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Distinguished Speaker Series

Anthony "Tony" W. Thompson

How to Accelerate out of the Great Recession into a Global Economy

Anthony W. "Tony" Thompson is well known for his ahead-of-the-curve thinking and bold action which blends experience, innovation and vision into unique strategies for success. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Thompson National Properties.

Under Mr. Thompson's leadership, his previous companies have raised nearly $3 billion in equity for various investment programs, including public Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and 1031 exchange programs, an industry Mr. Thompson pioneered. In November 2006, Mr. Thompson oversaw the sale of 33 percent of NNN Realty Advisors for $160 million to institutional investors through a 144A private equity offering managed by Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc (FBR).



State Senator Mimi Walters

The State of the California Economy

Mimi Walters possesses a background in both business and local government. Her professional career has included time with the firm of Drexel, Burnham & Lambert as an Investment Executive and then subsequently joining Kidder Peabody & Company. Mimi began her public service on the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996. She served as Mayor in 2000. As a Councilwoman, Mimi was a leading voice for fiscally responsible government and local control. As a Director of the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (ETRPA), Mimi helped defeat efforts to convert the El Toro Marine Air Base into a commercial airport. She was named Chair of ETRPA in January of 2003.



Dan Donahue

Frank/Dodd Act - Key Discernment between Broker/Dealers and Consultancy

Daniel K. Donahue has more than 20 years of private practice experience in the corporate and securities areas, preceded by six years of experience as a staff attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dan's practice focuses primarily on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. During his six years as a staff attorney with the SEC, Dan spent equal time in both the Division of Enforcement and the Division of Corporation Finance. In his private practice, Dan has securities and transactional experience with clients in the United States, Asia and Europe. His experience spans the representation of issuers and investment bankers in financing transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements, venture capital financings and strategic alliances. He has regularly represented clients in mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of both public and private companies and advised management regarding fiduciary and disclosure obligations, preparing and negotiating transaction documentation and complying with corporate, securities and takeover laws.



Ted McGrath
CEO of RiZe Global,


Breakthrough to Organizational Wealth

After 7 years in Corporate America, as the # 5 partner out of 500 Partners, for the # 1 Life Insurance Company (New York Life) in the Country with 12 Years Coaching CEO's, Entrepreneurs and Sales Professionals; Ted McGrath is driven by a passion to answer one very critical question, "What makes change possible?"

He has created a dynamic system that creates breakthrough change in individuals, groups and organizations. Ted will be introducing his Leadership System called "The Next Seven Steps: Breakthrough to Organizational Wealth." This system defines the 7 critical steps to create change in your company, with a focus on the beliefs, values and rules that make a company wealthy from the inside out. Last year, he had the privilege of speaking at the Alliance for a New Humanity with Deepak Chopra. His message and mission is How to Achieve Personal and Professional Success through the Power of Inspired Action and his delivery is on point with life changing, experiential techniques.

Ted will be speaking at SDIC of the common challenges facing business leaders around the country as America emerges more powerful than ever from the Great Recession of the 21st Century.


Greg Watkins
CEO of Equinox Carbon Development,

Greening of the American Economy

Greg Watkins AIA, NCARB, is the CEO of Equinox Carbon Development, which is a CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) developer with many large scale projects including a 435MW wind/solar/trash-to-energy development in La Rumorosa, Baja, Mexico, a solar farm in Mexicali, other wind farms in Baja, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, efficiency projects with PEMEX, and with a new partnership, TURNBULL GLOBAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS, we provide audits / upgrades / financing / and carbon reporting for large real estate portfolios. We are working with several carbon funds as well as automated carbon reporting companies to provide leverage carbon finance on our projects and for our clients as well. Equinox co-sponsored the First Carbon Credit Conference in Mexico City with Geoffrey Davidow (our ex-Ambassador) and the 2nd US Carbon Finance Forum in NYC, and has keynoted and many conferences including; the 2nd annual Port of Long Beach Conference, CALIFORNIA MAYORS CONFERENCE, International Business Conference, California Building Officials, ICEED (International Conference on Education and Economic Development) in Mexico City, San Diego Investment Conference, and others.

Greg is also a Senior Partner with BCW LLP, Architects and Master Planners with expertise in resort design, seaport complexes, mixed use, and large scale planning for both renewable energy projects and planned developments.



Mike Glezos

Search Engine Optimization and Social Marketing as Key Marketing and      Branding Drivers

Guest Speaker Mike Glezos (, Director of Online Development at First Page Sage (, a leading search engine optimization and social marketing firm, will address SDIC attendees upon the topic of 'Search Engine Optimization and Social Network Marketing for the Budgeting Executive.' From startups to Fortune 500's, Mike understands the business processes behind the technology and is an expert at Online Business Development.



Doug Smith

How and Why Carbon Credits Matter

SDIC 'Green's keynote speaker is Doug Smith, Founder and CEO of Village Green Global, recipient of OC Metro's Green Team Award. He has spoken on the provisions of online monitoring and verification tools for demand side efficiency, GHG reduction and environmental behavioral change process. Doug Smith is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Award in Orange County. Mr. Smith's keynote will be timely as California is at the forefront of the national global green renaissance with having recently passed the highest clean energy mandate in the nation.

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