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The Forum

The 32nd annual event - The Forum - a partnership of Auburn University at Montgomery and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100, was held November 6, 2014, at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery. Again this year we were delighted to host a dynamic line-up of speakers. Their expertise and insight made this year's event quite a success. 

For more information about the event, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 Forum, contact Megan Hughes at 334-244-3778 or

Meet the Speakers

Don AmorosoView Dr. Amoroso's presentation from the Forum here>> Amoroso_2014Forum
Dr. Donald L. Amoroso
is the Lowder Weil Endowed Chair of Innovation and Strategy and Professor of Information Systems at Auburn Montgomery, Founder of Axcell LLC Consulting Group (focusing on innovation in strategy), and Research Fellow / Adjunct Professor at Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines. Amoroso is one of the most respected and leading international consultants in the spaces of innovation, strategy, and technology. Organizations that want to break the competitive boundary in their industry consult with Amoroso, especially in establishing a Blue Ocean Strategy. He works with strategic innovation projects, especially information technology, in order to make changes in the competitive strategic environment and move the organization into a new space. Amoroso received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and has spent more than twenty-five years in higher education and industry. His experience included working in GE Capital as a director of Enterprise Solutions and with Solista/GartnerGroup as a consulting partner. Amoroso has worked in Japan and the Philippines consulting with telecom organizations on consumer adoption and the mobile strategy ecosystem in Japan and the Philippines. He worked with colleagues at 12 Japanese and 6 Philippine universities to develop research on each of the components of the mobile ecosystem. Amoroso is the Director of the Japan Strategic Initiative Group (JSIG) and he signed university-wide agreements with Chukyo University in Nagoya and Tokyo Keizai University in Tokyo, as a core committee member for the Year of Japan program in 2013-14 at Kennesaw State University, where he serves as a research fellow / adjunct professor Asian Institute of Management. He has worked with organizations in 17 international countries on global issues related to strategy, innovation, technology and leadership.

Amoroso has consulted with over 60 international organizations (such as GE Japan, BMW Japan) working with CEOs and CIOs to develop strategic plans, marketing strategies, accounting and enterprise resource management systems, and projects for information technology. He was worked with government agencies (CCAT, Spawar, US Navy, Lockheed, and Northrop-Grumman) and coaches c-level executives and has been working with organizations to establish portfolio management offices (PMO) to centralize their project management processes and establish a link with corporate strategies. Amoroso has consulting experience in leadership, innovation, strategy (especially working with Blue Ocean Strategy projects) and Six Sigma, lean manufacturing and process redesign. He has worked with multiple Fortune 500 firms in the areas of Blue Ocean Strategy, innovation, process redesign and reengineering. Amoroso has worked with organizations in the telecommunications, aerospace, defense contractor, retail, home improvement, financial and banking, transportation, manufacturing and government industry verticals. In leadership, Amoroso conducts a leadership seminar in Atlanta twice annually called, CIO Certification and Advanced CIO Certification seminars where he trains a handful of aspiring CIOs in leadership and strategy.

Ernie AnkrimDr. Ernie Ankrim brings over 35 years of experience to the clients of Ankrim Strategic Insight, where he advises wealth advisory firms with combined client assets of over $5 billion. Ernie spent 15 years at Pacific Lutheran University, the last six as the Economics Department chair.

For 20 years, Ernie worked at Russell Investments, the last six years as Chief Strategist prior to retiring in 2009. Over his career, he has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and PBS and quoted in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. In 2009 his research was included in Classics in Investment Performance Measurement. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the venture capital firm, Voyager Capital, LLC and on the Investment Committee of the Community Foundation of SW Washington.

Dennis CuneoView Mr. Cuneo's presentation from the Forum here>> Cuneo_2014Forum
Dennis Cuneo
is a partner in the law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and operates his own consulting firm, DC Strategic Advisors LLC. Formerly Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor North America, he played a key role in the start-up and expansion of Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations, including Toyota’s $850 million engine plant in Huntsville.

