Club News in Brief

In Arizona: A Roundtable with Phoenix Mayor Gordon

As part of the Wharton Arizona Business Leaders Series, the Penn & Wharton Club of Arizona recently hosted a lunch meeting in the conference room of Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix. In a casual atmosphere, with club members seated around his conference table, Mayor Gordon spoke with Penn and Wharton alumni about the business of running a major metropolitan city (now just a little larger than Philadelphia).

Dallas/Fort Worth Club Meets “The MoneyMan”

On April 22, Dallas/Fort Worth alumni club members met with Daniel “The MoneyMan” Frishberg, founder and CEO of BizRadio, a privately held, two station network that covers two of the 10 largest media markets in the country—Greater Houston and Dallas/Forth Worth. With a lively business/entertainment mix, BizRadio’s guests have ranged from Dan Ackroyd and Steve Forbes, Jr., to Henry Kissinger and William Shatner. Frishberg shared his insights on the financial markets, as well as the interesting story of how BizRadio came into existence.

Michigan Tees Up an Insiders’ View of the PGA Championship

The Penn & Wharton Club of Michiganrecently partnered with the ACG, Association for Corporate Growth, in an event devoted to the upcoming PGA Championship. One of the four major annual golf tournaments, the PGA Championship will be held at Oakland Hills Country Club. Each of the five top officials of the event presented a behind the scenes look at staging a major national golf tournament.

Philadelphia Club Enjoys a Tasteful Evening in Wilmington

This past April, nearly 100 Wharton alumni and guests gathered at Harry’s Bar and Grill on Naaman’s Road in Wilmington, a stone’s throw away from one of two Total Wine & More Stores in Delaware. Alumni were in for a treat. Not only did guests enjoy the free-flowing wine and savory appetizers that livened up the hour of socializing and networking, but they also were entertained by the story of the birth and growth of one of the most successful privately owned wine retailers in the country. David Trone, WG’85, and his brother, Robert Trone, W’81, L’91, have been in business for over two decades. With fervent passion and boundless energy, David Trone wove a story that demonstrated the challenges and rewards of building a business in the spirits and wine industry in America. After answering some thought-provoking questions, the bottles were passed around and a thoroughly educational wine-tasting topped off the evening.

San Diego SRO Event Targets Investment and Economic Outlook

On February 28th, the Wharton Club of San Diego hosted a standing room only Investment and Economic Outlook panel discussion in the San Diego Offices of Baker and McKenzie, LLP. The event was moderated by Michael Richardson, president of Sherpa Alliance in San Diego, and featured Doug Stone, senior vice president and director with Nicholas-Applegate in San Diego, and David Fogel, PhD, CEO of Natural Selection Financial in San Diego.

Participants solicited the panelists’ thoughts on how they’d be affected by changes in the stock, bond, real estate, and commodities markets in 2008; what the panelists thought the Fed would do this year; how much exposure they should have to international stocks, particularly if the U.S. economy and the dollar continue to weaken; whether or not there’s going to be a recession in the U.S. (or are we already in one?); thoughts about a global economic slowdown; and what role, if any, alternative investments should play in a portfolio. The event was so popular that the San Diego Club committed to making the Investment and Economic Outlook an annual event.

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