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February 2019

556th Meeting Featuring John C. Roche

February 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

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.

 

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April 2019

557th Meeting Featuring Jeffrey H. Harris

April 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

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.

 

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October 2019

559th Meeting Featuring Steven Hoffman

October 15, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

Young Professionals Nightwhere we welcome our guests from the Worcester Young Businessman’s Association and the Young Professional Women’s Association.

Steven Hoffman, Chairman, Massachusetts Cannabis Control CommissionSteven Hoffman
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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December 2019

560th Meeting Featuring Peter S. Cohan

December 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

Presidents Nightwhere Worcester Economic Club presidents of the past decade are recognized for their service to the Club.

Peter S. Cohan, Lecturer of Strategy, Babson CollegePeter S. Cohan
Lecturer of Strategy, Babson College

Peter S. Cohan is Lecturer of Strategy at Babson College. He teaches strategy and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and MBA students at Babson College. He is the founding principal of Peter S. Cohan& Associates, a management consulting and venture capital firm. He has completed over 150 growth-strategy consulting projects for global technology companies and invested in seven startups–three of which were sold for over $2 billion. Peter has written 14 books and writes columns on entrepreneurship for Forbes, Inc, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Prior to starting his firm, he worked as a case team leader for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter’s consulting firm and taught at MIT, Stanford, and the University of Hong Kong. Peter earned an MBA from Wharton, did graduate work in computer science at MIT, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College.

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March 2020

561st Meeting Featuring Bobby Jindal

March 17 @ 5:30 pm
AC Marriott Hotel

We regret to announce that the 561st meeting of the Worcester Economic Club originally scheduled for this Tuesday, March 17th at which former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was going to speak, has been postponed. We hope to inform you soon of a specific date to which this meeting is postponed. All members of the club as well as those who paid specifically to attend this event will be welcome to attend this meeting when it is rescheduled which will be within the next 12 months.

Bobby Jindal
, Former Governor, 
LouisianaBobby Jindal
Former Governor, 
Louisiana

Bobby Jindal began his career in public service when, in 1996, he was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In 1999, at age 28, he was appointed as the youngest president in the history of the University of Louisiana System. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the second Indian American in Congress, and was re-elected in 2006. Jindal ran for governor in 2007 and won, making him, at 36 years old, the second youngest governor of Louisiana after Huey P. Long. Jindal was re-elected in 2011 in a landslide, winning more than 65% of the vote. He was the first Indian American governor in the country. Jindal ran for President of the U.S. in 2016.

Jindal used his two terms as Governor of Louisiana to rebuild and diversify the state’s economy and financial footing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His agenda included top-to-bottom reformation and privatization of the state-run charity hospital and the state’s healthcare payer systems. Fiscally, Jindal reduced the state budget by 26%, reduced the state employee headcount by 30,000, and implemented the largest income tax reduction in state history. With a bipartisan consensus, Jindal implemented statewide school choice programs and moved the state from the bottom five in ethics laws to the top five, according to independent analysts.

Jindal’s dramatic rework of Louisiana’s policy structure paid measurable dividends in the form of eight credit upgrades, $60 billion in private capital investment and a ranking in the top ten in the nation for job creation and the highest ever per-capita income ranking in state history.

The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated with honors in Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and also holds an M. Litt degree in Politics with an emphasis in Health Policy from the University of Oxford. Jindal currently resides in Louisiana with his wife, Supriya, and their three children.

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