Past Speakers

 

Peter Zeihan 

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present Peter Zeihan on Thursday, April 11, 2019. A reception begins at 6 pm with dinner seating at 6:45 pm.  Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert.  His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014.  His newest project, The Absent Superpower, published in December 2016. It highlights what comes next.  Photos

 

             

Rick Rieder

The Economic Club of Memphis, in partnership with the CFA Society Memphis, is pleased to present Rick Rieder on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  Rick is BlackRock's Global Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income. He is a member of BlackRock's Fixed Income Executive Committee, a member of its Leadership Committee, and also serves as Chairman of the BlackRock Investment Council.  Photos

 

 

Steve Nelson

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present Steve Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare, on Monday, December 3, 2018. Steve Nelson is chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare, a $180 billion division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) – No. 5 on the Fortune 500 list. UnitedHealthcare serves one in eight Americans, making it the single largest business dedicated to health and well-being in the United States. Photos

 

Michelle Meyer

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present MIchelle Meyer on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Michelle Meyer is a managing director and senior US economist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She is the primary fixed income trading floor economist and specialist in the US housing market. In this capacity, Meyer provides timely analysis of the high-frequency economic data and Federal Reserve policy announcements to the sales force and traders. Photos

 

           

Bill Johnson and J.T. Young

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present Bill Johnson, President and CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority, with J.T. Young, President and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water, on Thursday, November 8, 2018. William (Bill) D. Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority. President and CEO J.T. Young joined MLGW in 2018 and is the 11th President to lead the utility. Photos

 

                    

Jim Bullard

The Economic Club of Memphis in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Memphis Branch is pleased to present the 2019 Regional Economic Briefing and breakfast on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The speaker will be James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. James “Jim” Bullard oversees the activities of the Eighth Federal Reserve District, including operations in the St. Louis headquarters and its branches in Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn. Photos

 

Pre-debate Reception
Gubernatorial Debate, October 2, 2019 
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Arthur Laffer

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present Dr. Arthur Laffer on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm that provides global investment-research services to institutional asset managers, pension funds, financial institutions, and corporations. Since its inception in 1979, the firm’s research has focused on the interconnecting macroeconomic, political and demographic changes affecting global financial markets.  Photos

 

 

Peter Freund

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present Peter Freund, Principal Owner of Trinity Baseball Holdings, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 on Redbirds opening night in the Redbird Club. A baseball oriented buffet dinner will begin at 5:30 pm.  Peter will speak prior to opening night ceremonies.  Peter B. Freund is a minority owner of the New York Yankees and Principal Owner of Trinity Baseball Holdings.  Trinity Baseball Holdings’ portfolio of affiliated minor league baseball teams includes the Memphis Redbirds, the Charleston RiverDogs and the Williamsport Crosscutters.  Photos

 

 

Don Harkleroad

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present Don Harkleroad, Chairman and CEO of the Bristol Company and a senior member of the Davos Circle of the World Economic Forum, on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the University Club. Registration and lunch seating at 11:30 am.  Mr. Harkleroad, Chairman and CEO of The Bristol Company, a portfolio and management company, is an entrepreneur and founder of numerous companies.  He will report on the January 2018 meeting of the World Economic Forum.  Photos

 

 

 

Senator Lamar Alexander

February 20, 2018, the speaker was Senator Lamar Alexander, first elected to the Senate in 2002 and since re-elected twice. His Republican colleagues elected him three times to be chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Alexander is a seventh-generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville and was twice elected governor of Tennessee. Today, Alexander chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  He has previously served as president of the University of Tennessee and as U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush.  Photos

 

 

Fredrik Voss

On February 6, 2018, the Economic Club of Memphis presented Fredrik Voss, Vice President of Blockchain Innovation at Nasdaq, who is responsible for Nasdaq's blockchain innovation initiative. Blockchain technology is a peer-to-peer network, secure by design.  Blockchains are potentially suitable for the recording of events, medical records, and other records management activities.  The first Blockchain was implemented in 2008 as a core component of the digital currency bitcoin, where it serves as the public ledger for all transactions. The bitcoin design has been the inspiration for other applications.  Photos

