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FEI's 2004 Summit, "Sailing Toward a New Horizon," drew strong praise from those who made the trip to the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay.  in late April. The format featured no breakout sessions, but a high-level roster of keynote speakers that included luminaries from the corporate world and beyond. The event drew 767 paid attendees, the highest number for a summit in many years.

Among the first-day speakers were: Dr. Arthur Laffer Noun 1. Arthur Laffer - United States economist who proposed the Laffer curve (born in 1940)
, inventor of the famous "Laffer Curve Laffer Curve

Invented by Arthur Laffer, this curve shows the relationship between tax rates and tax revenue collected by governments. The chart below shows the Laffer Curve:
," a conservative economist who opened the conference with a humorous, energetic and engaging take on the economy and economic growth, as well as personalities like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ] ; Don Soderquist, retired vice chairman at Wal-Mart, who spoke eloquently about ethics and how they intersect with leadership; John Connors John Joseph Connors VC (October 1830–January 29, 1857), was born in Davaugh, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and , CFO See Chief Financial Officer.  of Microsoft Corp., who addressed how the software giant has restructured its finance organization to align it with a larger business reorganization; James M. Schneider, CFO of Dell Inc., who talked about how the computer firm has worked to improve transparency and develop a more mature and careercentric culture; and Samuel DiPiazza, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who talked about a "widening crisis of legitimacy" in corporate America and about initiatives he thinks are needed to help overcome it.

The second day kicked off with some personal and very thoughtful ideas and reminiscences from Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary, about his experiences with President Bush and the president's leadership style. Lynn Turner, the former chief accountant with the Securities and Exchange Commission and now a professor at Colorado State University Colorado State University, at Fort Collins; land-grant with state and federal support; chartered 1870, opened 1879 as an agricultural college, assumed present name in 1957. There is a veterinary teaching hospital, an agricultural campus, and a research campus. , followed with 10 ideas for improving financial reporting. Following a talk by Susan Schmidt Bies, a governor of the Federal Reserve, on innovation in financial markets and banking relationships, Forbes CEO Steve Forbes closed the conference with a wide-ranging speech about the economy, the Iraq situation, other world events and the 2004 presidential election.

Also on the Summit's second day, Myles Kelly, a member of the Orange County Chapter since 1978, was given FEI's Distinguished Service Award, which honors volunteer leaders who have made significant contributions to FEI's development at the local or national level.

Kelly received the award for his long-term contributions to FEI FEI

Fédération Équestre Internationale.
 and for his exemplary volunteer work in the organization. Since joining the Orange County chapter, he served in numerous leadership positions, including Chapter President, Membership Chairman, Retention Chairman and Career Services Chairman. He also serves on the boards of many nonprofit organizations in his community.

Kelly retired in 1991 from Ameron International Corp. (formerly Ameron Inc.) after 29 years. His last position was Controller for the Marine Coatings Division. As membership and retention chair for the Orange County chapter, Kelly was responsible for numerous major initiatives to drive membership and retain members.

The citation reads, in part, "Myles is a highly energetic and positive force, and he consistently promotes FEI to the financial community. His rapport with chapter members is exemplary. His outgoing personality lets him easily make friends of both members and guests, and he is diligent about reaching out to members who may have strayed from regular chapter involvement. His energy and fresh ideas are boundless, and his sense of humor Noun 1. sense of humor - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humour, humor, humour
, truly awesome!"
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Title Annotation:FEI News; Financial Executives International
Publication:Financial Executive
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Date:Jun 1, 2004
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