Our first guest today is Matthew Owenby, human resources expert from Aflac, he discusses the feelings and attitudes of small-business employees and what it means for the small-business owner. He will also give the listeners new resources that small-business owners can leverage to help improve employee happiness. Matthew has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services/HR industry and is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Aflac, a company with more than 9,500 employees. For more information on Jason Brewer, Executive Vice President, Communications & State Affairs RILA . Jason will to dicusss and offer insight into the CHOICE Act, the swipe fee reform and how you can voice your concerns regarding swipe fee legislation with your elected officials. Mr. Brewer leads RILA’s state affairs and grassroots advocacy campaigns, in addition to managing the organization’s strategic communications efforts. Brewer works closely with our partners at the state level to ensure retailers’ issue priorities are well-represented and communicated effectively to policymakers. the Survey go to aflac.com/smallbusiness
Our second guest is Jason Brewer, Executive Vice President, Communications & State Affairs RILA he will discuss and offer insight into the CHOICE Act, swipe fee reform and how you can voice your concerns regarding swipe fee legislation with your elected officials. Mr. Brewer leads RILA’s state affairs and grassroots advocacy campaigns, in addition to managing the organization’s strategic communications efforts. Brewer works closely with our partners at the state level to ensure retailers’ issue priorities are well-represented and communicated effectively to policymakers.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently responded to the House Financial Services Committee’s introduction of the CHOICE Act, legislation that would roll back many of the financial reforms passed in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008. Retailers have vowed to fight any financial reform bill that repeals swipe fee reform, bipartisan legislation passed in 2010 that stopped large banks and card networks from charging merchants exorbitant fees on debit card transactions.
The CHOICE Act gives the largest banks and card networks a green light to charge billions in higher fees from every business in America that accepts debit cards. Repealing swipe fee reform is a billion-dollar giveaway to banks that are generating record profits and passing out record bonuses; it’s a poison pill for any bipartisan effort to enact meaningful financial reform. Higher fees from banks would undoubtedly mean higher prices for consumers. Retailers believe repealing swipe fee reform is bad for the economy and bad for America. Americans agree. For more information go to: www.rila.com
Our third guest today is Sean Hazlett from Pleasant Hill, CA was honored, April 2nd, at the 33rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Subsequently, the anthology where Mr. Hazlett’s winning story appear, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 33, has made the USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists!
Sean Patrick Hazlett is an Army veteran living in the San Francisco Bay area. He has written short stories which have appeared in Grimdark Magazine, Sci Phi Journal, Perihelion, The Overcast, Plasma Frequency Magazine, Fictionvale Magazine, Kasma SF, NewMyths.com, Mad Scientist Journal, Outposts of Beyond, and The Colored Lens. Several more of his stories are scheduled to appear in Galaxy’s Edge, Abyss & Apex, Let Us In: Volume 2, and Stupefying Stories.
Outside of science fiction and fantasy writing, he currently works as a director of finance at a large cyber security company. He holds a B.S. and A.B. in Electrical Engineering and History, respectively, from Stanford University as well as an M.B.A and Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His public policy master’s thesis was completed with the help of the current Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, as an adviser. He served as an Armored Cavalry officer at the Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, where he trained U.S. forces for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com/event-2017-volume-33