Moderated by Amy Harder, Correspondent, National Journal, Roger Baumgart, Chief Executive Officer, Home Instead Senior Care, Chris Harder, Division Manager, Portland Development Commission, Kenneth E. Hyatt, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and Robert S. Spich, Ph.D., Professor, Anderson School of Management & Export Champions Program, UCLA, discuss how global exports help instigate U.S. business growth.
Roger Baumgart was named chief executive officer of Home Instead Senior Care® on June 1, 2010. During his career at Home Instead Senior Care, Mr. Baumgart has held key leadership positions including vice president support, senior vice president, chief operating officer and president. Prior to joining Home Instead, Mr. Baumgart learned franchising during a five-year stint with Mail Boxes Etc. In addition, Mr. Baumgart has served as the vice president of operations for a Midwest grocery store chain; he also has owned and operated an Omaha grocery store, during which time he was elected president of the Nebraska Retail Grocers Association.
Amy Harder reports on the intersection of policy, politics and economics of energy and environment issues for National Journal. This includes covering congressional legislation, executive-branch rulemakings and international policy actions affecting the United States. Harder also moderates the popular Energy & Environment Policy Insiders Discussion, which includes more than 100 experts, advocacy leaders and lawmakers in Washington and around the country. Harder moderates and participates in panel discussions hosted online by National Journal and other organizations. She has appeared on CSPAN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR, among other media outlets; and she delivers speeches throughout the country on national energy and environment policy.
Before covering energy and environment policy, Harder covered the selection of a new Supreme Court justice as the lead reporter for National Journal’s The Ninth Justice blog. Harder has covered a variety of topics since coming to National Journal in May 2008, including foreign policy, national security and political advertising. Prior to her time here, Harder was a staff writer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Harder is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western Washington University.
Chris Harder is a division manager for the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the City of Portland’s economic development agency. Prior to the PDC, he was the director of Economic Analysis for the North Carolina Department of Commerce and a senior budget analyst in the North Carolina office of the governor. Mr. Harder holds master’s degrees’ in City & Regional Planning and Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Harder worked for Arthur Andersen as a consultant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound, and was born and raised in Portland.
Kenneth E. Hyatt
Kenneth E. Hyatt serves as acting deputy undersecretary for International Trade. In this capacity, he oversees the daily operations of the International Trade Administration (ITA). Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Hyatt directed the Department of Commerce’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. services industries, as deputy assistant secretary for Services. Prior to joining the Commerce Department in May 2010, Mr. Hyatt was a co-founder and managing partner of a consulting firm, CMPartners, where he served as an advisor to private and public sector.
Robert S. Spich
Dr. Robert S. Spich is a senior lecturer of management and international business at UCLA Anderson School of Management where he is a faculty member in the Global Economics and Management area. His teaching specialty covers courses in international management, emerging markets, negotiations and cross cultural issues in global business. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Spich has been named as faculty program director of the Center for International Business Education and Research at UCLA Anderson. CIBER works to facilitate the internationalization of curriculum, research and outreach programs at the Anderson School. In addition, Dr. Spich is a member of the GAP Entrepreneurship faculty which works on developing business plans for new high technology companies in six GAP partner countries.
Chris Harder from the Portland Development Commission and Roger Baumgart, president of Home Instead Senior Care, explain how free-trade agreements with the EU and Japan will be a boost for business in the U.S.