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Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa

Our Rocky Mountain Economic Summit conference will take place on Thursday, July 12th. On Friday morning, July 13th, GIC will host a private roundtable discussion. This meeting will be open only to GIC Members and held under Chatham House Rule*. Seating is limited. Please choose the appropriate registration option from the dropdown below:

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Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit

Join the Global Interdependence Center and the Bronze Buffalo Foundation on July 12 for this annual gathering of economists, bankers, academics, and finance industry representatives in Victor, Idaho, just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit will bring together economists and entrepreneurs from around the country to discuss issues and opportunities relating to the global economy. Patrick Harker, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will deliver a keynote address. GIC Members are invited to stay for the private Roundtable Discussion on Friday morning, July 13.

*When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.



8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks

  • Tyler Norton, Founder and CEO, Hero Partners
  • Don Rissmiller, Chief Economist at Strategas Research Partners and GIC Chairman

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | Session I: International Economic Outlook

  • John Silvia, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo
  • Manuel Balmaseda, Chief Economist, CEMEX
  • Megan Greene, Chief Economist, Manulife
  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist at McVean Trading and Investments and GIC Chair Emeritus
  • Moderator: William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

10:15 – 11:15  | Morning Keynote

  • Patrick Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

11:15 – 11: 30 a.m. | Break 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Session II: Entrepreneurial and CEO’s Outlook

  • Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist, National Federation of Independent Business
  • Ray Dillon, Former CEO of Deltic Timber and GIC Board Member
  • Moderator: Michael Pope, CEO Veyo Partners

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. | Afternoon Keynote

  • Paul McCulley, Senior Fellow in Financial Macroeconomics for Cornell Law School’s Jack G. Clarke Program on the Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Session III: Technical Analysis in the Stock Market

  • Katie Stockton, Founder and Managing Partner, Fairlead Strategies, LLC
  • Leo Chen, Professor of Math at USF and Quantitative Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Advisors
  • Alison Gardner, Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
  • Moderator: David Kotok, CIO, Cumberland Advisors and GIC Board Member

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | Session IV: Financial Markets Outlook 

  • Bill Kennedy, Chief Investment Officer, Fieldpoint Private
  • Dick Mayo, Chairman and Chief Strategist, Game Creek Capital
  • Danielle DiMartino Booth, Founder, Money Strong LLC
  • Moderator: Michael McKee, Economics and Policy Correspondent, Bloomberg TV

4:15 p.m. | Concluding Remarks

  • Don Rissmiller, Chief Economist at Strategas Research Partners and GIC Chairman


Hotel Information

Please call Teton Springs Lodge & Spa directly at 208-787-7235 and reference the Rocky Mountain Economic Summit or Booking ID 1004421 to receive the discounted group rate.

Event Location

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018 City: Victor, ID

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa
10 Warm Creek Lane
Victor, ID 83455

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Patrick T. Harker

President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Dr. Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy.

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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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Leo Chen

Portfolio Manager & Quantitative Strategist, Cumberland Advisors

Dr. Leo Chen joined Cumberland Advisors as a consultant in 2014 and became a portfolio manager in 2016. Dr. Chen is an investment adviser representative. He is also a visiting professor of finance at the University of South Florida.

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Ray Dillon

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Deltic Timber Corporation

Ray Dillon became President and Chief Executive Officer for Deltic Timber Corporation on July 1, 2003. Since his arrival, Mr. Dillon has brought to the company a revitalized focus on efficiency and personal accountability within all levels of Deltic’s operations. The effects of this enhancement in core operating principles can be seen in the recent improvements in both the operating and financial results reported by the company.

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Danielle DiMartino Booth

President, Money Strong

Danielle DiMartino Booth is President of Money Strong, an economics consultancy. She writes a widely followed newsletter and offers a unique perspective to global audiences seeking expertise in the financial markets, the economy, and the growing role played by central banks. She is a regular guest on Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg.

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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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Bill Dunkelberg, Ph.D.

Chief Economist, NFIB

William Dunkelberg is professor emeritus of economics at the School of Business and Management, Temple University, where he served as dean from 1987 through 1994 and as director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Entrepreneurship.

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Alison Gardner

Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

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Megan E. Greene

Managing Director and Chief Economist, Manulife Asset Management

Megan E. Greene is a managing director and chief economist at Manulife Asset Management, responsible for forecasting global macro-economic and financial trends and analyzing the potential opportunities and impacts to support the firm’s investment teams around the world. Previously, Megan ran her own London-based economics consulting practice, Maverick Intelligence, serving clients who leveraged her analysis of economic, political, policy and social developments and the impact these were likely to have on the global economy.

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William Kennedy

Chief Investment Officer, Fieldpoint Private

Mr. Kennedy is the Chief Investment Officer for Fieldpoint Private and a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. He is responsible for the firm’s investment philosophy, process and platform including capital market research, asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk management. He chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Kennedy directly manages discretionary investment portfolios for families and institutions and manages the bank’s fixed income securities portfolio. He is the author of Fieldpoint Private’s market publications “The Point” and “Global Investment Strategy” and makes frequent media appearances including Fox Business News and Bloomberg radio.

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David Kotok

CIO of Cumberland Advisors

David R. Kotok cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its chief investment officer since inception. He holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Richard (Dick) Mayo

Chairman and Chief Strategist, Game Creek Capital

Richard Mayo is Chairman and Chief Strategist at Game Creek Capital, a firm he helped start and has been invested in for ten years.

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Paul McCulley

Senior Fellow, Financial Macroeconomics, Cornell Law School's Jack G. Clarke Program on the Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets

Paul McCulley is Senior Fellow in Financial Macroeconomics for Cornell Law School’s Jack G. Clarke Program on the Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets. Prior, he was the Chief Economist and Managing Director at PIMCO where he served as a member of the Investment Committee in Newport Beach, and authoring the publication, Macro Perspectives.

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Mike McKee

International Economics and Politics Correspondent, Bloomberg Radio/TV

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Tyler Norton

Founder and CEO, Hero Partners

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Donald Rissmiller

Founding Partner of Strategas

Donald Rissmiller is a founding partner of Strategas and has been the firm’s chief economist since 2006, directing its macroeconomic research effort. He oversees Strategas’ high-frequency econometric forecasting and thematic economic research. Mr. Rissmiller’s research has been consistently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in their annual survey: he was ranked best up and coming economist in 2008, and was third in their 2009 All-America Independent Research Team survey. He is frequently quoted in the financial press.

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John E. Silvia, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Chief Economist, Wells Fargo Securities LLC

John Silvia is a managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he has held his position since he joined Wachovia in 2002 as the company’s chief economist.

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Katie Stockton

Founder and Managing Partner, Fairlead Strategies, LLC

Katie Stockton is Founder and Managing Partner of Fairlead Strategies, LLC, an independent research provider that provides technical analysis to institutional investors.

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Bill Strauss

Senior Economist and Economic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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