Economic Outlook Conference

The Economic Outlook Conference is an annual conference organized by the Woltemade Center and the Economics Department at Ohio Wesleyan University. The Conference typically hosts a three-person panel where each panelist provides either a local, national, or international economic outlook of what can be expected regarding growth, employment, and the overall state of the economy.  Out of the three speakers, a national perspective is usually provided by an economist from the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, a local perspective is typically provided by an economist from the Central Ohio area, and an international view is provided by various economists and business persons who deal with international issues in their lives.  Each panelist gives a brief presentation of about 10-12 minutes, which is followed by a discussion among panelists and finally, questions from the audience. Usually the program draws a substantial audience from both the campus and local community.

2/23/2004 Leo De Bever, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research and Economics with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund
Bryan Jordan,
Economist with Banc One Investment Advisors
Ed Stevens, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant and Economist at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank
2/22/2005 Dale L. Larson, Ph.D.
President of Larson Global Consulting, Inc.
Kenneth T. Mayland, Ph.D.
President of ClearView Economics, LLC
Mark S. Sniderman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
2/28/2006 Leo de Bever, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, MFC Global Investment Management
Dr. Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D.
Consulting Economist, Morgan Keegan & Company
Mark Sniderman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
2/26/2007 Andrew B. Busch ’83, MBA
Director BMO Capital Markets Global Foreign Exchange Market Strategist
CNBC’s The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo
Mark Sniderman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Director of Research Federal Research Bank of Cleveland
Philip A. Volker
Chief Investment Officer Advance Asset Management Advisors, Inc.
2/28/2008 Owen F. Humpage, Ph.D
Senior Economic Advisor Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Bill LaFayette, Ph.D.
Vice President of Economic Analysis The Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Dale L. Larson, Ph.D.
President Larson Global Consulting, Inc.
2/16/2009 Andrew B. Busch ’83, MBA
Director BMO Capital Markets Global Foreign Exchange Market Strategist
CNBC’s The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo
Dr. Bill LaFayette, Ph.D.
Vice President of Economic Analysis The Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Kenneth R. Beauchemin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
2/15/2010 Leo de Bever, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
AIMCo Alberta Investment Management Corporation
O. Emre Ergungor, Ph.D.
Senior Research Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
James Newton, Ph.D.
Chief Economic Advisor for Commerce National Bank
President and Owner of Economic Perspectives Inc.
Adjunct Professor of Economics at The Ohio State University
Professor of Economics and Statistics at DeVry University
11/8/2010 Nader Nazmi, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the Latin America Department, Institute of International Finance
George Mokrzan, Ph.D.
Private Financial and Capital Markets Group,
Vice President, Senior Economist, Huntington Bank
Mark E. Schweitzer, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
11/7/2011 Bill LaFayette, Ph.D.
Owner of Regionomics™, LLC.
Ian Sheldon, Ph.D.
Andersons Professor of International Trade, Department of
Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University.
Guhan Venkatu, Ph.D.
Economist,  Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
10/11/2012 Pedro Amaral, Ph.D.
Senior Research Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
James Bang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics St. Ambrose University
Kenny McDonald, CEcD.
Chief Economic Officer Columbus 2020
11/11/2013 Dr. Jim Newton
Chief Economic Adviser for Commerce National Bank in Columbus
Dr. Ian Sheldon
Andersons Professor of International Trade, Graduate Studies Leader, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University
Edward S. Knotek II, Ph.D.
Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
11/12/2014 Dr. Bill LaFayette
Owner of Regionomics
Dr. Ian Sheldon
Andersons Professor of International Trade, Graduate Studies Leader, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University
Dr. Joel Elvery
Economist, Research Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland