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Gerold W. Libby
Holland & Knight LLP
Los Angeles



Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States. The County of Los Angeles is larger in population than 42 of the 50 states of the United States and is home to 10 million people, one-quarter of all residents of California. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the 41st mayor of the City of Los Angeles, will share his views regarding the increasingly important role played by the 1.4 million Asians and Asian Americans who live in Los Angeles County. He will also address recent developments in the major industries of Los Angeles County, including international trade, supported by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, motion picture and television program production, music recording and production, aerospace, and professional services.

John Chiang
Controller of the State of California
State Controller John Chiang was elected in November 2006 as the Chief Fiscal Officer of California, the world’s eighth largest economy. Mr. Chiang oversees more than US $100 billion in annual receipts and disbursements of public funds, uses his broad audit authority to uncover fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, and provides financial guidance to local governments, schools and special districts. Mr. Chiang serves on 76 state boards and commissions that significantly impact California’s economic health in areas such as development, employment, housing and the environment. Mr. Chiang chairs the Franchise Tax Board, the committee that provides financial oversight of California’s multi-billion dollar stem cell program, and also is the current chair of the California State Lands Commission. Mr. Chiang serves as a trustee of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s largest public pension funds, have combined portfolios worth more than US $400 billion.

Controller Chiang sees California as a great investment. Through its leadership and pension funds, the State has taken a leadership role in the movement toward energy investments in clean technology. The State also has embraced diversity to its advantage by finding, harnessing and tapping into a wide range of talents that help create economic opportunities. During Controller Chiang's welcome remarks, he will discuss how California plans to become an early and significant investor in clean technology and explore how diversity in investing is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do because it gives the State a competitive advantage.


Yao Ming, David Beckham, Ichiro, Jackie Chan, Aishwarya Rai. These names are more than just celebrities. They’re examples of how entertainment in today’s global market knows no boundaries. Entertainment brands – from sports to movies to music – are transcending borders and languages and are creating legions of loyal fans around the world. Along with the multitude of fans and publicity-packed events, this expansion of entertainment is translating into millions of dollars. From massive marketing machines to innovative financing structures, global entertainment is burgeoning, and the movement has just begun.


Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO
Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of global sports and entertainment leader AEG, will explore these exciting topics and provide his seasoned international insights during the keynote address of the IPBA 2008 Annual Conference.

As the leader of AEG and recently selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 most influential people in Southern California, Mr. Leiweke is uniquely qualified to address this topic. He has acquired and merged more than 50 divisions and companies to create a global live entertainment organization capable of developing, producing, promoting, marketing, and managing sports and entertainment programming in both facilities owned and operated by AEG such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ), and The O2 (London, UK). In addition to owning and operating numerous sports franchises and events worldwide including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race, and ING Bay to Breakers annual footrace in San Francisco, AEG LIVE, the company’s live entertainment division, is considered to be one of the world’s leading concert promotions and touring organizations. AEG Development is focused on the creation of several multifaceted sports and entertainment districts worldwide including L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot, U.S. 2.5 billion sports and entertainment district.

However, AEG’s focus is shifting to the opportunities unique to Asia and Mr. Leiweke is actively guiding AEG’s entry into China and the Asian marketplace in a big way. Recently, AEG and partner NBA China announced plans to design, book, and operate the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena after the upcoming Olympic Games. AEG is currently in negotiations to develop additional arenas and properties throughout Asia while exploring opportunities to promote some of the world’s most popular performers in the region.



Alexander L. Cappello, Chairman and CEO
Cappello Capital Corp.
Alexander Cappello has led several public and private companies over the past 34 years, including Cappello Capital Corp. (Member NASD-SIPC), a global merchant bank whose principals have conducted in excess of US $116 billion in transactions in over 50 countries. He served as the international chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), helping found 52 new chapters, heavily focusing on Asia. Mr. Cappello is currently a trustee of the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, the RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia, California Republic Bank (the largest capitalized bank in California’s history), and Cheesecake Factory (NASD). He is a former chairman of Inter-Tel (NASDAQ), Intelligent Energy, PLC (London), and Geothermal Resources Intl. (AMEX), and a former director of Cytrx (NASDAQ) and Genius Products (NASDAQ).


Carl Joseph Chen, General Partner and Co-Founder,
Temple Honor LLC
Carl J. Chen co-manages the Temple Honor Asia Fund L.P., a hedge-fund that invests in Taiwan and Hong Kong publicly listed equities, as well as dedicated managed accounts for wealthy families. Measured against its peers, funds managed and advised by Temple Honor LLC perform in the top decile. Temple Honor LLC also advises several publicly listed companies and highly specialized pre-IPO technology companies, including several key components suppliers to Apple, HP Compaq and IBM. Temple Honor operates out of Taipei with offices in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Hangzhou (China). Mr. Chen is also licensed to practice law in Maryland, Washington DC, and New Jersey.

Robert A. Eckert, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Mattel, Inc.
Robert A. Eckert is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Mattel, Inc., the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of toys with approximately US $5 billion in annual sales. Mr. Eckert joined Mattel in May 2000 from Kraft Foods, Inc., the largest U.S.-based packaged food company in the world. A 23-year veteran of Kraft, he most recently served as its president and chief executive officer, a position he had held since October, 1997. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all of Kraft’s business units and for leading the company’s policy decision-making board, the Operating Committee.

George Lee, Chairman, Founder, and Managing Member
PMK, Inc. and SView LLC
George Lee has been active in commercial enterprises throughout Asia for over 25 years and has been instrumental in the structuring of numerous cross-border transactions. Mr. Lee is the chairman of PMK, Inc., a consumer goods company based in Seoul, Korea, and the founder and managing member of SView LLC, an advanced mobile software company with operations around the world, especially Asia. Mr. Lee is also the founder of JPG, the first company to have an exclusive license from the governments of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to conduct business between the two countries.

William H. Overholt, Director
RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy
William Overholt holds the Asia Policy Research Chair at the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and is director of the Center. He has long been an important analyst of Asia. Dr. Overholt is the author of Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics (Cambridge University Press, 2007), as well as The Rise of China (W.W. Norton, 1993), which won the Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize.

Kantathi Suphamongkhon
39th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Kantathi Suphamongkhon is the 39th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, serving from March 2005 to September 2006. At present, Dr. Suphamongkhon is the University of California Regents' Professor at UCLA and a Senior Fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations. Dr. Suphamongkhon has served as Thailand's Trade Representative, a cabinet rank position in the Royal Thai Government. He has twice been elected as a Member of the Thai Parliament in 1995 and in 2001, and has served as a member of The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Tourism.