1. As Founder and President of the Financial Policy Council, Ziad K. Abdelnour is also President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity ”family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financings in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets.

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  2. Economics of Major Feature Films and the Sports Industry in an uncertain economy - By Allen Schwalb - Founder and President; Star Partners Inc. - Financial Policy Council

    Allen Schwalb started in the entertainment business with his music career, as a singer in a number of successful rock n' roll singing groups, which had a number of top 10 hits. Mr. Schwalb was a financier of well known record companies, successful singing groups and individual singer/performers, such as Kiss, Donna Summer and others. Allen then helped finance several musical Broadway shows, including the smash hit "Annie'', and "The First", the life story of the great baseball player Jackie Robinson. For Mr. Schwalb's music business background, click here.

    Mr. Schwalb is the Founder and President of Star Partners Inc., Star Sports and Entertainment, Inc., and General Partner of seven (7) successful Star Partners Partnerships in Joint Ventures with three (3) major motion picture film studios, Warner Bros, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and United Artists (UA).

    Allen Schwalb is currently on the Board of Directors of GOPOPS, Inc. now known as Star Partners Distribution Finance, Inc. a motion picture distribution financing company.

    Mr. Schwalb was on the Board of Directors of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment Inc. (CME), which developed "Stargate Worlds," a video game based upon the well known movie and long running TV series "Stargate."

    Visit: http://financialpolicycouncil.org/EventDetails.aspx?id=18

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  3. Fred L. Smith, Jr. is President and Founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market public policy group established in 1984. Mr. Smith combines intellectual and strategic analysis of complex policy issues ranging from the environment to corporate governance with an informative and entertaining presentation style. Well-known in academic and professional circles, Mr. Smith is a popular speaker at universities and conferences around the world.

    Mr. Smith is also a frequent guest on national television and radio programs to discuss and debate regulatory initiatives and topical policy issues. Providing both analytical and political insights, he has appeared on CNN's “Crossfire,” PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and “Now with Bill Moyers,” ABC's “20/20” and “This Week,” NPR's “Talk of the Nation” and “The Diane Rehm Show,” and “The G. Gordon Liddy Show,” among many others.

    A prolific writer, Mr. Smith’s works have been published in leading newspapers and magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Economic Affairs, and the Washington Times. His academic articles have appeared in journals such as Harvard Journal of Law and Economics, CATO Journal, and Economic Affairs, and he is a contributing editor to Liberty magazine. Mr. Smith is co-editor of Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards and the Field Guide for Effective Communication. He has also contributed chapters to more than a dozen books, including Global Warming and Other Eco-Myths, True State of the Planet, Corporate Aftershock: The Public Policy Lessons from the Collapse of Enron and Other Major Corporations, Solutions for an Environment in Peril, Market Liberalism: A Paradigm for the 21st Century, and Assessing the Reagan Years.

    Before founding CEI, Mr. Smith served as Director of Government Relations for the Council for a Competitive Economy, as a senior economist for the Association of American Railroads, and for five years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, he sits on the Institute Turgot in Belgium. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Political Science from Tulane University where he earned the Arts and Sciences Medal (Tulane’s highest academic award) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has also done graduate work in mathematics and applied mathematical economics at Harvard, SUNY at Buffalo, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Frances (Bivona) Smith.

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  5. Blackhawk Provides venture capital funding, Investment Banking, Real estate investments, Financial Advisory, Physical Commodities with Blackhawk, USA

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The mission of the Financial Policy Council Inc. (FPC), a research think tank and educational institution, is to formulate and promote sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise and wealth creation as envisioned by the ideals of the…


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The mission of the Financial Policy Council Inc. (FPC), a research think tank and educational institution, is to formulate and promote sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise and wealth creation as envisioned by the ideals of the American Founding Fathers.

Our goal is to ensure that America, the land of opportunity where freedom and prosperity have flourished, is not derailed by poorly formulated and reactive economic, fiscal and tax policy. In addition, our goal is to retain and reclaim America's leading role in the global economic community.

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