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The Association meets eight times per year for luncheon meetings except during the summer and winter break. Annual membership dues include all meeting and social events for members.

Please RSVP no later than NOON the TUESDAY prior to the meeting to confirm your attendance and the number and name of guests you will bring. Please feel free to invite your colleagues, if they are interested in the topic. Guest fees for in-person events are $50, payable to the DFW Association for Business Economics via Square Payment System. Please contact the Treasurer during the in-person meeting or at

Upcoming Meetings

All luncheons begin at 11:30am (CT) and end by 1:00pm (CT) , unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday April 16th, 2024

Topic: BEA - We've Got Your Number

Speaker: Dr. Vipin Arora, Bureau of Economic Analysis 

Time: 12:00 pm CST

Location: 2200 N. Pearl St., Dallas, TX 75201

Tuesday May 14th, 2024

Topic: State of the Global Economy

Speakers: Dr. Mark Wynne, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Time: 12:00 pm CST

Location: 2200 N. Pearl St., Dallas, TX 75201

* There is no additional event cost to members who complete payment of the 2024 membership dues. Guest fees are $50 per guest.


To RSVP, contact

Previous Meetings/Presentations

March 2024 - The State of the U.S. Labor Market

Jay Denton, Radix, and Mallory Vachon, LaborIQ

February 2024 - U.S. and Texas 2024 Economic Outlook 

Bill Adams, Comerica Bank, and Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


November 2023 - The State of the U.S. Economy

Julia Coronado, Macropolicy Perspectives

October 2023 - The State of the US Banking Sector

Dana Peterson, The Conference Board

September 2023 - Consumers, Manufacturers, and the Supply Chain

Sam Kyei, SAK Economics LLC

June 2023 - The State of Energy Markets

Jesse Thompson, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

May 2023 - The State of Dallas Tourism

The State of Dallas Tourism - Michael Rudowski, Visit Dallas

April 2023 - Residential Real Estate Market Outlook

"US Housing Market Update and Outlook" - David Jarvis, John Burns Research and Consulting

"Multifamily Market Update" - Jay Parsons, RealPage Inc.

March 2023 - Central Bank Digital Currencies

"Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)" - Dr. Gina Pieters, University of Chicago

February 2023 - State of the U.S. Labor Market

"2023 Hiring Outlook" - Jay Denton & Mallory Vachon, LaborIQ

January 2023 - US and Texas Economic Update & Outlook

"US Economic Update & Outlook" - Bill Adams, Comerica Bank

"Texas Economic Update & Outlook" - Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

October 2022 - Consumer Credit Update - Automotive and Housing

"Mortgage Market Under Economic Uncertainty" - Wenhua Di, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

"Auto Finance Insights" - Melinda Zabritski, Experian Automotive

August 2022 - Current State of U.S. Immigration

"Immigration and Labor Markets in the Pandemic" - Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

June 2022 - U.S. Auto Sector Update

"Automotive Outlook" - Haig Stoddard, Informa Tech Automotive Group

May 2022 - Global Trade and International Finance

"Sanctions: Implications for Trade, Globalization and International Finance" - Sri Thiruvadanthai, Citi

April 2022 - U.S. Energy Sector Update

Jesse Thompson, Dallas Federal Reserve

March 2022 - Inflation and Monetary Policy

"Inflation, Employment and the Economic Outlook: Through a Glass, Darkly" - David Altig, Atlanta Federal Reserve

February 2022 - Labor Market Outlook (U.S. and Texas)

"2022 Labor Market Outlook" - Jay Denton, ThinkWhy

January 2022 - 2022 State of the Economy and Outlook (U.S. and Texas)

"Moving Into a Post Pandemic World" - Julia Coronado, MacroPolicy Perspectives

"Texas Pandenomics: Despite COVID Waves, Strong Economic Growth to Continue in 2022" - Pia Orrenius, Dallas Federal Reserve

November 2021- Residential Market Update Part 2: Multifamily Family Housing

"Apartment Market Overview" - Carl Whitaker, Senior Manager Market Analytics, RealPage


October 2021- Residential Market Update Part 1: Single Family Housing

"Texas and North Texas Economic and Housing Outlook" - Dr. James Gaines, Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center

September 2021- DFW Tourism Industry Update

"The State of Dallas Tourism" - Michael Rudowski, Visit Dallas

August 2021- DFW Commercial Real Estate Market

"The Road to Recovery: Turmoil, Resilience & Transformation" - Bill Kitchens and Paul Hendershot, CoStar 

June 2021- U.S. and Texas Energy Sector

"Energy Update" - Jesse Thompson, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

May 2021- U.S. Infrastructure Policy and the 2021 Texas Infrastructure Report Card

"Infrastructure: Where Does Legislation Stand in the 117th Congress" - Caroline Sevier, American Society of Civil Engineers

"2021 Texas Infrastructure Report Card" - Mark Boyd, ASCE Texas Section IRC Committee Chair

April 2021- Current Trends in the U.S. Automotive Sector

"State of the Automotive Finance Market" - Melinda Zabritski, Experian Automotive

