March 2019 Bios

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
Jerry Nickelsburg joined the UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and The Anderson Forecast in 2006. Since 2017 he has been the Director of The Anderson Forecast. He teaches economics in the MBA program with a focus on Asian economies. As the Director of The Anderson Forecast he plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the National, and California economies. He has conducted research in the areas of labor economics, industrial organization, statistics, and international monetary economics, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to policy issues. His current academic research is on specific skills, structural unemployment, and on energy efficiency in transportation. He is a regular presenter at Economic Conferences and is cited in the national media including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1980 specializing in monetary economics and econometrics. He was formerly a professor of Economics at the University of Southern California and has held executive positions with McDonnell Douglas, FlightSafety International, and FlightSafety Boeing during a fifteen-year span in the aviation business. He also held a position with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors developing forecasting tools, and has advised banks, investors and financial institutions.

From 2000 to 2006, he was the Managing Principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He has been the recipient of the Korda Fellowship, USC Outstanding Teacher, India Chamber of Commerce Jubilee Lecturer, and he is a Fulbright Scholar. He has published over 100 scholarly and popular articles on monetary economics, economic forecasting and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization and he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.
David Shulman is Distinguished Visiting Professor and a “Managing Director” at the Financial Leadership Program at Baruch College where he mentors students seeking front-office careers on Wall Street, and a Visiting Scholar/Senior Economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast where he is responsible for U.S. Macro. In addition, he is currently Managing Member of his LLC where he is engaged in investment and litigation consulting. He comments on his blog, http://shulmaven.blogspot.com.

In March 2005, he retired from Lehman Brothers where he was Managing Director and Head REIT analyst. From 2001-04 he was voted on the Institutional Investor All Star Teams including First Team in 2002. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 2000 he was a Member and Senior Vice President at Ulysses Management LLC (1998-99) an investment manager of a private investment partnership and an offshore corporation whose total investment capital approximated $1 billion at the end of 1999.

From 1986-1997, Mr. Shulman was employed by Salomon Brothers Inc in various capacities. He was Director of Real Estate Research from 1987-91 and Chief Equity Strategist from 1992-97. In the latter capacity he was responsible for developing the Firm’s overall equity market view and maintaining the Firm’s list of recommended stocks. Mr. Shulman was widely quoted in the print and electronic media and he coined the terms “Goldilocks Economy” and “New Paradigm Economy”. In 1991, he was named a Managing Director and in 1990 he won the first annual Graaskamp Award for Excellence in Real Estate Research from the Pension Real Estate Association.

Prior to joining Salomon Brothers Inc., he was Vice President and Director of Research Planning at TCW Realty Advisors in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career Mr. Shulman was an academic. He was an Associate Professor of Management and Economics at the University of California at Riverside and Financial Economist at the UCLA Business Forecasting Project. In 2017, the David Shulman Endowed Excellence in Teaching Award Fund was established by a former student of his.

A graduate of Baruch College (1964), Mr. Shulman received his Ph.D. (1975) with a specialization in Finance and a M.B.A. (1966) from the UCLA Graduate School of Management. He is married and has three grown children.
William Yu joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2011 as an economist where he focuses on the economic modeling, forecasting and Los Angeles economy. He also conducts research and forecasts on China’s economy, and its relationship with the U.S. economy. His research interests include a wide range of economic and financial issues, such as time series econometrics, data analytics, stock, bond, real estate, and commodity price dynamics, human capital, and innovation. Currently, he teaches business forecasting and data science courses at UCLA Anderson and UCLA Extension. He also serves as a faculty advisor for the Applied Management Research Program at UCLA Anderson.

He has published over a dozen research articles in Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of International Money and Finance, etc. He also published op-ed articles in Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. He developed the City Human Capital Index and the Los Angeles City Employment Estimate. He has been cited in the local, national and overseas media frequently including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Bloomberg, CBS Money Watch, Al Jazeera, U-T San Diego, LA Daily News, LA Daily Breeze, Straits Times, NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as various Chinese and Korean media. Yu has been invited as a speaker for various events, including the annual Woo K. Greater China Business Conference and National Association for Business Economics.

Yu received his bachelor’s degree in finance from National Taiwan University in 1995 and was an analyst in Fubon Financial Holding in Taipei from 1997 to 2000. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Washington where he was also an economics instructor and won two distinguished teaching awards. In 2006, he worked for the Frank Russell Investment Group for Treasury and corporate yields modeling and forecasting. From 2006 to 2011, he served as an assistant and an associate professor of economics at Winona State University where he taught courses including forecasting methods, managerial economics, international economics, and macroeconomics.
Edward Leamer is UCLA Anderson’s Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management and professor of economics, professor of statistics and director of the UCLA/Anderson Business Forecast Project. His philosophy on education is straightforward.

After serving as assistant and associate professor at Harvard University, Leamer joined the UCLA faculty in 1975 as professor of economics. In 1990 he moved across campus to UCLA Anderson and was appointed to the Chauncey J. Medberry Chair. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. In 2014 he won the award for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Economics, awarded annually by the American Antitrust Institute.

