Chuck Todd

NBC News Political Director
Moderator of Meet the Press and MTP Daily

Fifty years from now, one journalist will be the voice and face of our political era—and that journalist is Chuck Todd. A self-described political junkie, he has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. He is NBC News’ political director, the moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press – the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest-running broadcast in television history, and the host of MTP Daily. Influencers and competitors praise him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.” With what Washingtonian calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” he has become a fixture in the White House press room, a steady and constant presence on television, and a tireless voice on the campaign trail. His up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary have made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage.

Prior to Meet the Press, Todd served as NBC News chief White House correspondent (2008–2014), as well as the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown (2010–2014). He has held the role of political director since 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Chuck Todd has the unique ability to deliver an all-consuming passion for politics with razor-sharp analysis. As the political news of today becomes tomorrow’s American history, he offers a comprehensive picture of the current political landscape and serves as the voice of America in the early 21st century.

A Star in Political Journalism. During the 2008 presidential election, Todd became a frequent contributor to several television news outlets, and during the 2004 elections, he had the rare privilege of moderating one of the few presidential candidate forums in Iowa. He also teaches a graduate-level political communications course at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, GQ named Todd “The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington.” That same year, he also won the Jeopardy! Power Players match. In 2005, Washingtonian featured him in its “Best of” issue in the journalism section, and in 2009, the magazine named him one of the top 50 journalists covering Washington. In 2001, George magazine named Todd one of the 50 most influential people in politics.

Covering Campaigns, Candidates, and Everything in Between. Todd loves to follow races, issues, and campaigns, and when he isn’t following politics, he’s writing about them. He contributes to publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly, where he is a contributing editor. In 2009, Todd co-authored the definitive election analysis book How Barack Obama Won. His second book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, was released in 2014.

Before joining NBC News, Todd was the editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics. In his 15 years working at the Hotline or one of its affiliates, Todd became one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels. He helped to grow the publication from a single daily political exposition into an elite paper at the epicenter of politics.

Andrew Smith

Director
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission

Andrew Smith is Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. He came to the FTC from the law firm of Covington & Burling, where he co-chaired the financial services practice group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Smith was a staff attorney at the FTC, where he led the agency’s efforts to make several rules under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Mr. Smith has written extensively on consumer protection and financial services issues, served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee, and is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Williams College, and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where he served as Professional Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review.

Jan Owen

Senior Advisor
Manatt Financial Services

Jan Owen is a senior advisor in the Manatt Financial Services group, and is based in the Sacramento office. Her practice includes a wide range of oversight work including accountancy, assets recovery, auditing, banking, benefits administration, budget preparation and financial reporting.

Prior to joining Manatt, Jan was the longstanding Commissioner of California’s Department of Business Oversight (from 2013 to 2019), the state’s financial regulator. Prior to that, she served as commissioner of the California Department of Corporations, and was honored to serve as first DBO commissioner when the Department was established in 2013. Before serving in these significant roles, Jan worked at a leading investment banking firm, one of the world’s leading consumer products companies, and at her own consulting firm.

Thomas B. Considine

Thomas B. Considine is a proven insurance & healthcare c-suite executive, as well as a former NJ state financial services & managed care commissioner with a broad understanding of issues from the business, legal and regulatory perspectives.

The National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) established the new position of Chief Executive Officer and named Considine to it effective January 1, 2016 to transform the 49-year- old organization via strategic repositioning & growth.

Considine also serves as Principal and Managing Partner of Gravilaur Solutions, LLC, an organization that provides strategic, operational and regulatory consulting to a number of business associations, health plans, hospital systems, insurance companies and others, as well as providing expert witness and alternate dispute resolution services.

Considine serves actively on the Boards of the Visiting Nurses Association Health Group, where he Chairs the Audit Committee, as well as the American Property Insurance Company, where he serves on the Audit Committee. He has also served on other for-profit and not-for-profit boards in the past, including as an officer.

Considine comes to Gravilaur and NCOIL following service as CEO of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center and COO of MagnaCare, a regional health plan.

Considine also served as the New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance. In addition to serving as the primary advisor to the Governor on issues related to banking, insurance, real estate and managed care, Considine led the state through reaccreditation by State Banking (CSBS) and Insurance (NAIC) organizations. Considine’s NAIC peers elected him to the organization’s Board of Directors, as well as a member of its Executive Committee and as Chair of its Northeast Zone.

