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National Experts to Brief Area Business
Leaders on Economic Outlook

RELEASED: Feb. 28, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Four leading economists will share their insights and predictions for local, regional, national and international economies and financial markets for the remainder of 2007 and beyond at the "Economic Outlook Executive Briefing." The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the RCU room at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension and the Small Business Development Center, together with the Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Eau Clare Area of Chamber of Commerce, are sponsoring the event, which originates at the Fluno Center at UW-Madison. The program will be offered via interactive video so attendees will have the opportunity to participate and ask questions without traveling to Madison.

For more than 40 years, the semi-annual event has been helping business leaders and owners translate economic trends into competitive intelligence. The event will explore factors impacting the economy, such as oil prices, federal budget deficits, interest rates, employment outlook, and war on terrorism. Business leaders from throughout Wisconsin, northern Illinois and eastern Iowa are expected to participate at the live and broadcast sites.

Featured speakers are listed below:

Neil George Dr. Anthony Chan Jay N. Mueller Dr. Donald A. Nichols
Neil George
Dr. Anthony Chan
Jay N. Mueller
Dr. Donald A. Nichols

Neil George, editor of Personal Finance, Neil George's Inner Circle and By George!

  • Recently retired as a chief economist of a New York-based money management and affiliated brokerage company.
  • Helped to found and build the International Markets Division of Mark Twain Bank — the first U.S. Bank to successfully bring global investments to American investors.
  • Regularly featured in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Business Week and Barron's, and appears regularly on CNNfn, CNBC and Bloomberg.

Dr. Anthony Chan, managing director and chief economist, JPMorgan Private Client Services

  • Member of the prestigious Blue Chip Monthly Forecasting panel, the National Association of Business Economists Quarterly Macro Panel, as well as Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Weekly Economic Indicator panels.
  • Served on the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association, a group that briefed Alan Greeenspan and his board in two off-the-record sessions per year

Jay N. Mueller, CFA, senior portfolio manager, Wells Capital Management Fixed Income Team

  • Fourteen years at Strong Capital Management, including roles as the portfolio manager of the Strong Money Market and Strong Heritage Money Funds and director of fixed income. He served as Strong's economist 2000-2005.
  • Managed equity derivatives, bond portfolios, money market funds, international cash portfolios, municipal portfolios, and index funds

Dr. Donald A. Nichols, professor emeritus of economics and public affairs, UW-Madison

  • Served on the staffs of the Council of Economic Advisors to the U.S. President (1963), the Senate Budget Committee (1975, 1976), and as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (1977-79)
  • For more than 30 years has focused his research, teaching and publications on factors affecting unemployment, inflation and regional economic growth, with a focus on macroeconomic theory and policy, and regional economic policy.
  • Serves on Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's Economic Advisory Council

A brief question-and-answer period will follow each presentation.

Economic Outlook is a signature event of the Executive Education program at the UW-Madison School of Business. The program was ranked first in the world for open enrollment programs by the Economist Intelligence Unit in both 2005 and 2006. The Financial Times ranked the program 5th in the world for value for money and14th overall among top U.S. executive education programs.

The featured speakers were selected by Charles Krueger, department chair and program director for Executive Education at UW-Madison. Krueger teaches and directs programs in finance and accounting and has been selecting speakers and leading UW's Economic Outlook conference for over six years.

The seminar fee is $295 and includes materials, refreshments and lunch. For more information, see the online brochure. To register or obtain additional program information please contact Continuing Education at 715-836-5811/toll-free 866-893-2423. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. Contact Ann Rupnow at 715-836-5811/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), or email



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