Tim Jones, Director of Communications for First Rule Media, Spokesperson for the Job Creators Network and Tax Cuts Now movement. One of the most well known and influential free market conservative communicators in Missouri political and media circles, Tim Jones previously served as Speaker of the Missouri House. As the Director of Political Communications for First Rule, Tim brings a unique combination of experience as an accomplished executive level leader and legislator with national connections to the rapidly growing multi-state media, communications and government affairs powerhouses of First Rule and The Gate Way Group. Tim remains actively affiliated with the law firm of Doster Ullom & Boyle and is a long standing Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
As Speaker, Tim lead the way for passage of historic pro-business, pro-jobs reforms including the state's first income tax reform and reduction in nearly one hundred years. Tim championed reforms that salvaged the state's workers' and unemployment compensation systems and overhauled the state's criminal code for the first time in over forty years. Tim sponsored, co-sponsored and shepherded significant judicial system and tort reforms through the House as well as historic reforms in the areas of health care, insurance, telecom, labor law, intellectual property/patent law and privacy rights. Tim strengthened laws in support of governmental transparency and accountability, streamlined and simplified major processes in the judiciary, reduced taxation across the board for multiple industries and expanded scrutiny and oversight of the state's $27 billion budget.
As a practicing attorney of over 18 years, Tim distinguished himself as a fearless and successful litigator as a prosecuting attorney for the County of Nassau, New York, and further established his legal credentials in private practice, representing individuals and businesses in a variety of matters including business law and litigation, real estate, employment law, tax appeals, government/municipal law and regulatory matters.
Maya MacGuineas, President of Committee for Responsible Federal Budget, Head of Fix the Debt campaign. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly. Once dubbed “an anti-deficit warrior” by The Wall Street Journal, MacGuineas comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009 MacGuineas did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. MacGuineas has worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy.
Dr. Richard Wobbekind, Executive Director of the Business Research Division and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business. As Executive Director of the Business Research Division his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado.
Rich is currently the president of the National Association for Business Economics. He also participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast newsletter.
He is a member of the Governor's Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Forecast 2035 Advisory Committee, the Colorado Tourism Office Education and Research Committee, the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and the Boulder Economic Council.
For his efforts in community development and outreach, Wobbekind was awarded the 1997 University of Colorado Bank One Community Outreach Award. In 2006 he was awarded the Robert L. Stearns award for lifetime contributions in teaching, research and service.
Wobbekind teaches MBA students in macroeconomics, public policy, entrepreneurship and managerial economics. He has received three awards for teaching excellence from the students of the Leeds School. Wobbekind has lived in Colorado for more than 34 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of the Colorado and regional economies. He received a BA in economics from Bucknell University and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The panel will be moderated by, Pete Casillas, Market President & Publisher at Denver Business Journal. Casillas’, 19-year career as a senior sales management and marketing executive, has developed a successful track record of revenue generation, team building, new product development, and change management, in roles of increasing scope and responsibility. His management style lends itself to innovation and sustained achievement, by building collaborative work environments, striving for high standards, and providing appropriate rewards. Casillas moderated the Economic Forecast Breakfast in December 2015.