Registration opens for 8th Annual Business Outlook Summit

Feb 15, 2012 | Business

Registration has opened for the 8th Annual Business Outlook Summit, sponsored by Community Trust Bank, which will be held on March 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at CenturyLink Headquarters in Monroe.
Speakers will deliver economic forecasts for the region, state, and nation.  Delivering the economic outlook for the nation is keynote speaker Mr. Brian Belski, chief investment strategist for Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. in New York City.
In his over 20 years in the investment industry, Belski has held various strategy and research positions, most recently as the Chief U.S. Sector Strategist at Merrill Lynch.  He is frequently quoted in the financial press, including weekly appearances on CNBC, as well as commentary on other networks such as Bloomberg, Fox Business News, and CNN.  A 2004 poll conducted by USA Today named Belski the most accurate strategist on Wall Street.
Dr. John Francis, assistant professor of economics at Louisiana Tech University, and Dr. Robert Eisenstadt, associate professor of economics at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will provide a regional economic outlook.
The Summit is hosted by Louisiana Tech’s College of Business, University of Louisiana-Monroe’s College of Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development, Northern Louisiana Economic Partnership, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Ruston/Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, and West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.
Sponsors include Community Trust Bank (Conference Sponsor), Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. (Keynote Speaker Sponsor), P&S Surgical Hospital (Regional Outlook Speaker Sponsor), CenturyLink and Centric Federal Credit Union (Corporate Sponsors), and Peregrine Corporation (Printing Sponsor).
Registration is required to attend the Business Outlook Summit.  The registration fee is $50 per person and $15 per student.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.
For more information or to register for the Summit, please call 318-257-3701 or e-mail Debbie Van De Velde, director of development for Louisiana Tech’s College of Business at  Registration forms can also be found on the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University website
Detailed Program Agenda
8:00 a.m.         Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m.         Welcome
8:45 a.m.         National Outlook Presentation by Mr. Brian Belski, Chief Investment Strategist, Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc.
9:45 a.m.         Question and Answer Session
10:00 a.m.       Networking Break
10:15 a.m.       Regional Outlook Presentation by Dr. Robert Eisenstadt, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Louisiana-Monroe and Dr. John Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics, Louisiana Tech University
11:15 a.m.       Question and Answer Session
11:45 a.m.       Conclusion