Dennis headed up site selection for Toyota and some of its affiliates for over 15 years, and has continued his site selection activities after leaving Toyota. In addition to automotive and traditional manufacturing projects, he works with high tech firms out of Silicon Valley. His projects, which range from billion auto assembly plants to cutting edge nano-technology facilities, have created over 20,000 jobs with a cumulative investment of over $12 billion.

Several years ago, Site Selection Magazine described Dennis as “one of the most sought-after site seekers in the world.” Southern Business and Development Magazine has named him as one of the “Top 10 Who’ve Made a Difference in the South” on 3 different occasions. In 2012, he was featured on the PBS primetime series: America Revealed: Made in America.

Dennis sits on the Boards of two Fortune 500 companies - AK Steel Holding Corporation and BorgWarner. He serves on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago’s Physical Sciences Division, and is on the Boards of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor; Loyola University in New Orleans; and SSOE, a design and engineering firm headquartered in Toledo. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of two high tech companies, UIEvolution in Seattle, and View Inc. in Silicon Valley.

He formerly served as Board Chair of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve, held gubernatorial appointments in California, Kentucky and Mississippi, and was on the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers, where he chaired the HR Policy Group. 

Adam DavidsonAdam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life. He is also an economics writer for the New York Times Magazine.
His work has won several major awards including the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. His radio documentary on the housing crisis, "The Giant Pool of Money," which he co-reported and produced with Alex Blumberg, was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by the Arthur L. Carter of Journalism Institute at New York University. It was widely recognized as the clearest and most entertaining explanation of the roots of the financial crisis in any media.
Davidson and Blumberg took the lessons they learned crafting "The Giant Pool of Money" to create Planet Money. In two weekly podcasts, a blog, and regular features on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life, Planet Money helps listeners understand how dramatic economic change is impacting their lives. Planet Money also proves, every day, that substantive, intelligent economic reporting can be funny, engaging, and accessible to the non-expert.
Before Planet Money, Davidson was International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR. He traveled around the world to cover the global economy and pitched in during crises, such as reporting from Indonesia's Banda Aceh just after the tsunami, New Orleans post-Katrina, and Paris during the youth riots. Prior to coming to NPR, Davidson was Middle East correspondent for PRI's Marketplace. He spent a year in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2003 to 2004, producing award-winning reports on corruption in the US occupation. Davidson has also written for The Atlantic, Harper's, GQ, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines. He has a degree in the history of religion from the University of Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and son.  

Boyd Stephens_RevolutionMGMBoyd Stephens is the founder of Netelysis which is an internetwork design and services firm where he is currently employed within the network deployment and management division.  For the last 15 years, Boyd has had the privilege of leveraging entrepreneurship to follow both his scientific and technically oriented passions and over the last few years, has more fully embraced the intricacies of another type of scientific interest – the science of creating and sustaining business start-ups, especially those in the technology sector.  The quest to more fully understand this particular economic development landscape has led to the creation and co-founding of a number of start-up community building initiatives throughout both Central Alabama and the nation.  A few of these efforts include RevolutionMGM Initiative, S-Quad (Single Sheet Start-up Strategy) Training Program, Silicon Black Belt News Portal, and Money Machine Hacking Movement.

Maj Gen KwastMaj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast is Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The center is responsible for the research, development, and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities. The center is also responsible for advocating the proper doctrinal representation of airpower in exercise scenarios, war games, models and simulations, and providing policy and guidance of Air Force doctrine through education and focused outreach. Air University is responsible for Air Force enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

General Kwast was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986. After completing a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he was assigned to undergraduate pilot training where he earned his pilot wings in June 1989. General Kwast has served as military aide to the Vice President and completed a National Defense Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of conflict, Ideology and Policy at Boston University, Mass.

The general has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 47th Operations Group at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. He also served as the Deputy Director for Colonel Matters, Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, Washington, D.C., and as the Commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. General Kwast was the Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to his current assignment, General Kwast was the Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He has more than 3,300 flying hours, including more than 650 combat hours during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.

Event Logistics

We are happy to offer you an electronic copy of the 2014 brochure, as well as the 2014 Agenda.

Again, for more information about the event, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 event, contact Megan Hughes at 334-244-3778 or