• April 9, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • Jonathan Smoke
    Smoke leads Cox Automotive’s economic industry insights team, which leverages data to expand Cox Automotive’s deep expertise in all aspects of the automotive industry. The industry insights team tracks new and used vehicle sales, supply, prices, retail and fleet demand, consumer credit and auto financing, and dealer sentiment to understand the key trends impacting both the wholesale and retail markets for vehicles informed by the proprietary data from all of the company’s businesses and platforms including Manheim, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, and Dealertrack. For more than 23 years, Smoke has focused on translating data and trends into relevant, actionable insights for the industries that represent the biggest purchases that consumers make in their lifetimes: real estate and automotive. Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Smoke served as Realtor.com’s chief economist. Before that, he was the chief economist for Hanley Wood, a media and market intelligence company, and also served in a variety of roles at Beazer Homes, including senior vice president of strategy and innovation. Smoke is an executive member of the board for the Atlanta Economics Club and an active member of the Harvard Industrial Economists and the National Association of Business Economists. He has spoken at major industry conferences such as the NADA and NIADA conventions, Automotive News World Congress, and Used Car Week. His views on the economy and the auto industry are featured regularly in industry and national news outlets such as Automotive News, Auto Remarketing, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Follow him on Twitter @SmokeonCars to keep up with the latest industry insights. Smoke holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religious studies from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • March 19, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • Dr. Catherine Mann
    Dr. Catherine L. 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. Dr. Mann received her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree is from Harvard University. In research, Dr. Mann’s work has addressed the US trade deficit, international capital flows, and the dollar; and a global-markets perspective on information technology, services trade, and employment dynamics. Her research guidance at the OECD focused on macro and structural policies for globalization, productivity, and financial crises considered through the lens of different income groups, firms of different sizes and sectoral characteristics, and regional exposures and disparities. Her research guidance at Citi focuses on the interaction between financial market decision-making and real-side consumer and business investment decision-making using a global lens, and both macro top-down and micro bottom-up analysis that draws on the detailed data and capabilities of Citi’s global research teams. Her published work includes Is the US Trade Deficit Sustainable? (1999), Global Electronic Commerce: A Policy Primer (2000), Accelerating the Globalization of America: The Role for Information Technology (2006) and notable articles including: “Managing Exchange Rates: Evidence of Global Re-balancing or Global Co-dependency?” Business Economics (2004) and “Perspectives on the US Current Account Deficit and Sustainability,” Journal of Economic Perspectives (2002). “Assessing the Potential Benefit of Trade Facilitation: A Global Perspective,” World Economy (2005), “The US Current Account, New Economy Services, and Implications for Sustainability,” Review of International Economics (2004), and “Has Quantitative Easing Affected the U.S. Treasury Auction Market?,” Atlantic Economic Journal (2014) . She has authored or co-authored seven books, 60-plus articles, and numerous shorter pieces and testimony. She frequently appears on Bloomberg, CNBC, and public broadcasting, and has been quoted in Businessweek and The Economist among other media and publications. She has delivered key-note speeches and engaged in consulting projects on technology, and macro and structural policy in numerous countries ranging from China, Vietnam, Tunisia, South Africa, and Brazil, to Australia, Finland, France, and Germany, among others.

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  • January 10, 2019
    January 10, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • John Williams
    John D. Williams has been President, Chief Executive Officer of Domtar since January 2009. He is also member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Williams has over 30 years of experience in both consumer products and packaging. He began his career in consumer product sales in 1976, gaining insight into key market dynamics in the U.K. and the U.S. Prior to joining Domtar, he was President of SCA Packaging Europe. Mr. Williams is Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Owens Corning (NYSE: OC); a Director of Form Technologies, Inc., a privately-held leading global group of precision component manufacturers based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Chair of the advisory board of the Stern Center for Sustainable Business at New York University; the past Chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board (the Paper Check-off); and the past Chairman of the Board for the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In 2010, he was named North American CEO of the Year by RISI as well as Global CEO of the Year by Pulp & Paper International (PPI). Mr. Williams was named “Executive Papermaker of the Year” for 2012 by PaperAge Magazine. He also serves on the boards of the British-American Business Council of North Carolina, which promotes trade and investment between the state and the United Kingdom, and the nonprofit Camp Blue Skies Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities. SUBJECT FOR JANUARY MEETING January 10, 2019 The Charlotte Economics Club “The Limits of Regulatory Reform: The hidden costs and risks of shadow regulation” At January’s program, John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar, will address the growing influence of de facto regulation, the costs and risks it presents to corporations and advocacy organizations alike, and why the goal of “transparency” needs to become a two-way lens.

At January’s program, John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar, will address the growing influence of de facto regulation, the costs and risks it presents to corporations and advocacy organizations alike, and why the goal of “transparency” needs to become a two-way lens.

At January’s program, John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar, will address the growing influence of de facto regulation, the costs and risks it presents to corporations and advocacy organizations alike, and why the goal of “transparency” needs to become a two-way lens.


  • CEC December Luncheon
    December 11, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • Michelle Meyer
    Michelle Meyer is a managing director and head of US economics at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. Based in New York, she provides timely analysis of economic data and Federal Reserve policy announcements to the sales force and traders. She is responsible for providing the firm’s US economic forecasts, including the outlook for GDP, inflation and Federal Reserve policy. Meyer’s broad research interest include macroeconomics, public policy and the housing market. Prior to joining BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research in May 2010, Meyer was a senior US economist at Barclays Capital and she started her career on the US economics team at Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman Brothers, she developed a strong following for her housing outlook, warning about the risks of excess in the housing market. Then in 2012, she called the turn higher in home prices. Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) and a master’s degree, both in economics, at Boston University. Meyer and team have earned the #2 spot in Economics by the Institutional Investor All America Fixed-Income Research Survey in 2017. She was named by Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in finance in 2011 and a Rising Star by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society in 2012. Meyer is a member of the Economics Club of New York. She is a frequent commentator on news media outlets, including CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and is often cited in print and online media.

