Wake Forest University‰’s Family Business Center ~ Charlotte Metro‰’s forum to address economy

11.19.2008 Article, Faculty News, General

The executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is the keynote speaker at the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management’s Family Business Center ~ Charlotte Metro’s second quarterly forum of the year.
The forum entitled “Tapping the Economic Pulse” will be presented by Jeffrey Kane, senior vice president and Charlotte branch manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. It is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Also speaking will be Dan Fogel and John Silvia, Chief Economist for Wachovia.
Fogel is Babcock’s Associate Dean for Working Professional Programs and Executive Professor of Strategy. His published research includes work on behavioral studies, education, health care, psychology, sociology and economics, and he has written three books on managing in emerging market economies. His new book is on innovation processes in large companies. He has had teaching, research, consulting and academic administration assignments in the United States, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. He also held managerial positions with oil and gas companies and a large hospital system. Fogel specializes in strategic management, especially innovation processes in firms, including those located in emerging and transition economies and in emerging industries.
Silvia joined Wachovia Corp. in February 2002 as chief economist for the bank. Previously, Silvia worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and as chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Prior to that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments Inc. Silvia earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University in Boston and has a master’s degree in economics from Brown University in Providence, R.I.
“We are delighted with the variety and quality of the forum speakers we have to offer our members and we hope that they will take advantage of this opportunity,” said Charlotte Metro Family Business Center Associate Director Rhonda Stokes.
The forum will be held at The Renaissance Hotel in SouthPark from noon to 4 p.m. A private lunch with the speakers is available to all Family Business Center members, sponsors and invited guests; the program begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required for all attendees. For information on FBC membership, guest policies and registration please contact Stokes at 704.366.0540.
The Charlotte Metro Family Business Center, established in 2003 under the Angell Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest’s Babcock School, addresses issues faced by closely held and family firms. The member-based organization uses the capabilities and educational resources at Wake Forest, in the community and beyond to provide closely held and family firms the assistance they need to grow and succeed from generation to generation.
Member dues and corporate sponsors Poyner & Spruill LLP and RSM McGladrey fund the Family Business Center ~ Charlotte Metro. Business North Carolina Magazine is the Media Sponsor. The Family Business Center is Charlotte’s only organization dedicated to the educational and professional development of family run and closely held businesses. The center offers its members an array of resources to deal with the dynamics of the unique issues faced by these businesses.