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Business Forecast Luncheon

The 26th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2019 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers. Registration will open soon. For questions or other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. We hope to see you on Thursday, January 30th for an informative event.


 

 

Business Forecast Luncheon
January 30, 2020

2019 BF program

Each year, the Center for Business & Economic Research hosts the Business Forecast Luncheon, bringing together national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world. Business Forecast 2019 was a great success, with over 1200 registered.

The 26th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers. For questions or other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. We hope to see you on Thursday, January 30, 2020 for an informative event.

 

BF Speakers 2019

 

Moderator Claiborne Deming, is chairman of the board and executive committee for Murphy Oil Corporation and  non-executive chairman of Murphy Oil Corp. He is also on the board of Murphy USA, Inc., Vanderbilt University and Jefferson Scholars Foundation and has served as president at Murphy Oil USA, Inc. 

Global Forecaster Manuel Balmaseda, is the chief economist at CEMEX, a leading global building materials corporation. Previously, he served as chief economist for Spain and Europe at BBVA, chief economist for Capital Markets at BBV, professor of economics at CEMFI and visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. He is also vice-president of NABE (National Association of Business Economics).

Domestic Forecaster Constance Hunter, is as the chief economist for KPMG LLP. She has extensive experience analyzing how economic developments and inflection points affect asset prices and businesses, specializing in identifying linkages between developed and emerging markets and para-digm shifts brought about by disruptive technologies and mega trends.

Regional Forecaster Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will provide the usual state and local economic forecast at the luncheon.

Detailed biographies of the speakers are on the Business Forecast page.

Registration will open soon for 2020

 Individual tickets are $85 each with the option to purchase a table of ten for $850.00. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is January 25, 2019. Reservations can be made by registering online or by calling 479-575-4151. For sponsorships opportunities,  please call our office or complete the Business Forecast Sponsor Packet. Additional sponsorship information can be found below.


Thank you to 2019 Business Forecast Luncheon Sponsors!

 2019 sponsors

 

 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 549
Sam M. Walton College of Business
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
PH: (479) 575-4151


2020 Business Forecast Speakers


 

Claiborne Deming

Claiborne Deming
Claiborne Deming is an attorney, business executive and philanthropist. He served as the president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil from 1994 to 2008. Since 2008, he has served as its chairman. Additionally, he serves as senior advisor to TPH Partners, an energy private equity firm and as the chairman of the National Petroleum Council. As a philanthropist, he has supported public schools in Arkansas and universities. Deming serves as a member of the Tulane Law School Dean's Advisory Board and member of the Business School Council for A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Entergy and as the president of the 25-Year Club of the petroleum industry. Deming received a JD from the Tulane University Law School. He was inducted in the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2019.

Manuel Balmaseda

MANUEL BALMASEDA

Manuel Balmaseda is the chief economist at CEMEX, a leading global building materials corporation. Previously he served as chief economist for Spain and Europe at BBVA, chief economist for Capital Markets at BBV, professor of economics at CEMFI and visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. He is also vice-president of NABE (National Association of Business Economics). He has taught at the IESE Business School in Madrid and the Helsinki School of Economics. He collaborates with the IMF, the EU Commission, the OECD and other organizations. Mr. Balmaseda holds a Ph.D. and a Master's Degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics, Government and Mathematics-Computer Science from Colby College. He is member or has been of several international organizations: The ECB Shadow Council, ICBE (International Conference of Business Economists), NBEIC (National Business Economic Issues Council) in the US, and GIC (Global Interdependence Council) in the US, EMNET, OECD, and Grupo de Expertos de Coyuntura in Spain, among others. Mr. Balmaseda has published numerous articles in academic journals and books and in the press.

 

Constance Hunter

ConstanceHunter

Constance serves as the chief economist for KPMG LLP. She has extensive experience analyzing how economic developments and inflection points affect asset prices and businesses. Constance specializes in identifying linkages between developed and emerg-ing markets and paradigm shifts brought about by disruptive technologies and mega trends. As an economic thought leader, she works alongside KPMG's leadership team driving two main areas of focus: forecasting, planning, and strategy and relationship de-velopment and branding. She is also a frequent guest and co-host on major financial media channels, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, and is widely quoted in print media.

 

Mervin Jebaraj

Mervin Jebaraj-Interim Director

Mervin Jebaraj is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research. During his time at the center, he has been instrumental in creating and executing economic studies for clients such as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Walton Family Foundation, Arvest Bank, the University of Arkansas and many others. His work has been noted by the state's business media. Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recognized Mervin in their 40 Under 40 lists and on the Arkansas 250 list. He is an exceptional source of business and economics-related expertise that journalists and business people alike rely on to understand how national and regional issues impact Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas as a whole. He makes presentations that share the center's expertise directly to over 5,000 individuals annually and tens of thousands more hear and see his economic analysis and commentary through TV, radio and print media. Jebaraj serves on the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and on the Board of Directors of the Association for University Business and Economic Research. He is also a member of the National Association for Business Economics.


 

 

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

Business Forecast 2017

Friday, January 27
John Q. Hammons Convention Center
World Trade Center District - Rogers, Arkansas 

  • Moderator: Shelley Simpson, Chief Marketing Officer, EVP, President of Integrated Capacity
  • Global Forecaster: Stuart Mackintosh, Executive Director, The Group of Thirty
  • Domestic Forecaster: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Chief Economist, Office of Secretary of Commerce
  • Regional Forecaster: Kathy Deck, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research

Business Forecast 2018

Friday, January 26
John Q. Hammons Convention Center
World Trade Center District - Rogers, Arkansas 

  • Introductions: Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO, Arvest Bank Group
  • Keynote: Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute
  • Question and Answer Session: Ross DeVol, Walton Fellow, Walton Family Foundation
  • State and Regional Forecaster: Mervin Jebaraj, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research

Business Forecast 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019
John Q. Hammons Convention Center
World Trade Center District - Rogers, Arkansas 

  • Moderator: Steve Gibbs, senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller for Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Global Forecaster: Carolyn Evens, Head Economist and Senior Data Scientist, Intel Corporation
  • Domestic Forecaster: Ross DeVol Walton Fellow, Walton Family Foundation
  • State and Regional Forecaster: Mervin Jebaraj, , Director, Center for Business and Economic Research