2015 Economic Forecast in Houston: MOMENTUM
Join us for a lively discussion with corporate executives, Federal Reserve economists and academic leaders, including Dr. Bobby Robbins, CEO Texas Medical Center; Greg Armstrong, chairman and CEO, Plains All American Pipeline, Janiece Longoria, chairman-Port Commission, Port of Houston Authority; Anil Kumar, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Jay Hartzell, senior associate dean of academic affairs, McCombs School of Business.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Houston Branch, Dallas Federal Reserve, 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX
Houston Branch, Dallas Federal Reserve
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.
Dr. Robert Robbins became president and chief executive officer of the largest medical complex in the world in 2012.
Robbins is a cardiac surgeon who has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure.
Prior to joining the Texas Medical Center (TMC), he was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council.
A prolific writer, Robbins has published more than 292 peer-reviewed articles during his career.
Earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Millsaps College in 1979 and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983, Robbins completed his general surgical training at the University of Mississippi in 1989 and his cardiothoracic training at Stanford University in 1992. Dr. Robbins completed post-doctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.
Greg Armstrong has been with Plains All American (PAA), or its predecessors since 1981.
PAA is in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil, refined products and liquefied petroleum gas.
Armstrong is a member of National Oilwell Varco Inc.'s board of directors, and is Finance Committee Chairman of the National Petroleum Council; he is also on the advisory board of Cox School's Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University. Armstrong was appointed to the Houston Branch Board by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2011.
Mr. Armstrong holds a B.S. in Accounting and Management from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Janiece M. Longoria was appointed Chairman of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority in January, 2013, having served on the Port Commission since 2002. She chairs the commission’s Audit Committee, and also leads the Chairman’s Citizen Advisory Council, which Longoria established in 2013, which fosters communication between community leaders and the Port Authority.
Longoria is a partner with the firm of Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall LLP. Her firm specializes in business trial law in media, employment, securities, energy and premises liability.
In addition, Longoria is on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the MD Anderson Board of Visitors, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Medical Center. Longoria is a former Vice Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
She is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and Longoria received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Anil Kumar joined the Dallas Fed in 2004 and his research focuses primarily on estimation of behavioral effects of taxation, public and private pensions on labor supply and household saving.
His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Economics Letters, and Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.
Before joining the Bank, Kumar worked in civil service in India as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He obtained a PhD in economics and MS in applied statistics from Syracuse University. He also has a BA in economics from University of Delhi and a management degree from University of Bombay, India.
Jay Hartzell is a Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Trammell Crow Regents Professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the executive director of the McCombs School’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center (REFIC).
Hartzell's research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in the leading academic journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.
Hartzell also serves on the editorial board of Real Estate Economics, and has been an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.
In addition to his academic experience, Hartzell has worked as a Benefits Consultant with Hewitt Associates. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics (cum laude) from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Learn what global and U.S. factors could impact Texas and the Houston local economy
- Learn about the latest in Houston's health care technology, innovation and challenges from Dr. Bobby Robbins of the Texas Medical Center
- The midstream sector of the energy business plays a critical role in getting oil & gas to market both inside Texas and across the U.S. Hear what Plains All American Pipeline's Greg Armstrong has to share on the Keystone situation and beyond.
- With the widening of the Panama Canal being completed at the end of 2015, what impact will that have on the Port of Houston? More exports? More imports? A stronger play in logistics for Texas? Janiece Longoria, Chair of the Board of the Port of Houston Authority will offer her insights on the newest play in Texas logistics in a decade.