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2020 Economic Business Forecast Luncheon

January 08, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Houston Federal Reserve Bank
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019

2020 Economic Business Forecast Luncheon 


 January 8, 2020
 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) 


The Business Forecast Luncheon is sold out.


Please join the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas as we kick off 2020 with our annual Economic Business Forecast for the coming year!

With record debt in the U.S., a volatile stock market,  slowing in China's economy,  uncertain trade agreements, talk of a US recession but a seeming strong US economy what does the new year hold? At this event, you will 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.  Gaby Rowe will also discuss the latest developments in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Houston.  Whether you're with an established business or a start-up, this is one event you won't want to miss.   Registrations will close at 4PM on Jan 6.  The program sold out last year so do not delay in registering.

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 at BBVA Compass
Gabriella Rowe, Executive Director of the Ion

Event Sponsor


Register at

$40 For Members of MITEF and  Guests of MITEF Members
$40-$50 For Employees of MITEF Sponsors
$55 General Admission
$495 for Reserved Table of 9  ($360 for MITEF member)

To make it through security at the Federal Reserve Bank you will need to be on the registration list and have a photo ID similar to airport security.  If the event has filled up, call Sara Wilkins to get on a waiting list.

 For more information contact Sara Wilkins (713) 839-0808, [email protected] 



   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, SpeakerVice 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.


  Gabriella Rowe, Speaker,  Executive Director of the Ion

Gabriella “Gaby” Rowe is the Executive Director of The Ion, a 300,000-square foot structure designed to bring the area’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities together into collaborative spaces and programs. The Ion supports businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle and provides resources for Houstonians seeking to participate in the innovation economy. The innovation space is also a place where academic and corporate partners are integrated into a robust environment of educational events, demonstrations, hack-a-thons and programming. 

Prior to becoming the executive director of The Ion, Gaby was CEO of Station Houston, the city’s largest hub for startup technology acceleration, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. She took Station Houston to the next level as a dominant global innovation hub and as Rice University’s partner for content and programming in the development of Houston’s much-anticipated innovation district. 

Prior to Station Houston, Gaby was a serial entrepreneur, education executive, investment banker and management consultant in New York City for more than 25 years. Gaby received her Bachelors- of-Arts from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and full Masters coursework from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, New York.   Gaby and her husband, Kenny, have four children. She is an avid runner and football fan and can be found practicing her “pitmaster” skills on her family and friends most weekends.





$40.00 MITEF Member

$40.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$55.00 General Admission

$495.00 Table of 9

$360.00 MITEF Member Table of 9