Moderator: Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Aspen Institute
Dr. Tom Frieden, Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mauricio Hernández-Avila, Director, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico
Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville, KY
Break: 9:45 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Greg Fischer was born in Louisville on January 14, 1958. He is an entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist and was elected Louisville’s 50th Mayor on November 2, 2010.
He graduated from Trinity High School and majored in Economics at Vanderbilt University. To help pay for his college education, and to finance a trip around the world, Fischer spent his summers in Kodiak, Alaska, as a crane operator helping unload salmon boats. His year abroad, most of it spent in Asia, gave him a global perspective on life and on business.
In 1980, he was a founder of SerVend International and co-invented the SerVend ice and beverage dispenser just as fast-food restaurants and convenience stores were proliferating. Along with his brothers, he led the growth of SerVend into a worldwide corporation with more than 300 employees and $70 million in annual sales. SerVend was nationally recognized for business and leadership excellence, being honored with a site visit by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and as a recipient of the USA Today Quality Cup, among others. SerVend was sold in 1997 to Manitowoc, a Fortune 500 company.
In 1999, he founded Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm, and later was a co-founder of bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville. Fischer has helped create more than 1,000 local jobs and has been an active investor and board member in numerous companies across multiple industries, ranging from MedVenture Technology to Vogt Ice to Stonestreet One. He is a former partner and former CEO of Dant Clayton Corporation, which designs, manufactures and constructs sports stadiums around the country.
He is past chairman of the Young Presidents Organization as well as past chairman of the Louisville Science Center, where he helped raise $25 million to modernize the facility. He was a co-founder of Louisville’s Center for Quality of Management. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards with current roles on the University of Louisville Board of Overseers and the Waterfront Development Corp.
He is married to Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, the daughter of Greek immigrants who were uprooted during the Greek Civil War. Greg and Alex met in 1982 at a Valentine’s Day party in Old Louisville. They have four children -- Eleni, George, Nick and Mary.
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2009. Dr. Frieden has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world. As the director of our nation’s health protection agency, he is leading CDC to address these challenging health priorities.
Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for its Policy Programs, its Public Programs and its relations with international partners.
Mauricio Hernández-Ávila is the dean of the Mexico School of Public Health and director general of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP). He earned his medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1980 and completed his residency in pathology at the Salvador Zubiran National Institute of Health Sciences and Nutrition (INNSZ) in 1982. Additionally, he studied applied statistics at the Applied Mathematics and Systems Research Institute (UNAM, 1984), and earned a master’s degree (1984) and a doctoral degree (1988), both in science in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Linda Gibbs, NYC's Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, argue that the social burden and health care cost of obesity outweigh the regulatory tax hikes.