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December 2018

555th Meeting Featuring Steven Malanga

December 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross

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.

 

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February 2019

556th Meeting Featuring John C. Roche

February 7 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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