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George Mokrzan, Ph.D. Mark E. Schweitzer, Ph.D. Nader Nazmi, Ph.D.

Ohio Wesleyan to Host Economic Outlook Conference for 2011
Expert Panel to Share Regional, National, and International Forecasts

October 9, 2010

DELAWARE, OH – The public is invited to a free panel discussion in which experts will examine the short-term and long-term economic outlook for the region, nation, and world. Ohio Wesleyan University’s Economic Outlook Conference for 2011 will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Each panelist will speak for 15 minutes and then respond to questions and comments from the audience. This year’s panelists are:

George Mokrzan, Ph.D., vice president and senior economist for Huntington Bancshares Incorporated’s Private Financial and Capital Markets Group. Mokrzan will share insights on the regional economic outlook. He serves on the Economic Advisory Council of the American Bankers Association and has served on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Economists’ Roundtable and other public-service-related organizations. He also is a contributor to the Greater Columbus Blue Chip Economic Forecast, a report on the Columbus economy sponsored by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He earned a doctoral degree in macroeconomics, international economics, and econometrics from Duke University, a master’s degree in economics from Duke, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester.  
Mark E. Schweitzer, Ph.D., senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Schweitzer will discuss the national economic outlook. His research focuses on the macroeconomic impact of labor market developments and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth. He previously worked for the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver Branch. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago.  
Nader Nazmi, Ph.D., deputy director of the Latin America Department for the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of International Finance, Inc. Nazmi will discuss the international economic forecast. He has taught at Lake Forest College, Georgetown University, and the University of Michigan, and he was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil. He has held management positions at Banc One Capital Markets and Central Bank of Ecuador. He has written extensively about international finance, macroeconomics, and emerging market economies, with a focus on Latin America. Nazmi wrote the book “Economic Policy and Stabilization in Latin America” and also has written articles that have appeared in such publications as Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, World Development, Review of Development Economics, and Journal of Forecasting. He earned doctoral and master’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Iowa State University.  

The annual Economic Outlook Conference is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and by the university’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship. Goran Skosples, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, will serve as moderator. The conference also will be streamed live at StreamOWU.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.