June 16, 2015

Andre, Morris & Buttery hosted the 7th Annual Central Coast Business Symposium Monday, June 15. More than 400 business people from across the Central Coast attended the event held in the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. This year’s speakers included GoDaddy’s CEO, a political journalist, and two former Central Coast city managers who offered insight on thought provoking, business relevant topics.

Conan Nolan, San Luis Obispo High School alum, now longtime chief anchor and host of KNBC-TV “News Conference,” discussed the role of traditional media in today’s ever-blurring-lines 24/7 news cycle. Starting his career in the local newsrooms of KSBY, KVEC and KCBX, Nolan has years of experience making him the perfect person to touch on the continuously changing world of television, print, radio and online news agencies.

Following intermission, Nolan returned to the stage to moderate a conversation with former local City Managers Ken Hampian (San Luis Obispo) and Tim Ness (Santa Maria), who offered their real world perspectives on local economic development opportunities – and challenges. Ness and Hampian discussed the role state funding plays in city budgets, challenges of retaining businesses and how to create thriving communities.

San Luis Obispo resident and GoDaddy, Inc. CEO Blake Irving returned to the Symposium by popular demand after a successful presentation in 2011 when he was an executive at Yahoo!. Blake talked about how GoDaddy turned the potential crisis of a Super Bowl commercial that riled up animal-rights activists into an opportunity and a PR success. He also spoke on the changing tech world and its role in bringing more women into the industry.

The Business Symposium began seven years ago as a way for AMB to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Since, the annual event has continued to grow. Sponsors of this year’s event included Coastal Reprographic Services, Heritage Oaks Bank, Morris & Garritano Insurance Company, Presqu’ile Winery, Glenn Burdette, Thoma Electric, and BCA.

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