Bay Area Council Blog: Events Archive



The Bay Area Council today announced that they will host U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia for a discussion on innovation, global competitiveness and jobs on Thursday, January 20, 2011.  Senator Warner is looking for input from the Bay Area Council’s members on how the U.S. may better compete globally on factors such as investment in research and development, educating scientists and engineers, and venture capital.  The meeting will be hosted in collaboration with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Holland & Knight LLP.

“Senator Warner is a leader on many fronts in the Senate, from pushing for government accountability to being a champion for small business,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “We look forward to having a candid discussion with Senator Warner about how to ensure that the Bay Area, California and the United States are as innovative and globally competitive as possible.”

WHO: Mark R. Warner, United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia

WHAT: Senator Warner in conversation with top Bay Area executives on the topic of global competitiveness in the innovation economy, moderated by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation President Dr. Rob Atkinson.

WHERE: Mission Bay Development Group, 255 Channel St., San Francisco, CA 94158

WHEN: 8:00am – 9:30am
Thursday, January 20, 2011

***All media planning to attend should RSVP to, 415-946-8725***

About Senator Mark Warner:
Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008.  As a member of the Senate’s Banking Committee, he has been a key leader in bipartisan efforts to effectively update oversight of Wall Street and end taxpayer bailouts of failing financial firms.

He is also viewed as a tireless champion of small businesses on Main Street, working effectively with the White House on creative solutions to try to increase the flow of credit to small businesses that continue to struggle in this tough economy.

As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, he was selected to lead a bipartisan task force that is looking for ways to increase accountability and improve government performance to reduce federal budget deficits.

On the Commerce Committee, Senator Warner has worked to promote greater innovation by successfully offering legislation that will result in the first update in nearly 40 years to our nation’s strategic competitiveness plan.

Senator Warner co-founded the cellular company Nextel and made early investments in hundreds of promising new companies that ultimately created thousands of jobs. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia during its worst economic recession in 20 years, turning record deficits into a budget surplus. When Governor Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was nationally recognized as the country’s “best-managed state” and the “best state for business.”

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Finalists in the Bay Area Council’s Holiday Art Competition

Thank you to all the 4th graders from the Oakland Achieve Academy who participated in our 2nd Annual Holiday Art Competition. The top three finalists will have their artwork printed on the Bay Area Council’s holiday cards and the winners will receive their own cards to send to friends and family.


By Bryant Barrera

By Fernanda Cabrera

By Kenton Pham


By Vianney Jimenez

By Cindy Tajtaj

By Ferlandy

By Maria Padilla Estrada

By Darlene Chao

By Cesar Hernandez

By Antionio Martinez

By Bryan

By Abraham Gonzalez

By Jesus Espinoza

By Bryan

By Juan Delgado

By Lara Ramirez

By Luis Hernandez

By Juan C.

By Alejandra Quintero

By Isaias Rosales

By Briseryda-Pablo Calmo

By Olivia Aualos


Lockheed Martin Hosts BAC Board Meeting, No Space Suit Required

Yesterday, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Vice President of Operations and Bay Area Council Executive Committee member, S.K. Gupta hosted fantastic Bay Area Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings.  We heard from an exciting array of speakers including Ezra Rapport, Executive Director of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Martin Alintuck, President and CEO of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and Dr. Ray Seed of U.C. Berkeley who spoke on the risk California faces due to the insufficient levee system on the Sacramento Delta.  The members were also treated to a tour of Lockheed’s facilities, including an up close and personal look at a nuclear missile.

We also had the honor of hosting Yangpu Party Secretary Chen Yin and a delegation of high-level officials from Shanghai for a luncheon following the meeting.  The delegation is in the Bay Area this week meeting with top executives from several Bay Area Council member companies, including Silicon Valley Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo and ZAP Electric Vehicles.


Council Members Perfect Their Free Throws with Stephen Curry

On Tuesday night, the Council and Octagon teamed up to host a “Gold Medal” reception for Golden State Warriors star, Stephen Curry. The reception celebrated Curry for his role in helping Team USA win the gold medal in the FIBA World Championships this year, for the first time since 1994. Executives from our member companies had a chance to meet and learn more about Curry, see the gold medal and hear about his experiences in his second season in the NBA. Overall, a great night was had by all, with BAC members going toe-to-toe with Stephen, shooting free throws.  Congratulations to Joerg Heidrich, Bayer Senior Vice President and former German National Team player, for winning the shooting contest.  The members who air-balled, however, will remain nameless…


2010 Regional Economic Forecast Conference Series: An Uncertain Recovery

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute, in partnership with Beacon Economics, is pleased to present its 2010 series of regional economic forecast conferences focusing on the major economies of the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is the fourth year in which Beacon and the Economic Institute have joined forces to present the region’s leading, and most accurate, business and economic forecast.

We invite you to join us to hear Dr. Jon Haveman, one of California’s leading economists, present an insightful, detailed assessment of what is happening—and is likely to happen—in the region’s economy in the coming year.

