2019 General Information

MSCI 2019 Economic Summit
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Schaumburg, Illinois
September 4-5, 2019

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What to Wear

What to Wear
Conference attire is business casual. Remember, meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely; it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions. Schaumburg’s average high and low temperatures in September are 77ºF high and 50ºF low.

Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance, contact:

Rose Manfredini
Vice President, Membership & Events
(847) 485-3008–rmanfredini@msci.org

Briana Dee
Senior Membership and Events Coordinator
(847) 485-3021–bdee@msci.org

Conference Registration

Your registration fee covers admittance to conference sessions, lunch on Monday, refreshments, Monday evening reception and dinner, breakfast on Tuesday morning and refreshments. You will also receive a link to be allowed access to presentations from the meeting—an invaluable resource.

Member Pricing
Member pricing is for employees of MSCI member companies.

Register on or before August 2: $1,795
Register on or before August 16: $1,995
Register after August 16: $2,195
Register an Emerging Professional (those with 7 years or fewer of industry experience): $795*

Group Discounts
This pricing applies to the third or more professionals from the same company and is only available to MSCI members.  The discounted emerging professional registrations do not count towards the three registrations required.

Register on or before August 2: $1,595
Register on or before August 16: $1,795
Register after August 16: $1,995

Non-Member Pricing
Check your company membership status here. Interested in becoming a member and saving $600 or more? Learn more about membership here.

Register on or before August 2: $2,495
Register after August 2: $2,695


Wednesday, September 4

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Registration Desk Open

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Flat Rolled Council Meeting (closed to council members)

11:15 AM – NOON

Noon – 1:00 PM
U.S. and Global Outlook:  Economics, Politics, and Policy
Named the most accurate economist in 2018 by the Wall Street Journal, Baumohl is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy.
Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group LLC

1:00 – 1:30 PM
Refreshment Break

1:30 – 2:15 PM
The End of “Asian Century”?
Economic growth, infrastructure build and global expansion have told the story of China’s breathtaking rise over the past 20 years. But can it last? Debt, demographics and trade-induced de-industrialization are headwinds as China begins the 2020s. We’ll take a look at China’s hopes and fears over the next decade and the impact on the metals sector.
Tony Nash, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Complete Intelligence

2:15 – 2:45 PM
Navistar’s View
Friedrich Baumann
, president, Aftersales and Alliance Management, Navistar International Corporation

2:45 – 3:15 PM
Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:15 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

  • Appliances & Electronics
    Forecast for home appliances, electronics and consumer spending
    Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Principal, CEO and Chief Economist, Kleinhenz & Associates, Inc.
  • Aerospace
    Expected changes for commercial, defense and private aircraft
    Richard Aboulafia, Vice President, Analysis, Teal Group Corporation
  • Commercial Construction
    Outlook for commercial real estate
    Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Renewable Energy
    Outlook and trends for geothermal, wind, solar, and biofuels
    Anthony Logan, Senior Analyst, North America Wind Power, Wood Mackenzie

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

  • Automotive Exhaust Parts
    Hear the outlook for automotive exhaust parts
    Angel Ramirez, Global Commodity Director, Faurecia
  • What Will the Infrastructure Investment Boom Look Like?
    Outlook for federal and large-scale private projects in roads, bridges, ports and high-speed trains
    Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economics and Chief Strategist, Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure, JLL
  • Oil & Gas
    Outlook for oil, natural gas and fracking
    Michael Scheller, Principal, Energy Operations and Supply Chain, PricewaterhouseCoopers

5:45 – 6:30 PM
Receptions by Product Division

  • Aluminum
  • Bar Products
  • Flat Rolled
  • Plates & Shapes
  • Specialty Metals
  • Tubular

6:30 – 8:30 PM
Dinner with Entertainment

Thursday, September 5

Thursday, September 4, 2019

7:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration Desk Open

7:00 – 7:30 AM

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Economic Outlook 2020

Get  the  inside  analysis  of  the  current  performance  of  both  the  U.S.  economy  and  the  manufacturing  sector  as  it  relates  to  monetary  policy  and  the  role  of  the  Federal  Reserve  Bank.
William A. Strauss, Senior Economist & Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Refreshment Break

