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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, 2020 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers. Registration is now open. 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

Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon
January 30, 2020

 

Each year, the Center for Business & Economic Research hosts the Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon, bringing together national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world. The luncheon is expected to draw in more than 1,200 business and community leaders. Make plans to attend the 26th Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon on January 30, 2020!

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers. To register, please visit the Business Forecast webpage or follow the registration links below. For questions or other registration options, please call 479-575-4151.

This year's luncheon will be preceded by a networking event for the speakers and attendees. The networking event is sponsored by the Graduate School of Business at the Walton College and the college's Executive Education program. All luncheon ticket holders are welcome to participate in the networking event with their fellow attendees from 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. in the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at the networking event. 

Register Here

 

BF Speakers 2019

 

Moderator Claiborne Deming is chairman of the board of Murphy Oil Corporation. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer. Deming also serves on the board of directors of Murphy Oil, USA and previously served on the board of directors of the Entergy Corporation. He was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education from September 1999 to June 2002. He is the past president of the 25 Year Club of the Oil and Gas Industry, past chairman of the National Petroleum Council and past treasurer of the American Petroleum Institute.

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 the chief economist for KPMG in the United States. She heads the macroeconomic research, analytics and forecasting for the firm and is a member of the KPMG pension advisory board where she advises on pension investment decisions. Hunter works closely with the firm's leadership and clients to identify the inflection points, risks and opportunities that arise in the constantly evolving economic landscape. She is known for correctly calling economic indicators that signal market turning points. Hunter is the president of the National Association of Business Economics.

State and Regional Forecaster Mervin Jebaraj is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research. 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.

Detailed biographies of the speakers are below.

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, 2020. 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 2020 Business Forecast Luncheon Sponsors!

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 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

MANUEL BALMASEDA

Claiborne P. Deming is chairman of the board of Murphy Oil Corporation. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Deming also serves on the board of directors of Murphy Oil, USA and previously served on the board of directors of the Entergy Corporation. He was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education from September 1999 to June 2002. Mr. Deming is the past president of the 25 Year Club of the Oil and Gas Industry, past chairman of the National Petroleum Council, and past treasurer of the American Petroleum Institute. He was awarded the American Petroleum Institute's 2011 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievement. In addition Mr. Deming is a member of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Board, and a former member of both the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and the board of directors of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation of the University of Virginia. Under his leadership, Murphy Oil Corporation in 2007 established the El Dorado Promise which is a program that underwrites the college tuition of all graduates of El Dorado High School. Mr. Deming is a founder and member of the Executive Committee of El Dorado Festivals & Events which is the sponsor of the Murphy Arts District (MAD) in El Dorado. MAD established an entertainment district south of the downtown core composed of several renovated buildings that are now state-of-the-art music venues and home of numerous performances by nationally known musical artists. He is a private investor residing in El Dorado, Arkansas. He serves on several private company boards including Laurel Mountain Energy, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based exploration company. Mr. Deming graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 and earned his juris doctorate in 1979 from Tulane University.

 

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.  He is a current or past member 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. 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.

 

Constance Hunter

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Constance Hunter is KPMG's Chief Economist. She heads the macroeconomic research, analytics and forecasting for the firm and is a member of the KPMG pension advisory board where she advises on pension investment decisions. Constance works closely with the firm's leadership and clients to identify the inflection points, risks, and opportunities that arise in the constantly evolving economic landscape. She is known for correctly calling economic indicators that signal market turning points. These include the Russian currency devaluation in 1998, the Dotcom bubble in 2001, the real estate and credit crisis in 2007-2008, the recovery of the housing market and concurrent low bond yields in 2012, and the continued low bond yields during the post-Great Recession recovery and into the expansion.
Prior to joining KPMG in 2013, Constance held high-level positions in the asset management sector for nearly two decades. She served in the capacity of Chief Investment Officer or Chief Economist for a significant portion of her career, including at AXA Investment Managers, where she helped to manage over $500 billion in fixed income assets. Constance graduated with a BA in Economics and Sociology from New York University, and holds a Master's of International Affairs with a concentration in international economics from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She also holds the Certified Business Economist designation.

 

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