Author and Investigative Journalist
Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on history and their craft as Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. From uncovering the Watergate scandal to writing about national and international affairs for more than 40 years, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government and politics, and told the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. Drawing parallels between the past and the events of today, Bernstein consistently speaks truth to power, sharing rich historical context and captivating stories from his legendary career. Bernstein brings invaluable historical perspective to the news and issues of the day.
A political analyst for CNN and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Bernstein is currently at work on several multi-media projects, including a memoir about his earliest days in journalism during the Kennedy era and a dramatic TV series about the U.S. Congress for HBO. He began his career at age 16 as a copyboy for The Washington Evening Star. In the early 1970’s, Bernstein and his partner, Bob Woodward, captured international attention when they broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post. Woodward and Bernstein’s investigative reporting led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, set new standards for journalism and won the Pulitzer Prize. The two went on to write two classic best-sellers: All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) about their coverage of Watergate and The Final Days, chronicling the end of the Nixon presidency. Bernstein’s other best-selling books include Loyalties: a Son’s Memoir, about his family’s experiences in the McCarthy era, and His Holiness: Pope John Paul II and The History of Our Time, a biography of Pope John Paul II, co-authored with Marco Politi. His most recent book is the national best-seller A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham, acclaimed as the definitive biography of the subject. His articles have appeared in Time, USA Today, Rolling Stone and The New Republic. From 1999-2001, Bernstein served as editor and executive vice president of Voter.com, a pioneering website that Forbes named the best political site on the internet. He has also worked as Washington bureau chief and correspondent for ABC News.
Business Development Manager, Quality Assurance International
Research Analyst, Euromonitor International
Alexander Esposito is a research analyst at Euromonitor International, which he joined in 2017, contributing to Passport’s content in the non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks areas. By researching trends, market sizes and brand shares in these industries, he has provided forward-looking analysis geared towards identifying growth opportunities in the United States. Prior to joining Euromonitor, Alexander earned a Master’s degree in international Business and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also worked as a business development consultant for an international trade office.
Martin J. Hahn, JD
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Using his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry, Martin Hahn helps clients navigate through the countless regulatory and business issues impacting the industry from farm to table. He recognizes the demands clients face and finds innovative and creative solutions, particularly when responding to observations raised by regulators during inspections. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.
Martin has handled almost every issue impacting the food industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting the labeling and advertising of foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods and foods for special dietary use. He helps anticipate new trends and develops the data needed to distinguish a client's products from others on the market. Martin uses his understanding of science and technology in the food industry to provide assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials and dietary ingredients. He assists in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance to keep clients informed on the latest trends in class action lawsuits to help anticipate new regulatory initiatives.
Paul C. Rosenthal, JD
Kelley Drye & Warren
With more than 40 years of experience in international trade law and government relations, Paul C. Rosenthal is recognized as a leading trade attorney in the U.S. He has successfully represented U.S. producers in antidumping and countervailing duty cases in the U.S. and abroad regarding a wide range of products. He counsels industries on foreign market access issues and represents manufacturers and food producers in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. He also represents industry interests during multilateral trade negotiations and in trade-related policymaking at the federal level. A former Senate committee counsel, he has participated in hundreds of proceedings.
Marisa Zansler, PhD
Director of Economic and Market Research, Florida Department of Citrus
Dr. Marisa Zansler is the Director of Economic and Market Research Department at the Florida Department of Citrus with nearly 20 years of experience in conducting and managing economic research and policy analysis of plant health management programs and regulations. She also serves as the Chief Economist to the Florida Citrus Commission, the governing board of the Florida Department of Citrus. She is responsible for implementing and overseeing the collection, analysis and reporting of economic and market research data, and also manages research activities and relationships between the FDOC and the University of Florida’s Florida Agricultural Marketing Research Center.
Prior to joining FDOC in September 2014, Dr. Zansler served 10 years as a senior economist in the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, where she collaborated among a multidisciplinary team of scientists to analyze the economic impacts of policies designed to control the spread of pests and diseases that posed a threat U.S. agricultural industry, including the Florida Citrus industry. Among her projects during her time at APHIS, she conducted an economic analysis in support of regulations to allow the interstate movement of Florida citrus nursery stock from areas quarantined for citrus greening and the Asian citrus psyllid under a systems approach.
Dr. Zansler earned a Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida in 2004. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Agricultural Business, and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. She currently resides in Gainesville, FL.