Prior to his role as the president of Missouri-based firm Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as the company’s chief economist and senior vice president. Outside of his professional life, Donald L. Koch is involved in charitable work and founded an organization dedicated to helping American citizens better understand the importance of the founding documents of the United States.
The founding documents are a collection of writings composed between 1764 and 1791, before and after the American Revolution and the subsequent establishment of the United States as a sovereign nation. Though they include many papers written by historically significant figureheads of American history, the three main founding documents are considered to be the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.
Those who wish to see the founding documents in person to learn about their significance firsthand can find them on display in Washington, D.C., located within the Rotunda of the National Archives Museum. Visitors may explore the museum and study the documents independently or participate in a guided tour to learn the facts and history behind their creation. Along with these primary founding documents, visitors also are able to see other notable historical writings, including the Magna Carta and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
Certified Business Economist Program
The founder and CEO of Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch is active in several professional organizations, including the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Donald L. Koch previously served as the associate editor of Business Economics, a publication affiliated with NABE.
NABE offers a wide range of resources to the economics community, including the Certified Business Economist (CBE) program. Available to NABE members working to advance their careers, the CBE program focuses on applied economics and data analysis in order to bridge the gap between academic and practical knowledge.
Candidates are required to have a four-year degree and a minimum of two years of practical work experience in economics or a related field to be accepted into the program. Candidates must then complete the coursework and pass a comprehensive exam to receive the CBE designation. Completion of no less than 30 hours of continuing education is required every two years for renewal.
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.
Civil Jury Trial
Donald L. Koch is a respected St. Louis financial services executive who presides over Koch Asset Management. Also head of the Koch Charitable Foundation, Donald L. Koch sponsors a variety of community events with a focus on educating high school and college students on the United States’ founding documents, such as the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights added a number of basic laws to the Constitution and addressed citizen concerns regarding the protection of basic liberties and states’ rights from federal incursion. The Seventh Amendment set in place a system of jury trials for civil court cases. While mandated only for federal courts, nearly every state has set a system of jury trials in place. It was considered an essential safeguard by leaders who previously had no recourse to such trials under British rule.
The United States is unique in the jury trial legal tradition, which stands in contrast to Continental systems and those prevalent in Asia and Latin America. This approach relies on a codified standard providing legal guidance, rather than judge-focused, precedence-based decisional law. Even in the United Kingdom and its colonies, the requirement for civil jury trials is largely a thing of the past.
Within the United States, civil trial jury maintains its central role. While fewer than 1 percent of lawsuits are settled by jury, this option plays an important role in protecting the integrity of court decisions.
As president of Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch leads a financial services firm focused on community financial institutions. Donald L. Koch also guides the Koch Charitable Foundation, which facilitates presentations on America’s founding documents and the executive leaders who have shaped American history. A recent Koch Charitable Foundation talk was by Clark Beim-Esche, author of Calling on the Presidents: Tales Their Houses Tell, a book about the childhood homes of past presidents.
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States and a pivotal figure in American politics at the turn of the 20th century, grew up on East 20th Street in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood. The well-to-do area, anchored by Union Square Park, provided a stimulating environment for young Roosevelt in the 1860s.
Often sick as a child, Teddy took advantage of an outdoor gym at his home and committed to the rigors of a “strenuous life.” This helped prepare him for command of the Rough Riders, a volunteer cavalry, and later, for the US Presidency.
Unfortunately, by the time the historic property of the Roosevelt family was purchased by a patriotic organization, its neo-Gothic brownstone had been torn down. The house was rebuilt, however, and the home’s interior was decorated by the late president’s wife and sisters, based on memories of how the home had looked during the Roosevelt sisters’ childhood. Today, the reconstructed home is open to the public and features rooms decorated with period furnishings, including many original pieces passed down by the Roosevelt family.