Meeting/Event Information

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2016 Economic Business Forecast Luncheon

January 13, 2016
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Federal Reserve Bank
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019


2016 Economic Business Forecast Luncheon

This Event is Sold Out



January 13, 2016
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 2016 with our annual Economic Business Forecast for the coming year!

With record debt in the U.S., surprisingly low oil prices, China slowing down, and an uncertain Congress, 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 in the middle of December.

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
Kim Fraser Chase,  Senior Economist at 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
$70 Late Registration -- After 5:00 pm, January 11, Pending Availability

When the event sells out, contact Dale Wilkins (  [email protected] ,  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 Marc Wilkins to get on a waiting list.


Event Contact: Dale Wilkins ([email protected])
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. 


   Kim Fraser Chase, Speaker

Senior Economist 
BBVA Compass

Kim Fraser Chase is a Senior Economist at BBVA Research working closely with macroeconomic analysis. Her work involves both quantitative and qualitative assessments of the economic outlook in the short and long term. Kim is responsible for various economic publications within the group on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, and also hosts the economic outlook conference call every month. She is also involved in analysis of some special topics including structural reform in the U.S. (i.e. immigration, infrastructure, education, etc.).

Kim graduated with distinction from Brandeis University with a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance after getting her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics.


$40.00 MITEF Member

$40.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$60.00 General Admission

$540.00 Reserved Table for 9 people