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Sung Won Sohn's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000
Dr. Sung Won Sohn has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most accurate economists in the US. A long-time California State University professor, former White House economic advisor, and seasoned businessman, Dr. Sohn combines theory with hands-on business experience to provide on-target economic outlooks and guidance for companies.
Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have named Dr. Sohn one of the most accurate economic forecasters in the country. Understandably, then, his insights have been widely sought by governments, multinational corporations, and financial institutions. He served as President and CEO of the commercial bank, Hanmi Financial Corporation, as well as Executive Vice President and CEO of Wells Fargo. As a Senior Economist at the White House, he made recommendations on legislation affecting banking, finance, and the Federal Reserve.
During a decade at the California State University Channel Islands campus, he designed and built the Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER), raising funds from his personal network, and ultimately endowing the institute with a cash surplus. His vision and guidance have been critical in achieving financial turnarounds at the Bethel Foundation and the Minnesota Economic Association.
Dr. Sohn’s contribution to corporate and nonprofit boards is extensive. Most notably, he serves on the Western Alliance Bancorporation, the National Association for Corporate Directors, and the Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System. In the past, he has been a board member of Forever 21, the Port of Los Angeles, and the Children’s Heart Fund.
Dr. Sohn is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School. He is the author of two books, Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy (2009) and The New Economy (2014).
Dr. Sohn is an internationally known economist. He is president of SS Economics, an economic consulting firm focused on the U.S. economy, international trade in the pacific-rim and technology impact. Dr. Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks. Dr. Sohn also serves as Commissioner for LACERS (Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System) and Chair of the Investment Committee, managing $17 billion in assets. He serves on the Board of Directors for Western Alliance Bancorporation, and National Association of Corporate Directors of Southern California. He is on The Wall Street Journal’s Board of Economists.
Dr.Sohn was an economics professor at California State University CI and director of Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER) forecasting economic and investment conditions in the Pacific-rim countries.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured professor in Pennsylvania State University System.
In 2001, Bloomberg News selected Dr. Sohn as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United States. In 2002, Blue Chip Publications picked him as the most accurate forecaster for the Western States, and he was named to Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured a story naming Dr. Sohn as the most accurate economist in the United States. This is one of the most prestigious honors in the economics profession.
Dr. Sohn was chosen as one of the 100 most influential Minnesotans of the 20th century by the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Star Tribune. Others on the list included Charles Lindberg, Sinclair Lewis, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Charles Schultz of Peanuts.
Dr. Sohn was a Commissioner of the Port of Los Angeles, our nation’s largest seaport. He has served on the boards of First California Bancorporation, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, LA Music Center (Performing Arts), Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Foreign Affairs Council of LA, Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota, Crystal Evangelical Free Church, Children’s Theater Company, and the American Heart Association of Minnesota and Girl Scouts of Minnesota.
He is the author of two books: Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy (2009) and The New Economy(2014).
Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School.
Trusted economist, Dr. Sung Won Sohn illustrates why everyone benefits from free trade and how tariffs end up costing the American people rather than bolstering domestic sectors. Dr. Sohn notes that US manufacturers are more dependent on free trade than most people might realize, because most of their raw materials come from outside the country.
He offers a ceiling fan company based in Wisconsin as an example. While it is one of the country’s largest ceiling fan producers, the owner claims they are just getting by. “He cannot hire more people, because costs are so high,” Dr. Sohn reports. “He uses a lot of steel and if the price of steel goes up because of the tariff, he’s out of business.”
Internationally regarded economist, Dr. Sung Won Sohn transfers his expert knowledge into pragmatic advice for your business and finances. From trade policies to AI, Dr. Sohn uses humor, examples, and plain English to explain how up-and-coming megatrends will shape markets in the short and long-term. Named one of the nation’s most accurate economic forecasters by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, Dr. Sohn’s insights on global economics, the stock market, world banks, or any other economic topic will prove to be a valuable asset for your company’s next move forward.
How will the Economy and the Longest Bull Market Ever in the S&P 500 History Interact?
History shows that with any kind of economic growth, there is 84 percent probability of a rising stock market. Without the Trump tax cut and government spending, economic growth would have peaked. The economic danger zone is around the 2020 presidential election. In this environment, how should you manage your business and financial assets going forward?
Trade War: No Light at the End of the Tunnel:
Dr. Sohn portrays three different personalities (a free-trade economist, President Trump and President Xi of China) presenting their side of the story in a humorous manner. Economic effects on the U.S., China and developing countries as well as your business are discussed.
AI: How the Megatrend Will Affect Your Business:
Will you miss opportunities and be swept aside or will you create new markets and disrupt existing ones? Will your jobs be safe from AI? Safe and vulnerable jobs in the face of the new megatrend are discussed.
This presentation visits China, the leader in AI and how it is applied there. The speech briefly explains what AI is and how it can be used in your business. Examples of how AI is used in different industries (retail, banking, Investment, etc.) are discussed, followed by a focus on “What Humans Can Do Better."
“Sohn’s last speech was a great success. He pretended to be a free trade economist, President Trump, and President Xi of China. The audience rated him a 4.8 out of possible 5.”
“Genuine thanks for offering the event to our community. Dr. Sohn is very dynamic and well informed.”
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