Blake Irving, chief executive officer of GoDaddy Inc., a global company that provides Web hosting and domain-name registration, will discuss the company's decision to pull a controversial advertisement from this year's Super Bowl.
Irving, a San Luis Obispo resident, became GoDaddy's CEO in 2012 and is the former chief product officer at Yahoo.
Conan Nolan, chief political reporter for KNBC-TV and anchor of "News Conference," will address the current state of journalism in his talk "And That's The Way It Was: Does Traditional News Reporting Still Matter."
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Ken Hampian, former city manager for San Luis Obispo, and Tim Ness, Santa Maria's former city manager, round out the guest speakers with a discussion about local economic development.
Each year, the speakers are chosen based on their ability to bring ideas and inspiration home to local business owners who may want to grow their business or change their approach, said Kathy Eppright, principal at Andre, Morris & Buttery, the local law firm hosting the symposium.
"Rather than focusing on everyday to-do lists that businesses may have, we wanted to make it more forward thinking," she said.
Andre, Morris and Buttery began the event eight years ago as a way to celebrate its 60th anniversary and offer a venue for business networking, Eppright said. It was so well received by the community that the firm continues to host it with the goal of connecting business owners in San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.
About 400 people attend each year.
The event is invitation only, but there are seats available for the general public on a limited basis. Advance registration is required. To request tickets, call the Central Coast Business Symposium RSVP Line at (805) 788-4448.