Cuba and the Caribbean: What Now?

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: December 19, 2017

Recent changes in US policies toward Cuba have reinvigorated debate over US-Cuba relations. How will these revised policies affect American business, trade, and travel, as well as the well-being of the Cuban people? What does the future hold? Please join Cumberland Advisors, the Global Interdependence Center (GIC), the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and our panels of leading experts as we discuss money payments, tourism, policy, security, Puerto Rico, and the state of US-Cuba relations and the outlook going forward on Thursday, February 22, 2018, in Sarasota, FL.

Please be our guest.

The discussion lineup is a first-class assemblage with valuable and varied perspectives to share.  Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute and professor at Florida International University, and Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel, senior partner at Havana Strategies, and a leading expert on US–Cuba relations, and David Seleski, president and CEO of Stonegate Bank (the licensed banker to handle transfers and money payments between Cuba and the US), will also speak. A bipartisan panel discussion with Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who serves Florida’s 26th Congressional District, which includes the Florida Keys, and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, who represents the U.S. Virgin Islands will be moderated by Ben White, a CNBC political correspondent and journalist from Politico. Finally, a former US ambassador to Cuba, Vicki Huddleston, is on the program.

Please join us.

Economic and financial issues will be thoroughly discussed. Sara Banaszak of Exxon Mobil, who has expertise in the energy sector along with others will weigh in on everything from Puerto Rico Electric Power, to offshore drilling, to national constraints.

Should the money be spent to transform Puerto Rico’s power grid into a more stable, efficient, and less vulnerable system consisting of batteries and solar arrays? Should the old system simply be updated in the interest of time/money? Or a hybrid solution?

Eugenio Alemán carries the Latin connection; he is senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities. And to round out this discussion we add Steve Kay, director of the Americas Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

This full day is designed to inform a broad range of people — tourists, travel agents, investors, policy wonks, and weather-forecasting folks. And those who wish to think about the government’s responsibility and actions in the hurricane-damaged parts of Florida or Texas or Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico or Cuba or elsewhere in the Caribbean, this program will touch on that too. The event is only $50 and includes a Cuban inspired lunch.

Please come.

Speakers for the “Cuba and the Caribbean: What Now? event include:

Karen Holbrook – Executive Vice President at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Sr. Advisor to the President at the University of South Florida. She is currently serving as the Executive Vice President at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Sr. Advisor to the President at the University of South Florida. Prior to this position, she served as the Interim president at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after leaving the University of South Florida where she was Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, then Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and International Research. Before coming to USF, Dr. Holbrook served as president of The Ohio State University from 2002-2007. She was also the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost and professor of cell biology at the University of Georgia, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida, and associate dean for research and professor of biological structure and medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.

David Kotok – CIO of Cumberland Advisors. He cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its chief investment officer since inception. David holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

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