Prior to his service to New Jersey, Considine spent 17 years at MetLife in positions of increasing responsibility. At the time he departed to join the NJ Cabinet, he served as Vice President & Government Relations Counsel responsible for state government relations and public policy throughout the US for all aspects of the financial services conglomerate, a position through which he served as a member of MetLife’s Global Legal Affairs Department leadership team.

Considine holds a JD cum laude from the Seton Hall University School of Law, and a BS magna cum laude degree from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, where he received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2012. He also holds postgraduate certificates from Northeastern and the Harvard Business School.

In 2013, the Irish Legal 100 recognized Considine as one of the top 100 lawyers of Irish-American descent in the United States. He has repeatedly been ranked among the “most powerful” or “most important” people on various journalistic lists in NJ throughout the decade. A Hudson County, NJ native, he resides in Monmouth County, NJ, with his wife, Anne, and their two children.

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho

As a lifelong Idahoan, Mike Crapo has learned that a willingness to listen makes for a more effective leader and lawmaker. Mike’s commonsense approach and collaborative, creative problem-solving have enabled him to achieve lasting solutions to issues of importance to Idahoans and the nation. Mike ranks 15th in overall Senate seniority in the 116th Congress.

Banking Committee—Mike serves as the Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over efforts to promote the stability of the financial system and responsible lending to families and businesses. This includes oversight of federal policy concerning financial institutions and markets; public and private housing; insurance; securities markets; equity investment; urban development; mass transit; foreign trade promotion; and economic policy, including sanctions.

He has been a member of the committee since the beginning of his Senate service in 1999, and he served as the Ranking Member (lead Republican) on the committee in the 113th Congress. His strong background and interest in the finance arena has led to his leadership role in making inroads in the areas of regulatory relief, expansion of homeownership, trade and securities and investment. During Mike’s inaugural chairmanship in the 115th Congress, he successfully ushered important bipartisan bills into law, including legislation to right-size regulation for smaller financial institutions (P.L. 115-174), legislation to strengthen and expand economic sanctions against Russia (P.L. 115-44), and legislation to protect our nation’s critical technologies from foreign competitors (P.L. 115-232), among others.

Finance Committee—Mike also serves as the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, giving Idaho a strong voice in legislation relating to federal tax policy; federal social safety net and health care programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; and implementation of reciprocal foreign trade agreements. He serves on three Finance subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure;
  • Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness; and
  • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.

Senator Crapo also continues serving on the Joint Committee on Taxation, a bipartisan committee with members of both the House and Senate who work collaboratively on the tax legislative process.

Keith Ellis

Keith H. Ellis is the Vice President for Legal and Compliance of the Expansion Capital Group. He has served in this capacity since July of 2017.

Keith has served as minority counsel to the Banking Committee of the United States House of Representatives in 1979 and 1980. He left that position to join the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, where he served for eight years as legislative counsel, chief lobbyist and liaison with the National Governors’ Association and National Conference of State Legislators.

Keith served as the Delaware State Bank Commissioner from 1988 to 1994. In that capacity he also chaired the Expenditures Committee of the Delaware Financial Advisory Committee, the state budget advisory body.

Since leaving public service, Keith has split time between the private practice of law and service as the head of the legal and compliance functions for two banks. As the General Counsel for AIG Federal Savings Bank, he assisted in the restructuring of that institution following government intervention.

Keith holds a Juris Doctor from the American University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts
from The George Washington University.

Keith is a co-author of Banking Law in the United States (1st & 2nd editions), Alfred M. Pollard, Keith H. Ellis, Joseph P. Daly; Butterworth Legal Publishers, Salem, NH, 1992.

Kate Fisher

Partner, Hudson Cook, LLP

Katherine (“Kate”) Fisher is a partner at the law firm of Hudson Cook, LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Business Funding Group. Her practice focuses on Consumer Financial Services and Small Business Financing. Kate represents banks, finance companies, private equity and investment bank investors, merchant cash advance companies, and small business lenders in establishing new programs and products, and conducting due diligence and compliance reviews of consumer lending and business financing portfolios.

Kate is a founding member of the Alternative Finance Bar Association, an organization of attorneys who represent merchant cash advance companies and lenders providing financing to small businesses. She has testified before the United States House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee regarding improving small business capital access and recently appeared several times before the California legislature and New Jersey Senate Committee on Commerce regarding proposed disclosures for business finance transactions.

