Speaker Bios

Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics

Tuesday, Oct. 22

1:30 p.m. – Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics

An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Dr. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties and public agencies. He became nationally known for forecasting the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007 and was one of the few economists on record to predict the global economic recession that followed. In 2015, he was named to the California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors, the body that advises the Treasurer on emerging strengths and vulnerabilities within the state’s economy. Dr. Thornberg holds a doctorate in business economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Brad J. Schwartzberg, Davis & Gilbert

Wednesday, Oct. 23

10:15 a.m. – Brad J. Schwartzberg, Davis & Gilbert

Brad J. Schwartzberg is co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. Mr. Schwartzberg is involved in all aspects of the firm’s general corporate practice, focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, financings, and general commercial matters. His general corporate practice involves negotiating and advising clients in connection with acquisition agreements and divestitures (both public and private), joint ventures, employment agreements, cash and equity-based incentive compensation agreements, non-competition agreements, commercial financings, debt and equity investments, as well as providing counsel on daily corporate matters.

Mr. Schwartzberg has represented a number of major advertising, public relations, marketing and communications companies in transactions involving the purchase and sale of both assets and stock, domestically and abroad. In addition, he has significant experience representing European, Latin American and Asian clients and possesses strong Japanese language skills and earned a master’s degree in Japanese from Sophia University in Japan. Mr. Schwartzberg was recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2013 and 2014 in the area of mergers, acquisitions and buyouts – M&A: middle market (sub-$500m).

Tim Williams, Ignition Consulting Group

Thursday, Oct. 24

9:15 a.m. – Tim Williams, Ignition Consulting Group

Ignition Consulting Group is an international consultancy devoted to helping agencies and other professional services firms create, deliver, and capture more value for their clients. Tim is a noted author, international speaker, and presenter for industry associations, agency networks, and business conferences worldwide.

His seminars have been featured by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As, U.S.), Association of National Advertisers (ANA, U.S.), PR Council, Institute of Advertising Practitioners (IPA, U.K.), Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA, Canada), The Communications Council (Australia), International Advertising Association (Asia), and numerous other marketing associations with global memberships.

His work has taken him literally around the world, where he has helped transform professional service firms on every continent. Along the way, Tim has written two books, Take a Stand for Your Brand: Building a Great Agency Brand from the Inside Out, ranked by Amazon as one of the top ten books on brand building and Positioning for Professionals: How Professional Service Firms Can Differentiate Their Way to Success.

Tim is a frequent contributor to marketing and business publications including Advertising Age, Adweek, and Communication Arts in the United States and Campaign, Admap and The Drum in the United Kingdom. Based on his expertise in building differentiated professional service brands, Tim has been interviewed and quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, National Public Radio, The Guardian, Toronto Globe & Mail, Bloomberg News, Campaign Asia, Marketing Week, Australia Financial Review, Japan’s Nikkei News, and numerous other business publications both here and abroad.

Tim writes the popular blog Propulsion and serves as a global LinkedIn Influencer, writing on marketing and business strategy. As a consultant to marketing firms, Tim has worked with hundreds of agencies ranging from mid-size independents to multinational agency networks and global holding companies. Before forming Ignition, Tim held President/CEO positions at several independent agencies after having worked for multinational agencies Ogilvy & Mather, Burson-Marsteller in New York and elsewhere.