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GWAFP February 2015 Monthly Meeting

  • 11 Feb 2015
  • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • The Greater Washington Society of CPAs


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Washington, DC

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February 11, 2015 Meeting

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.       Buffet Lunch, Welcome and Introductory Remarks.

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.Topic:  “The 2014 Mid-Term Elections – Where Do We Go From Here?”

John Harwood will “read the tea leaves” of the 2014 mid-term elections and give us his prognostication of the political climate during the final two years of the Obama administration.

Speaker: John Harwood, Chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. He writes the weekly column "Political Memo" for the paper.

Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post.

While still in high school, he began his journalism career as a copy boy at The Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joined The St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. While covering national politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covered deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.

In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administration of the George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he became The Wall Street Journal's Political Editor and chief political correspondent.

While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote the newspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as chief Washington correspondent.

In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on NBC's "Meet the Press" and PBS' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last five presidential elections.

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
  Topic:  ”2015 Investment Market Outlook and Strategy”

A look back at market returns over the past several years and a look ahead for 2015. Some thoughts on deflation and decoupling.  

Speaker:  Donald E. Strehle, Sterling Capital Management, Managing Director

Don joined Sterling Capital Management in 2013.  He has investment experience since 1996.  Don is responsible for new business development and client service.  He also has administrative responsibility for the Washington, D.C. office of Sterling's Private Client group.    Prior to joining Sterling, he was most recently BB&T Regional President in the Northern Virginia area where he was responsible for the management of over 575 employees, 80 offices, $6 billion in deposits and 140,000 client households.  Prior to BB&T, he was Executive Vice President for F&M Bank-Northern Virginia.  Don is a graduate of Radford University where he received his BA in Business Management.


Please register by February 9, 2015, using our online meeting registration form (

Members: $35

Non-Members: $55


Course attendance recommended for 1 CPE, CAE or CTP credit per 50 minutes.

Delivery Method: Group-live

Program Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: No Prerequisites Required

Advanced Preparation: No Advanced Preparation Required

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