University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Business Forecast Luncheon

Each year, the Center for Business and Economic Research hosts the Business Forecast Luncheon, gathering national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world. Make plans to attend the BUSINESS FORECAST 2017 on January 27, 2017.





Moderator: Shelly Simpson

Shelly Simpson

Shelly Simpson serves as President of Integrated Capacity Solutions & Truckload.

She serves as Executive Vice President of JB Hunt Transport Services. Inc.

Shelly served as the President of Integrated Capacity Solutions and has also served as a Senior Vice President of Economic Analysis at JB Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Simpson is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.

 

International Forecaster: Stuart P.M. Mackintosh

Stuart Mackintosh

Stuart P.M. Mackintosh is the Executive Director of the Group of Thirty, an international financial think tank comprised senior figures from central banking, the financial sector, and academia. He is responsible for all aspects of the organizations's work program, fundraising, and program of events. The Group's mission is to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, to explore the international reprecussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors, and to examine the choices available to market practitioners and policymakers.

Dr. Mackintosh has a B.A. and Ph.D. from Newcastle University and a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Certified Business Economist (CBE).

Domestic Forecaster: Ellen Hughes Cromwick

Ellen Hughes Cromwick

Dr. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick is Chief Economist and serves as the Secretary of Commerce's principal adviser on economic matters and as a member of the Secretary's principal management team. 

She is on leave as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, following a distinguished, 18-year career with the Ford Motor Company as Director and Chief Global Economist.

Dr. Hughes-Cromwick received her Backelor's degree in Government and French from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a Master's degree in International Development and  Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University in Massachusetts.

Regional Forecaster: Kathy Deck

Kathy Deck

Deck is director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Walton College at the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include local economic development, industry market structure and education and health care economics.

In providing applied economic research as part of the outreach mission of the center, Deck has managed studies for a wide variety of business, non-profit and governmental organizations in the state of Arkansas. Deck also acts as a media resource for economic analysis of current events and trends.

Deck earned a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the Center for Business and Economic Research, Deck was the antitrust economist for the Arizona attorney general.

Thank you to our 2017 Business Forecast Luncheon Sponsors!

 

Walton Presenting Partner

Walmart/Sam's Club

 

Walton Academic Partners

Center for Retailing Excellence

 

Walton Corporate Partners

 

Walton Business Partners

 

Walton Media Partners

 



 

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Walton Presenting Partner
    $10,000 includes two tables of ten with Level I priority seating and two tables for students
  • Walton Academic Partner
    $5,000 includes one table of ten with Level I priority seating and one table for students
  • Walton Corporate Partner
    $3,000 includes one table of ten with Level II priority seating
  • Walton Business Partner
    $2,000 includes one table of ten with Level III priority seating

For more information contact

Center for Business and Economic Research
CBER-WCOB-WJWH 538
Sam M. Walton College of Business
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
PH: (479) 575-4151

 


 

 

Forecast Speaker Archive

Business Forecast 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015
John Q. Hammons Convention Center
World Trade Center District - Rogers, Arkansas 

  • Moderator: John James, Founder, Acumen Brands
  • International Speaker: Carl Tannenbaum, Chief Economist, Northern Trust
  • Domestic Speaker: John Silvia, Managing Director & Chief Economist, Wells Fargo
  • Regional Speaker: Kathy Deck, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research

Business Forecast 2016

Friday, January 29
John Q. Hammons Convention Center
World Trade Center District - Rogers, Arkansas 

  • Moderator: Bill Dillard, VP, Dillards Inc.
  • Global Forecaster: Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments, LLC
  • Domestic Forecaster: Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Bank Officer, Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Regional Forecaster: Kathy Deck, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research