Past Events

Starting June, 2013, RABE event information is automatically retained on the Event Page.  Our older events are listed below.

November 2012: RABE Annual Economic Forum - 2012
Topic: "Informational Forum on Uranium Mining in Virginia"

October 2012: James Owens, Caterpillar Chairman & CEO Emeritus, Caterpillar, Inc.
Topic: "Globalization Realities: U.S. Economic Policy Imperatives for a Prosperous Future"

September 2012: Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers
Topic: "An Economic Update on U.S. Manufacturers"

March 2012: William Janis, Economist, U.S Department of Agriculture
Topic: "Tapestry of Virginia's Agriculture"

December 2011:Ann Macheras, Vice President Regional Economics Unit Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Robert Holsworth, Managing Principal Decide Smart
Topic: "Richmond's Future - A Regional Comparison"

November 2011: Jim Regimbal, Principal Fiscal Analytics, Ltd.
Topic: "Virginia's Budget Outlook"

October 2011: RABE Annual Economic Forum - 2011
Theme: "Transportation and the Virginia Economy: Supporting Growth through the Movement of Goods"

September 2011: Rebecca Tippett, Demographics & Workforce Group, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service @ UVA
Topic: "Virginia Now and Then: Demographic Trends Over the Decades"

July 2011: William Dunkelberg, chief economist National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
Topic: "The Small Business Half of the Economy: Performance in Recovery Periods"

June 2011: John Walter, senior economist & research advisor and Patricia Wescott, economist Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Topic: "Banking Reform"

May 2011: Ted Prince, principal consultant T. Prince & Associates, LLC
Topic: "Panama Canal and Virginia Ports in the Future"

April 2011: Tom Libby, auto industry advisor, R. L. Polk & Co.
Topic: "Auto Industry Trends"

March 2011: Nayantara Hensel, Chief Economist, Department of the Navy
Topic: "The Impact of Recent Macroeconomic Forces on the Global Defense Industrial Base"

February 2011: Stuart Mackintosh, executive director, Group of 30
Topic: "Manias, Panics, Crashes, and Crises in the Eurozone"

January 2011: Nancy Thomas, President & CEO, Retail Merchants Association (Greater Richmond)
Topic: "Retail Outlook for 2011"

December 2010: Mark Zandi, chief economist, Moody's Analytics
Topic: "Struggling to Hit Escape Velocity: Economic Outlook from Mark Zandi"

November 2010: John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute (API)
Topic: "The Energy Situation: Overview and Direction after the Election"

October 2010: Jim Spletzer, senior research economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Topic: "Labor Market Dynamics: Employment in the New Economy"

September 2010: Jeffrey Lacker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Topic: "President Lacker's View of the Economy"

August 2010: U.S. Census Bureau Workshop
Hands-on workshop hosted by:
* U.S. Census Bureau
* Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)
* Virginia Center for Urban Development @ VCU and
* Richmond Association for Business Economics (RABE)

June 2010: David Wyss, chief economist, Standard & Poors (S&P)
Topic: "The U.S. Economic Outlook: A Sluggish Recovery"

May 2010: Chad Moutray, chief economist and director, Office of Economic Research at the US Small Business Administration
Topic: "Small Businesses: Their Impact on the Economy and Current Market Conditions"

April 2010: Robert Fry, senior associate economist, DuPont
Topic: "Economic Forecasting for a Global Science Company"

April 2010: 2nd Annual "State of the Commonwealth" Economic Summit - JOBS SUMMIT 2010

March 2010: Mark Vitner, managing director & senior economist, Wells Fargo
Topic: “What Lies Ahead of the U.S. Economy and Virginia?"

January 2010: Burke King, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia
Topic: “The Future of U.S. Health Care”

December 2009: Ken Gassman, analyst of the retailing, jewelry, and diamond industries, Jewelry Industry Research Group
Topic: “See ... The World Hasn't Come to an End: A Look at Retailing in 2010”

November 2009: Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., chief economist, Point Loma Nazarene University and president elect National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and Tom Beers, executive director National Association for Business Economics (NABE)
Topic: “Economic Recovery: Mirage or Reality for Small Businesses and Government Agencies?”

October 2009: Rodney Sullivan, CFA, head of publications and editor of the Financial Analysts Journal, The CFA Institute
Topic: “Understanding Risk in Financial Markets”

September 2009: James Schmidt, senior vice-president and investment officer, The Schmidt Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Topic: “Tracking and Charting the Economy: One Sector at a Time"

June 2009: Kenneth Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America
Topic: “A Stimulating Time for Construction?”

