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The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Business Forecast Luncheon

The 28th Annual Business Forecast event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2022 at the Rogers Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Registration is now open. For questions or other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. We hope to see you on Friday, January 28th for an informative event.


 


Business Forecast Luncheon

2022 Arkansas Business Forecast
January 28, 2022

2022 Business Forecast Program and Slides

Business Forecast 2021 Program and Slides

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 28th Arkansas Business Forecast event on January 28, 2022.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Rogers Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers, Arkansas Pre-registration is required by Friday, January 21. 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.

Per University of Arkansas policy, guests are required to wear a well-fitted mask during the luncheon event. Masks may be briefly removed to consume food and beverages. 

Thank you for attending the Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon

 

BF Speakers 2022

Moderator Brett Biggs, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart. He is responsible for Walmart Enterprise Solutions, which includes all finance functions as well as Global Procurement. 

Global Forecaster, Juhi Dhawan, is the senior managing director, partner, and macro strategist for Wellington Management. As a member of the firm’s Global Macro Strategy Group, Juhi leads Wellington Management’s analysis of the US economy. Her work on growth, inflation, interest rates, and economic policy is a core input to portfolio managers and analysts across the firm.

Domestic Forecaster,  David Altig, is the executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Altig oversees the Bank's Research Division, which includes the Bank's team of economists, the Regional Economic Information Network, and the Bank's Community and Economic Development function.

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. Tables are $850 for a table of 10. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is January 21, 2022. 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.


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


2022 Business Forecast Speakers   

 

Brett Biggs

Brett Biggs

Brett Biggs is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart. He is responsible for Walmart Enterprise Solutions, which includes all finance functions as well as Global Procurement. Brett and his team work to deliver on Walmart’s commitment. Prior to his current role, Brett has held the roles of chief financial officer for Walmart International, Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club. He has also served as senior vice president of international strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and as senior vice president of corporate finance. Brett was also the senior vice president of operations for Sam’s Club. Prior to joining Walmart in 2000, Brett held various M&A and corporate finance positions with Leggett & Platt, Phillips Petroleum Co., and Price Waterhouse. Brett is involved in various civic functions including serving on the American Red Cross Board of Governors. He serves on the Walton Arts Center Board and the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League. Brett also serves on the Board of Regents at Pepperdine University and is Walmart’s corporate representative on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas. Within Walmart, he serves on the Walmart Foundation Board as well as being an executive sponsor for the Hispanic/Latino Resource Group. Brett graduated from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received a Master of Business Administration with Honors from Oklahoma State University.

Juhi Dhawan

Juhi Dhawan

Juhi Dhawan is the senior managing director, partner, and macro strategist for Wellington Management. As a member of the firm’s Global Macro Strategy Group, Juhi leads Wellington Management’s analysis of the US economy. Her work on growth, inflation, interest rates, and economic policy is a core input to portfolio managers and analysts across the firm. She is an active participant in investment strategy groups and works closely with investors to translate her work into investment ideas and themes. Prior to joining Wellington Management in 1995, Juhi held positions at the International Monetary Fund (1991 – 1992) and the World Bank (1992). Juhi received her PhD (1995) and AM (1991) in economics at Brown University. She also holds a BA from the University of Delhi (1989).

 

David Altig

David Altig

David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank's Research Division, which includes the Bank's team of economists, the Regional Economic Information Network, and the Bank's Community and Economic Development function. In this role, Dr. Altig leads the Atlanta Fed's research and engagement portfolio on benefits cliffs. He also serves as a member of the Bank's Executive Leadership Committee, Discount Committee, executive leadership team for the Bank’s Economic Mobility and Resilience strategic priority and is an executive cosponsor of the Bank's Working Families Employee Resource Network.Dr. Altig is currently the president of the National Association for Business Economics.  In addition, he is a lecturer in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of the advisory council of the Global Interdependence Center and serves on the board of the Konstanz Seminar on Monetary Theory and Policy. From 1994 to 2019 Dr. Altig was an adjunct faculty member in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has past and pending published research in several prominent professional journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the National Tax Journal. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Dr. Altig served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he started as a staff economist in 1991. Before joining the Cleveland Fed Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He has lectured at several other universities, including the Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, and the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University. Dr. Altig graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University. He and his wife, Pam, have four children, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

 

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