In an age of division, Governor John Kasich offers his reflections on business, government, the history of change, as well as the power of individuals to affect change at the local level and turn that momentum into something bigger.
Speaker: Governor John Kasich
Richard A. Bennett is President and Chief Executive Officer of ValueEdge Advisors, a firm founded in the summer of 2014 to help institutional investors engage with their portfolio companies. From 2006, Mr. Bennett served as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of GMI Ratings and its predecessor, The Corporate Library, a globally recognized investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and ESG with offices in London, New York, San Diego and Portland, Maine. In August 2014, GMI Ratings was sold to MSCI, where Mr. Bennett serves as a senior advisor. He worked as Director of Corporate Governance for LENS, an institutional activist fund, from 1997 to 2002. He is an independent director of Biddeford Internet Corporation and a non-executive director of Trucost, Plc, a U.K.-based firm offering products and services that allow companies, governments and fund managers to better understand their environmental performance. From 2009 to 2014 he served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network.
Mr. Bennett has an extensive background in politics and government service, as well as a wide range of private sector experience. A former president of the Maine State Senate, Mr. Bennett served four terms in the Maine Senate and two terms in the state's House of Representatives. He is currently Chairman of the Maine Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 2014 he served voluntarily as a member of the MainePERS ESG Integration Task Force.
Directorship magazine has recognized Mr. Bennett six times in its annual list of the 100 "most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom." In December 2010 he was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the "10 people around the world who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year." He serves on the Advisory Board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hebron Academy. He was a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships from 2005 to 2009. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1986 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000.
Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a politician, a New York Times best-selling author, a former FOX television host, and ultimately an American citizen who believes that unity is the answer to our most common problems.
As Governor, Mr. Kasich closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reduced taxes by $5 billion and outpaced the nation's job growth with 557,600 new jobs in the Buckeye State. Under his tenure, Ohio budget reserves grew from 89 cents to $2.7 billion. The Governor was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade. He has been one of the few Republicans to advocate for Medicaid's expansion.
Mr. Kasich has had a storied career in both the public and private sectors. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years. He was elected to the U.S. House at just 30 years old, after having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the Federal Budget four times — a feat not accomplished since.
After leaving Congress in 2000, Mr. Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs.
He was a FOX television commentator for two shows, Heroes and Heartland with John Kasich, in addition to being a stand in host for both Bill O'Reilly and Chris Matthews. In January of 2019, Mr. Kasich made his debut as a Senior Political Commentator for CNN, where he will appear across a variety of programs.
Mr. Kasich is the author of four New York Times best-sellers: Courage Is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul; Every Other Monday; and, most recently, Two Paths: America Divided or United, which reflects on his 2016 run as Republican Primary Presidential candidate and his hopes for America's future.
Mr. Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Presidential Fellow.