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Annual Meeting Speakers


Robert DeFrancesco

Robert DeFrancesco, a partner in Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice, handles all aspects of trade remedy proceedings. He has particular expertise in both U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings appearing before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. DeFrancesco has also actively assisted in World Trade Organization matters, providing advice regarding WTO obligations and dispute settlement proceedings for various clients and governments.



Timothy Hayes

Tim Hayes is Principal at Lawrence Capital Management, providing metals industry and investment research since April 2013. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond, teaching undergraduate accounting and economics.

He was Metals Equity Analyst with 15 years of experience as a sell-side metals analyst with Davenport & Co. and BB&T Capital Markets from 1998 through 2013. Prior to his positions as Metals Equity Analyst, Mr. Hayes worked with Alumax Inc., an aluminum manufacturing company, as an Economic/Industry Analyst.

Mr. Hayes received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He became Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 2002.


Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes serves as Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide Vice Chair. She is a trusted counselor to corporate, nonprofit and political leaders providing strategic communications, corporate positioning and messaging advice. Since joining Burson-Marsteller in 2008, she has brought to the business world her unique expertise honed over more than 30 years of public policy, communications and political experience, from helping lead winning presidential campaigns to serving at the highest levels of government.

Previously she served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs where she led the U.S. State Department’s effort to communicate America’s values abroad. Karen also served as Counselor to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. In this role she acted as strategic advisor to the president on policy and communications and managed the White House Offices of Communications, Media Affairs, Speechwriting and Press Secretary. She is a past Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas and a former television news reporter for the NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth.


 David Zach, Futurist

Zach is one of the few professionally trained futurists on this planet, having earned a master’s degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Of course that was way back in 1981, so it’s pretty much a history degree by now.

As a futurist, David’s worked with over 1500 associations, corporations and colleges offering insights on the personal and professional impact of strategic trends. In other
words, he gives funny, fascinating and thought-provoking talks on the strategic trends and traditions with design, technology, economics, business, education, demographics and
society.  In his work, he’s not stuck on the future and is always searching for old ideas that stand the test of time. Instead of telling people what to think about the future, he wants to help them understand how to think about the future. He thinks fascinating forecasts can be fun, but
thoughtful, long-term choices are better.

David’s had two real jobs: one at Johnson Controls and the other at Northwestern Mutual, both in the roles of environmental scanning and strategic planning. He also taught Future Studies in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He is the author of two books, so far. Zachronyms: funny words for funny times is a humorous look at all those lifestyle acronyms, such as YUPPIES, PUPPIES, SPORES and TWITS. His
latest book, Worth Remembering: the future value of old ideas is an exploration of why so
many of the best ideas are not necessarily the new ones.

David is on the board of the American Chesterton Society and recently completed a three year term on the board of the American Institute of Architects (2011-13). Past activities
include: Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, Future
Milwaukee Advisory Board, Community Advisory Board for public radio station WUWM, member of the downtown Rotary Club of Milwaukee, chairman of the Goals for Greater Milwaukee 2000 Education Committee and co–chair for Design Milwaukee.

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