Scores of influential developments have shaped the course of federal securities regulation over the SEC's history. Yet the foundational cornerstone of the regulatory regime has remained the same - disclosure.
In his thought-provoking keynote address, former SEC Commissioner, published author, Professor and Lecturer of law at Harvard Law School and Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Troy Paredes, focused on the current regulatory regime concerning executive pay disclosure, including new Dodd-Frank disclosure requirements, such as the CEO pay ratio rule and clawback rule.
Troy provided insight and perspective on how technology allows us to consider new and innovative opportunities for how information is disclosed, why we should be open to scaling back certain disclosures to address the problem of information overload, and the need to ensure that the information that is disclosed is material to investors when making investment decisions.
The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty in combat against an enemy force. Among other rigorous criteria, recipients are required to have “distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their life above and beyond the call of duty.” The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress to U.S. military personnel only. There are only 79 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
In this inspiring talk led by Bob Jerome—a seasoned public speaker who has dedicated his career to honoring the living recipients of the Medal of Honor, attendees heard the heroic and extraordinary stories of two distinguished Medal of Honor recipients—Master Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry and Command Sergeant Major Gary L Littrell—U.S. Army.
We were pleased to welcome these very distinguished Medal of Honor Recipients as featured speakers at GEO’s 5th Annual National Equity Compensation Forum.
Mr. Petry is a retired United States Army soldier and recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for actions in 2008 during Operation Enduring Freedom. He saw extensive deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. On 26 May 2008 during his seventh deployment, Petry was a member of a team on a mission to capture a Taliban target in Paktia Province. Despite being wounded in both legs by gunfire, Petry continued to fight and give orders. When a grenade landed between him and two other soldiers, Petry grabbed it and attempted to throw it away from them when it exploded, saving the soldiers' lives but severing his right hand. Petry, who now wears a prosthesis, became the second living recipient of the medal for the war in Afghanistan when he received the award from U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011. Opting to re-enlist in spite of his wounds, Petry remained on active duty in the U.S. Army until his retirement on 29 July 2014.
Mr. Littrell is a retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major who, while a Sergeant First Class serving as an adviser to Army of the Republic of Vietnam's Ranger units during the Vietnam War, acted with extraordinary courage during a four day siege on his battalion—for which he received the Medal of Honor. Between April 4 and April 8, 1970, while serving on Advisory Team 21 of I Corps Advisory Group, in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, Sergeant First Class Littrell was a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the 23rd Battalion, 2nd Ranger Group. The battalion was under intense mortar attack—all advisors except Littrell were killed. Unrelentingly, over four days, Littrell kept the battalion inspired, while he directed artillery and air support, distributed ammunition, strengthened faltering defenses, cared for the wounded, and shouted encouragement to the Vietnamese in their own language. For his "sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness", he was awarded the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor was presented to Littrell in a White House ceremony by President Richard Nixon on October 15, 1973.
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Leadership is an often overused and least understood component to career and organizational success. However, most experts agree it is the main ingredient to successful business strategy and execution. Drawing from more than 25 years as a senior human resources professional and a more than a dozen years as a CHRO of a multi-billion dollar global enterprise, a member of several public and private company boards, compensation committee chairman and most recently executive coach and professor, keynote Lawrence Hamilton shared how his role has changed and evolved over the course of his esteemed career, explored what he has learned and discussed obstacles he faced. Drawing from his experiences as an executive coach, Lawrence discussed successful leadership styles he has seen in business, provided valuable insight into working with senior leadership and the board and offered his recommendations on the 'leadership link' to business and career success. Thank you for joining us for this insightful look into the relationship between business and leadership.