Jeff Bush is a dynamic and insightful speaker known for his unique ability to decode difficult and confusing tax and fiscal information coming out of Washington. Jeff is a colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update, the industry thought leader that guides domestic clients through the complex and ever-changing political and tax environment and helps international audiences understand US politics.
Jeff is a 28-year veteran of the financial industry. During a 10-year career at Merrill Lynch he was responsible for providing creative investment strategies and effective risk mitigation approaches to private and corporate clients across the US. Before that, Jeff was the youngest managing partner in the 150-year history of The New England Financial, an investment and tax risk consulting firm. He began his career at Principal Financial Group, where he handled complex underwriting issues before moving into the areas of research and development. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management with emphasis in accounting and philosophy from William Jewell College.
Professor Olson received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1969. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence, national security, and international crisis management. He served for over 25 years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He is the recipient of awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying.
As a Hall of Fame international keynote speaker, author, comedian, and world class guitarist, Mike Rayburn is an inspirational thought leader and one of the most in-demand and unconventional keynote artists in the world. Drawing from his success as an entrepreneur as well as a Carnegie Hall headliner, Mike is a master at increasing profitability and impact by inspiring your team to become possibility thinkers and virtuoso performers… all by daring you to ask the question, “What if…?” Mike’s personal, business and career mission is simple: Transform communities. Whether that community is a business audience, an association, impoverished people world-wide, or the lost in his hometown of Las Vegas, Mike’s daily efforts and life work are dedicated to transforming communities.
Dorothy A. Savarese is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cape Cod Five Mutual Company, the sole shareholder of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, an independent Massachusetts state-chartered savings bank founded in 1855. The Cape Cod Five has grown to over $3.0 billion in assets with a leadership position in both deposits and loans on Cape Cod. Dorothy joined Cape Cod Five in 1993 as a commercial lending officer. She then became Senior Vice President, Director of Product Planning before she was named Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and served in that capacity until becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005. Prior to joining the Cape Cod Five, Dorothy served as an officer for a regional Midwestern bank. Before that, she worked for a national economic development consulting organization. Dorothy holds an MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.
Dorothy currently serves as Chairman of the American Bankers Association. She is a past member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking, a past Chairman and Board member of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Mutual Insurance Ltd. In 2015, Dorothy was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine for the fifth consecutive year.
Dr. Ed Seifried is a valued educator for community bank directors, CEOs, senior management, and up and coming community bankers. Carrying on his tenure as Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business at Lafayette College, Dr. Ed has led the educational programs as Dean for the West Virginia Banking School and the Virginia School of Banking. He has been on the faculty of many banking schools, including Stonier and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Having served as a community bank director, Dr. Ed believes that one has to experience the dynamics of being a community bank director to fully understand their needs to create the bank’s strategic plan, assess risk, set risk parameters, monitor risk, and to be thoroughly educated.