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Peering into the Policy Crystal Ball of the New Administration

February 15, 2017
Charlotte, NC



No one can predict with certainty how the policies of the new Trump administration will unfold; however, we do know that the landscape is likely to be very different from what we have become accustomed to. 


Join fellow directors for a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges your Board faces in in 2017 and beyond – trade, taxes, regulations, affordable care and economic environment.  Facilitated by Carolina Business Review Moderator, Chris William. How can your board plan in light of so much uncertainty?


Article published on the NACD Blog Shortly after the election - some initial thoughts - Link to NACD Article:


  • Parking Instructions for Spectrum Arena – Parking is located in the Center City Green parking deck at 350 E 6th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.  The deck is open during construction. To exit the parking deck please take elevators 1 & 2 (in the middle of the deck) down to the Ground Level, take a right when you get off, and walk across 5th street to enter the Spectrum Center. Bring parking ticket with you as you will exchange it at the event for a validated ticket for the Center City Green Parking Deck. (When exiting the deck, there is an Express Exit ramp down to the ground floor exit.)
  • Arena Entrance – Please use the 5th street Bank of America Executive Entrance.  At the entrance you will go through security and be escorted down to the Crown Club.


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Location and Time


Spectrum Arena
333 E Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

5:00 - 5:30pm Networking

5:30-7:00pm Program


Speaker Spotlight


John Silvia

John Silvia is a managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he has held his position since he joined Wachovia, a Wells Fargo predecessor, in 2002 as the company’s chief economist. Prior to his current position, John worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Before that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. John served as the president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in 2015 and was awarded a NABE Fellow Certificate of Recognition in 2011 for Outstanding Contributions to the Business Economics Profession and Leadership Among Business Economists to the Nation. For the second time in three years, he was awarded the best overall forecast by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as well as the best unemployment rate forecast for 2011. John is on the Bloomberg Best Forecast list for his forecasts of GDP, the ISM manufacturing index, housing starts, and the unemployment rate.

Chris William

Chris William launched Carolina Business Review in 1990 as a way to initiate a public dialogue around community challenges. He serves as the television program’s Moderator and Executive Producer and has hosted more than 1,000 episodes airing in 22 media markets throughout North & South Carolina. Chris is a Managing Director for a major financial institution and leads a team of financial professionals to comprehensively manage families’ wealth and strategic financial direction. In addition, he annually participates and authors forums and conferences on the most acute Public Policy and Business issues.

Mel Schwarz

Mel Schwarz is a Partner and the Director of Tax Legislative Affairs in Grant Thornton’s National Tax Office. Mel has primary responsibility for the design and presentation of the firm’s tax legislative initiatives, for monitoring tax legislative activity on behalf of the firm and its clients, and serves as a technical resource on manufacturing tax issues, the individual and corporate alternative minimum tax, and credit and incentive programs. Mel has over 33 years of federal income tax experience, including 30 years in Washington, D.C., six of which were spent on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Phil Wellington

Phil is responsible for managing all sourcing operations, driving their e-commerce strategy and building their direct sourcing business at publicly traded (NASDAQ: PINC) Premier Healthcare Alliance, a leading healthcare improvement company with more than $1 billion in revenue, uniting an alliance of 3,400 hospitals and 110,000 other healthcare providers. Phil began his career at Booz Allen. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Florida, with a concentration in Finance, Security Analysis, and Competitive Strategy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgetown University. He is also an avid football [soccer] player and fan.

Friso van der Oord

Director of Research, National Association of Corporate Directors

Experience: 15 years of management consulting and research experience in governance, risk, compliance and integrity. Friso worked for the CEB (the Corporate Executive Board) where he led research practices serving heads of audit, risk management and compliance of large, global companies. He has a Masters in International Relations from John Hopkins University and University of Amsterdam, Masters in Contemporary History and American Studies. Friso has lived in the Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia Herzegovina, United States (Washington DC, Los Angeles and New York City) and is a passionate football[soccer] fan.



Question about this Event?

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