Paola Masman

  • Tell Congress to Support the Competitive Dollar for Jobs and Prosperity Act

    The US trade deficit has been climbing for 40 years, harming American workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers. It is time to fix the problem. A major cause is that foreign governments and investors drive the dollar too high, “weaponizing” the dollar against us. (Learn more here).

    The Competitive Dollar for Jobs and Prosperity Act provides the US government with the exchange rate management policy and tools it has long needed to push the dollar to a competitive price. The Act would task the Federal Reserve with maintaining a net-zero current account balance, and it provides tools to achieve that goal. The bill is needed to effectively manage the economy and to protect manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and workers from both the private capital inflows and overseas currency manipulation that drive up the US dollar and make American goods and services less competitive in foreign and US markets. 

    IMPORTANT: If your organization or company is signing, PLEASE make sure you fill out the "Company or Organization" field!!

    GOAL: 147 signatures
    We support legislation to achieve a competitive dollar and to balance US trade. We urge Congress to support the Competitive Dollar for Jobs and Prosperity Act.
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  • Steven Byers

    Steven worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry for 8 years. After pursuing a doctorate in economics, he embarked on a career that has included time at: the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency; the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and in the  private sector providing litigation support for cases brought before the U.S. International Trade Commission. 

    Steven was born and raised in Colorado. Steven holds a Ph.D. in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Trading & Finance, an MBA in International Business. and an undergraduate in degree in engineering.

    Previous Roles:

    Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), (Washington D.C.)
    Senior Financial Economist – Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (2008-2015)
    Developed econometric models and data mining approaches to research potential violations of federal securities laws and in response to Tips, Complaints, and Referral’s (TCR’s) received by the Commission. Provided economic and financial analysis to the enforcement division related to ongoing securities litigation that resulted in successful regulatory actions. Provided economic analysis for the Commission to analyze the impact of various rules on capital markets.

    Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), (Washington D.C.)
    Deputy Director, Chief Economist – Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) (2005-2007)
    For Division of Inspections, led development of a financial misstatement and fraud-targeting program based on creation of predictive models used to target issuers with a high probability of misstated financial reports and/or fraud. Performed cost/benefit analysis on the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation on market reaction to restatements, investor confidence, and equity market IPOs, delisting, and audit fees for use in congressional testimony.

    Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), (Washington D.C.)
    Senior Financial Economist – Office of Chief Economist (2003-2005)
    Established an oversight program to evaluate risk management systems and clearing functions of derivatives-clearing operations, FCMs, and SROs. Conducted safety and soundness examinations of BDs and FCMs. Analyzed margin requirements for new futures market contracts for Commission approval.

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), (Washington D.C.)
    Senior Financial Economist – Risk Analysis Division (1999-2003)
    Advised OCC bank examiners on interest rate risk management, liquidity risk, asset-backed securities, non-maturity deposit models, and credit scoring models.

  • Foreign Direct Investors will Love the Market Access Charge (MAC)

    By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board

    Would the MAC discourage foreign direct investment in the United States? 

    Some readers have suggested that capital being brought into the United States to finance greenfield foreign direct investment should be exempted from the MAC. We should not, they argue, do anything to discourage productivity enhancing investment in America's manufacturing sector, for example.

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  • Michele Nash-Hoff

    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:
    1. How to Return Manufacturing to America Using Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
    2. New Trends in Manufacturing - Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing & Technical Training
    3. Offshoring, Nearsourcing, or Reshoring - which is best for you?
    4. How We Can Solve the Skills Shortage & Attract the Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers
    5. How to Rebuild American Manufacturing to Create Jobs and Prosperity How to Return Manufacturing to America Using Total Cost of Ownership Analysis

    Travels from: San Diego

    For more information, please contact paola@prosperousamerica.org