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions III

  • Defense
    Forecast for U.S. Navy, U.S. Airforce, U.S. Army procurement and federal spending
    Bill Edgar, Senior Analyst, Edgar LLC
  • Heavy Equipment
    Outlook for agricultural, construction, industrial machinery, mining equipment and heavy truck manufacturing
    Jim Meil, Vice President & Chief Economist, ACT Research
  • Residential Construction
    Outlook for the housing market. Learn how builders’ sentiment and consumer confidence are impacting housing starts
    Robert Dietz, Ph.D., Chief Economist, National Association of Home Builders
  • Truck & Trailer
    Outlook for truck and truck/trailer
    Eric Starks, CEO & Chairman, FTR Transportation Intelligence

10:00 – 10:30 AM
Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV

  • Automotive & Light Truck
    The complete outlook for North American automotive and light truck output
    Michael Robinet, Executive Director, IHS Markit Automotive
  • Rail
    Outlook for rail cars and rail infrastructure
    Eric Starks, CEO & Chairman, FTR Transportation Intelligence
  • Food Service Equipment
    Outlook for the food service equipment industry and capital expenditures
    Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs
    North American Association of Food Service Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM)

11:45 AM – 2:30 PM
Council Meetings*

  • Affiliate Committee
  • Bar Products Division Council
  • Plates & Shapes Council
  • Specialty Metals Division Council
  • Tubular Products Council

*Closed to council members only

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Hotel & Travel

About Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is located 12 miles northwest of Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Please contact the hotel directly to arrange for accommodations.

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone:  1-866-204-0549
Website:  https://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/renaissance-schaumburg-convention-center-hotel 

Online reservations can be made here:  https://book.passkey.com/go/MSCIEconomicSummit2019

Room rates (single/double occupancy): $185.00 plus tax

It is recommended that you make your hotel accommodations early to ascertain availability. MSCI cannot guarantee availability or the room rate after Friday, August 2, 2019 or when the MSCI room block is filled – whichever occurs first.

Transportation Information

Transportation Information
The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is approximately 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
We are proud to announce that National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car along with its subsidiary Enterprise Fleet Management are MSCI member companies!

MSCI supports its member by suggesting that you also support Enterprise and/or National when renting a car during MSCI conferences. MSCI has negotiated discounted rates for your benefit. For faster service and reward options please enroll into Emerald Club. Emerald Club members are recognized at both National and Enterprise so please reference your Emerald Club number and Account Number XZ15W61 when reserving at both National and Enterprise. Counter bypass is available through National Car Rental. Reservations with Enterprise and National can be made by phone or online by clicking here.

Alpha Taxi and Limousine Service 
Alpha Taxi & Limousine Service provides transportation from O’Hare Airport or Midway Airport. Advance reservations are required; please call 1-800-282-7098 at least 24 hours in advance. To make arrangements, please have the exact arrival time, airline and flight number available.

Embarque also provides transportation from O’Hare International Airport. Advance reservations are required; please call 312-983-6323 at least 24 hours in advance. To make arrangements, have the exact arrival time, airline and flight number available. Rates will be quoted at that time.

Taxi Without Advance Reservations
If you will be traveling to the hotel by taxi from O’Hare airport, make certain to request a suburban cab company. A suburban cab will cost approximately $65.00 one way.


Don’t miss the opportunity to generate new leads and raise positive awareness of your company. Be a MSCI Economic Summit sponsor and build on your relationships within the metals supply chain.

There are a number of outstanding sponsorship opportunities. For more information and to secure your sponsorship, speak with Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004.

Deadline to submit artwork is Friday, August 2. Limit one sponsor per event, unless otherwise noted.

$7,500 Level 

Includes one complimentary registration*, signage, listing in the conference app and display of literature. Meal sponsorships also include a reserved table.

Choose from:

  • Lunch September 4
  • Dinner September 4
  • Breakfast September 5
  • Room Drop of company literature or takeaway item September 4
  • Room Keycards provided upon check-in
  • Bound Notebooks or Padfolios provided upon registration
  • Bottled Water Sponsored by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.
  • Conference Badges Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
  • Economic Summit Mobile App

*Complimentary registrations are valued at $1,795 for members and $2,495 for nonmembers (no cash value)

$5,000 Level

Includes signage, listing in the conference app, and display of literature.

