The 2014 Decision Makers Conference

PrintThe 27th Annual Decision Makers Conference

Maritime and Waterfront Industries of the San Francisco Bay: Keys to a Thriving Economy and Healthy Environment

 Friday, May 16, 2014
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612 (map)
8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2014 DMC on May 16!  It was a great event at a lovely venue, and we are so appreciative of our speakers, panelists, moderators, and sponsors for helping make it happen!

DMC Press Coverage:

Oakland Tribune: Rising sea levels demand Bay Area balance profit and the future of the waterfront



7:45                   Buffet Breakfast & Registration

8:30                   Welcome

                        John Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, Bay Planning Coalition

                        Scott Warner, President, Bay Planning Coalition                 

8:40                  Welcoming Remarks

                       Congresswoman Barbara Lee

8:50                 Washington Update

                       Eric Sapirstein, President & CEO, ENS Resources     

                         Eric Sapirstein’s Power Point Presentation                                        

9:05                 The 2014 Drought and Prospects for Agricultural Trade

                       Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

9:45                BREAK

10:00               Panel 1. Changing Uses of the Bay Area Shoreline: What does the Future Hold?

                         Moderator: Isaac Kos-Read, President, Kos Read Group         


                     Mike Jacob, Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

                      Mike Jacob’s Power Point Presentation (PDF)

                     Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Director, State Lands Commission     

                     Fred Blackwell, City Administrator, City of Oakland

                     Mike Ghielmetti, President, Signature Development Group

                     Rick Welts, President and COO, Golden State Warriors

11:30              Keynote Address: Rising Seas – Challenges and Opportunities

                     John Englander, Author of High Tide on Main Street           

                      John Englander’s Power Point Presentation (PDF)

12:00 – 1:30                             Lunch Program

                       Presentation of Frank Boerger Award

                       Presentation of Charlie Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award                                              

                       Luncheon Address

                       Eric Swalwell, US Congressman                                    

1:30               Remarks

                       John Garamendi, US Congressman

1:50                  BREAK

2:05                  Panel 2:  Sea Level Rise is Coming: What Do we Do About It?                     

                        Moderator: Chris Locke, Senior Partner, Farella Braun & Martel

                        Chris Locke’s Introduction (PDF)


                        Danny Kennedy, CoFounder and Senior Vice President, Sungevity

                        Larry Goldzband, Executive Director, BCDC

                         Larry Goldzband’s Power Point Presentation (PDF)

                        Jeremy Lowe, Sea Level Rise Program Manager, ESA

                         Jeremy Lowe’s Power Point Presentation (PDF)

                        Monique Moyer, Executive Director, Port of San Francisco

                        Monique Moyer’s Power Point Presentation (PDF)

                        Michael Bangs, VP of Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle       

                        Michael Bangs’ Power Point Presentation (PDF)                    

3:30                The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Role in Civil Works and an Update on Recent Events

                       Brigadier General C. David Turner, South Pacific Division Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers

                              Brigadier General Turner’s Power Point Presentation (PDF)

4:00                 Conclusion


Press Release #1 – DMC 2014

Press Release #2 – Zack Wasserman Receives Boerger Award

 Check out our YouTube page for a video of highlights from past DMCs




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