Disney Culture Expert Joins Speaker Line up for Upcoming Central Coast Economic Forecast

Nov. 2 event will feature Doug Lipp, retired head of training for Disney University, and leading economists Chris Thornberg and Robert Kleinhenz

Doug Lipp, retired head of training for Disney University, will join Beacon Economics analysts Chris Thornberg and Robert Kleinhenz on the speaker dais at the 2018 Central Coast Economic Forecast.

The annual event will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center located at 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Admission includes access to the 2018-2019 San Luis Obispo Economic Outlook Report. Individual reservations can be made online at Cost per ticket through Friday, Oct. 12 is $120 and increases to $135 beginning October 13.

Lipp is a distinguished international consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. Drawing on his 30 plus years of combined experience at Disney and in private practice, Lipp inspires and challenges hundreds of organizations worldwide. At the Forecast, he will discuss company culture, teamwork and inspiring creative thinking.

Beacon Economics’ founding principal, Chris Thornberg, known for his humorous, “no-holds-barred” approach to economic analysis, will discuss the national and state economies and how they will affect business on the Central Coast. Robert Kleinhenz, Beacon’s executive director of research, will offer statistical insights on the local economy with a close focus on San Luis Obispo County. Beacon Economics is an independent research and consulting firm dedicated to delivering accurate, insightful and objective economic analysis to help clients make informed decisions about investment, growth, revenue and policy.

The annual forecast event, which last year attracted 500 attendees, begins with continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by presentations from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bob Wacker of Wacker Wealth Partners LLC will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Central Coast Economic Forecast is produced with support from platinum level sponsors PG&E, Bank of America, AMF Media Group, Cal Poly Office of the President and Cal Poly Technology Park, along with dozens of local business, organization and government sponsors. The Forecast is overseen by a volunteer board of local business leaders and was developed to provide a reliable and insightful source of local, state and national economic information. Jim Dunning of Cal Poly is 2018 board chair.

Information on sponsorship opportunities and program details is available from CCEF Operations Manager Stephanie Bertoux by emailing

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