Choose from:

  • Charging Station for mobile phones and tablets
  • Tins of Mints provided throughout the conference
  • General Session WiFi Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank

$3,500 Level 

Includes custom napkins, signage, listing in the conference app, and display of literature in the registration foyer.

Product Division Receptions, September 4
Choose From:

  • Aluminum Products Reception Sponsored by Hydro
  • Bar Products Reception Sponsored by Nelsen Steel Company
  • Flat Rolled Products Reception Sponsored by Nucor
  • Plates & Shapes Reception Sponsored by Commercial Metals Company
  • Specialty Metals Reception
  • Tubular Products Reception Sponsored by Lock Joint Tube
  • Refreshment Break
    • September 4 Sponsored by Red Bud Industries
    • September 5

$2,000 Level

Includes signage and listing in the conference app.

Breakout Session September 4 or September 5
Choose From:

  • Aerospace Sponsored by Kaiser Aluminum
  • Appliances
  • Automotive Exhaust Parts
  • Automotive & Light Truck
  • Commercial Construction
  • Defense
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil & Gas
  • Rail
  • Renewable Energy
  • Residential Construction
  • Truck & Trailer


Richard Aboulafia, Vice President, Analysis, Teal Group Corporation

Richard Aboulafia is vice president of analysis at Teal Group and manages consulting projects for clients in the commercial and military aircraft field and has advised numerous companies, including most prime and many second-and third-tier contractors.  Aboulafia writes and edits Teal’s World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecast tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. He also writes publicly about the aviation field and military defense including Military Technology, Naval Forces, Military Simulation and Training and has a regular column in AIAA’s Aerospace America. He is frequently cited as an aviation industry authority by trade and news publications.  Before joining Teal Group, Aboulafia analyzed the jet engine market at Jane’s Information Group, served as an aerospace industry consultant for an international trade advisory company and supported research projects at the Brookings Institution. Richard earned a master’s degree in war studies from the University of London and a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

Friedrich W. Baumann President, Aftersales / Alliance Management, Navistar International Corporation

Friedrich Baumann is President, Aftersales for Navistar, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for Navistar’s parts business, service, warranty and dealer network development. In addition, he is responsible for the Alliance management between Navistar and Traton SE. He serves on the company’s Executive Leadership team.

Baumann joined Navistar in April of 2018, as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning. Prior to joining Navistar, he served as Senior Vice President of the aftermarket business unit of Daimler Trucks North America since 2012. In this role, he was also a board member of the DTNA Operating Committee.

Prior to this, Baumann was the managing director of Engine Holding GmbH, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce plc., based in Stuttgart, Germany. From 2009-2011, Baumann was the group director of strategy and business development for Global Truck, Bus and Van divisions of Daimler AG.

Prior to that, he was president of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing LLC and served on the boards of Atlantic Detroit Diesel Allison LLC and Florida Detroit Diesel Allison LLC.

He began his career with Freightliner in 1993 and held several roles of increasing responsibilities. This included many areas within the company from Finance & Controlling to Used Trucks, Procurement and Supply in both the United States and Germany.

Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist, The Economic Outlook Group LLC

Bernard Baumohl is chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. His ability to correctly predict the economy’s path was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, which formally declared Mr. Baumohl to be the most accurate economic forecaster for 2018.

Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in international affairs and national security. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl was also an award-winning economics reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street.

In addition to his current post as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl is on the faculty of the New York Institute of Finance, where he conducts seminars on how forward-looking economic indicators can help business leaders better foresee turning points in the economy. He has also previously lectured at NYU and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Mr. Baumohl is a member of the monthly Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Panel and his projections on the economy and geopolitical trends are frequently cited in the New York TimesWashington PostBusiness WeekFinancial Times, and on National Public Radio. He also served as a regular commentator on TV’s Nightly Business Report.

Mr. Baumohl is author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities (Pearson Education). The best-selling book is in its 3rd edition and has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and German.

He is also a recipient of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism, and is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association. Mr. Baumohl holds an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.