Join the Charlotte Economics Club for the final meeting for 2018. Michelle Meyer is a managing director and head of US economics at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She will be providing us with an Economic Outlook into 2019.


  • November 7, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • Jason Saine
    Representative Jason Saine represents the 97th House District which encompasses Lincoln County, NC. Rep. Saine is serving his third full term in the North Carolina House after being appointed in 2011. He was recognized by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research as the fifth most effective of the 120 members of the NC House. In 2017 he was recognized by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation as the Most Business Friendly Member of the House. Rep. Saine was appointed by Speaker Tim Moore to serve as Senior Chairman for the House Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is responsible for tax and fiscal policy, and in that role Chairman Saine has passed over a billion dollars in tax decreases for working families in North Carolina. Rep. Saine also serves as the Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council. In this role he works with legislators across the United States to support model policies that advance limited government, free markets, and federalism. ALEC is a forum for stakeholders to exchange ideas and develop real, state-based solutions to encourage growth, preserve economic security and protect hardworking taxpayers. ALEC’s membership includes over one quarter of all state legislators in the country. In 2013 Saine was appointed by Speaker Thom Tillis to serve as the first ever House Appropriations Chairman of Information Technology. In that role, he oversees roughly $1.6 billion in technology spending for the state of North Carolina. He was reappointed to continue in that role in by Speaker Moore in 2015. He is married to Kathryn Saine, who is a Director of the Lincoln County Senior Center. They have one son, Jackson, who is in fifth grade at Lincoln Charter School.

  • Bill Rogers, Suntrust CEO
    October 4, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • Bill Rogers
    Bill Rogers is chairman & CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the top 10 U.S. banks serving more than 4.6 million households and business clients. SunTrust is a purpose-driven company focused on Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses and communities it serves. Rogers joined SunTrust in 1980, in the commercial banking division of the company. He served in corporate and commercial banking, corporate finance, retail banking and mortgage. He was named president in 2008 and chief operating officer in 2010. He became president and CEO in June 2011 and chairman and CEO in January 2012. Since taking the CEO post, Rogers has led a significant transformation of the company, building upon its client-first culture. Under his leadership, SunTrust has achieved six consecutive years of higher earnings per share, improved efficiency, and increased capital returns. A native of North Carolina, Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Georgia State University.

  • September 11, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • Mine Yücel
    Mine Kuban Yücel is senior vice president and senior research advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She joined the Bank in 1989 and has previously served as director of research, head of the micro/regional/energy group and director of publications. She is an expert on regional and energy issues and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth. Yücel is president of the National Association for Business Economics. She serves on the board of the Global Interdependence Center, and the University of Texas at Dallas Energy Board. She was president of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) in 2011 and president of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE) in 2005. She has served on the executive boards of these two organizations, as well as Executive Women of Dallas, Dallas Area Business Economists, the Dallas Chapter of Women in Technology International, Inc. and the Greater Dallas Chamber’s Board of Economists. She received the USAEE Senior Fellow Award in 2007, the Energy Journal Best Paper Award in 2009 and the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2015. Before joining the Bank, she was an assistant professor of economics at Louisiana State University. She has a BS and MS in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD in economics from Rice University in Houston.

  • July 26, 2018
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker

  • John Silvia, Ph.D
    John Silvia is a managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo Securities. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, he has held his position since he joined Wachovia, a Wells Fargo predecessor, in 2002 as the company’s chief economist. Before his current position, John worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Before that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. John served as the president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in 2015 and was awarded a NABE Fellow Certificate of Recognition in 2011 for outstanding contributions to the business economics profession and leadership among business economists to the nation. For the second time in three years, he was awarded the best overall forecast by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as well as the best unemployment rate forecast for 2011. John is on the Bloomberg Best Forecast list for his forecasts of GDP, the ISM manufacturing index, housing starts, and the unemployment rate. John holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Northeastern University in Boston and has a master’s degree in economics from Brown University. John’s first book, Dynamic Economic Decision Making, was published by Wiley in August, 2011. His second book, Economic and Business Forecasting, was published in 2014, also by Wiley. His third book, Economic Modeling in the Post Great Recession Era, was published in 2017 by Wiley. John is a Certified Business Economist (CBE). He serves as a member of the Blue Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and also serves on an informal advisory group for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He served as chair for the Economic Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Economic Advisory Roundtable. John also serves on the finance committee for the Mint Museum in Charlotte and is a regular lecturer to the Cornell Food Executive Program. John is past president of the Charlotte Economics Club. He has also served on economic advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Public Securities Association. A strong supporter of education and civic affairs, John serves as a member of the Business Advisory Council at the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and on the President’s Council for Charlotte’s Central Piedmont Community College. He has previously served as a board member of the British American Business Council of North Carolina, and on the Economic Development Board for the state of North Carolina, a special appointment by the governor. He has also served on the Business Advisory Committee for the city of Charlotte.

Silvia PresentationAfter 16 years as Chief Economist of Wells Fargo and a storied career that has spanned academia, government and the private sector, John Silvia is retiring. Please join us to hear John’s views on the biggest risks and opportunities facing the economy and lessons learned over the course of his career.   (more…)