The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Entrepreneurship invites you to the conference “Entrepreneurs, the Stock Market, and the American Dream: How do Sarbanes-Oxley, restrictions on stock options, and SEC speech limits on companies and analysts hold back the next prospective Microsoft and Home Depot?” We will examine solutions to remove obstacles to innovative firms and restore American competitiveness.

Monday, April 16th, 2007

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

B339 Rayburn House Office Building

Breakfast and lunch provided

Please RSVP by e-mail to [email protected] or by calling (202) 331-1010



Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), sponsor of the Amend Misinterpreted Excessive Regulation in Corporate America Act to reform Sarbanes-Oxley.

Peter J. Wallison, Jr., Senior Fellow and co-director of the American Enterprise Institute’sFinancial Deregulation Project

John Tamny, Editor,

Fred L. Smith, Jr., President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

John Berlau, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Hans Bader, Counsel for Special Projects, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., Member, editorial board of the Wall Street Journal


About the Speakers

Congressman Scott Garrett represents New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Sworn in to the 108th Congress on January 7, 2003, Congressman Garrett serves as a member of the House Financial Services and Budget Committees. He is a member of both the Financial Services Oversight and Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittees. To stimulate our economy, Congressman Garrett worked with President Bush and House leadership in 2003 to pass a robust tax relief package to create jobs and spur economic expansion. This important legislation will help ensure our nation has an economy strong enough to employ everyone willing to work, and to meet the emerging needs of the American people. These policies have successfully transformed the job climate; since May 2003 the United States has gained 3.5 million jobs.

Peter J. Wallison studies financial markets and banking and financial services. A former general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, Wallison was also White House Counsel to President Reagan. His book Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency provides an inside view of the functioning of the Reagan White House. He writes often for AEI’s Financial Services Outlook series.

John Tamny is editor of, a new economic policy Web site affiliated with the popular He is a regular contributor to the “Financial” section of National Review Online. He has also written for the New York Sun, the Washington Times, and He has been quoted in articles in Time magazine, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and Before becoming a financial writer and editor, Tamny managed investment accounts at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in New York City.

Fred L. Smith, Jr. is President and Founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market public policy group established in 1984. Before founding CEI, Smith served as Director of Government Relations for the Council for a Competitive Economy, as a senior economist for the Association of American Railroads, and for five years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, he sits on the Institute Turgot in Belgium. Smith holds a B.S. degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Political Science from Tulane University where he earned the Arts and Sciences Medal (Tulane’s highest academic award) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has also done graduate work in mathematics and applied mathematical economics at Harvard, SUNY at Buffalo, and the University of Pennsylvania.

John Berlau is director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at CEI. Berlau has written about the impact of public policy on entrepreneurship for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, and National Review. He has been the guest on many radio and television programs including MSNBC’s “The Situation” with Tucker Carlson and CNBC’s “Street Signs” with Ron Insana, and the Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. Berlau previously was Washington correspondent for Investor’s Business Daily and a staff writer for Insight Magazine, published by The Washington Times. In 2002, he received the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism from Washington’s National Press Club. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2003. Berlau graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994 with degrees in journalism and economics. He is the author of the newly published book Eco-Freaks (Nelson Current, 2006), which has been in Amazon’s top 100 best-selling non-fiction books.

Hans Bader is CEI’s Counsel for Special Projects. Coming to CEI in 2003, Bader’s prior casework has included suits involving the First Amendment, federalism, and civil rights issues. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in economics and history, and later earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Just before joining CEI, Bader was Senior Counsel at the Center for Individual Rights.

Support for this conference has been generously provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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