AAMGA Opening Breakfast

David Axelrod

David Axelrod

  • Democratic Party Senior Strategist
  • Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
  • NBS News/MSNBC Senior Political Analyst

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

  • Iconic Political Strategist for the Republican Party
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Fox News Contributor and Wall Street Journal Columnist


What do you get when you put two of the most outspoken voices in the Democratic and Republican parties on the same stage? You get an insightful, sometimes heated, passionate “point/counter point” discussion focusing on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election.

David Axelrod is a respected journalist, political strategist and award-winning ad maker. He was the mastermind of Obama’s improbable march from the Illinois State Senate to the White House and, as senior advisor to the President, was a key figure in shaping –and selling- the administration’s agenda including the economic stimulus program, health-care reform and financial regulator reform.

Karl Rove was described by Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” He has been called the “greatest political mind of his generation” and was known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

From their unique vantage points, they will analyze the major issues of the day and the challenges facing each party in the year ahead.

AAMGA Business Meeting

John Nelson, Chairman of Lloyd’s

John Nelson

John Nelson was appointed Chairman of Lloyd’s in October 2011. He was the Chairman of Hammerson plc until 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant, who worked in both the UK and the US while with Kleinwort Benson. He joined Lazard in 1986, whose Vice Chairman he became in 1990. He subsequently became Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe), and Deputy Chairman of Kingfisher plc. In addition, he has been a Non-Executive Director of BT, Woolwich plc, JP Morgan Cazenove and Cazenove Group. He is a Senior Adviser to Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP. He is also the Chairman of Chichester Harbour Trust and a Trustee of the National Gallery and chairs its Development Committee.