Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Robert Eyler, Economic Forensics & Analytics

Robert Eyler is President and Head of Research at Economic Forensics and Analytics. Dr. Robert Eyler is also Dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University. Dr. Eyler is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University, where he has been teaching since 1995. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He earned a B.A. in Economics at CSU, Chico in 1992. Dr. Eyler also serves on the board of directors of Redwood Credit Union, a $2.3 billion nonprofit financial cooperative. Robert also serves on the board of directors of SommSelect, a wine curation company. Dr. Eyler specializes in research on macroeconomic and monetary policies, and is finalizing a textbook on monetary and banking topics. His academic work has focused on the economics of the wine industry, monetary policy and theory, derivative markets, and international finance.

Dr. Eyler is the author of two books and several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry, and monetary economics. The first book, Economic Sanctions: International Theory and Policy at Work(2007), investigated the efficacy of using economic sanctions as a political tool and constructed a theoretical model using new open economy macroeconomic modeling to show that import https://www.cedcal.com/files/events/2019-north-state-economic-forecast-conference9/sanctions are the most effective form of these political decisions. his most recent text, Money and Banking: An International Text (2009), is a college-level textbook for classes on central banking, financial institutions and markets, and banking as a business. For more information about Dr. Eyler, click here.

Panelist: Gary Hambly, President/CEO California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA)–Sacramento

Gary W. Hambly received his Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oregon.   Previous to becoming President/CEO of the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA), he held a similar position with the Home Builders Association of Northern California. Upon taking the position at CalCIMA in 2007, Hambly effectuated the consolidation of 4 regional associations into one unified organization representing the aggregate, ready mix concrete and industrial material producers statewide. Under Gary’s leadership, CalCIMA’s legislative team was able to establish and build relationships, educate policymakers and advocate for member needs. Evidence of this success can be found in the 11 pieces of legislation that were sponsored by the association, signed by the Governor and ultimately became state law. No other organization in the state can match this success.

Panelist: Becky Roe, Shasta College

Becky is a communications, workforce development and community partner professional. She focuses on partnering with educators, administrators and economic development agencies to build bridges between the emerging workforce, regional partners, community organizations and career opportunities across the region.  With over 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Becky’s philosophy is simple: show and tell. Show real world jobs and tell real world stories. Becky and her husband, Jeff, live in Redding, CA. She is a proud mom to two daughters. She and Jeff love to spend time with friends and family and explore the beautiful landscapes the North State has to offer. Becky also serves on the Sierra Pacific Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Panelist: Damon Conklin, Director of Governmental Affairs, Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange

Mr. Conklin is the Director of Governmental Affairs at the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange a non-profit association that works to improve the health of the construction and design industry by supporting educational endeavors, mentoring initiatives and training activities throughout California. He specializes in commercial and multi-family construction in California. Previously, he held various positions in the state Capitol between 1999 and 2014.

Panelist: Seana O’Shaughnessy, President/CEO, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)

Seana O’Shaughnessy has been a passionate and effective affordable housing leader for nearly two decades. She is committed to the belief that everyone deserves the comfort, independence and peace of mind found in a safe and affordable home.  Seana recently took on the role of President and CEO with Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)—an affordable housing developer that builds both rental and homeownership housing in seven northern California counties.   Previous experience includes: overseeing community development programs to expand affordable housing options for low-income families in South San Francisco and scaling home rehabilitation and affordable housing preservation programs in San Mateo County and the western United States with Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Rebuilding Together, Inc. Seana serves on the board of the California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) and co-chairs the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Housing Committee.

Panelist: Daniel Dokhanian, The Mulholland Drive Company

The Mulholland Drive Company is a real estate development firm based in Los Angeles focusing on solving California’s greater housing crisis. The company owns a portfolio of commercial and residential properties and is currently pursuing housing developments in certain markets of California that are experiencing severe shortages of affordable housing. The firm has committed to invest over $400 million over the next 36 months into creating quality, affordable housing to meet this ever-skyrocketing and basic need for California residents.  
Daniel Dokhanian has been in real estate since he was a teenager and has transacted on over $1B worth of real estate projects across tenures at New York-based real estate investment banks and development companies in California. Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in real estate development from Columbia University in New York where his graduate thesis was awarded publication in The Real Estate Finance Journal. He currently sits on the board of the University of California Ziman Center's Real Estate Group.