Lawrence B. Lindsey

Larry Lindsey is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lindsey Group ( He has held leading positions in government, academia, and business. Prior to forming The Lindsey Group, he held the position of Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council at the White House and was the chief economic adviser to candidate George W. Bush during the 2000 Presidential campaign.

Dr. Lindsey also served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from 1991 to 1997, as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Economic Policy during the first Bush Administration, and as Senior Staff Economist for Tax Policy at the Council of Economic Advisers during President Reagan's first term. Dr. Lindsey served five years on the Economics faculty of Harvard University and held the Arthur F. Burns Chair for Economic Research at the American Enterprise Institute. From 1997 until 2001 he was Managing Director of Economic Strategies, a global consulting firm.

Dr. Lindsey earned his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award by the National Tax Association and named the Citicorp Wriston Fellow for Economic Research at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of numerous articles and three books: The Growth Experiment, Economic Puppet Masters and What a President Should Know...but Most Learn Too Late.

David C. Cooke

David Cooke served as the Executive Director of the newly-created Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) from 1989 to 1992, where he was responsible for the RTC organization, staffing, and operation. While with the RTC, Mr. Cooke oversaw the takeover of nearly 700 failing institutions and the development of innovative sales initiatives for managing and disposing of their assets.

Prior to RTC, Cooke served as the sole Deputy to former FDIC Chairman L. William Seidman. As Deputy, he served as chief of staff and directed or served on key management committees. He was actively involved in the development of the FDIC resolution strategy for dealing with troubled financial institutions.

Before joining Chairman Seidman, Cooke had over 15 years experience with the FDIC, advancing from commissioned bank examiner to management positions in bank supervision, research and corporate strategy where he helped develop strategies related to failing institutions and deposit insurance. He also developed the FDIC off-site surveillance system used to predict regulatory ratings and prioritize examination schedules.

After leaving the RTC, Cooke spent eleven years in the private sector. From 1992 to 1996, he and former FDIC Chairman William Seidman formed a financial sector advisory group on securitization issues. From 1997 until 2003, he served as a Managing and Executive Director for BearingPoint advising foreign governments and multi-lateral financial institutions on financial sector issues. From 2003 through 2006, Cooke was recruited by the FDIC to be the agency's first Chief Learning Officer in charge of organizing the agency's new Corporate University. Cooke now lives in Delaware where he provides financial sector consulting services and teaches graduate level finance.

Mr. Cooke holds a B.S. degree in business from the University of Maryland, an M.B.A. in finance from George Washington University, and has completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, and has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in finance at major universities.

Richard F. Hohlt

Richard F. Hohlt has successfully guided clients representing a broad range of American business, through passage of legislation on issues as wide ranging as telecommunications, energy, transportation, appropriations, bankruptcy reform, taxes, class action to terrorism insurance. He has a keen understanding of arcane Congressional rules and the complex regulatory processes at agencies such as the FCC, FDIC, SEC, FDA, ICC and FTC. Hohlt's depth of experience in the financial services arena positions him as one of the Capital's top government relations strategists.

For thirty years, Hohlt has served as a key advisor to members of Congress and the Administrations, presidential campaigns, inaugurals and transition teams for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Hohlt's extensive network of contacts spans from the U.S. Capitol to the federal departments and agencies responsible for implementing and enforcing legislation and regulations. Hohlt serves as an on-and-off-the-record source for national media covering the business of Washington. He is a fixture at the nexus of government, media and business interests, policy, press and politics.

Hohlt began his career more than thirty years ago as an aide and top staff member to then-Mayor Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana). After the winning Senate campaign, Hohlt served on the Senator's Washington staff and then joined a national financial services industry trade association as Senior Vice President for Government Relations. Hohlt represented the industry's complex legislative and regulatory interests for ten years, and then formed The Hohlt Group to provide government-relations counsel and strategic advice to a variety of blue-chip clients.

President Reagan appointed Hohlt, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) (1985-1988). President Reagan also appointed Hohlt to serve on the Peace Corps Advisory Council (1983-1984), and President George H.W. Bush appointed him to serve on the Board of Directors of the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae) (1990-1994). He served as the senior advisor to the Co-Chairman of President George W. Bush's Social Security Commission.