2015 Economic Forecast in Austin: MOMENTUM
"Join us for a lively discussion with corporate executives, economists and academic leaders, including Alex Davern, COO National Instruments; Mark Willis, CEO Keller Williams, John Hofmann, EVP of Water LCRA, and Laura Starks, associate dean for research McCombs School of Business."
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:30AM - 9:30AM
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
AT&T Executive Education Center Parking Garage and surrounding public lots
At long last we¹re starting to see words used to describe the U.S. economy like: optimism, revenue growth, more hiring, GDP increases, and consumer confidence is up. There¹s momentum gaining and especially in Texas. In fact, without Texas, the nation¹s economy would be stuck in slow motion.
Please join us to get expert insight on what 2015 has in store for the economy as Texas CEO Magazine and the McCombs School of Business bring together CEOs, Federal Reserve economists and UT faculty to share their insights for the year to come. In Dallas—the focus is on retail and engineering/construction; in Houston—, experts from health care, energy and logistics; in San Antonio—finance, biotechnology and private equity; and in Austin—technology, real estate and water. Panelists will answer your questions about the future of the economy both statewide as well as nationally. The event is moderated by Pat Niekamp, publisher of Texas CEO magazine.
Alexander M. Davern, became Chief Operating Officer of National Instruments (NI) in 2010, and also serves as its Principal Accounting Officer.
National Instruments produces automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software, equipping engineers and scientists with tools to accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery.
Over his 20 years at NI, Davern has served as: Senior Vice President, IT and Manufacturing Operations; Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; and, Corporate Controller and International Controller. Prior to joining NI, Davern worked in both Europe and the U.S. for Price Waterhouse LLP.
Davern has served as Director of SigmaTel Inc. since 2003, and previously served as a Member of Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission Inc.
Davern holds an undergraduate degree in Business studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from University College in Dublin, Ireland.
John Hofmann oversees LCRA's water, river, irrigation, dam and hydroelectric operations, water surface management, water resource planning, conservation, water quality protection, water customer services and environmental laboratory services.
Prior to joining LCRA, Hofmann was a regional manager for the Brazos River Authority, where he was responsible for lake and dam operations, water and wastewater treatment and project development. He also has served as Brazos River Authority's manager of government and customer relations.
Hofmann has also served as Governor Rick Perry's liaison to the Texas House of Representatives and worked in the commissioner's office at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Hofmann graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government.
Mark Willis became the CEO of Keller Williams Realty in 2005.
During Willis’ career at Keller Williams, he became team leader of the Austin Southwest market center; then to the regional director role for the South Texas Region, eventually building a 1,900-agent business. After serving as president of Keller Williams Realty, Willis stepped into the role of CEO.
Under his leadership, Keller Williams has become the largest real estate franchise by agent count in North America and exceeded 100,000 agents worldwide in 2014. During this time, Willis has led the company through one of the most tumultuous markets in the history of real estate.
Laura Starks is the Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair in Finance and Associate Dean for Research. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Her research and teaching interests include valuation of financial assets, portfolio management, corporate governance, the influence of institutional investors in financial markets, managerial incentives and environmental, social and governance investing.
Mine K. Yücel has been with the Bank since 1989 and she has been head of the Bank's micro/regional/energy group and director of publications for many years. Yücel analyzes the regional economy and energy markets on an ongoing basis and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.
Yücel is a member of the National Association for Business Economics board of directors and was president of the International Association of Energy Economics in 2011, an institution with 102 member countries. She is also past president of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE). In 2006, Yücel was chosen as one of the recipients of the Key Women in Energy Global Award.
Before joining the Bank, Yücel was an assistant professor of economics at Louisiana State University. She has a BS and an MS in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD in economics from Rice University in Houston.
- Learn what global and U.S. factors could impact Texas and the Austin local economy.
- National Instruments operates globally in the technology space. Alex Davern will share his perspective on the tech market - manufacturing, sales, innovation and the prospects for additional growth.
- To say the Austin and Texas real estate markets are "on fire" is almost an understatement. What does Kellar Williams' Mark Willis see in his crystal ball for home sales, new home construction, rents and the cost of borrowing?
- Water, water, water - or the lack of - is a major issue facing the Texas economy. John Hofmann of the Lower Colorado River Authority will share his perspective on what Texas businesses should expect - and can do - to deal with the continuing drought.