2015 marked the inaugural year of the Select LA Investment Summit. Spearheaded by WTCLA Chair Steve Olson, WTCLA President Stephen Cheung and the LAEDC, the 2015 Summit was the first step in a lengthy commitment by local government, organizations and businesses to make LA the top destination for FDI. In fact, the 2015 Select LA Summit was the first of its kind to be devoted solely on promoting FDI in Southern California. Three informative plenary and two breakout sessions drove the Summit’s educational aspect covering topics from CEO Perspectives to LA’s Talent Advantage to Manufacturing. The lengthy list of notable speakers included Assistant Secretary for Global Markets at Department of Commerce Arun Kumar, LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
5:30-8:30pm Universal Studios
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
8-9 am Welcome Remarks - Local Elected Officials and Ambassadors
9-10:15 am Plenary Session 1: Why Los Angeles: CEO Perspectives on Investing and Operating in the LA Area
10:30-11:45am Breakout Sessions
Session 1: Real Estate Panel
Session 2: Manufacturing Panel
11:45-1pm Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
1-2pm Plenary Session 2: LA's Position at the Intersection of Entertainment and Technology
2-2:20pm Speaker: Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets - United States Department of Commerce
2:30-3:20pm Breakout Sessions
Session 3: Matchmaking Meetings
Session 4: Special Interest Roundtables
3:20-4:25pm Plenary Session 3: LA's Talent Advantage: A Higher Education Panel with University Leaders
4:25-4:30pm Conference Closing Remarks
4:30-5:30pm Networking Reception
Master of Ceremonies
William C. "Bill" Allen
Michael D. Anthonovich
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
R. Rex Parris
City of Lancaster
Curren D. Price jr.
City of Los Angeles
Why Los Angeles: CEO Perspectives
Partner at O’Melveny & Myers Steve Olson led the discussion among CEOs in banking, architecture, utilities and start-ups. They discussed what the business landscape is like in LA and pinpointed the various strengths and incentives surrounding investing and operating in the greater LA region.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Theodore F. Craver, JR.
City National Bank
CBRE Southern California President Lewis Horne moderated this breakout session. The session showcased executives involved in the LA real estate industry and highlighted the industry’s vaunted status across all asset classes among international investors.
Lewis C. Horne
CBRE Southern California
Raymond S. Chan, C.E.,S.E.
LA Dept. of Building and Safety
I Fei Chang
President and CEO
WTCLA President Stephen Cheung led this breakout discussion panel which covered LA’s extensive manufacturing industry and provided insights into supply chain logistics across myriad verticals such as food and beverage, apparel and pharmaceuticals. Each companies’ unique journey to success was relayed to the audience.
J Brand Jeans
Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles
LA's Position at the Intersection of Entertainment and Technology
Deputy Chief of Staff for Los Angeles Mayor Richard Jacobs led the discussion among leading executives about how LA is uniquely defining the evolving intersection between entertainment and technology.
Richard D. Jacobs
Deputy Chief of Staff for
Los Angeles Mayor
Global Head of Family and Learning
President & COO
Universal Studios Hollywood
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Fox Networks Group
Assistant Secretary for Global Markets
Dept. of Commerce
LA' Talent Advantage - Higher Education
LAEDC CEO Bill Allen moderated an in-depth dialogue between university heads throughout the LA region. The panel focused on how LA is a leading hub for college graduates that help spur local innovation. It also touched on the necessity to retain local talent upon completion of academic studies.
LA Valley College
California Institute of Technology
Cal State Northridge
UCLA Anderson Forecast
USC School of Architecture
The World Trade Center Los Angeles would like to recognize and thank Select LA’s 2015 sponsors, including Title sponsor Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation; Lunch Sponsor International Vitamin Corporation; Premier Sponsor Los Angeles Business Council; Event Sponsors CBRE, MS&K and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.