Sonecon, LLC, is an advisory firm that provides in-depth analyses and unique insights into changing economic and political conditions in the United States and around the world, and the impact of government policies on those conditions and the prospects for the American economy. Each client receives the personal attention and analysis of a custom team of distinguished experts and senior analysts assembled from across the country for the project. Sonecon and its chairman and chief executive, former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Robert Shapiro, have provided analyses to, among many others, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Albert Gore, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and numerous senior officials of the Clinton and Obama administrations, as well as senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and leading non-profit organizations.
Sonecon helps its clients achieve their goals. For example, Sonecon has helped clients respond to foreign attacks on intellectual property rights, expand regulatory protections for companies under assault by naked short sellers, inform and shape the U.S. investments of Asian and European companies, identify the reasons for distortions in natural gas futures prices, measure the impact of IT on the U.S. economy and the value of intelletcual property across the economy, educate opinion makers about the impact on pensions of proposed tax changes, and affect certain terms of government loans programs.
Cloud Peak Analytics is a division of Sonecon, headed by Dr. Paul N. Stockton, that analyzes risks to the operations and investment strategies of large organizations and advises their executives on how to meet these challenges. Cloud Peak helps clients build resilience against emerging threats to their infrastructure and continuity of operations, and conduct effective crisis management and communications. Cloud Peak also provides rigorous analysis of opportunities and potential risks for corporations weighing major foreign direct investment in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Each Cloud Peak client receives the personal attention and analysis of a custom team of experts assembled from the United States and across the Western Hemisphere. To learn more about the services of Cloud Peak and how they leverage the economic expertise of Sonecon, click here.
Dr. Robert J. Shapiro
Co-founder and Chairman of Sonecon, llc.
In addition to chairing Sonecon, Dr. Shapiro is also a Senior Fellow of the Georgetown University School of Business, advisor to the International Monetary Fund, director of the Globalization Center at NDN, chairman of the U.S. Climate Task Force and co-chair of America Task Force Argentina. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Shapiro was U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. In that position, he directed economic policy for the Commerce Department and oversaw the Nation's major statistical agencies, including the Census Bureau while it planned and carried out the 2000 decennial census. Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute. He also served as principal economic advisor to Bill Clinton in his 1991-1992 presidential campaign and senior economic advisor to Al Gore and John Kerry in their presidential campaigns. In 2008 and 2012, he advised the campaigns and transition of Barack Obama. Dr. Shapiro also was as Legislative Director for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report. He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Dr. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago. He is widely published, and his most recent book is Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations and Demographics Will Change the You Live and Work (St Martins' Press, 2008).
Co-founder and President of Cloud Peak Analytics, a Division of Sonecon, llc.
Before joining Sonecon to lead its Cloud Peak division, Paul N. Stockton served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs from June 2009 until January 2013. In that position, he was responsible for DoD initiatives to strengthen security in the Western Hemisphere and help partner nations build their capacities to meet emerging security challenges. As Assistant Secretary, he also guided the Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection program, served as DoD's Domestic Crisis Manager, and helped lead the Department's response to Hurricane Sandy and other disasters. Stockton also served from 2010 to January, 2013 as Executive Director of the Council of Governors. Dr. Stockton was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DoD's highest civilian award. Prior to his tenure as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Stockton served as a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, Associate Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School, and Legislative Assistant for defense, foreign relations and intelligence for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (where he served with Dr. Shapiro).
Dr. Stockton holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a BA Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. His research has appeared in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Homeland Security Affairs (which he held found in 2005), and other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Stockton holds a current TS/SCI clearance.