April 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


With current economic pressures, many employers and employees are feeling the impact. Join us Thursday, April 20 and learn strategies to help prepare your business, and employees, for inflation and a potential recession. Tune in to hear about these four key topics for small businesses:

o Current economic conditions and the potential for a recession
o How small businesses are reacting and preparing for a potential recession
o Tips for how small businesses can help prepare for a potential recession
o How employers can help their employees prepare for a potential recession

Featured presenter(s)
Kara Hoogensen
Kara Hoogensen is Senior Vice President for Specialty Benefits at Principal Financial Group®. During her career at Principal, she’s held a variety of leadership roles, including Vice President for Group Benefits, Chief Executive Officer of Principal Bank® and Principal Securities, Inc., and Managing Director at Principal Funds, Inc. Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Central College, along with her Certified Investment Management Analyst® and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designations.

Oscar Renteria
Oscar Renteria is CEO of Renteria Vineyard Management. Oscar joined Renteria in 1989 after graduating from St. Mary’s College. In 1993 Oscar assumed proprietorship of Renteria and in 1995 Oscar was named President. In the ensuing years he progressively grew Renteria so that today it is one of the largest vineyard management companies in the North Bay area. In 2014, Oscar launched a luxury portfolio of his own wines – Tres Perlas, inspired by his three daughters.

Anne Villamil
Anne Villamil is a Professor of Economics and Tippie Fellow at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on financial economics, with emphasis on firm finance, bankruptcy and enforcement, and the quantitative effects of institutions and policies on financial markets and development. She holds grants from the NSF, NCSA, and the Kauffman Foundation. Villamil and co-authors’ current research focuses on evaluating the effects of policy responses to financial crises and on the macroeconomic effects of alternative ways to finance health care.

Villamil has been a research scholar at the IMF, European Central Bank, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austria, the National University of Singapore, the Hallsworth Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, the University of Naples Federico II, and the Peter Moores Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She is the Editor of the Annals of Finance, and an Associate Editor at Economic Theory, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.

Mark Zimmerman
Mark Zimmerman is Vice President of Finance and CEO at Baker Group. Mark joined Baker Group in 2018 to enhance the financial team’s capacity to support the company’s growing business lines with finance, accounting, risk management and operational expertise. Mark graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993, became a CPA and worked in public accounting for four years. In 1998, he went to work for one of his clients, Loffredo Fresh Produce, where he contributed to the company’s success year after year.