Meeting/Event Information

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2017 Business Forecast Luncheon

January 11, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Federal Reserve Bank
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019

2017 Economic Business Forecast Luncheon



January 11, 2017
11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Lunch Served at 11:30 AM

Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, Texas 77019

(Free parking at Taft St. Lot) 


Please join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas as we kick off 2017 with our annual Economic Business Forecast for the coming year!

With record debt in the U.S., surprisingly low oil prices, BREXIT, and a new Trump administration, what does the new year hold? At this event, you'll hear expert insights on both the Texas and national economies. Our panelists will discuss GDP, oil prices, unemployment, interest rates, inflation, housing activity, and more. Whether you're with an established business or a start-up, this is one event you won't want to miss.  Last year,  the program sold out so don't wait.

Our distinguished panel of experts will be:

Bob Charlet, Publisher of the Houston Business Journal  -- Moderator
John Duca, Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Boyd Nash-Stacey, Senior Economist from BBVA Compass 

 Register at

$40 For Members of MITEF and  Guests of MITEF Members
$40-$50 For Employees of MITEF Sponsors with discount coupon code
$60 General Admission
$540 for Reserved Table of 9

When the event sells out, contact Sara Wilkins ( ,  713-839-0808 ) to get on the waiting list.

To make it through security at the Federal Reserve Bank you will need to be on the registraton list and have a photo ID similar to airport security. 

With request, cancellations will receive credit for future events.  If the event has filled up, call Sara Wilkins to get on a waiting list.


Event Contact: Sara Wilkins (
Contact Phone: (713) 839-0808


      BOB CHARLET, Moderator

Publisher of the Houston Business Journal

Bob Charlet has worked in the publishing business for 28 years. A native of New Orleans, LA, Bob spent 17 years in publishing management positions there, 10 of which was with the Times-Picayune. He spent 7 years based in Los Angeles with global publishing company Canon Communications, and the last 7 years with Pacific Business News based in Honolulu, Hawaii. 


  JOHN V. DUCA, Speaker

Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 John is a Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he supervises and conducts research in financial-side macroeconomics. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1991, John was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 1986 to 1991--where he briefed former Fed Chairman Greenspan, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, and the Federal Reserve Board--and was a part-time lecturer at the University of Maryland. John currently teaches money and banking as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University. During his years in the Federal Reserve System, John has given many economic presentations and has published over 60 articles on macroeconomics, money, credit, wages, and housing.

John graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a B.A.  He received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton, where he first met current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and studied much of the Chairman’s research.  Since 1991, John’s family has lived in Rockwall, Texas, where John had served as a trustee of The Fulton School (a private college prep. school) and on the City of Rockwall’s capital improvements committee. 



  Boyd Nash-Stacey, Speaker

Senior Economist at BBVA Compass

• BBVA Research Team Member since 2011
• B.A. Political Science, University of Texas at Austin
• M.A. Applied Econometrics and Forecasting, University of Houston 

As a senior economist with BBVA Research, Boyd follows consumer and digital trends while also managing the U.S. and regional macroeconomic scenarios and forecasts. Boyd’s most recent research focuses on the impact that lower oil prices have on the Texas economy, how financial inclusion and access to financial services influence sub-national economies, and how Millennials stack up against their generational cohorts. His work has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Business Weekly, Business Insider, American Banker and Texas Monthly.




$40.00 MITEF Member

$40.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$60.00 General Admission

$540.00 Table of 9