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The Forum


The 33rd Annual Economic Forum is October 6, 2015, from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and will be held at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

For more information about the event, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 Forum, please contact Evan Moore at 334-244-3364 or emoore1@aum.edu

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The Forum Brochure

Meet the Speakers

Mark ZandiMark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody's Analytics. Dr. Zandi is a trusted advisor to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public. Dr. Zandi frequently testifies before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation's daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform and foreclosure mitigation. He also conducts regular briefings on the economy for corporate boards, trade associations and policymakers at all levels. Dr. Zandi is often quoted in national and global publications and interviewed by major news media outlets. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, NPR, NBC's Meet the Press, CNN and various other national networks and news programs. 

Other speakers include but are not limited to:
G. Mustafa MohataremG. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist for General Motors Corporation, leads an economics team responsible for assessing the impact of worldwide economic developments on the world's second largest automaker and providing advice to the company on various competitive and economic policy issues. An expert on trade policy, Dr. Mohatarem led the General Motors team responsible for advocating China's accession to the World Trade Organization. He was also the lead executive from General Motors who interacted with U.S. trade negotiators during the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Currently, his team is advising General Motors on the Trans-
Partnership negotiations and other regional and international trade agreements. 

Steven SzakalySteven Szakaly, Chief Economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, is both NADA's lead forecaster and strategy principal. Mr. Szakaly has a long history in automotive, mining and manufacturing focusing on the nexus of strategy and data analytics. He has worked in product planning, on large scale mining projects, in automotive market research and new product pricing. This broad background brings a unique perspective to NADA and to the automotive industry. Mr. Szakaly's unique and insightful comments have been quoted in numerous media outlets including: the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Automotive News. He has also appeared on CNBC, CNN and NPR.

Forrest McConnell IIIForrest McConnell III, President of McConnell Honda/Acura, was the 2014 chairman of the national Automobile Dealers Association and represents Alabama's franchised new-car dealers on the board of directors. The organization is the 3rd most powerful trade association in Washington with 325 employees. He is a board member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and previously served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club. He holds a juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Christine RomansChristine Romans, Chief Business Correspondent for CNN, is the co-anchor of "Early Start with John Berman and Christine Romans". An award-winning business reporter and author, she is known as CNN's explainer-in-chief of all things money, covering business and finance from the perspective of American workers and small business owners, translating what budgets and bailouts and economic data mean for families. She spent several years reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and was the anchor of CNNfn's "Street Sweep", tracking the market's boom through the late 1990s to the financial aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

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We would like to thank our patron sponsor:

                       MAX Banking

A special thanks is extended to our gold sponsors: 

Sterling Bank        Wind Creek Hospitality        SEAGD

Neptune Technology Group      ​     Raycom