South Bay/Silicon Valley
Economic Forecast Conference
Friday, October 29, 2010

Silicon Valley Bank
3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara
Program 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $25.00

San Francisco
Economic Forecast Conference
Monday, November 1, 2010

Wells Fargo Bank
420 Montgomery Street, Penthouse
Program 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $25.00

East Bay
Economic Forecast Conference
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reed Smith LLP
1999 Harrison Street, Suite 2400, Oakland
Program 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $25.00

Online Preregistration is Required
Registration check-in will open at 8:00 a.m. on event day, with the program running from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Get answers to today’s most pressing economic questions:

  • The dreaded “double dip”: Is the economy out of the woods or is there a real chance of a double dip back into recession?
  • What is not up? Interest rates. Is it a bond bubble or are fears of deflation real?
  • Tax increases or deficit expansion…which poses the bigger risk?
  • Is California ahead or behind in the recovery?
  • How is the Bay Area faring compared to the state and the nation?

The 2010 Bay Area Economic Forecast is presented in cooperation with the Contra Costa Council, East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Haas School of Business Alumni Network, North Bay Leadership Council, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Center for Economic Development, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and the Tri-Valley Business Council.

For more information about the Economic Institute, Beacon Economics, and keynote speaker Dr. Jon Haveman, please visit the Events & Forums page of Institute’s website at


Council Honors Three Business Legends and Launches New Brand and Logo

By Joe Arellano

Last night, we held our 65th Annual Dinner and Bay Area Business Hall of Fame ceremony at the Westin St. Francis.  We had a great group of honorees, including angel investor Ron Conway, Retired Chairman and CEO of Williams-Sonoma Howard Lester, and CEO of Robert Half International Max Messmer.

For those who don’t know, the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary achievements of individuals and families who have advanced Bay Area-based businesses to positions of national and international prominence and who have enriched the civic life of the Bay Area community.

As a surprise, Warren Hellman had MC Hammer join him to introduce Mr. Conway, which added a great element to the night’s festivities.

In addition to honoring these fine individuals, we were also proud and excited to unveil our new brand and logo.  Since the Council is now a global organization, we changed our brand to reflect our new leadership in the connected world.

The new Bay Area Council brand and logo received tremendous applause when it was launched. Check out the launch video Emily Finkel and I put together with Ben Watkins from Big Wonderful Productions.

We’re very proud of it.

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Ross Program in Real Estate Info Session September 21

Please join us for the next info session for the USC Ross Program in Real Estate, presented by the Bay Area Council. We will be joined by Ross Program alumni as well as Connie Moore, President & CEO, BRE Properties, who will be speaking on “The Changing American Dream.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 PM
at the offices of the Bay Area Council
201 California St., 14th Floor, San Francisco

Please RSVP to: or 415-946-8729

About the Ross Program:
The USC Ross Program in Real Estate is a comprehensive educational program for the working professional to elevate skills and expand understanding of real estate development and investment, while building the networks necessary to succeed in urban renewal. The nine-day program will be held between November 11 and December 4.

White House Adviser Nancy Sutley Visits Bay Area Council

By Andrew Michael

Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and principal environmental policy adviser to the President, stopped by our offices this week for an engaging discussion with Bay Area Council members. Sutley tackled many issues important to the Bay Area, including the challenges of sea level rise and climate change in the Delta region.  Sutley also pointed to the increased level of engagement by the federal government in addressing the decline of the Bay-Delta, namely the creation of a Federal Leadership Committee on the Bay-Delta co-chaired by her and Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Sutley also discussed the new efforts the federal government is working on with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to implement new standards for trucks. Additionally, she mentioned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon be releasing a report that will provide scientific monitoring tools to local and state governments to help adapt to climate change. We look forward to working closely with Nancy Sutley and the Obama administration on these, and many other issues in the coming months, to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area.


BAC and Alliance of CEOs Join Forces to Discuss Investment in China

By Jim Wunderman

Last week, the Bay Area Council and the Alliance of CEOs brought together CEOs from across the region for a roundtable discussion on “Doing Business in China Today.”  Having just opened our new office in Shanghai, I shared my first-hand insights and tips with the group.  Much of the discussion centered on the business culture in China and how Chinese businesses put a premium on established relationships and working through Chinese partners.  Since the Council already has boots on the ground in the Yangpu District of Shanghai and established ties to the Chinese Party Secretary, it was a great venue to highlight our upcoming trade mission to China with Governor Schwarzenegger in September.  And with China passing the U.S. as the world’s biggest energy user this week, the imperative for American companies to set up shop over there is only growing.


Bay Area Council to Hold Forum on AB 32

The Bay Area Council is conducting a forum on AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, tomorrow, Thursday, July 22.  Supporters and opponents of AB 32 will present their arguments, and Proposition 23, the ballot measure to repeal AB 32, will be discussed at length.  Leaders from business, academia, environmental groups and politics will be voicing their opinions on AB 32.

“With Proposition 23 on the ballot this November, the stakes are high for California,” said Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council.  “This forum will be a lively discussion about AB 32’s impact on the economy, jobs and climate change.”

WHO: Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Professor W. Michael Haneman
, Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Agricultural &   Resource
Economics, University of California at Berkeley

Aaron Singer, Managing General Partner, Pacific Carbon Exchange

Dave Fogarty, Yes on Proposition 23 campaign

Donald Simon, Attorney, Green Business Practice, Wendell Rosen Black & Dean, LLP

WHAT: Forum discussing AB 32 and Proposition 23, with supporters and opponents presenting arguments.

WHERE: Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP
1111 Broadway
19th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
(Office is located near 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART station)

WHEN: 4pm – 6pm
Thursday, July 22, 2010

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Blythe Goodell at All media planning to attend should RSVP to, (415) 946-8725.