Let's get ready to rumble!
Rising interest rates, all-time highs in equity markets, an ever increasing debt load and growing geopolitical uncertainty will usher in 2019. Is it time to batten down the hatches or spread the sails? Join TMA West Michigan and ACG Western Michigan as these two distinguished associations go toe to toe in a battle of economic wits:
TMA West Michigan & ACG Western Michigan Econo-Off
Date: January 15, 2019
Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel- Pantlind Ballroom
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
Cost: $25 for TMA Members
$40 for TMA Non-Members
$15 for TMA NextGeners (Young Professionals)
"Fight Announcer" Dr. Robert Dye will provide an economic outlook for 2019. "Fight Referee" Traci Courter will share the fight's rules of engagement, a coin flip will occur and a rousing round of prognostication from some of our association's greatest minds will follow. Judge for yourself and weigh in with your own outlook as we discuss:
What direction will interest rates move in 2019?
When would the Fed begin to reduce interest rates?
Could a strengthening dollar lead to an emerging market debt crisis?
What policy measures might the Fed deploy in the event of a downturn?
And much more…
Real time polling will occur, so bring your smart phone and let the boxing bell sound.
Dr. Robert Dye (Comerica Bank)
Robert A. Dye Ph.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. He leads the Comerica Economics Department, which provides research and analysis vital to Comerica and its customers, as well as business leaders and policy makers throughout the country.
Traci Courter (Mercantile Bank)
Traci L. Courter is a 20-year veteran of the banking industry primarily focusing on commercial loan workout. She is presently Vice President of Commercial Risk Assets at Mercantile Bank.
ACG Western Michigan Contender
David Nemes (DWH), TMA West Michigan Contender
David Nemes has more than 15 years of experience in consulting, financial analysis, entrepreneurship, accounting, and problem solving within a broad array of industries.
Registration and Networking
Welcome, Announcements and Crowd Polling
Presentation by Dr. Dye
Contenders Enter the Ring, Coin Flip and Rules of Engagement
ACG or TMA Contender
ACG or TMA Contender
Contenders Return to the Ropes and Second Crowd Polling
Q & A
Who should attend: All Turnaround and M & A professionals including: turnaround specialists, CTAs, CPAs, attorneys, economists, bankers, loan officers, accountants, investors, consultants, economists, fiduciaries, those who specialize in valuations and all other professionals working in M & A and insolvency. Also welcome: business community-members-at-large including but not limited to executives, management, owners, operators and board members.