Danny Pfeifer

Founder of CATALYST

Danny Pfeifer is a nationally-recognized government relations strategist and consultant. He is the founder and managing principal of Catalyst, one of the nation’s leading multi-state lobbying firms.

Catalyst has attracted a Fortune 500 and blue-chip client base by fully integrating with its clients and quickly adapting to the rapidly changing environments they face, specifically new or antiquated federal and state regulations that impact private sector innovation at the expense of consumers. Catalyst represents clients that are producing large-scale disruptions in their industries and emerging businesses facing regulatory challenges and marketplace entry barriers.

Since founding Catalyst over 10 years ago, Pfeifer has created a dynamic and fast-growing government relations practice, evolving quickly to his clients’ needs in the innovation economy. Founded in Pfeifer’s home state of Missouri, Catalyst quickly became one of the largest firms in the state.

Pfeifer’s ability to engage with clients at an executive level has made him one of the most sought after government relations specialists, providing strategic counsel in the boardroom that will impact public policy in the halls of state capitols, influence outcomes in the regulatory sphere and inform decisions in the political trenches. With his years of experience in managing complex government affairs, Pfeifer is a strategic partner for his clients, evaluating challenges, identifying opportunities, and offering solutions to help them accomplish their goals.

Pfeifer’s strategic drive and experience has been a magnet for Silicon Valley based businesses, especially high-tech entrepreneurs embracing new technology to drive changes in their own industries such as electric vehicles, mobile-app-based transportation networks, fantasy sports, online financial services and more.

Pfeifer has a reputation for helping deliver desired outcomes, shaping public opinions, mobilizing influencers to shape decisions and designing effective political strategies that result in positive results for his clients.

Before founding Catalyst, Pfeifer worked at the highest levels of national and state politics, serving as a senior advisor to high profile elected officials and political campaigns including candidates for U.S. Senate and attorney general, as well as several presidential candidates. Through these leadership opportunities and experiences, Pfeifer developed unique skills and cultivated a vast network of relationships.

Pfeifer is an active leader in his community. For six years running, he chaired highly-successful events for Hope House in Kansas City, helping the organization raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence. He actively supports Higher M-Pact, which helps young people in high-risk urban communities, and San Jorge Children’s Hospital, which is enhancing the quality of life for children with special needs and difficult medical conditions in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Pfeifer received his degree in finance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Bloch School of Business.

Lindsey Rohan

Attorney, Platinum Rapid Funding Group, Ltd.

Lindsey Rohan, maintains a Sole Practice providing general counsel services to Alternative Finance Companies while additionally serving as outside General Counsel for Platinum Rapid Funding Group, Ltd. These services include a focus on Contract Law, Collections, Corporate Law, Capital Raises and Real Estate with an emphasis on Compliance to both internal protocols and emerging regulations. Upon completion of her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, with admittance to practice Law in the Courts of the State of New York as well as before the United States District Court, she began her career as an Associate for Pollack Cooperman & Fisher, P.C. Through her years of experience at Pollack Cooperman within the fields of Transactional Real Estate, Collections, Foreclosure and General Litigation she was able
to transition into a Sole Practice with ease.

For the past five years Lindsey has dedicated her practice to the evolving Alternative Finance area of practice.  Lindsey currently holds the Title of President and was a founding member of the Alternative Finance Bar Association (AFBA) established in 2017. The AFBA is an attorney only bar association geared towards providing a vital resource to industry side attorneys.  She is also an active participant for the Commercial Finance Coalition which lobbies on behalf of various Alternative Finance Companies to be both informed and influential on both the State and federal levels of government.

Shawn Smith

Chairman and CEO, Dedicated Commercial Recovery Inc.

Shawn Smith is chairman and CEO of Dedicated Commercial Recovery Inc. A pioneer of “Relationship” based commercial collections, Smith founded the company in 2015 with a vision to create a new kind of commercial collections company, with a new model based on connecting on a personal level with those in debt and a new, integrated corporate philanthropy model. Under his leadership, the company has grown at a 50% or more annual rate since its inception.

For its revolutionary approach, Dedicated has been rewarded both with strong employee loyalty and a solid client base of like-minded companies.

