MGO June Membership Meeting

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

6:30pm – 8:30pm


Guest Speakers

Floyd Kephart, Coliseum City Developer

Roger Noll, Economics Professor, Stanford University

Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street – Oakland



Mr. Kephart is charged with coordinating the financing of a new football stadium for the Raiders, as well as a massive new housing, office and retail development in East Oakland called “Coliseum City”.

A resident of  Rancho  Santa  Fe,  CA, Kephart is  Chairman  of  the  Board  of  The Renaissance Companies  with offices in  Las  Vegas,  NV  and  Rancho  Santa  Fe,  CA, a  private  financial  and  real estate  advisory  firm.

Over the years Kephart has served in numerous executive positions leading corporate boards across the United States.  Relative to sports, Kephart  was  a  founder  of  Sports  New  Network,  the  first  online,  real time  database  for  sports.

From 196-1984, Kephart served  as  a  political  analyst  and  commentator  for  NBC  on  all  federal elections.   He has produced  more  than  1,500  hours  of  award  winning  live  television  programing and  is  a   published  songwriter and served  as  publisher  of  a  national  magazine  and  developed  a series  of   political  newsletters.

In the political environment, Kephart worked as a research assistant at the White House during the administration of John F. Kennedy and has provided services to four other presidential administrations.


Roger G. Noll is professor of economics emeritus at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he directs the Program in Regulatory Policy. Noll also is a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the American Antitrust Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center on Regulation.

Noll received a B.S. with honors in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Stanford, Noll was a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Institute Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He also won a Guggenheim Fellowship, the annual book award of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, the Rhodes Prize for undergraduate education, the Distinguished Service Award of the Public Utilities Research Center, and the Distinguished Lecturer Award by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.

Noll is the author or co-author of twelve books and over three hundred articles and reviews. Noll’s primary research interests include technology policy; antitrust, regulation and privatization policies in both advanced and developing economies; the economic approach to public law (administrative law, the judiciary, and statutory interpretation); and the economics of sports and entertainment. Noll has been a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Department of Energy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and National Science Foundation. He also has been a member of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy of the National Research Council, and of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Zennie Abraham

Zennie is Chairman and CEO of Sports Business Simulations (SBS), Editor-in-Chief of, and Founding Executive Producer of the national show “The Blog Report With Zennie62” On The CoLoursTV Network and at With the exception of undergraduate school at Texas-Arlington and his birth and childhood in Chicago, Zennie has lived in Oakland since he was 14. A Skyline High graduate, he returned for his master’s degree in city planning at Berkeley. Zennie was columnist for the Montclarion, Economic Advisor to Elihu Harris, then nearly landed the 2005 Super Bowl for Oakland, losing to Jacksonville. In 2003 he co-founded SBS around an online game he made at Cal on the Oakland A’s and with Dan Rascher installed a blog network, then discovered video-blogging in 2006. In 2007, YouTube and CNN discovered his video-blogging work, and he’s now a frequent video contributor to CNN. He regularly travels between California and Georgia.


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