Ron Busby, Sr. is the President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and a native of Oakland, CA.
He is also a successful business owner with significant experience in the small business arena. Recognized as one of the country’s best CEOs, he grew his first business, USA Super Clean, from $150,000 annual revenue to over $15 million per year.
He has received countless awards including the Western Region SBA Small Business Person of the Year in 1996, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Small Business Person of the Year in 2006, and the Maricopa County Small Business of the Year in 2007, to name a few. Trained by some of the country’s leading executives, Busby developed many of his skills at major corporations (such as Exxon, Xerox, IBM and Coca Cola USA) in various senior management positions. In the course of his corporate America career, President Busby received nationwide recognition from several major corporations as National Sales Person of the Year.
While residing in Houston, Texas, he lead and served on many boards and committees. Most notably, he was co-chair of the XL II Super Bowl Host Committee. Other boards that he served on include the Arizona Governor’s African American Leadership Council, The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Bay Area Chapter of the 100 Black Men (he was president of this chapter), the Urban League and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Busby graduated with honors from both Florida A&M University and Clark Atlanta University. He is a major advocate and promoter of education; especially, the importance of higher learning. In his spare time, you can catch Ron golfing or spending time with his two sons.
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Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? by Reginald Lewis (2012)
Ad van Loon (@advanloon) is a communications lawyer based in the Netherlands. In 2008, he created the strategy consulting group X-Media Strategies--where he has advised leading broadcasters including BBC, Deutsche Welle, Euronews, MTV, NHK, NPO, RAI, RTL, SBS, TV5, TVE, and operators of electronic communications networks (KPN, Tele2, UPC, Ziggo) on rights management strategies and on distribution and jurisdiction issues. From 2008-2010, Ad coordinated a joint project of the EU and the Council of Europe on the promotion of European standards in the Ukrainian media environment.
From 2000-2008 he was Manager Legal & Regulatory Affairs at NLkabel, the trade association of cable operators in The Netherlands and a member of Cable Europe’s Regulatory Group.
From 2001-2009, Ad was also an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he taught courses on ‘European Telecommunications Law’, ‘Broadcasting Regulation in European States’ and ‘European Intellectual Property Law’. He also taught European Telecommunications
Law at the University of Sergio Arboleda in Bogota, Colombia.
Ad lived in France for awhile, where he worked at the Council of Europe. Before that he worked at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam.
Ad’s expertise covers media and acquisitions in the media and telecommunications business, copyright, personal data protection and cross-border content distribution.
In 2014, the Chinese government invited Ad to their first World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, where he held a presentation on ‘Why payment platforms will rapidly become redundant?’
Ad contributed to several studies on media and antitrust law for the Council of Europe, Unesco and the Dutch government) and to several studies commissioned by the European Commission on the implementation of European rules in the broadcasting sectors of the Member States. He also has a longstanding experience (since 1989) in advising lawmakers in Central and Eastern European countries on how to create more democratic media structures.
He studied Law at Tilburg University.
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The Circle by Dave Eggers (2014)
The Value of Our Digital Identity (Boston Consulting Group, 2012).
Szoka received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Submissions Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and California (inactive).
He has served on the Steering Committee for the D.C. Bar's Computer & Telecommunications Law Section, and currently serves on the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee(COMSTAC). Szoka has chaired, and currently serves on, the Board of Directors of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit citizens' advocacy group founded in 1988 and dedicated to advancing commercial opportunity and expansion of human civilization in space.
The Future and its Enemies, Virginia Postrel (Free Press, 1999)
Strategic Ituition: The Creative Spark in Human Intuition, Jeffrey Dutton (Columbia University, 2013)
Charlton McIlwain (@cmcilwain) - As a researcher, writer and teacher, Dr. McIlwain's primary interests focus broadly on issues of race and media, particularly within the social and political arena. His previous work centered on how political candidates construct, mobilize, benefit or suffer damage from race-based appeals. In 2011 Dr. McIlwain co-authored the book Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns (Temple University Press). In 2012, the book won the prestigious Ralph Bunche Award, given by the American Political Science Association for the best book addressing ethnic pluralism. The same year, the American Library Association recognized the book as one of the Best of the Best books among academic publishers. In addition to authoring/coauthoring four additional books and close to thirty scholarly journal articles and chapter in edited volumes, and regularly providing expert commentary for local, state, national and international media, Dr. McIlwain continues to pursue research about racial appeals through collaborative work focused on analyses of individuals’ real-time perceptions of race-based appeals in political advertising, as well as a variety of cognitive/physiological responses to racialized communication. You can stay informed about his ongoing work in that area at the RaceProject.
Dr. McIlwain's recent interests, however, have turned to the intersections of race and digital media, principally as they relate to three primary questions: to what degree can/has the internet and other forms of digital media use lead to increased political participation, voice and influence for people of color?; in what ways might internet use provide greater access to social, professional and economic mobility for people of color?; and in what tangible ways do forms of racial discrimination, disparate treatment and denial of opportunity take place in online environments? He is currently working on a number of projects in this area, including:
Dr. McIlwain is also working on the following with other collaborators:
In addition to these projects, Robin R. Means Coleman and I edit the Routledge Transformations in Race & Media book series for Routledge.
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Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest by Fin Brunton and Hellen Nissenbaum (MIT Press, 2015)