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Ohio Wesleyan to Hold 2007 Economic Outlook Conference


February 6, 2007

Inflation. Unemployment. Trade and budget deficits. How will these pieces, and others, fit together to shape the national and global economy during the year ahead?

Three economics experts — including Ohio Wesleyan University alumnus and CNBC guest analyst Andrew B. Busch, will ponder this puzzle during the university's fourth annual Economic Outlook Conference. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the university's Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. It is free and open to the public.

In addition to Busch, a 1983 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus, the panel also will include Mark S. Sniderman and Philip A. Voelker.

Andrew B. Busch, MBA, is the director of BMO Capital Markets and a global foreign exchange strategist. He advises institutional and large corporations on foreign exchange hedging and trading strategies. Busch is a recognized expert on world financial markets and how these markets are impacted by political events. A frequent face in the media, he appears at 4:15 p.m. EST every Friday on CNBC's “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo.

Mark S. Sniderman, Ph.D., is the senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His responsibilities include directing the economic and monetary policy analysis of the bank and overseeing the production of research publications. He also serves on the Senior Management Committee and the Credit Risk Committee. Sniderman currently serves as an advisor to a number of government and nonprofit organizations on the topics of education and economic development.

Philip A. Voelker is the chief investment officer for Dublin, Ohio-based Advanced Asset Management Advisors, Inc., with $375 million under management. Voelker has spent the last 31 years managing securities portfolios with objectives ranging from short-term cash management to aggressive equity and venture capital investing. Unlike many generalists, his investment background is unique, having gained specialized portfolio management experience in each strategy.

The Economic Outlook Conference is co-sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Economics and the Woltemade Center. During the conference, each panelist will speak for approximately 15 minutes and then respond to questions and comments from the audience. Robert Gitter, Ph.D., professor of economics and coordinator of the conference, will serve as its moderator.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.