LAEDC Mid-year Economic Forecast

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Innovation plays an important role in enhancing the economic competitiveness of the Southern California region. Join us at the LAEDC Mid-Year Economic Forecast and hear from people and organizations that continue to stretch the boundaries and have proven to be leaders in innovation.

Speaker Presentations & Reports

Title Sponsor


Exxon Mobil



Event Sponsor


City National Bank





Media Sponsor


Los Angeles Business Journal


KNX10.70 News Radio



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Event Details

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Networking breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Program

L.A. Hotel Downtown (previously the Marriott and soon to be the Hyatt)
333 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

* Parking information

Ticket Prices*

Includes Continental Breakfast and Mid-Year Economic Forecast Report

Member, Student, Non-profit                         $80.00
Member, Student, Non-profit – Table of Ten                       $700.00
General Price Ticket    $135.00
General Price – Table of Ten                  $1200.00
Day of Event   $150.00
Exhibit Space- Includes admission for one, 6′ draped table and chairs    $250.00

*No refunds will be given after July 12, 2013.

For further information, contact Marilyn McPoland at
or 213-236-4812.

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Confirmed Speakers




Rob Gardner
Manager, Economics & Energy Division, ExxonMobil Corporation

Rob graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and began working for Mobil Oil in Louisiana in a series of technical and supervisory engineering positions in gas plants along the United States Gulf Coast. From 1987 to 1990, Rob moved to Mobil Natural Gas and began working in the new expanding natural gas marketing organization and took part in the growing deregulations of United States gas markets. From 1990 to 2001, Rob began a series of international assignments in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marketing area. He held positions in Indonesia, Qatar, Japan and Singapore. During these assignments he was involved in LNG market development and sales. At the end of 2001, Rob returned to the United States and began a series of management assignments in ExxonMobil’s Gas and Power Marketing’s Houston organization in both the domestic United States and International areas.

In April of 2009, Rob began his assignment in ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Planning Department. The group that he manages is responsible for preparing ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook.

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Nate Lewis


Dr. Nate Lewis
George L. Argyros, Professor of Chemistry, Scientific Director, DOE Energy, Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight

Dr. Nathan Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988 and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992, and is the Principal Investigator of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, the Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an assistant professor from 1981 to 1985 and as a tenured Associate Professor from 1986 to 1988. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses.

Technical details of these research topics focus on light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, surface chemistry and photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces, novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites, and development of sensor arrays that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.

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Robert Kleinhenz



Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz
Chief Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research, LAEDC

Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz is the Chief Economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the LAEDC. Dr. Kleinhenz conducts research on the regional, state, and national economies. His fields of expertise include urban and regional economics with emphasis on land use, transportation, and regional forecasts. Dr. Kleinhenz recently served as Deputy Chief Economist at the California Association of REALTORS®. In that role, he managed the Economics Department which gathered and published housing market information on the state of California and its counties, and conducted consumer research. Dr. Kleinhenz is a much sought after regional specialist in Southern California with knowledge of the Los Angeles County economy and its diverse industry sectors.

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Frank Mottek



Frank Mottek
Event Moderator – Anchor, Business Hour, KNX1070 Newsradio

Frank Mottek is the voice of business news in Los Angeles. An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years of experience, Frank currently anchors the business reports on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. Weekdays at 1pm, he hosts the KNX Business Hour, the number one source for business and consumer news in Southern California.

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Media Sponsors


Cooperating Organizations


BizFed, LA County

Building Industry of Southern California

District Export Council of Southern California


Japan America Society of Southern California

The Valley Economic Alliance

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

U.S. Commercial Service

Valley Economic Development Center

Women In International Trade