Forbes magazine plans CEO Forum in Annapolis

THE BALTIMORE SUN

When Forbes magazine holds its first CEO Forum this summer, Annapolis will play host to politicians, baseball strike negotiators, corporate bigwigs and even a junk bond trader who spent time in jail.

The conference July 12-15 will draw more than 100 corporate leaders at a cost of $2,850 per person, organizers said yesterday.

The event is expected to show Maryland, Anne Arundel County and Annapolis as viable spots for long-term business, said Mary Burkholder, the city's economic development director.

"We hope the conference will expose these people to the amenities we have here," Ms. Burkholder said.

"You never know how business prospects come to you. A lot of times it's just from visiting a site," she added.

Speakers will include senior White House policy adviser George Stephanopoulos, campaign strategist James Carville, former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger and several members of Congress.

Also scheduled to speak is Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, who will discuss the changing labor climate.

Michael Milken, a billionaire financier who went to jail for insider trading, will discuss the role of technology in the business world.

The speakers will address issues such as global military changes, international trade and tort reform.

In the audience will be dozens of top executives, including Gerald Greenwald, chairman and chief executive officer of United Airlines, and John J. McMullen, owner of the New Jersey Devils hockey team. Other business leaders, including the heads of McDonnell Douglas Corp. General Electric Co., CBS and MCI Communications, also are likely to attend the conference.

The event will spotlight Annapolis attractions, with receptions planned at the Old South Country Club, the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Naval Academy Museum, Forbes has announced.

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