• March 21, 2018
    8:00 am - 11:00 am


  • Dr. Kevin Swift
    Dr. Swift is chief economist at the American Chemistry Council, where he performs economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, and tax, and monitors business conditions and assessing the economic contributions of chemistry. Prior to joining ACC, Dr. Swift held senior level positions at two market research consultancies. He started his career at Dow Chemical. Dr. Swift is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, Society of Business Economists, Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, National Business Economics Issues Council, and Charlotte Economics Club. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel, NABE’s forecaster panel, and participates in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's forecasters' survey. Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland College with a B.A. and Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Economics. He holds a doctorate in business administration from Anglia Polytechnic University and has studied at Harvard and Oxford.

Dr. Swift will examine the confluence of new technologies on US oil and gas extraction, the revolution now occurring, and its effect on the US manufacturing and the US economy.

  • February 14, 2018
    7:00 am - 10:00 am


  • Ken Simonson
    Chief Economist for the Association of General Contractors

Since 2001, Ken Simonson has been the Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading national association for construction contractors, suppliers and service providers. His weekly one-page email, The Data DIGest, provides 40,000 readers with insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries. Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues for a variety of business groups, federal agencies and an economic consultant firm.