Keynote Speaker

Christopher Thornberg founded Beacon Economics LLC in 2006. Under his leadership the firm has become one of the most respected research organizations in California serving public and private sector clients across the United States. In 2015, Dr. Thornberg also became Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and an Adjunct Professor at the School.

An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Dr. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties, and public agencies. He became nationally known for forecasting the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and was one of the few economists on record to predict the global economic recession that followed. In 2015, he was named to California State Treasurer John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors, the body that advises the Treasurer on emerging strengths and vulnerabilities within the state’s economy. Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


2017 Speakers




Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Rob Fredericks currently holds the position of Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB). Employed by HACSB since 1996, he has held several positions within the agency, but most recently as Deputy Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer. The balance of Rob’s professional career was on the Central Coast of California where he managed several entry‐level market housing developments with his family’s Real Estate Sales and Land Development Company. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate Financial Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Rob’s other civic commitments include President of the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO); a board member and treasurer of the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County; a board member and President of San Felipe Independent Living; He also serves as an officer of the Housing Authority’s two affiliate 501c(3) non-profits, 2ndStory Associates and Garden Court, Inc. Rob is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.


Executive Director of the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority

In May 2017 Jennifer Kermode began her position as the Executive Director of the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority.  Prior to this post, she served as the Executive Director of the Summit Combined Housing Authority from 2007 to 2016 and created innovative programs to address their unique housing challenges.  Her passion for tackling affordable workforce housing matters in rural and resort communities grew out of a 27-year career in residential mortgage lending, where Jennifer realized the magnitude of positive outcomes people experience when they have good homes to live in. Jennifer is currently the President of the Colorado Mountain Housing Coalition and a member of the Rotary Club of Gunnison County.



Global Tax Policy Lead at Airbnb

Pooja Kondabolu serves as the Global Tax Policy Lead at Airbnb where she works cross-functionally on a range of tax issues including Airbnb’s Voluntary Collection Agreements. Prior to joining Airbnb, Pooja was an Attorney Advisor to the NYC Taxpayer Advocate and an M&A tax associate at Ernst Young.




Owner at FiftyFifty Brewing

Alicia Barr is the Co-Founder and President of Truckee Craft Brewing, the parent company of FiftyFifty Brewing Co and Drunken Monkey.  Alicia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at CSU Chico, and later her Master’s Degree at Stanford University.  Prior to the brewing world, Alicia’s technical expertise lay in product design, structural analysis, and global supply chain management.  Now Alicia’s focus is on company culture, marketing, customer relations, and research and development.

Alicia is also very active and dedicated to the community, serving on the Truckee Town Council for 4 years, including serving as Mayor in 2015.  She is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, paddleboarder, and trail runner, and currently, serves on the Truckee Roundhouse Makerspace board, and is the chair of the CSU Chico College of Engineering Advisory.



Marketing Manager at bigtruck®

bigtruck® Marketing Manager Emily Deane earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing and Graphic Design with a minor in Behavioral Economics at the University of New Haven. Joining the bigtruck® team in 2013, Emily has played a pivotal role in building the brand from the ground up and was instrumental in establishing bigtruck’s core values of People Planet Profit. Inspired by the opportunity to balance life and work in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Tahoe, Emily works fearlessly to build the Tahoe-bred business into an immediately recognized global brand. When Emily is not in the office, you can find her embracing bigtruck’s core purpose to “live an inspired and authentic lifestyle” on her mountain bike,  enjoying local craft beers or hitting the slopes with friends.


Founder of OutdoorGearLab and TechGearLab

Author of the three best-selling guidebooks to rock climbing in Yosemite National Park and eight other climbing guidebooks, Chris is the founder of OutdoorGearLab and TechGearLab and serves as Editor-in-Chief. Outside Magazine has called Chris one of the world’s finest aid climbers. He’s the winner of the Bates Award from the American Alpine Club and founder of the American Safe Climbing Association, a nonprofit group that has replaced over 16,000 dangerous anchor bolts. Climbing Magazine once computed that three percent of Chris’s life on earth had been spent on the face of El Capitan. He has climbed El Capitan more than 80 times and holds nine big wall speed climbing records. As a BASE jumper, he claimed a slice of the “Golden Age of Wingsuit BASE first descents” by finding and jumping 10-plus significant new exits in the United States and Baffin Island.



Michael Liquori

Founder/Chief Collaboration Officer at SYMBEOSIS

Entrepreneur, coach, scientist, consultant, teacher, deep-thinker, musician, speaker, author, leader, collaborator, father, husband….  Michael is a lot of things.  He lights up most when growing big ideas with engaged collaborators and when coaching some of his transformative leadership concepts.



Owner, McCullough Web Services and Co-founder, Tahoe Silicon Mountain

Rachel Arst McCullough owns McCullough Web Services, a Truckee-based web design, and development agency. She plays an active role in several community organizations including co-leading Tahoe Silicon Mountain to build Tahoe’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and facilitating Girlmade programs in Truckee to help women play big and create positive change. Rachel earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering with a concentration on groundwater remediation. If she isn’t behind a computer, you will find her on her yoga mat, hiking, trail running, volunteering for various environmental and community causes, teaching adaptive ski lessons at Northstar, or inspiring others to enjoy the outdoors as part of her role as a brand ambassador for Tahoe Mountain Sports.



Co-Founder and CEO at LARKR

Shawn Kernes is a visionary trailblazer in the tech industry. With over 20 years of executive experience in building and leading startups, Shawn is always ahead of the curve while remaining grounded in understanding how to meet the fundamental needs of everyday people through innovative new products.

A highly-driven entrepreneur, Shawn has spent the last two decades building and managing teams using his exceptional expertise in technology, operations, business strategy, business development and customer service.

When Shawn learned that an estimated 30 million Americans aren’t getting the mental health care they need, the idea for LARKR was born. Shawn and his team at LARKR are committed to improving people’s lives by delivering accessible and affordable therapy, using licensed professionals and a trusted modern channel that is available wherever and whenever it’s needed.

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Board Member at Tahoe Food Hub

Jan Holan is an eternal student of ecology, business and organizational development.  He believes in employee ownership, extreme transparency and the power of business to generate positive change. Among other commitments, Jan is on the board of the Tahoe Food Hub, a non-profit building a sustainable regional food system.  He is the founder of Truckee River Ventures, an incubator of organizations with a shared mission of revitalizing our Truckee River watershed. Along with other community members, Jan is working to create the first cohousing community in Truckee.

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