Meeting/Event Information

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2019 MITEF Business Forecast Luncheon

January 09, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Federal Reserve Bank
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019

2019 Economic Business Forecast Luncheon 

SOLD OUT -- see slides presented at the bottom

 January 9, 2019
 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 2019 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, but a seeming strong US economy spurred by the business tax cuts 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.  Russ Capper will also give an update on 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 7.

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
Russ Capper, CEO of Houston Exponential


 Register at

$35 For Members of MITEF and  Guests of MITEF Members
$35-$50 For Employees of MITEF Sponsors
$50 General Admission
$450 for Reserved Table of 9  ($315 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, 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.


Russ Capper, Speaker    CEO Houston Exponential

Russ Capper is the Executive Director of Houston Exponential, our city’s initiative to significantly upgrade our digital innovation eco-system. And, Russ is the founder of HighDrive.TV, a digital video network featuring in-person interviews with innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists. Collectively, HighDrive.TV has captured and produced over 2,000 interviews, with both national and Houston
notable innovators and entrepreneurs Prior to Capper’s digital media initiative, he successfully led multiple technology companies from concept formation to execution, expansion and exit. He is a
proven technology executive, responsible for bringing unique and distinct usiness concepts to both B2B and B2C markets.


$35.00 MITEF Member

$35.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$50.00 General Administration

$450.00 General Admission Table of 9

$315.00 MITEF Member Table for 9