James E. Olson, president and chief operating officer of New York-based American Telephone & Telegraph Corp., will give the keynote address Wednesday at the Kern County Business Outlook Conference in the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium.
More than 2,200 people are expected to attend the annual forecasting session, starting at 9 a.m. and ending after lunch. Sponsored by the Kern County Board of Trade, the conference was sold out months ago at $20 a head.
Olson will speak during the luncheon, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. His talk is titled "Toward a New Era in the Information Age." He has worked in the telecommunications field for 42 years and assumed his present duties last June.
D. Linn Wiley, president and chief executive officer of American National Bank, is general chairman of the 1986 conference, and Robert C. Abrams, vice president, western region for Continental Telcom Inc., will moderate the morning session.
Among other speakers will be Earl F. Cheit, professor of business and public policy at UC Berkeley; Ernest W. Hahn, founder of Ernest W. Hahn Inc. of San Diego, a shopping-center development firm; Rodney Nahama, president and chief executive officer of Nahama & Weagant Energy Co., an independent oil producer, and Mike Fitch, vice president for agribusiness affairs with Wells Fargo Bank.