Keynote Speakers

XPAND2017 will feature a keynote speaker each day of the meeting.

Marty Regalia

Former Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Monday December 4 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am | Ocean Ballroom

Martin Regalia forecasts the economy over the short- and long-term, factoring in a variety of economic issues, including changes in tax reform, the labor market and public policy.

Named by USA Today as one of the top 10 economists in the nation, Martin is widely-respected for his consummate expertise in forecasting the U.S. economy. Most recently, he was senior vice president for economic and tax policy, and chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Over Martin’s distinguished career, he served in many prominent positions, including as director of research for the Savings and Community Bankers of America, and before that, executive vice president of policy development and chief economist for the National Council of Community Bankers. He has also held roles as a principal analyst in the Fiscal Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office, as an economist for the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in both the Banking and Capital Markets Sections, and as a financial economist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Martin shares his highly-sought insights on a variety of economic topics, from the potential for tax reform to the impact of trade policy on the U.S. economy. His nonpartisan economic forecasting and analyses of legislative and White House economic policies and proposals leaves audiences feeling better positioned to drive business growth and maintain a competitive advantage.

General Session business agenda items are as follows:

  • Remarks by Chairman of the Board, Bill Auriemma, Diversified CPC, International
  • State of the Association by Steve Caldeira, President and CEO, CSPA

Charlie Cook

Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal


Tuesday December 5 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 am | Ocean Ballroom 2&4

Charlie Cook is the Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group.

In 1984, Charlie founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report. Now, with a staff of six, it is a publication that the New York Times once said was “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called it “the bible of the political community.”

Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal has referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.”

The late David Broder of The Washington Post, long considered ‘the Dean’ of the Washington press corps, once wrote that Charlie Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.”

Charlie has appeared frequently on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and ABC’s This Week. Since the 1990s he has appeared over a dozen times on NBC’s Meet the Press. Over the years Charlie has served as an Election Night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC and, since 1996, on NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in New York.

In 2010, Charlie was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

A.B. Stoddard

Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics


Wednesday December 6 | 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm | Ocean Ballroom 2&4

A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist with political news site and polling data aggregator RealClearPolitics, and a former associate editor and columnist for The Hill newspaper. Her column with The Hill won first place Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C. chapter in 2010 and 2011. She appears regularly on Fox’s Special Report with Bret Baier and CNN’s New Day, as well as other shows on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and CNN for her expertise as a political commentator.

Nonpartisan, Stoddard addresses elections and the political landscape of the day. Frequently meeting with sources and politicians of all stripes, Stoddard has her finger on the pulse of Washington, DC as she offers detailed and smart political and electoral analyses. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, her talks cover the five biggest stories in the news, the most up-to-date happenings between Congress and the White House, ongoing budget battles and the electoral prospects for the two parties.

Journalism Journey. Stoddard had always wanted to be a reporter, and she caught the political bug watching Justice Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination hearings. She began her journalism career as a reporter for the Potomac News in northern Virginia, and she has covered the U.S. Congress since 1994 as a reporter at The Hill and a Senate producer for ABC News. She returned to The Hill as a commentator and columnist in 2006. She is currently the host of No Labels Radio on Sirius XM’s POTUS channel.

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