Leamer’s work has been impactful beyond the classroom and his academic research. As director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, business practitioners in every field value his opinions. For example, in his December 2000 forecast, the UCLA Anderson Forecast (http://www.uclaforecast.com/) stood virtually alone in predicting the 2001 recession. In a special release on September 12, 2001, the Forecast correctly analyzed the likely unimportance of 9/11 for the evolution of the recession. In June 2002, Leamer began warning about a momentum-driven overheated housing market that was sure to cause problems for the economy in the future. In August of 2007 at the annual Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Symposium, Leamer argued for special targeting of housing in a paper titled “Housing IS the Business Cycle.”

Leamer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been an occasional visiting scholar at the IMF and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He has served on the Councils of Economic Advisors or Governor Wilson, Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Garcetti. He has been on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2005-2006 he chaired a panel of the National Academy of Sciences on outsourcing and delivered the report to Commerce and to Congress.

He has published over 120 articles and five books and reminds those interested to hurry to Amazon.com to purchase his most recent books: either Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories, or The Craft of Economics. His research papers in econometrics have been collected in Sturdy Econometrics, published in the Edward Elgar Series of Economists of the 20th Century. His research in international economics and econometric methodology has been discussed in New Horizons in Economic Thought: Appraisals of Leading Economists.
Harry E. Sloan is a successful international media investor, entrepreneur and studio executive. His entrepreneurial spirit has been a guiding force, leading him to identify key investment opportunities with significant returns for his partners. Over the past seven years, Sloan has raised more than $1.3 billion in the public markets to invest in creating new businesses in the media, technology and other industries. Throughout his formidable career, Sloan has also been responsible for the creation or sponsorship of three successful public companies, including New World Entertainment, SBS Broadcasting, and Lionsgate Films.

Today, Sloan -- along with partner Jeff Sagansky, a former President of CBS Entertainment and a one-time co-president of Sony Pictures Television -- successfully create funds to invest in global industries that are transitioning in the digital era. Under the banner of the Eagle investment platform, Sloan has been a founding investor of Global Eagle, Silver Eagle, Double Eagle and now Platinum Eagle.

Prior to launching the Eagle investment platforms, Sloan was named the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM in 2005, one year after a $5 billion private equity buyout of the studio. During Sloan's tenure, he led MGM to revive the James Bond, Rocky and Pink Panther franchises and created a partnership with Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema to produce three Hobbit movies. Sloan also rebuilt MGM's theatrical, television distribution and marketing units. He launched numerous MGM basic television channels throughout the United States, as well as in such international regions as the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe. Sloan also led the MGM effort to successfully launch the Viacom-Lionsgate joint venture, U.S. pay TV channel EPIX in 2009.

Under Sloan's four-year watch, MGM generated approximately $500M/year of library cash flow and was able to service the $3.7 billion of acquisition debt without tapping into its corporate revolver. Sloan stepped down from his position as CEO in August 2009 and, remaining as Chairman, recruited a new team to restructure the debt on behalf of MGM's lenders.

In December of 2010, MGM confirmed its plan of reorganization, creating a new and financially healthy operation. Sloan officially left the studio in 2011 to launch Global Eagle Acquisition with Sagansky.

In 1987, Sloan was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the President's Advisory Council on Trade and Policy Negotiations (ACTPN). He currently serves on the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors and the Executive Board of UCLA Theatre, Film and Television.
Professor of Marketing Sanjay Sood, who holds both an MBA from Kellogg and a Ph.D. from Stanford, says that incorporating real-world experience can dramatically improve the classroom experience. That’s why for the last decade he has been teaching his classes with C-suite industry executives from MGM, P&G and Google, assigning live projects with real companies — like NBC, Universal Studios and the TED brand — and taking his students on field trips to startups, major corporations and ad agencies.

Sood’s academic research focuses on two areas, brand management and behavioral decision making. “As a doctoral student I was excited by the relatively new field of branding in consumer behavior and also was fortunate to be exposed to some of the pioneers of choice architecture,” he says. “The faculty at Anderson are adept at bringing research into the classroom and I have tried to follow that lead. Academic frameworks in branding can be applied across industries, and behavioral decision making is becoming increasingly relevant to senior managers and policymakers.”

Sood helped develop what is now UCLA Anderson’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports, at a time when Dean Judy Olian established entertainment and media as a strategic priority for the school. Currently, between 10 and 15 percent of Anderson classes enter media and entertainment careers. In his classes, Sood looks at movies as brands going in the same direction as other products: Whereas Hollywood used to launch a new brand weekly, the trend now is toward brand franchises.

Using psychological principles in his research, Sood examines how firms can best build, manage and leverage strong brand names. This includes investigating what brand names mean to consumers, how to manage brand portfolios, how to use brand naming strategies to launch new products and how to protect brand names from becoming diluted over time and across geographical boundaries.