Robert Dietz, Ph.D., Chief Economist, National Association of Home Builders

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Research, the National Tax Journal and the NBER Working Paper series. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy on housing and economic issues. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, specializing in revenue estimation of legislative proposals involving housing, urban development, and other business tax issues. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.

Bill Edgar, Senior Analyst, Edgar LLC

Bill Edgar is an independent advisor to data analytics and strategy companies in the aerospace, defense, economics and national security fields.

Over his career, Bill has advised companies and governments around the world, providing market development and business strategy, and supporting a variety of defense industrial base and national security research efforts. His professional experience includes stints with Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, and Jane’s, a leading data and information company specializing in military, aerospace and transportation.

Currently, Bill is leading a research initiative designed to support science, technology and innovation strategies across the Army’s military research and development community.
Bill has conducted numerous international presentations and interviews on security and defense industry issues, and he has provided expert testimony to the US Congress.”

Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Managing Director, Economics and Chief Strategist, Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure, JLL

Dr. Walter Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. In this role, Walter executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. He is also working to expand the U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group’s expertise to the infrastructure sector and assist both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.

Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. Walter’s professional experience working in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.

He currently advises several major U.S. Port Authorities and is routinely asked to work on complex issues with various investment banks, private equity firms and public regulatory agencies. Walter has helped major multinational corporations restructure their global supply chains. He provides substantial support to the freight movement industry via columns in industry publications, presentations at major international industry conferences, and advising the US Department of Commerce on supply chain competitiveness. Walter recently testified to the US Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee on issues affecting the freight industry. He has also published research in scholarly journals.

Prior to joining JLL, Walter was the Chief Economist for Moffat & Nichol, a leading global infrastructure advisement firm. Preceding his experience working with Moffatt & Nichol, Walter was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan in London and, earlier, Head of Global Industry Strategy at UBS in Zurich and London.

Walter is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Department of Transportation’s National Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Valuation.  He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, National Association of Business Economists, and International Association of Energy Economists

He holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.

Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Principal, CEO and Chief Economist, Kleinhenz & Associates, Inc.

Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., is principal, CEO and Chief Economist of Kleinhenz & Associates, an economic, financial consulting and wealth management firm headquartered in Cleveland, as well as adjunct professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He also serves as chief economist for the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association.

As a professional economist with more than 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, banking firms, regulators, planners, universities, airports, manufacturers, chambers of commerce, trade associations, nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies, Kleinhenz is known for translating economics into clear and concise explanations and action. He is a Certified Business Economist (CBE) in business economics and data analytics.

A frequent speaker on business and economic issues, Kleinhenz is regularly called upon for his expertise by the local, national and international media. These include The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, The Wall Street JournalUSA Today and The Washington Post.

Formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Kleinhenz is a contributing forecaster to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He also participates as a panelist for NABE’s Economic Outlook, Business Conditions and Policy surveys. He is a past president of the National Association for Business Economics, the largest international association of applied economists, strategists, academics, and policymakers committed to the application of economics.

Kleinhenz serves as a board director to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the nation’s leading nonprofit economics research organization. Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Kleinhenz has served as a member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee. He is a member of The Conference Board Consumer Dynamics Center Advisory Board, the University Hospitals of Cleveland Investment Management Committee and the Governor of Ohio’s Council of Economic Advisors.

A graduate of John Carroll University, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Jim Meil, Vice President & Chief Economist, ACT Research

Jim joined ACT Research in June, 2014. He is well known in the commercial vehicle industry and the broader transportation community for his analytics, his insights, and imaginative, yet down-to-earth management presentations. Jim previously was Vice President and Chief Economist with Eaton, a position he held since 1996. He retired from Eaton after a 29 year career there, serving various roles in planning, treasury, and economics functions. Prior to joining Eaton, Jim had held consulting and management positions with Chase Econometrics and with Burroughs Corporation.

Jim holds an MBA in finance and a BA (honors) in economics from the University of Chicago. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Business Economics and has won recognition from both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today for top economic outlook from their respective panels of 50 economics forecasters

Tony Nash, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Complete Intelligence

Tony Nash is the CEO and Founder of Complete Intelligence, a data technology firm using the world’s largest proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning platform to forecast commodities, currencies, equity markets, economics and international trade.

