Shattering Expectations: The Re-emergence of a Region

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2016 Speakers

Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi is a Global Affairs and Economic Analyst

Sophia Koropeckyj

Sophia Koropeckyj is a managing director for Moody’s Analytics and a manager of the Research department of the Economic and Consumer Credit Analytics unit.

Peter Zeihan

Peter Zeihan is the founder of Zeihan on Geopolitics

Craig Hagen

Craig Hagen is the global head of government affairs at Electronic Arts Inc.

Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Caralynn Nowinski Collens is the Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS

Ankur Gopal

Ankur Gopal is CEO of Interapt

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  • “Congratulations on facilitating one of the best conferences I have ever attended! Kudos on the timely content and the multiple interactions with so many outstanding thought leaders. I appreciate the overall value this conference continues to bring to my business.”

    —J.J. Johnston, CEO and Managing Director, Econogine LLC

  • “There are a lot of real estate focused events, but this is one of the few good events for economic developers. I found the content very up-to-date and informative.”

    —Jeff Troan, Vice President of Economic Development, Lockheed Martin

    “I had a wonderful time at the TrustBelt Conference. I have much to share with my colleagues.”

    —Marlena M. Bandurski, Manager of Economic Research, The Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • “The Trustbelt Conference is truly one of a kind – the focus on manufacturing that is core to the North America economy was informative and inspiring. I am looking forward to next years’ conference!”

    —Jim Winter, National Director, Industrial Services, Cresa Industrial Services

    “Great conference in Columbus. We were proud to be a sponsor.”

    —David Maahs, CEcD, Executive Vice President of Economic Development, The Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • “The TrustBelt Conference was more than a typical “show and tell” event but a true nexus for those who know that the values and benefits of the Midwest are perfectly aligned with the needs of global investors. This conference should be the start of putting the word “TrustBelt” on the lips of every international investor.”

    —David Iwinski Jr., Managing Director, Blue Water Growth LLC

  • “The TrustBelt conference was created to provide executives, site selectors, and economic development professionals in the Midwest with indispensable information and cogent insight on emerging trends long before they become obvious. The conference continues to deliver on this objective.”

    —Chris McGowan, President, The Siouxland Initiative