May 2009: Richard Brown, PhD, chief economist and associate director of regional operations (Division of Insurance & Research), Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and president, National Association for Business Economics (NABE)
Topic: “Banking Industry Performance and Financial Stabilization Policies”

April 2009: John Silvia, PhD, chief economist and managing director, Wachovia Corporation
Topic: “Credit Markets: The Measure of our Discontent”

March 2009: Geoffrey Rubin, PhD, and Bill Nayda, PhD, principals and co-founders, Second Pillar Consulting
Topic: “Capital and Risk Management Issues in a Stressed Economy”

February 2009: David Feldman, PhD professor of economics, The College of William & Mary
Topic: “Why Does College Cost So Much?"

January 2009: 1st Annual "State of the Commonwealth" Economic Summit

OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2008 Coming Soon!

September 2008: Robert T. "Tim" McGee, director of macro strategy and research, U.S. Trust: Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Topic: “Financial Market Outlook - 2009”

August 2008: Faculty of the VCU Department of Economics
Topic: “Experimental Economics: Testing Markets and Economic Theory -- A Hands-On Experience”

June 2008: Edward Ayers, Ph.D., president, University of Richmond
Topic: “Turning Numbers into Movies: American Elections over the Last 160 Years”

May 2008: Jeffrey Holland, chief of the data projection unit, Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Topic: “Federal Budget Trends”

April 2008: Leighton Strader, partner, Virginia Ventures, LLC
Topic: “The World of Hedge Funds”

March 2008: Camden R. Fine, president and CEO, Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)
Topic: “Current Issues in the Credit Markets: A Community Bank Perspective”

February 2008: Nathaniel Keohane, Ph.D, director of economic policy & analysis for the Climate and Air Program of Environmental Defense (formerly known as the Environmental Defense Fund)
Topic: "Carbon Footprints and Carbon Credits: An Economic Perspective."

January 2008: Eric R. Jensen, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Director, Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary
Topic: “Economics of Immigration: Migrant Quality - Then and Now”

December 2007: Members-only luncheon and tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

November 2007: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Ph.D., chief economist, Ford Motor Company, and president, National Association for Business Economics (NABE)
Topic: "Global Automotive Outlook and Policy Perspectives"

October 2007: Anthony T. "Tuck" Reed, executive vice president, Capital Markets, SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Topic: "The Mortgage Market"

September 2007: Timothy S. Hayes, executive director, Capital Source and David Cox, financial analyst, Unisys
Topic: "Non-Traditional Financial Opportunities"

June 2007: Stephanie Bardwell, J.D., L.L.M, Associate Professor of Management & Department Chair, Christopher Newport University
Topic: "What You Should Know About Supreme Court Decisions in Business"

April 2007: J. Edward Hill, MD, immediate past-president, American Medical Association
Topic: "The Economics of Health Care"

February 2007: Dr. Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder, Moody's
Topic: "Mortgage Credit Quality - Fault Line"
Co-Sponsor: Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce (VACC)

January 2007: Dr. Alan Beckenstein, professor of business administration, Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia
Topic: "Economic Outlook for 2007"
Event Co-Presenter: CFA Virginia (Chartered Financial Advisors)

December 2006: Panel Discussion on the retailing industry, featuring:
Mr. Bill Baxter, president and CEO, Retail Merchants Association
Mr. Ken Gassman, consultant for the retailing and jewelry industries
Mr. Greg Gilligan, editor, Sunday Business and Real Estate sections, Richmond Times-Dispatch

November 2006: Dr. Jeffrey M. Lacker, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Topic: "Remarks on the Economy"

October 2006: Mr. John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MeadWestvaco Corporation
Topic: "The Economic Landscape for America's Manufacturers"
Event Co-Sponsors: Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce / Asian American Business Assistance Center

September 2006: Mr. Vivek Kundra, assistant secretary of commerce and trade, Commonwealth of Virginia
Topic: "Harnessing the Power of Globalization: From Tobacco to Semiconductors
Event Co-Sponsors: World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond and the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce / Asian American Business Assistance Center

June 2006: Dr. Stuart Hoffman, senior vice president and chief economist, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and president of NABE (National Association for Business Economics)
Topic: "How Hard will Higher Gas Prices and Interest Rates Hit the Economy?"

