maine to Seattle, Washington stopping off in Sturgis, South Dakota. Mr. O’Shaughnessy is an avid snow-boarder and golfer but spends most of his time working!
Dr. Greg Autry is an entrepreneur, writer, and educator. He has researches and writes on business, economics, trade policy and space policy.
Greg is the co-author, with Peter Navarro, of the book Death by China and is also a producer of the Death by China film directed by Navarro and narrated by Martin Sheen. Greg holds a Ph.D in Management (concentration in Economics and Public Policy) and an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.
Dr. Autry served on the Presidential Transition team at NASA and has testified to the U.S. Congress and presented at the Canadian Parliament. He is a frequent speaker at space technology and investment conferences and has also spoken at the Heritage Foundation, the California Democratic Convention, the National Association of Business Economists, the National Press Club.CPA Speaker's Bureau Member: Greg Autry is available to speak to topics of:
- Trade Policy
- The Space Economy
- China Policy
- National Security
- Industrial Policy
Fee range: $3,000 / hr. + travel expenses
Travels from: Southern California / Los Angeles