Mar 02, 2021
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
ZOOM MEETING -
TIME ZONE: US PST
Several things to note BEFORE the meeting: 1. In order to participate in a Zoom meeting, you must download Zoom. By this time, a year into the pandemic, it's safe to say that most members have long since downloaded Zoom software to their systems. If not, you can download the free version as shown below. 2. Please go to www.Zoom.us in advance of the meeting and download Zoom if you have not already done so in the past. Please do this prior to our scheduled time, to avoid any technical issues that may arise. This will enable us to begin on time and avoid delays associated with login problems. By default, when you connect via Zoom, you will be on “mute“, meaning that no one else can hear you. In order to speak during the meeting, lower your mouse to the bottom of your screen. That will bring up a black band with various icons. On the lower left side, there will be a microphone icon. Clicking on that will unmute you when you want to speak. If you wish to ask a question or to comment without actually speaking, the "Chat" feature enables you to submit it in writing. 3. Please have your Zoom setup tested in advance, per the testing instructions you receive upon downloading and installing the software.
Topic: Update on the Economy: Global Economy, Domestic Economy, M&A Outlook: What's Ahead for the Economy in 2021 Speaker: Dennis T. Kushner, partner of the consulting firm, Fordham Road Collaborative, a senior financial and general management executive with 45 years of experience as CFO, COO and CEO. Presentation: The November election, and the changeover from Trump to Biden brings us tw...
Topic: Update on the Economy: Global Economy, Domestic Economy, M&A Outlook: What's Ahead for the Economy in 2021
Speaker: Dennis T. Kushner, partner of the consulting firm, Fordham Road Collaborative, a senior financial and general management executive with 45 years of experience as CFO, COO and CEO.
The November election, and the changeover from Trump to Biden brings us two presidents who could not be more different in their views of what constitutes the proper role for the US in the world. Regardless of what transpires in the political halls of Washington, DC, those differences are already pointing the way to markedly different ways of the US dealing with the national health crisis of the pandemic, the economic recovery from the recession caused by the pandemic, how the US relates to global issues such as energy markets, collaboration with other nations of the world, and how US actions will affect and be affected by economic decisions made by other countries.
The United States has gone through more changes -- and more dramatic changes -- in the past year, and will be going through more in the coming year, than most other two-year periods in American history.
In this talk, Denny Kushner will give us a close look at many of the key global economic metrics at play in the world today, and how those relate to metrics specific to the US economy.
Having Denny present these issues from the viewpoint of a CFO and operational executive will give the rest of us a sense of where these metrics have been and where they're going, so that we can bring that information into our own planning and decision making.
Denny will walk us through such issues as:
- What can we expect to see for US GDP in the coming year?
- Inflation has been low in the US for years. Will it be coming back?
- What is the employment outlook for the federal government, and for California?
- What's going on with oil pricing, and what ripple effects does that have around the world and in the US?
- Is there finally light at the end of the pandemic tunnel?
- What's happening in the housing market, and why should we care?
In his presentation, Denny will give us a look at these issues and more, with our usual style of encouraging questions both during the presentation and at the end.
About our Speaker:
Denny Kushner is an operational financial executive with 45 years of experience spanning such companies as Deloitte, Cisco, TRW, Xerox, Omega, Genesis and Kierulff Electronics. He has led turnarounds and restructuring of small to mid-sized companies as CEO, COO, and CFO. Through his hands-on experience in finance, accounting, M&A, and business development, he has made significant contributions to both top-line and bottom-line performance. His reports are highly sought after by chief executives across industries.
He is currently the San Diego partner of the consulting firm, Fordham Road Collaborative. He has a consistent record of helping companies establish breakthrough performance through improved planning, cost control, timely analysis and systems enhancements. He also has an extensive background in mergers, acquisitions and divestures in providing due diligence and the smooth integration of transactions. He has implemented processes to either expand or to right size the business to gain a competitive advantage in the market place. He is experienced in branding products and services, pricing and strategy. He has played an active role in sourcing buyers and suppliers. He has prepared confidential business profiles, business plans and raised working capital to improve cash flow and the viability of the business. His expertise in value chain analysis, process improvement and total quality management has led to improved operating efficiency and cost effective operations in high technology, biotechnology, consumer business, financial services and professional service vertical markets.
Dennis holds a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southern California, and a Masters degree in Public Administration, Management and Systems, also from USC. He was an honors student in Western Europe and held a University Scholarship and grant from the University of Southern California.
Some Meeting Details and logistics info:
We’ve planned this virtual meeting to be open to all FENG members from around the country and the world.
Please REGISTER for the meeting no later than 2pm Monday, March 1st, as we need to have time to get the key Zoom logon info back to you.
To register: Some of you have already registered. To register as a FENG Member, log in at http://www.thefeng.org/. (Be sure to log in at the top of the page. This page works ONLY for FENG members). This will take you to your personal home page, which will show any FENG chapters to which you belong. If you scroll down to the picture of the meeting/date, you can click on “Register Now.”
Guests of members: Please register at https://www.thefeng.org/chapters/california/san-diego/33, filling in all requested information.
After you register and before the meeting, you will be sent the link and meeting ID that will enable you to easily enter the meeting.
If you have trouble registering after following the above directions, please reply to me directly, and we will register you.
Again, all FENG members are welcome to register. You are free to invite outside guests, as well, especially those whom you think could directly benefit from the information to be discussed.
Please contact me directly if you have any questions or wish to advise me about your inviting an outside guest. We hope to see you at our virtual San Diego FENG meeting on Tuesday the 2nd.
Meantime, stay healthy and safe!
San Diego Chapter Chair
CPE Credits: Reminder for those members maintaining their professional certifications - we offer the documentation for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for our speaker presentations. For those members interested in this, you may complete the appropriate forms, which we'll have available at the meeting, for 1.0 hours of CPE credit
Zoom Screen: Make sure your First and Last Name appear on your screen.