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January 4, 2019

Sure to once again attract a sold-out crowd, the NC Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association proudly present the 17th Annual Economic Forecast Forum, a gathering of our state’s most powerful and influential leaders, to discuss how the state can become a leader in job retention, job creation and quality of life. This highly acclaimed event provides you with the opportunity to heighten awareness of your company to a statewide audience of more than 700 leaders in business, government, education and nonprofits.

Presented By
  • Live Oak Bank Logo


Friday, January 4
10:30 amRegistration and Networking
11:30 amLunch
12:15 pmWelcome and Opening Speaker


  • David Stevens, Chairman, NC Bankers Association & Mid-South Division President, SunTrust Banks
  • Tom Heiks, Chair, NC Chamber; Head of Commercial Middle Market, Fifth Third Bank

Opening Speaker

  • Ms. Susan Janson, Chief Risk Officer, Live Oak Bank
12:45 pmBeyond the Big Fish: How North Carolina is Preparing for Unprecedented Growth

North Carolina has made it clear that it has the resources, talent and business climate necessary to attract big business. But how can we ensure our state is leveraging this growth in a way that benefits all North Carolinians? And what can we do to guarantee these “big fish” remain in North Carolina for the long haul? Panelists representing various sectors of our state economy will address these questions in a lively, fast-paced panel moderated by Spectrum News’s Tim Boyum.

  • Christopher Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
  • Nelle Hotchkiss, SVP of Association Services & COO, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
  • Michael Landguth, President and CEO, RDU Airport Authority
  • Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University
  • Tim Boyum, Anchor, Capital Tonight, Spectrum News (Moderator)
1:30 pmEconomic Forecast Panel Discussion
  • Harry M. Davis, Economist, North Carolina Bankers Association and Professor of Finance, Appalachian State University
  • Eugene Flood, Managing Partner, Next Sector Capital
  • Dr. Emma Turner, Economist, North Carolina General Assembly Fiscal Research Division
  • Michael Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Tim Boyum, Anchor, Capital Tonight, Spectrum News (Moderator)
2:15 pmAdjourn