April 2006: Mr. Tim Claydon, senior vice president of sales and marketing, JetBlue Airways
Topic: "Why JetBlue Chose Richmond"

January 2006: Mr. Ray Owens, vice president & senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Topic: "A Look at Economic Conditions in the US and Virginia"

December 2005: Panel Discussion on the retailing industry, featuring:
Mr. Bill Baxter, president and CEO, Retail Merchants Association
Mr. Ken Gassman, consultant for the retailing and jewelry industries
Mr. Greg Gilligan, editor, Sunday Business and Real Estate sections, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Mr. Si Lee, president, Korean-American Grocers Association (KAGRO) of Greater Richmond and owner of Meadow Square Shopping Center

November 2005: Data at Work educational seminar

October 2005: Mr. Brian Glass, senior vice president of retail brokerage, Harrison & Bates
Topic: "Commercial and Residential Real Estate: An Update on the Projects, Dynamics and Plans for our Region."

September 2005: Mr. Marc Weiss, director of economic development, Hanover County, Virginia
Topic: "Growing Strategically: Economic Development in Hanover County"

June 2005: Mr. Chris Varvares, president, Macroeconomic Advisers, Inc.
Topic: "U.S. Economic Outlook: Economy Rolls On Despite Fed Braking"

April 2005: Dr. Rosemary Marcuss, deputy director, U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Topic: "Better data, faster data: Innovative ways for accessing and using government statistics"

January 2005: Dr. John Silvia, chief economist and managing director, Wachovia Bank
Topic: 'Taxing' the Federal Budget: Managing Internal and External Funding Demands in 2005

December 2004: Mr. Ken Gasman, analyst of the retailing and jewelry industries
Topic: Retail Outlook: Holiday 2004 & Beyond

November 2004: Dr. Neil Murphy, professor of finance, Virginia Commonwealth University

September 2004: Dr. Duncan Meldrum, chief economist, Air Products, Inc. and President, National Association for Business Economics (NABE)

July 2004: Dr. Robert Grayboyes, professor of health economics, University of Richmond

March 23, 2004: Mr. Bruce Baldwin, general manager, Richmond Braves & director of minor league business operations, Atlanta Braves
Topic: The Economics and Business of Minor League Baseball

Our speakers from 2003 and earlier are listed below. Please note that this information is not complete. We will add other speakers soon.

February 28, 2003: Mr. Ken Gasman, Retired from Davenport & Company. Topic: “What are shoppers up to? Consumer Outlook for 2003 and Beyond"

December 13, 2002: William H. Baxter, CAE, President & CEO, Retail Merchants Association of Greater Richmond, Topic: "A Prospective on the Holiday Shopping Season"

October 28, 2002: Dr. Wallace Johnston, Speaking of Work, Topic: "The Four Most Costly Words in Organizations"

July 12, 2002: Guy P. Chance, Retired from Scott & Stringfellow, Inc., Topic: "Fruits of the Market....Retirement's Exciting Years"

May 30, 2002: John M. Bennett, Secretary of Finance, Commonwealth of Virginia, Topic: "Issues Affecting Virginia's Financial Position"

February 26, 2002: James H. Evans, Jr., Manager of Business Development, Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport
Topic: "Innovative Pricing in the Airport Industry"

1998: Joseph H. Maroon, Virginia Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

1998: Dr. Diann Painter, Senior Economist, Mobil Corporation

1998: Mr. David Blackshear, Executive Director, Capital Region Airport Commission

1998: Mr. William Stephens, The State Corporation Commission, Division of Energy Regulation

November 14, 1997: Dr. David Wyss, DRI. Topic: "How Long Can the Good Times Roll?"

September 24, 1997: Eddie Yano, Senior Trade Advisor, Japan External Trade Organization. Topic: "Doing Business in Japan."

April 23, 1997: Robin Williams, commissioner, Virginia Racing Commission. Topic: "Colonial Downs Race Track and Its Impact on Virginia's Economy."

October 29, 1996: Dr. J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr., president,Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Topic: "Some Thoughts on the Economy and Monetary Policy"

August 28, 1996: Mr. Wayne L. Sterling, executive director, Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Topic: "Economic Development in Virginia."

June 19, 1996: Mr. Jonathan Reckford, vice president of corporate planning & communications, Circuit City Stores, Inc. Topic: "Circuit City, CarMax, and the Retail Market"

May 10, 1995: Mr. Timothy John Goodman, research associate, Center of Latin American Studies, Georgetown University. Topic: "Corruption and Economic Reform in Latin America"

April 17, 1995: Mr. Don Hays, director of investment strategy, Wheat First Butcher Singer. Topic: "The Best 15 Years in U.S. History?"

February 15, 1994: Mr. Gregory H. Wingfield, president, Metropolitan Economic Development Council.

November 16, 1993: Mr. Charles Horner, president, Madison Center for Educational Affairs. Topic: "Tomorrow’s Japan"

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