In the past, Economic Retreat has welcomed notable speakers such as Gary Shapiro
, President and CEO of CEA; Henry Juszkiewicz
, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp.; John Shalam
, Founder and Chairman of Voxx International; and Ty Roberts
, CTO of Gracenote Inc.
2013 Speaker Bios
is the chief economist and senior director of research for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®). DuBravac provides crucial economic analysis to association and industry leaders regarding future economic activity and the relative health of the technology industry. He also contributes research into technology trends that underpin the industry and was the primary driver of the industry’s new smartphone index, developed in partnership with NASDAQ, and the CE consumer confidence index, in partnership with CNET.
DuBravac has been widely published on the topics of finance, economics and technology. His keen insights regarding the economic drivers of the global consumer electronics industry have made him a highly sought-after speaker and commentator. DuBravac travels both internationally and domestically to meet with tech industry leaders and make presentations about technology and the economy. In addition, his analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,
the New York Times,
the Financial Times,
the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s,
CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.
DuBravac is also an adjunct professor in George Washington University’s MBA program and has taught at the University of Mary Washington and in George Mason University’s MBA program. Prior to joining CEA, DuBravac was head research analyst in the Economic Analysis Group of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. He holds economic degrees from Brigham Young University and George Mason University. Follow DuBravac on Twitter at @twoopinions.
Mark V. Rosenker
of Virginia was the 11th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Rosenker served as head of the agency, either as chairman or acting chairman from March 2005 until July 2009, when he left office to return to private life.
He was first nominated to the Board by the president in January 2003 and unanimously confirmed three times by the United States Senate to be a member, vice chairman or chairman over his nearly seven year tenure. During his career he has held eight presidential appoints, three of which requiring Senate confirmation.
Beginning January 20, 2001 until the announcement of his nomination to the Board, Rosenker served as deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Military Office. In this capacity, he had responsibility for policies, personnel and plans that involve Department of Defense assets in direct support of the president and vice president. He was with President Bush on September 11, 2001.
Rosenker is currently a consultant to CBS News and frequently appears on both the TV and radio networks to discuss transportation safety issues. He is also president of the Transportation Safety Group LLC, a specialized consulting company.
A retired Major General in the Air Force Reserve, Rosenker entered active duty in 1969 and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. During his 37 and a half year Air Force career, General Rosenker received a number of awards and decorations, including two Air Force Distinguished Service Medals and a Legion of Merit.