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The Forum


The 35th Annual Economics Forum was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

For more information about the event, please contact Carel Ligeon at cligeon@aum.edu.

Forum 2017 Presentations

Bernard Baumohl Presentation

Mike Randle Presentation

​​City and County Presentation

​​Video Presentation of the 35th Annual Economic Forum


Meet the Speakers

Bernard Baumohl

Bernard Baumohl
Chief Global Economist
The Economic Outlook Group

Bernard Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, later serving as an economist at European American Bank, responsible for monitoring the global economy and developing forecasts.

Baumohl also is on the faculty of the New York Institute of Finance, where he conducts seminars on how forward-looking economic indicators can help business leaders foresee turning points in the economy.

An award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street, Baumohl is also the author of the best-selling The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities, now in its third edition, with translations in several languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian and German.


Raphael BosticRaphael Bostic
President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Raphael Bostic is responsible for all Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

His academic posts include serving as the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC) and lecturer at American University.

Bostic served as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where he was recognized for his work on the Community Reinvestment Act.

Mike Randle

Michael Randle
Owner, Publisher
Southern Business & Development

Mike Randle launched Southern Business & Development, dedicated to business and economic development in the South, in 1992 after selling the Birmingham Business Journal. 

Randle and his media sites, which include SouthernAutoCorridor.com and SmallTownSouth.com, have been featured or quoted in more than 900 different media properties around the world, including CNN, ABC News, NBC News, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. 

He was described by Fred Barnes of Fox News and The Weekly Standard as "an expert on the Southern economy" and deserving of recognition for his “amazing knowledge of the South and his enthusiastic support for the Southern economic success story" by Joe Hollingsworth, author of The Southern Advantage.

Eugene Robinson Eugene Robinson
Columnist, Associate Editor
The Washington Post

Eugene Robinson’s remarkable story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race that resulted in the election of America’s first African-American president.

In his three decades at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award winning Style section. He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with presidents and dictators and the queen of England.    

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