Speakers

DevereauxGreg Devereaux
San Bernardino County CEO

Greg Devereaux has served in state and local government for almost 40 years. He was the city manager in Fontana from 1993 until 1997 and in Ontario from 1997 until 2010. Mr. Devereaux recently retired as the chief executive officer for San Bernardino County, a position he held from 2010 until 2017. Throughout his career, Mr. Devereaux earned a reputation for fiscal responsibility and sound management. He continues to serve San Bernardino County, Ontario, and the Ontario International Airport Authority in a consulting capacity.


Photo_Manfred KeilManfred Keil
Professor of Economics
Claremont McKenna College

Manfred Keil is a Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and the Associate Director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy. Dr. Keil has been involved in the analysis and forecasting of economic activity in the Inland Empire since the beginning of the project in 2009. His teaching duties at Claremont McKenna College involve statistics, econometrics, and macroeconomics. In addition, he has lectured at Claremont Graduate University, Pomona College, and Scripps College. He is also a fellow at the Rose Institute.

Prof. Keil received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 1985 and a Fulbright Scholar. He arrived in Claremont in 1995 after holding appointments in Montreal, Boston, and Essex/England. His research interests are in comparative economic performance of geographic areas, politico-economic interaction, and forecasting. He is involved in popularizing data science programs at The Claremont Colleges, and has been the lead CMC faculty in the joint CMC-Yonsei University (Yonsei School of Business) program in Seoul, Korea, for the last seven years. In addition, he has been involved in teaching quantitative courses in the CMC Silicon Valley Program in the Bay Area.

At the Lowe Institute, Prof. Keil is responsible for leading a large number of research assistants to produce the Inland Empire economic analysis. Since 2009, seven of the RAs have been hired by the Federal Reserve Board in D.C., and others have found employment at the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and San Francisco. Several have taken up positions at The Brookings Institute, the Urban Institute, Google, Microsoft, and Boston Consulting Group.


Tom Manzo
President
Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames

Tom Manzo is the president of Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames, a manufacturing company in Pacoima with almost 200 employees. Mr. Manzo is also the co-founder and president of the California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA). CABIA promotes the interests of California-owned small- and mid-sized businesses and the people they employ. Mr. Manzo is part of a team at CABIA of experienced California business owners and communicators committed to creating a regulatory climate that fosters the creation of new businesses, and helps existing ones prosper.


Bill Phelps
Co-Founder and CEO
Wetzel’s Pretzels

Bill Phelps is the CEO of Wetzel’s Pretzels. He has worked in the food services industry for more than three decades, including positions with the Carnation Company, Superior Brands, and Nestlé. In 1994, Mr. Phelps and Rick Wetzel founded Wetzel’s Pretzels, now a chain with more than 320 stores in 30 states and eight countries. In 2012, Mr. Phelps co-invested with Rick and Elise Wetzel in the Blaze Fast Fired Pizza business. Blaze now has more than 240 restaurants.

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