In his latest work on decision making he studies the differences between how people make decisions about products versus how they make decisions about experiences — like buying a DVD versus going to see the movie in a cinema. “Experiences generally make us happier and we’re willing to pay more for an experience. We define ourselves more based on the experiences that we have in life rather than on the products that we own.
Michael J. Montgomery is an advisor and investor in early stage companies, an active board member, and a Lecturer at the Anderson School of Business. Michael was the Co-Founder and President of Montgomery & Co., LLC, a boutique investment bank focused on media and technology, from 1993 through 2013. The Investment Bank specialized in M&A and equity financings for private and occasional public companies. Montgomery & Co. became known for its focus on the intersection of media and technology. Montgomery & Co. merged its operations into Signal Hill in 2013.

Prior to Montgomery & Co., he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sega GameWorks L.L.C., a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks. It owned and operated family entertainment centers across the United States.

Prior to joining Sega GameWorks, he was a partner and Senior Executive of DreamWorks SKG from 1995 to 1996. He was their lead executive for their $900 million equity raise in 1995. He also led their real estate efforts to secure land to build their studio in Glendale and their attempted studio at Playa Vista.

He joined DreamWorks after a nine year career at the Walt Disney Company. As Assistant Treasurer and then Vice President and Treasurer, Michael was responsible for numerous innovative financing arrangements conceived and executed for Disney. This includes the $720 million non-recourse advance for the royalties of Tokyo Disneyland, the first large royalty financing conceived for intellectual property. He was also instrumental in Silver Screen 2, 3 and 4, and the $600 million Touchwood Film Financing. He also proposed and then played a key role in the execution of the initial public offering of EuroDisney in 1989. Upon returning from Paris, he conceived of the first bond with a return indexed to an unrelated security or index. The $927 million zero coupon bond indexed into Euro Disney’s stock value pioneered with the SEC and Wall Street the use of derivative-like structures imbedded in bonds. In 1993, he moved to Paris, France, to serve as Directeur General and Chief Financial Officer of Euro Disney, where he played an important role in a difficult financial and operational restructuring.

Before joining Disney, he worked at ARCO in its treasury organization. From 1980 to 1984, he also served as CFO and later President of Arco Solar Europe, a subsidiary of Arco Solar, in Milan, Italy and later, London, UK. At that time, Arco Solar was the largest solar photovoltaic company in the world.

He has been a Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. since July 2006, and of a Director of Synacor, Inc. since December 2011. He chairs the Audit Committee for both companies. He is also on the board of Open Methods and M3Bio, both private companies.

He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1977), where he holds a BA degree as a Rufus Choate Scholar with magna cum laude honors.
Kay traded in half a decade of experience in Finance and Banking, to pursue her passion for Production and Entertainment. After years in the industry Producing CG Animation projects for several studios, Kay decided to join forces with Andrew Egiziano and form CounterPunch Studios in 2011. CounterPunch Studios (CPS) is a full service production studio providing character creation, animation, technology, and pipelines to service our client’s diverse needs. The company builds and implements proprietary pipelines, software and toolsets in order to be able to compete with a growing International industry by automating processes in order to reduce timelines and cost.

At Counter Punch Studios, Kay has overseen Operations, managing a team of highly trained artists and staff who worked on high end AAA Video Games, such as “Uncharted 2 Lost Legacy”, “Shadow of War Middle Earth”, “Injustice 2: and “Mortal Kombat”; photo realistic digitial double character builds for TV Series, such as “Supergirl”, “Legends of Tomorrow”, and “The Flash”; Bollywood Blockbuster films such as “Dhoom 3” and “Ek Tha Tiger”; and Episodic content, such as the “Barbie Vlogger” on YouTube. CounterPunch Studios offers resources for clients in photo-realistic, hyper real, stylized, pre-rendered, and real time production custom tailored to fit each production’s specific requirements.
Dennis Miller currently serves as Chairman of Industrial Media, the independent production group launched with the reorganization of CORE Media and the acquisition of The Intellectual Property Corporation. Through its ownership interests in established industry leaders including Sharp Entertainment, The Intellectual Property Corporation, B-17 Entertainment, Thumb Candy, and 19 Entertainment, Industrial Media produces high quality programming for linear television and digital platforms reaching audiences worldwide. Industrial Media group companies produce over 40 series across 22 networks annually including the global hit “American Idol” for ABC and “So You Think You Can Dance” for Fox, the “90 Day Fiancé” franchise for TLC, and the Emmy®-winning hit documentary series “Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath” for A&E. Additionally, Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings has launched the music careers of platinum artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Lauren Alaina and recent “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe.

Prior to Industrial, Miller has held senior positions at Turner Network Television, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate Television. He spent the last 15 years in venture capital investing in companies ranging from College Sports Television, TVONE, Capital IQ and K-12. More recently he was a senior partner in Spark Capital which has invested in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Square and Oculus Rift. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nexstar, Double Eagle Acquisition Corp., and Green Dot Charter Schools.
Wared Seger is the CEO of Parrot Analytics, the world's leading TV analytics company. A scientist by training, Seger is leading Parrot Analytics to combine science and art to ensure more content reaches its intended audience.
As Global Head of YouTube Originals Product Marketing, Nicholas Selz is the driving force behind the video behemoth's strategy and content. This includes new initiatives such as YouTube Red and YouTube Originals, both of which the company hopes will expand YouTube's importance.

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