The MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas held its annual Economic Business Forecast Luncheon this week.  The meeting is always held at the Dallas Federal Reserve – Houston Branch.  This years meeting had a great lineup of speakers.  Please see below for a description of the speakers and their biographies.  See you next year.


  BOB CHARLET, Moderator Publisher of the Houston Business Journal

Bob Charlet has worked in the publishing business for 28 years. A native of New Orleans, LA, Bob spent 17 years in publishing management positions there, 10 of which was with the Times-Picayune. He spent 7 years based in Los Angeles with global publishing company Canon Communications, and the last 7 years with Pacific Business News based in Honolulu, Hawaii.


  JOHN V. DUCA, Speaker, Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

John is a Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he supervises and conducts research in financial-side macroeconomics. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1991, John was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 1986 to 1991–where he briefed former Fed Chairman Greenspan, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, and the Federal Reserve Board–and was a part-time lecturer at the University of Maryland. John currently teaches money and banking as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University. During his years in the Federal Reserve System, John has given many economic presentations and has published over 60 articles on macroeconomics, money, credit, wages, and housing.

John graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a B.A.  He received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton, where he first met former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and studied much of the Chairman’s research.  Since 1991, John’s family has lived in Rockwall, Texas, where John had served as a trustee of The Fulton School (a private college prep. school) and on the City of Rockwall’s capital improvements committee.



  Boyd Nash-Stacey, Speaker    Senior Economist at BBVA Compass

• BBVA Research Team Member since 2011

• B.A. Political Science, University of Texas at Austin

• M.A. Applied Econometrics and Forecasting, University of Houston

As a senior economist with BBVA Research, Boyd follows consumer and digital trends while also managing the U.S. and regional macroeconomic scenarios and forecasts. Boyd’s most recent research focuses on the impact that lower oil prices have on the Texas economy, how financial inclusion and access to financial services influence sub-national economies, and how Millennials stack up against their generational cohorts. His work has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Business Weekly, Business Insider, American Banker and Texas Monthly.


Russ Capper, Speaker    CEO Houston Exponential

Russ Capper is the Executive Director of Houston Exponential, our city’s initiative to significantly upgrade our digital innovation eco-system. And, Russ is the founder of HighDrive.TV, a digital video network featuring in-person interviews with innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists. Collectively, HighDrive.TV has captured and produced over 2,000 interviews, with both national and Houston notable innovators and entrepreneurs Prior to Capper’s digital media initiative, he successfully led multiple technology companies from concept formation to execution, expansion and exit. He is a proven technology executive, responsible for bringing unique and distinct business concepts to both B2B and B2C markets.




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