Marty Meehan is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. On July 1, 2015, he became the university’s 27th president after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and as chancellor of UMass Lowell. Meehan embraced a career in public service early in his life. He served as the deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations from 1986 to 1990. In 1991, he became first assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, managing a staff of more than 150, including 80 prosecutors, and establishing an innovative “priority prosecution” policy that targeted hardened criminals. Seeing an opportunity to expand his public service commitment and to serve his nation, Meehan ran for U.S. Congress and was elected to represent the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. After serving 14 years in Congress, Meehan was appointed chancellor of UMass Lowell in 2007. His extraordinary achievements at UMass Lowell led to his appointment as president of the five-campus UMass system in 2015. Meehan resides in Boston and in Seabrook, NH.
Steven Malanga is the George M. Yeager Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and City Journal’s senior editor. He writes about the intersection of urban economies, business communities, and public policy and is the author of several books including The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today (2005) and The Immigration Solution (2007), coauthored with Heather Mac Donald and Victor Davis Hanson. In 2013, former Florida governor Jeb Bush called Malanga “the best thinker on state and local fiscal matters”; in a 2014 Manhattan Institute speech, he said that Malanga’s warnings on states’ coming debt and pension crises had influenced fiscal reforms undertaken in Florida. Malanga has written more than 50 pieces for the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal, largely about state and local issues including fiscal matters and economic development. He’s also written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Bloomberg, and Investors Business Daily. During 2007–13, he was a regular columnist for RealClearMarkets.
An accomplished leader and highly experienced senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the property and casualty industry, Jack was appointed president and chief executive officer of The Hanover in October 2017. Since joining the company in 2006, Jack has served in several senior leadership positions. He most recently served as president, Hanover Agency Markets, where he was responsible for the company’s personal and commercial lines business, leading the company’s efforts to expand business written through its agent partners. Prior to joining The Hanover, Jack served in senior management roles at the St. Paul Travelers Companies, last serving as vice president, commercial accounts. Jack also served in a variety of underwriting and management positions at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and Atlantic Mutual Insurance. In addition to his responsibilities at The Hanover, Jack serves on the board of directors for the National Council on Compensation Insurance, PCI, The Institutes and the Insurance Information Institute, as well as the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Jack graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Jeffrey H. Harris is the former Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission. He also holds the Gary Cohn Goldman Sachs Endowed Chair in Finance at the Kogod School of Business at American University. Dr. Harris has an extensive background in auction market microstructure, dealer markets, exchange trading and regulatory issues. He has also served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (from 2007-10), with prior experience as Visiting Academic at the Nasdaq Stock Market (2000-01) and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1999-2000). Dr. Harris received his B.A. in Physics in 1986, an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Finance from The Ohio State University in 1995.
Young Professionals Night, where we welcome our guests from the Worcester Young Businessman’s Association and the Young Professional Women’s Association.
Chairman, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
Chairman Hoffman has an extensive background in business and finance having served as a senior executive in the management consulting and technology industries.
In consulting, he was a Partner at Bain and Company where he led the firm’s 600 person Boston office and, as a Senior Vice President at CSC Index, he ran that firm’s Chicago office and was the world-wide leader of its strategy practice.
In the technology industry, Mr. Hoffman was an Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Sapient. Most recently, he has been the CEO of two venture capital backed start-ups, ThinkFire, an Intellectual Property transactions firm, and Exchange Solutions, a technology-enabled marketing services company. In both cases, he replaced the founder and led successful turnarounds.
Mr. Hoffman is a frequent speaker on Corporate Strategy and Technology. He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago.
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