 

Michael Cembalest

The Economic Club of Memphis, in partnership with the CFA Society Memphis, presented Michael Cembalest on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the HIlton Memphis. Michael Cembalest is the Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and author of "Eye on the Market" since 2005. In this role, he is responsible for leading the strategic market and investment insights practice across the firm’s Institutional, Funds and Private Banking businesses.  Photos

 

Will Thorndike

The Economic Club of Memphis was pleased to present Will Thorndike, founder of Housatonic Partners and author of The Outsiders:  Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis. Photos

 

       

                                 

2018 Economic Outlook Briefing

October 20, 2017. The 2018 Regional Economic Briefing and breakfast is presented in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch. The speakers will be Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist and Research Officer, and Charles Gascon, Regional Economist, both with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will be discuss economic projections for the upcoming year on both a national and state level. Photos

 

PJ O'Rourke

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present a dinner meeting featuring PJ O’Rourke, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Hilton Memphis.  With more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any living writer, O’Rourke has established himself as America’s premier political satirist. Both TIME and The Wall Street Journal have labeled him “the funniest writer in America.”  Photos

 

Francisco Santos

The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present a lunch meeting featuring Francisco Santos, on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:30 am, at the University Club. Mr. Francisco Santos was elected Vice President of Colombia twice, in 2002 and 2006. Prior to politics, Mr. Santos was Editor of Colombia’s largest daily newspaper, El Tiempo. Photos

 

Senator Trent Lott

Senator Trent Lott

April 6, 2017. Senator Trent Lott represented the people of Mississippi in Congress for 35 years and has held elected leadership positions in both the House of Representatives and Senate. During his 16 years in the House and 19 years in the Senate, he worked closely with seven presidential administrations and was regarded as a coalition builder

 

James Bullard

James Bullard

March 24, 2017. James Bullard, as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, participates in the Federal Open Market Committee and directs the activities of the Bank’s head office in St. Louis and of its branches in Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis. An economist, Dr. Bullard joined the Bank in 1990. 

Jonathan Rauch

Jonathan Rauch

February 9, 2017. Jonathan Rauch is one of the country’s most versatile and original writers on government and public policy, among other subjects. A guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, he is the author of five books and many articles and has received the magazine industry’s leading prizes including the National Magazine Award. He is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

 

Timothy O’Neil

Timothy O’Neil

January 31, 2017. Timothy O’Neil is Global Co-Head of the Investment Management Division and serves on the Management Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1985 and became a Partner in 1990. Mr. O’Neill serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of American History and Chairman of the Development Committee

James R. Downing, MD

James R. Downing, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present a lunch meeting in our “Home-Town Heroes” series featuring speaker James R. Downing, MD, on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 11:30 am, at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis. 

 

Danielle DiMartino Booth

Danielle DiMartino Booth

Author and Former Senior Financial Advisor Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present a lunch meeting featuring speaker Danielle DiMartino Booth on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 11:30 am, at the Hilton Memphis. Danielle’s topic will be “The Great Abdication.” 

 

Michael Farr

Michael Farr

Founder and CEO, Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC The Economic Club of Memphis is pleased to present a dinner featuring speaker Michael Farr on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. A reception will begin at 6 pm with dinner seating at 7 pm. Michael’s topic will be “Escape Velocity Remains Elusive.

 

2017 Regional Economic Briefing and Breakfast

2017 Regional Economic Briefing and Breakfast

Featuring Kevin Kliesen, Business Economist The Economic Club of Memphis in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Memphis Branch is pleased to present the 2017 Regional Economic Briefing and breakfast on Friday, August 12, 2016. The speaker will be Kevin Kliesen, business economist and Bank Officer in the Research Division

 

Congressman Steve Cohen

Congressman Steve Cohen

U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. As a child, the challenges of living with polio taught him how to overcome obstacles through persistence and determination, values which would shape his career as a legislator.

 

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