Previously, Tony built and led the global research business for The Economist (EIU) and the Asia consulting business for IHS (now IHS Markit). He has also been a social entrepreneur, media entrepreneur, writer and consultant.

Tony is a frequent public speaker and leader of closed door dialogues with business and government leaders on markets, economics, risk and technology. He is a contributor to leading global media (BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, etc) and has served as an advisor to government and think tanks in Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and Washington DC.

Tony is an international advisory board member for Texas A&M University and a non-executive director with Kredit Microfinance Bank in Cambodia. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.

Angel Ramirez, Global Commodity Director, Faurecia

Angel Ramirez is the global commodity director at Faurecia in Germany, a position he has held for the last 7 years.  He globally leads the development of commodity and supplier panel strategies, visions and actions plans together with the commodity leaders in each division. Prior to this role at Faurecia, he has held several purchasing, logistics and systems management roles at Lear Corporation and United Technologies Automotive Europe for more than 20 years. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a degree in Industrial Electronics Technical Engineering.

Michael Robinet, Executive Director, IHS Markit Automotive

Michael Robinet was promoted to Executive Director of the Automotive Global Advisory practice at IHS Markit. In this role, Michael builds upon his experience as a leader and innovator in automotive research. He has been widely quoted on global automotive industry trends and topics in leading print, radio and TV, and he frequently presents at global OEM and supplier conferences and symposiums. Mr. Robinet helped design the world’s first contiguous database developed to forecast sales, production and sourcing linkages for the global automotive industry. He has over three decades of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis and manufacturing finance. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Detroit Economic Club (DEC). He is also active on several boards. Currently, he is active with the Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA), a past board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and is a founding director of the Canada-US Business Association (CUSBA). Michael holds an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA – both from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Michael Scheller, Principal, Energy Operations and Supply Chain, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mike Scheller is a Principal in PwC’s Energy Advisory practice, and leads the Energy Operations and Supply Chain practice.  He leads projects related to cost reduction, mergers and acquisitions, maintenance and field operations, and supply chain and materials management. He has been a PwC consultant for over 17 years, all of it in the energy and utilities industries.

Mike holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Masters in Engineering and Environmental Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining PwC, Mike served as a Civil Engineer Officer in the US Air Force.  He retired from the US Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Mike is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional.

Anthony Logan, Senior Analyst, North America Wind Power, Wood Mackenzie

Anthony focuses on market developments, future scenarios, supply chain dynamics and competitive strategies across the wind power value chain in North America. He closely monitors industry participants, markets, policy developments and technology trends in the region to constantly maintain Wood Mackenzie’s knowledge base and provide clients with the sharpest and most up-to-date research.

Anthony graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts and has more than five years of experience in the wind industry. He has an extensive background in data collection and quantitative analysis and is fluent in Spanish and German. Anthony is based in Wood Mackenzie’s Chicago office.

Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Ken Simonson is the Chief Economist at the Associated General Contractors of American. He joined AGC of America in September 2001. Ken’s weekly one-page email newsletter for AGC, The Data DIGest, provides 8000 readers with the latest economic news relevant to construction. He also sends out a variety of state-specific information. He is interviewed and quoted almost daily by local and national media, including The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, Business Week, and CNBC. In addition, he has written eight booklets explaining tax provisions in plain English, and he contributes frequently to a variety of business and professional publications and conferences.

Ken has 35 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. Before joining AGC, he was senior economic advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Earlier, he was vice president and chief economist for the American Trucking Associations. He also worked with the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and an economic consulting firm.
Ken was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel of experts advising the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. Ken is a board member of the National Tax Association and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is author of “Digging into Construction Data,” published in NABE’s journal, Business Economics. Since 1982, he has co-chaired the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded for leading researchers and policy makers among tax economists. He is vice president of Community Tax Aid, an organization that prepares returns for free for low-income taxpayers. Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, an MA in economics from Northwestern University, and has taken advanced graduate economics courses at the Université de Paris, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown.

Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs North American Association of Food Service Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM)

Charlie Souhrada is vice president, regulatory & technical affairs, for the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM), a trade association of more than 550 foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers providing products for food preparation, cooking, storage and table service. Charlie is responsible for the association’s advocacy efforts, government relations and technical liaison activities. He earned ServSafe Food Protection Manager Designation in 2004, and became a Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) in 2006. He serves on several industry advisory committees including: ASTM Committee F26 on Foodservice Equipment; CSA Group’s Fuels and Appliances Strategic Steering Committee; the Food Service Technology Center Technical Advisory Committee; and the NSF International Food Equipment Joint Committee.

Eric Starks, CEO & Chairman, FTR Transportation Intelligence

Eric Starks is CEO and chairman of FTR, Freight Transportation Intelligence, an industry leader in freight transportation forecasting. Eric has spent his entire career in the freight transportation sector and is a leading researcher in freight modal share analysis and forecasting.  His background includes research in both rail and truck freight movements and asset equipment purchases.  He is currently one of the premier Industry forecasters on transportation equipment demand for rail cars, commercial trucks and trailers. Starks is an active member of the transportation community and holds a position on the Board of Directors for the National Industrial Transportation League.  Eric holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University.

William A. Strauss, Senior Economist & Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He organizes the Bank’s Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts industrial and manufacturing roundtables throughout the year.

Strauss has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Webster University in Chicago. He currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. At the latter institution, he was named winner of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs. He was recognized by the University at Buffalo as a Distinguished Alumni in 2012.

His research papers include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the automotive sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles and Federal Reserve payments operations.

Strauss has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows and quoted in the major business magazines and newspapers. He has also provided testimony concerning manufacturing issues to the U.S. Senate.

He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Business Economists; a past board member for the National Association for Business Economics; a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo; a member of the Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth and Development, a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Economic Education; a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the Council on Competitiveness; a board member of Global Interdependence Center; and a member of the Council of Great Lakes Governors Maritime Advisory Committee.

Strauss earned a B.A. in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University. He is a Certified Business Economist™ (CBE), the certification in business economics and data analytics developed by the National Association for Business Economics. It documents a professional’s accomplishment, experience, abilities and demonstrates mastery of the body of knowledge critical for a successful career in the field of economics and data analytics.

Important Deadlines and Policies

A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm Friday, August 2, 2019; cancellations received in writing by MSCI by 5:00 pm before Friday, August 16, 2019, will receive a refund of 50% of registration fees paid. No shows and cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for refunds. Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations or substitutions will be accepted by contacting Briana Dee.

MSCI reserves the right to cancel the Pricing Optimization One-day Forum due to lack of enrollment.

*Bring an Emerging Professional

Seasoned  professionals can bring an emerging professional with 7 or fewer years of industry experience for just $795.  To register an emerging professional and for more details call Briana Dee at 847-485-3021.  (MSCI Members Only)

The discounted emerging professional registrations do not count towards the three registrations required for the Group Discounts pricing structure.

MSCI Antitrust Policy

MSCI conferences strictly comply with all U.S. antitrust laws.  As a conference attendee and/or presenter, we ask that you review and adhere to the MSCI Antitrust Policy.

Content Policy

The content  (including, but not limited to, slides, charts, video-clips, etc. ) presented at MSCI conferences is proprietary and presented solely for the benefit of conference attendees. The conference content should not be disseminated or re-transmitted in any way (e.g. electronically, via audio tape, etc.) to the public or third parties.

Entertainment Policy

Entertainment and/or company meetings should never be scheduled at the same time as official MSCI business or a social event.  This includes breakfast sessions, business sessions, and evening group functions.  MSCI recommends that company entertainment be planned prior to the opening or following the conclusion of Economic Summit.  Please respect MSCI’s policy in extending and accepting invitations.

Press and Sponsorship Policies

This event is closed to the press. Only event sponsors may distribute products or promotional materials at MSCI venues.  Please contact Monique Combs at (847) 485-3004 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Registrant/Participant Image and Voice Agreement

Registration for attendance and/or participation at MSCI Conferences and other associated activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to permit MSCI’s to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the registrant or participant’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, audiotapes or other digital or electronic recordings of such event and activities.