Cast Bios

COREY SMITH has spent his entire career in various aspects of the Finance and Investment Banking industries, and brings to the organization a broad understanding of both Investment and Corporate Finance. Corey began his career working with a boutique Tax Consulting firm that worked with Ultra-High Net Worth Clients, then moved into the Investment Banking industry as an Equity Trader. After several years working as a NASDAQ Market Maker, trading for both Proprietary and Institutional Accounts, he then transitioned into the Alternative Products side of the business, where he ultimately rose to serve as Senior VP of Sales for two different Alternative Investment Fund Sponsors, each managing more than $1 Billion in Assets. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of two different Private Companies, co-founded a successful Oil & Gas Investment firm, and has served on multiple Boards. Though he has enjoyed a great deal of Professional and Financial success, Corey has never lost touch with his Middle Class roots. He grew up in Lake Tahoe, NV, the son of a firefighter and a schoolteacher. He attended the University of Southern California on an Academic Scholarship, where he studied International Relations. As a part of his degree program, he spent a semester in Washington, D.C. working with a Defense Policy Think Tank. Corey has always believed very strongly in the opportunities and broad economic benefits of Capitalism and Free Markets, and in the importance of upward mobility for all Americans. In the last decade however, he grew increasingly disturbed at the abuses of Capitalism and Government Influence that ultimately led to the Financial Crisis of 2008, and the looting of our Treasury that occurred in its wake. He was inspired when he met Everyman SuperPAC Co-Founder Patrick Lovell during the filming of his documentary Forward 13 to get more involved in promoting both Political and Commercial efforts to reduce the amount of Corruption and abuse in our Government Institutions, which naturally led to the genesis of the EMSP. Corey currently lives in a suburb of Dallas, TX, and is a proud father, avid golfer and musician.

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS (Ind. Vermont) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, Sanders was the younger of two sons in a modest-income family. After graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964, he moved to Vermont. Early in his career, Sanders was director of the American People's Historical Society. Elected Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont's at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York. The Almanac of American Politics has called Sanders a "practical" and "successful legislator." He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. Other priorities include reversing global warming, universal health care, fair trade policies, supporting veterans and preserving family farms. He serves on five Senate committees: Budget; Veterans; Energy; Environment; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He chairs the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

JEREMY RIFKIN is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include the New York Times Best Seller, The Third Industrial Revolution, Empathic Civilization, The Hydrogen Economy, The European Dream, The End of Work, The Age of Access, and The Biotech Century. Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. and also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Jansa of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world's leading corporations as well as more than 300 universities in some thirty countries in the past four decades.

JEFFREY D. SACHS is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General's MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. His syndicated newspaper column appears in more than 80 countries around the world, and he is a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.

BILL ARNOLD is Professor in the Practice of Energy Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Arnold joined Rice in June 2009 and taught courses on the Geopolitics of Energy and managing in a carbon-constrained world. He actively engages with professionals in academia and industry from around the world. Previously, as Royal Dutch Shell's Washington Director of International Government Relations and Senior Counsel for the Middle East, Latin America, and North Africa, he engaged at the highest levels of government in the US and abroad to provide geopolitical insights, develop business strategies, build scenarios, and advance multi-billion dollar projects. Arnold held a White House appointment as Senior Vice President of the Export Import Bank of the United States from 1983 to 1988, when he received the Distinguished Service Award. He was Eximbank's liaison officer to the Berne Union, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He developed special export credit packages for Brazil and Mexico during the first Latin American debt crisis. His international banking experience includes: Executive Vice President/International Banking Division of First City National Bank-Houston (now JPMorganChase); General Manager, COMIND International Banking Corporation (now Banco do Brasil); and Vice President/Manager of the Latin America Division of Texas Commerce Bancshares (now JPMorganChase).

MARY BOYLE is a primary spokesperson for Common Cause, and leads a communications team that handles a wide range of external and internal activities, including: national and state press outreach to generate coverage of Common Cause's legal, research and advocacy work that results in hundreds of news stories a year; strategizes and executes communications and engagement plans to reach Common Cause's 400,000-plus members and supporters, both online and offline; strengthens the organization's vibrant social media platforms that collectively reach nearly 8 million people; as well as oversees the organization's direct mail program. Boyle has led Common Cause's media work around its major campaigns of recent years, including highlighting ethics breaches at the US Supreme Court, exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council and the organization's longtime fight to reduce the influence of big money in politics and fight back against the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

JEFF SIEGEL is the managing editor of Green Chip Stocks, an independent investment research service that focuses primarily on alternative energy and transportation markets. he is the managing editor of Energy and Capital and Wealth Daily, as well as a contributing analyst for the Energy Investor, an independent investment research service that focuses primarily on stocks in the oil & gas, modern energy, and infrastructure markets. Siegel also works as a consultant, has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, and is the author of the best-selling energy book, Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks.