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Directions 2011 speakers focus on the future of Northern Nevada’s economy



Speakers to address politics, banking and finance, gaming and economic forecast

The Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a dynamic list of speakers for Directions 2011. Ted McAleer, executive director of Utah Science, Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) will be this year’s keynote speaker. Also, headlining the event are Congressman Dean Heller, Jon Ralston (Political reporter and host of “Face to Face”), Michael Bosma (managing shareholder and founder of Bosma Group), Robert Barone (partner, economist and portfolio manager), and Bill Eadington (professor of economics and director of the Institute of Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno).

The 19th annual event, presented by the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Thursday, Feb. 3 from 7 a.m. to noon.

With more than 20 years experience in technology innovation, business development and product, services and operations management in both start-up and mature corporations, McAleer will provide a well-rounded picture of economic development efforts through a case study of the economic efforts of Utah over the past five years and how it relates to Nevada and the future economy.

McAleer has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Proctor and Gamble, PepsiCo and SunGard SCT. He has been the chief operating officer for Teleoptic Digital Imaging, LLC and the senior director of Implementation services at Campus Pipeline, Inc. McAleer holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Engineering from the University of Virginia as well as a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Ralston, long-time Nevada political analyst will present his perspectives on Nevada politics and they’re impact on the economy. Barone will speak on issues facing the banking and finance industries with a focus on investments, and Bosma will provide valuable insight into tax implications for businesses and investors in the coming year. The event will wrap up with Congressman Heller presenting a legislative and political outlook from a national level and Eadington will discuss Nevada’s economic future as it pertains to gaming and challenges ahead.

A complete agenda, and list of sponsorship opportunities, are available at http://directionsnv.com. Tickets are $90 for the public and $40 for full-time students and can be purchased at http://directionsnv.com.  

About Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce: The Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in northern Nevada. It supports the success of local businesses, advocates for the region’s economic vitality, and promotes the region and its quality of life. For more information, visit www.renosparkschamber.org or call 775-337-3030.

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