Smith created a model of philanthropy that leverages the resources of Dedicated Commercial Recovery to improve communities around the world, donating both money and time in order to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Smith and his wife, Stephanie, have focused their personal philanthropy on children’s health and well-being, education, hunger, and other social issues.
In addition, Smith is the Executive Director of the Jenika Francois Foundation, which partners with nonprofits that help mend broken spirits, heal mental and physical pain, and teach children and families how to flourish on their own.

Smith believes that businesses are the greatest platforms for change in the world. He has embraced a multi-stakeholder approach to leadership, serving all stakeholders–including clients, employees, business partners, and communities–to make the world a better place. Smith also inspires fellow business leaders to do the same by sponsoring client service trips to underdeveloped countries and ensuring that, at Dedicated Commercial Recovery, men and women are paid equally for comparable work.

Smith is a 20-year veteran of the commercial collections industry. Prior to launching Dedicated Commercial Recovery, he worked at various agencies where employees were devalued and unappreciated, thus fueling his passion for justice and equality in business, as well as in life.

Christian Warner

Director of Domestic Policy & Corporate Social Responsibility, Kabbage

Christian Warner is the Director of Domestic Policy & Corporate Social Responsibility at Kabbage, an online small business technology platform. Christian is responsible for working with policymakers to understand the economic benefits of the Kabbage product.
Internally, he is responsible for guiding diversity & inclusion and Kabbage Kares, Kabbage’s corporate social responsibility program.

Prior to joining Kabbage, Christian served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, working as the Advisor to the Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for CISV USA, an international nonprofit focused on cross-cultural understanding and conflict resolution. Christian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and he currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Robert Zadek

Of Counsel, Buchalter

Robert Zadek focuses his practice on matters involving factoring, fintech, reverse factoring, supply-chain finance, asset-based lending, purchase order financing, commercial loan documentation, trade finance and letters of credit, loan workouts, and bankruptcy.

Mr. Zadek is a past Chair of the Commercial Financial Services Committee of the Section on Business Law of the American Bar Association. He served on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and chaired its Uniform Commercial Code Committee.

Mr. Zadek has served as an attorney advisor on the American Law Institute Committee to Revise the Restatement of the Law of Suretyship, and was an advisor to the Drafting Committee on Revision of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

For well in excess of 25 years, Mr. Zadek has been the keynote speaker at the Annual Convention of the International Factoring Association, the largest factoring trade association in the world, offering a ninety-minute presentation of “Factoring in the Courts”, a summary of relevant litigation affecting the factoring industry. He has also been a frequent panelist at the Convention. Every year the IFA offers Mr. Zadek’s two-day course “The Law and Business of Factoring,” attended by seasoned factoring executives, newcomers to the industry and their counsel. The forms which Mr. Zadek distributes at this presentation have become the standard forms in the industry.

Mr. Zadek is regularly retained as an expert witness in factoring and commercial loan litigation, and has testified at jury and bench trials on many occasions.

Mr. Zadek is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell and recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer in the area of Bank & Finance in 2013 and 2014. He is also recognized as a 2020 Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Banking & Finance Law and Equipment Finance Law, an honor he has received since 2007. Mr. Zadek has been selected by Super Lawyer Magazine as a Northern California Super Lawyer five times and as a Northern California Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition.

Mr. Zadek is the host of “The Bob Zadek Show,” which is broadcast live every Sunday at 8:00 AM (Pacific time) in the San Francisco Bay Area on 810 AM “The Answer” as well as 1380 AM in Sacramento, 1590 AM in Seattle and 1690 AM in Denver. The show is live-streamed at 860amtheanswer.com (click “listen live”). All of Bob’s shows can be heard on www.bobzadek.com or they can be subscribed to on iTunes. Mr. Zadek’s column, “You Be The Judge,” was a regular feature in The Secured Lender , the journal of the Commercial Finance Association. He co-authored “Insurance Considerations in Asset-Based Financing—A Transactional Guide,” published by Matthew Bender & Company and contributed to David King Keller’s “The Associate As Rainmaker, Building Your Business Brain.”

Mr. Zadek was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Commercial Law Amicus Initiative. Mr. Zadek was a faculty member at Rutgers University School of Law, teaching a course on secured transactions. He served on Hofstra and Adelphi Universities faculty for over a decade. He was named “Educator of the Year” by the Commercial Finance Association for his course, “Negotiating, Documenting and Administrating Asset-Based Loans.” In addition, he teaches workshops across the country on loan documentation issues.

Mr. Zadek is a Certified Public Accountant.