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Business Forecast Luncheon

The 27th Annual Business Forecast event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 via zoom. Registration is now open. For questions or other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. We hope to see you on Friday, January 29th for an informative event.


 


Business Forecast Luncheon

2021 Arkansas Business Forecast
January 29, 2021

 

Each year, the Center for Business & Economic Research hosts the Arkansas Business Forecast event, bringing together national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world. The event typically draws more than 1,200 business and community leaders. Make plans to attend the 27th Arkansas Business Forecast event on January 29, 2021!

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Due to the current risk from the pandemic, the event will be held virtually via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees on the day before the event. Pre-registration is required by Friday, January 22. To register, please follow the registration links below. For questions or other registration options,  please call 479-575-4151 or email cber@walton.uark.edu.

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BF Speakers 2021

 

Global Forecaster, Catherine Mann, is Global Chief Economist at Citibank since February 2018 where she is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Her economic expertise includes 20 -plus years in Washington DC.

Domestic Forecaster, Mark Palim, is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. He is responsible for overseeing the Economic and Strategic Research Group's forecasting functions and manages multi- disciplinary partnerships across the company to address specific business issues facing Fannie Mae. Mark is a key spokesperson on economic trends and a frequent speaker at national mortgage finance and housing industry events.

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 $50 each. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is January 24, 2021. 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 2021 Business Forecast Luncheon Sponsors!

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Details about sponsorship opportunities are available here.

For more information contact

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


2021 Business Forecast Speakers


 

Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann

Mann is the Global Chief Economist at Citibank since February 2018 where she is responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was Chief Economist at the OECD, where she also was Director of the Economics Department and was Finance Deputy to the G20 (2014-2017). Prior to the OECD, she held the Barbara '54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance (2006-2014). She spent 20-plus years in Washington, DC (1984-2006) where her positions included Senior Fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Economist, Senior Economist, and Assistant Director in the International Finance Division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; Senior International Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers; and Adviser to the Chief Economist at the World Bank.

Mark Palim

Mark Palim

Palim is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. He is responsible for overseeing the Economic and Strategic Research Group's forecasting functions and manages multi- disciplinary partnerships across the company to address specific business issues facing Fannie Mae. Mark is a key spokesperson on economic trends and a frequent speaker at national mortgage finance and housing industry events.
Prior to working at Fannie Mae, Mark was an economic consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and LECG. His practice focused on applying economic and financial theory to a variety of business disputes and policy questions. He worked as a consulting and testifying expert in antitrust cases and disputes in the financial services industry. In addition, Mark led a team of 75 adjudicators charged with valuing claims for the Department of Justice and the Special Master administering the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

 

Mervin Jebaraj

Mervin Jebaraj-Interim Director

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. He has contributed to economic thinking and public policy discussion that journalists, business people, and community leaders alike rely on to understand how national and regional issues impact Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas as a whole. Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recognized Mervin in their 40 Under 40 lists and on the Arkansas 250 list. 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, on the Board of Directors of the Association for University Business and Economic Research and on the Board of Directors of the Walton Arts Center. 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, January 26
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 Evans, 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

Business Forecast 2020

Friday, February 1, 2020
John Q. Hammons Convention Center
World Trade Center District - Rogers, Arkansas 

  • Moderator: Claiborne Deming, Chairman of the Board, Murphy Oil Corporation
  • Global Forecaster: Constance Hunter, Chief Economist KPMG, United States
  • Domestic Forecaster: Manuel Balmaseda, Chief Economist CEMEX
  • State and Regional Forecaster: Mervin Jebaraj, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research