National Association for Business Economists
President of Koch Asset Management in St. Louis, Missouri, Donald L. Koch also leads the firm in taking substantial shareholder positions in community-based financial institutions. Donald L. Koch previously served as the president of the Jacksonville, Florida chapter of the National Association of Business Economics (NAEB), which offers several certified business economist (CBE) courses that include the Communication and Presentation Skills for Business Economists and Analysts course.
The course imparts guidance and instruction on effective communication and presentation skills with a focus on how to present complex ideas in a clear and concise manner. Researchers credit communication as the top skill required in the business economy field for advancement and promotion.
Course components target professionals who regularly speak to groups and sell ideas, their organization, and themselves as part of their job. Participants will learn to deliver presentations that capture audience attention, hold their interest, and persuade action.
The course introduces the key characteristics and principles of a powerful presentation, in addition to the five-step process for presentation preparation. Furthermore, participants will learn strategies to combat presentation anxiety and how to utilize the tools of communication, analyze audiences, and lead effective question-and-answer sessions.
Registration for the course varies according to membership with the NAEB and status as a government worker. The next course will take place March 9 and March 10, 2017. For more information, visit www.nabe.com/NABE/CBE.
Calling on Presidents, Clark Beim-Esche
Donald L. Koch, founder and president of Koch Asset Management, brings extensive experience in the financial, academic, and government sectors to his work. Formerly a lecturer on macroeconomic issues at the University of North Florida, he has also served in executive roles with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition, through the Koch Foundation, he has sponsored presentations by distinguished speakers on a range of public interest topics.
In one recent lecture hosted by the foundation in Saint Louis, Missouri, author Clark Beim-Esche delivered a presentation based on his book Calling on the Presidents: Tales Their Houses Tell. In the 2015 book, published by FastPencil, Beim-Esche relates his and his wife’s experiences during their learning tour of the homes of every United States chief executive.
Beim-Esche, a graduate of Northwestern University, has devoted four decades to teaching American history, literature, and culture to high school and college students, as well as to adults enrolled in continuing education courses. His presidential tour additionally included visits to presidential libraries and museums.
In the book, Beim-Esche focuses on the ways in which presidential residences offer stories about their occupants, and how they can reinforce images of the presidents as larger-than-life heroes comparable to those in classical mythology.
The Bill of Rights
The founder of Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch has devoted his career to the financial services industry. Donald L. Koch has also earned a reputation as a noted philanthropist, whose charitable foundation acquaints students and adults with the richness and meaning of American history, particularly through its founding documents.
Authors and teachers Clark Beim-Esche and Howard Bay present regular public talks on the founding documents for the Koch Charitable Foundation. Their presentations emphasize the freedoms that the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights provide for all Americans.
The Bill of Rights, comprising the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, was ratified in 1791. James Madison served as the principal author, deeply informed by the arguments the planter and politician George Mason had put forth in his earlier Virginia Declaration of Rights. Madison drafted the amendments after he became convinced that the Constitution required specific delineations of rights that would safeguard the liberties of individual citizens.
The Bill of Rights includes the stirring words of the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of religion and the press, and the right to peaceful assembly. The Second Amendment notes the need for a well-regulated military force, and provides for the right to bear arms. Further amendments set out the right to be safe from unwarranted government intrusion and the right to a fair and public trial, among other freedoms.