Join us for a lively discussion with corporate and academic leaders.
When: Friday, October 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Park City Club
5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700
Dallas, Texas 75255
What: Register to hear experts from the most active industries in Texas share their insights on the economy from a C-suite point of view. The focus will be on manufacturing, retail, and commercial development. The event is moderated by Sandy Leeds, distinguished senior lecturer at McCombs School of Business.
Key Questions Covered:
- Will the federal debt load continue to drop?
- Will the GDP move beyond the two percent range into real recovery?
- Will unemployment drop below 7 percent?
- Can the Fed hold down inflation so businesses can access low cost capital for growth?
Sandy Leeds, CFA, is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. He teaches graduate level classes in the MBA Investment Fund, LLC. He publishes an analysis of key market issues on his blog "Leeds on Finance."
Prior to teaching, he had careers as a lawyer and a money manager. He did his undergraduate work at The University of Alabama and also has a law degree from The University of Virginia and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. At UT, he has received many teaching awards, including Outstanding Professor in the MBA Program.
Mike Berry is president of Hillwood Properties, which provides site selection, land development, property management, and construction services for industrial, office, retail, and residential real estate. Berry also leads development efforts fro Alliance Texas, one of the most unique master-planned communities in the nation.
A Fort Worth native, Berry is the past chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He currently serves as director of the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council and as a member of the Fort Worth Chamber Executive Committee, the International Board of Visitors of the MJ Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, and the UT - Real Estate Finance and Investment Center Advisory Board, among others.
Berry graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He earned his MBA from Texas Christian University and completed Harvard University's Graduate School of Design Advanced Management Degree Program.
Kathy Doyle Thomas
Kathy Doyle Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer, joined Half Price Books in July 1989. Her responsibilities include developing national marketing efforts for the wholesale and retail divisions of the company, as well as overseeing all real estate purchases, store expansion criteria, and site selection. She also heads the company's three website divisions.
Thomas is also the president of Half Price Books Community Services, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports various community programs. She currently serves on the Global Retail Marketing Association board and is a member of the NRF's Integrated Mobile Initiative Task Force. She is also a former board chair of the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.
Tony joined Mary Kay, Inc. in 1977 and is currently the Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering and is responsible for Warehousing, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Engineering/Commercialization and Corporate/Regional Distribution for the US and China manufacturing sites. Tony led the construction of the 200,000 square foot manufacturing site in China and is currently leading the construction of five greenfield sites in China. Tony served as at Expat in Switzerland, leading the Swiss manufacturing site, which provided products for Eastern and Western Europe.
Pat Niekamp is the founder and publisher of Texas CEO Magazine. Niekamp's background includes two decades of senior management, sales, and marketing in the media industry. Prior to launching the magazine in 2010, Niekamp was General Manager of the NBC affiliate television stations in Ohio and Minnesota.
Niekamp moved to Austin in 1999, where she worked on the legal magazine, Texas Bar Journal, and for the LIN Television stations KXAN, KNVA, and KBVO.
Her inspiration for launching Texas CEO Magazine came from her travels across the state dealing with the Texas business community. The publication's mission is to connect Texas businesses in person, through the pages of the magazine, website, e-newsletter, and events, in order to do business together and grow the Texas economy.