Business Forum Speaker Series

2017 Economic Outlook

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

3:30-4:30pm Networking Reception
4:30-6:00pm Panel Discussion with Q&A

Location: Farmer and The Seahorse, 10996 Torreyana Road, San Diego, CA 92121

SDSU’s Fowler College of Business is partnering with leaders and economists from across San Diego, California, and the United States to provide an insightful overview of the 2017 Economic Outlook.

  • External factors affecting San Diego businesses
  • Political and Policy Factors and the implications for San Diego’s economy
  • Possible risk factors for 2017
  • Effective Strategies for growth and success in 2017

Cost: $45 in advance | $55 day of | $400 for a table of 10

Moderator: Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS

Speakers to be announced the first week of January 2017!

2017 Economic Outlook Panelists

Mark Cafferty

Mark Cafferty

President and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Sarah Watt House

Sarah Watt House

Vice President and Economist, Wells Fargo Securities

Ray Majors

Ray Majors

Chief Economist, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Panelist Biographies

Mark Cafferty serves as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Mark sits at the center of a unique collaboration of business, trade, community, and education leaders who have redefined the region’s economic development strategy, cementing the region as a key stakeholder in the global economy. Cafferty has spent more than 20 years designing systems to support career advancement and economic opportunity for American workers.

He earned a B.A. in marketing and communications from Assumption College in Worcester, MA, and his advanced certification in Performance Measurement and Non-Profit Management from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2007, Cafferty was selected as a Center for Social Innovation Fellow for International Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sarah Watt House vice president and economist with Wells Fargo Securities. Based in Charlotte, N.C., she covers the U.S. macro economy, including the labor market, manufacturing sector, and inflation trends. She regularly writes indicator reports, produces special commentary, and contributes to the company’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary. Sarah frequently speaks about the economy to the national media, including Bloomberg News and National Public Radio.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Sarah worked as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Sarah earned a B.A. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans and an MSc in local economic development from the London School of Economics.

Ray Majors is the Chief Economist for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Ray joined SANDAG in 1987 as a Research Analyst and Economist responsible for SANDAG’s econometric and economic impact models, custom analytic research projects, and for developing the San Diego region’s comprehensive Economic Prosperity Strategy.  He then left SANDAG in 1994 and joined the Nielsen companies where he served as a senior executive holding numerous positions including Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer, and product strategist.   In 2010, Mr. Major moved to Halo BI, a state-of-the-art business intelligence and predictive modeling software and service provider where he served as CMO, COO, and CEO. Mr. Major rejoined SANDAG in 2015.

Ray earned both a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from San Diego State University.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Platinum Series

Duane Morris

Gold Series

City National Bank

Silver Series

Moss Adams KPBS
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The Fowler College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business