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Central Banking Series: Location Matters in a Global Economy

Join GIC for Central Banking Series: Location Matters in a Global Economy in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Held in partnership with Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, GIC’s Central Banking Series will continue featuring Chris Waller, Executive Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on Monday, November 6, 2017.

Session topics will include Monetary Policy, Regional Issues: Credit Demand, Capital Spending and Hiring, and a Global Economic Outlook.

 

Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome

  • Brent D. Williams, Associate Dean, Sam M. Walton College of Business
  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments and GIC Chair

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. | Session I: Monetary Policy

  • Chris Waller, Executive Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. | Session II: Regional Issues: Credit Demand, Capital Spending and Hiring

  • Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Mine Yucel, Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Thom Walstrum, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Lesley McClure, Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Birmingham Branch
  • George A. Kahn, Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. |Session III: Global Outlook: Europe, China and the US

  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments and GIC Chair
  • Manuel Balmaseda, Chief Economist, CEMEX
  • Ann Bordelon, Chief Financial Officer, Mitchell

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Session IV: Local Perspective: Supply Chain, Retail and Economic Outlook

  • Colby Beland, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Casestack
  • Rich Lawrence, Vice President of Special Markets, Helen of Troy
  • Dennis Hunt, Executive Vice President, Manager of Public Finance, Stephens

3:30 p.m. | Conclusion

  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments and GIC Chair

Event Location

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017 Time: 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM City: Fayetteville, AR Fayetteville Town Center, 15 W Mountain Street Download iCal

Speakers

Manuel Balmaseda

Chief Economist, CEMEX

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.

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Colby Beland

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, CaseStack, Inc.

Colby Beland is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for CaseStack, Inc., a leading provider outsourced logistics and pioneer of Collaborative Vendor Pool Consolidation. Upon joining CaseStack in 2010, he built a service-focused team that has tripled sales growth in five years.

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Ann G. Bordelon

CFO, Mitchell Communications

Ann joined Mitchell Communications Group, the flagship PR Agency within the Dentsu-Aegis Network, as CFO in early 2017.  In addition to her financial leadership, Ann brings a wealth of knowledge of retail and consumer products to Mitchell.  In 2015, after 13 years of service as a finance executive, Ann retired from Walmart.  During her tenure at Walmart, she served as CFO for Walmart’s Sam’s Club, CFO of Walmart’s Asia Region and also as Global Chief Audit Executive.  Though Ann joined the Company in 2003 as Assistant Controller, she quickly proved herself as a broader business leader, leading the finance team for the US real estate function and then later leading the finance team supporting Walmart US store operations. Ann is known for her ability to build great teams and drive process improvement across the organization.

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Michael Drury

Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments

Michael Drury is the chief economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Michael began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Dennis Hunt

Executive Vice President and Manager of Public Finance

Mr. Hunt has served as an investment banker since 1993, providing investment banking services for tax-exempt and taxable financings.  He has managed financings for Stephens including utility, education, housing, healthcare, private activity, tourism, and tax-backed bond issues.

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George A. Kahn

Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

George Kahn is a Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this capacity, he serves as an advisor to the Bank’s president and board of directors on monetary policy issues and conducts basic and applied research on issues of relevance to the Federal Reserve System.

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Kevin Kliesen

Business Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Kevin L. Kliesen is a business economist and Bank Officer in the Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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Rich Lawrence

Vice President of Sales, Special Markets, Helen of Troy Beauty

Rich Lawrence is Vice President of Sales, Special Markets for Helen of Troy Beauty. He has over 30 years of experience in Sales and Marketing management working at Kroger, Norfolk & Southern, ConAgra, CROSSMARK, and Helen of Troy.  Rich has instructed hundreds of industry leaders using the behavior-based leadership model. A few of the companies Rich has worked with include: Pfizer, Warner Lambert, ConAgra, CMS Consulting, and MASSMART.  He was educated at Indiana University, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and MIT.  He serves on the Executive Board at the Center for Retailing Excellence, Sam M. Walton College Business. He is on the advisory board for the Harvard Business Review, advisory panel to the Economist and Wall Street Journal, and currently teaches Leadership at the Walton College of Business.

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Lesley A. McClure

Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Birmingham Branch

Lesley McClure is regional executive and senior officer of the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She is responsible for the Branch’s board of directors, oversees the Birmingham Branch’s economic and financial education programs, and provides regional input into the Atlanta Fed’s monetary policy process.

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Christopher Waller

Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Christopher J. Waller is Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He received his B.S. degree in economics from Bemidji State University in 1981, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University in 1984 and 1985, respectively. His principal research interests are monetary theory, political economy and macroeconomic theory.

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Thomas Walstrum

Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Thomas Walstrum is a business economist in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His chief responsibilities include the Seventh District’s contribution to the Beige Book, the release for the Chicago Fed’s Survey of Business Conditions and briefings for the Chicago Fed president on Seventh District economic conditions. He also is a contributing author to the Bank’s Midwest Economy blog.

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Brent D. Williams

Associate Dean for Executive Education and Outreach, Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Brent D. Williams is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and Outreach in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has served as the Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management since 2015. Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, where he concentrated in Supply Chain Management. He has held previous faculty positions at Texas Christian University and Auburn University.

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Mine K. Yücel, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Mine K. Yücel is Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She has been with the Bank since 1989 and has been head of the Bank’s micro/regional/energy group and director of publications for many years. Yücel analyzes the regional economy and energy markets on an ongoing basis and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.

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