Economic Outlook Conference

Date

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
8:30 a.m. – Noon

This year’s conference will be held in the Central Bank Center.  The registration fee is $125 and the deadline to register is February 1st. Registration is required.

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Speaker Bios

Simon Sheather

Simon Sheater

Simon J. Sheather became the eighth dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky in July 2018.

Prior to joining the Gatton College, Dr. Sheather served as professor and interim director of Texas A&M University’s Institute of Data Science, as well as academic director of MS (Analytics) and Online Programs in the Department of Statistics.

While at Texas A&M, he personally started two professional master’s programs, both of which make innovative use of technology. In addition, he led numerous philanthropy efforts, which raised substantial funds from alumni and companies. He also has extensive experience working with industry and government developing practical predictive models for big data.

A native of Australia, Dr. Sheather received numerous awards for his teaching, research, and mentorship both at Texas A&M and during his 18-year tenure at the Australian Graduate School of Management, part of the University of New South Wales. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2005, and served as chair of the Department of Statistics for nine years.

Dr. Sheather graduated with 1st Class Honours in mathematical statistics from the University of Melbourne, and earned his Ph.D. in statistics from La Trobe University. His academic career includes visiting professorships at Pennsylvania State University and the Stern School of Business at New York University.


Mark E. Schweitzer

Charles Courtemanche

Mark Schweitzer is senior vice president of research and advisor to the research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for making economic presentations to the Bank and branch boards of directors, business advisory councils, and internal and external groups, along with undertaking other projects that focus on special topics. Dr. Schweitzer’s own research has focused on the macroeconomic impact of labor market developments and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth.

Dr. Schweitzer joined the Bank in 1992 as an economist. From 2000 to 2002, he took leave to serve as a senior economist at the Bank of England. After returning to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, he was promoted to assistant vice president and director of the Regional Economic Issues Program in 2004. He left Cleveland in 2007 to serve as vice president and branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver Branch. In 2008, he returned to the Cleveland Reserve Bank to serve as its research director, and from 2015 to 2017 he oversaw the external outreach and regional analytics unit.

An economics graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Schweitzer holds both an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Schweitzer lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is married and has two daughters and a son.


Mike Clark PhD

Kevin L. Kliesen

Michael W. Clark is the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. He earned a B.A. in Management and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to UK, Dr. Clark was the Chief Economist for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. He conducts applied economic and policy research focusing on labor, health, economic development issues. His work has been published in the Journal of Labor Research. He has conducted research for various Kentucky state agencies including the Department of Public Health, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Department of Income Support.


Haoying Sun PhD

Michael Clark

Before joining Gatton as an assistant professor in supply chain management, Haoying was an assistant professor at the Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in Supply Chain & Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). She has previously worked as a senior development engineer at Seagate Technology (Minneapolis, MN) and as an assistant professor at DeVry University South Florida (Miramar, FL).

Haoying conducts research in the OM/Marketing and OM/MIS interface. Her research has been published in Production and Operations Management, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing Behavior, Proceedings of the IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing. Her work has been presented at various conferences, including MSOM, POM and INFORMS annual conferences. She also holds two U.S. patents.


Aaron Thompson

Jenny Minier

Dr. Aaron Thompson is a passionate advocate for higher education. As a first-generation college student from rural Clay County, Kentucky, he experienced first-hand the transformative power of a college credential. As President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, he works to ensure all Kentuckians have an equal opportunity to improve their lives through postsecondary education.

Before taking the helm of CPE, Thompson served as interim president of Kentucky State University; CPE executive vice president and provost; and faculty member and administrator at Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive leadership experience within the private and non-profit sectors and is a highly sought-after national speaker. Dr. Thompson has authored or co-authored numerous books and peer-reviewed publications on diversity, cultural competence, first-year experience programs, retention, and student success, among other topics. In 2019, he was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Thompson received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on organizational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in industrial sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.