"U.S. Automotive Market Outlook" - Haig Stoddard, WardsAuto

March 2021- Supply Chains During the Economic Recovery

"Current Trends in U.S. Consumption, Manufacturing and Supply Chains" - Sam Kyei, SAK Economics

February 2021- Outlook Series Part 2: 2021 Global Economic Outlook - Video

"Heterogeneous Recovery" - Manuel Balmaseda, CEMEX

January 2021 - Outlook Series Part 1: 2021 State of the Economy and Outlook (U.S. and Texas)

"Policies and Pathogens: The U.S.  Economy in the Time of Coronavirus" - Robert Dye, Comerica

"Texas Economic Performance and Outlook Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic"s - Pia Orrenius, Dallas Federal Reserve

December 2020 - "Office and Industrial Market Outlook" - Steve Triolet, Research Director, Younger Partners

November 2020 - "COVID-Related Spending and the Overall Fiscal Health of the Country" - Video - Marc Goldwein, Committee for a   Responsible Federal Budget

October 2020 - "U.S. Multifamily Market Outlook" - Jeanette Rice, CBRE

                        - Webinar

September 2020 - "The Outlook for the Oil and Gas Industry: BC (before COVID) v. AD (after debacle)" - Dr. Bernard Weinstein, SMU (webinar)

July 2020 - "Consumption, Manufacturing & The Supply Chain" - Sam Kyei, SAK Economics

May 2020 - "Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through The Unfree World" - Dr. Robert Lawson, SMU

                  - Webinar

                  - Supplemental Materials: The Liberalizations paper is forthcoming in the Cato Journal and the Rose Revolution paper is out in The Economics of Transition and Institutional Change. Amazon.                          


April 2020 - "CES 2020 and the Consumer Electronics Industry" - Bill Jewell, Semiconductor Intelligence, LLC (Webinar)

February 28, 2020 - "Ex-Im Bank" - Kelly Kemp, EIB North Texas


January 17, 2020 - State of the Economy and Outlook

Robert Dye - "A New Year and New Uncertainties"

Pia Orrenius - "Regional Economic Outlook: Conditions Good, Outlook Brightening"

November 22, 2019 - "Unemployment and Inflation: Is There a Disconnect?" - Stan Suchman, BLS

October 18, 2019 - Forecast Competition Awards

September 20, 2019 - "Trump's Trade War" - Dr. James Lake, SMU

June 21, 2019 - "Global Economic Development"- Sarah Carabias-Rush, Dallas Regional Chamber


May 17, 2019 - "2019 Economic and Housing Outlook" - Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic

April 12, 2019 - "The Texas High Speed Train" - Rebecca Cowle, Texas Capital Partners

March 15, 2019 - "State of the Automotive Finance market" - Melinda Zabritski, Experian Automotive

February 19, 2019 - "Investment Risk: A Primer" - Gerry Davis, Lead Investment Analyst, AT&T


January 18, 2019 - State of the Economy and Outlook

Robert Dye - Two Stories, One Economy

Pia Orrenius - Regional Economy Strong, but Outlook Points to Slower Growth in 2019

November 16, 2018​ - Topic: Forecast Competition Results and Arthur A. Smith Student Awards Presentation


October 19, 2018 - "Housing Roundtable Discussion" - Moderator: Chuck Ehmann (RealPage)


September 12, 2018 - "US & TX Construction Spending, Labor and Materials Outlook" - Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America

August 23, 2018 - DABE Summer Happy Hour - Oak Highland Brewery

June 15, 2018 - "What would Dallas look like as a city of opportunity, affordability, and equitability look like and how do we get there?" - Patrick Kennedy, Partner-Space Between Design Studio, LLC

May 18, 2018 - "Your Grandfather’s Economics May Help Yours: Looking at the Details and Using Leading Barometers to Assess Business Cycle Turns" - Dr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Vice President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).


April 20, 2018 - "Why We'll Always Need Fossil Fuels" - Bud Weinstein, Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute, SMU

March 16, 2018 - "Cryptocurrency / Bitcoin": Dr. Gina Pieters, Assistant Professor at Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas), Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute, and Research Fellow at the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies


February 16, 2018 - "Key Trends in the US Economy, Industrial Sector and the Railroads": Sam Kyei, Chief Economist, BNSF


January 26, 2018 - "State of the Economy & Outlook": Robert Dye and Mine Yucel @ FRB Dallas  


November 17, 2017 - Arthur A. Smith Memorial Scholarship Awards and Forecasting Competition Results


October 20, 2017 -  Panel Discussion on "Dallas Occupational Employment & Workforce Needs" (no presentation)


         Jerome Watters, Bureau of Labor Statistics


  •          Laurie Bouillion Larrea, President, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

  •          Julie Wojciechowski, Bureau of Labor Statistics

  •          Nick Lalpuis, Dallas Regional Administrator for the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration (ETA)


September 15, 2017 -  "Transfer Pricing in a Post-BEPS World", Tracy Gomes, Managing Director, KPMG


June 16, 2017 - "Market Intelligence", Thomas Grooms, Founder of the Academy of Market Intelligence


May 19, 2017 - "Frisco Development Update", Jim Gandy, President, Frisco Economic Development Corporation


April 21, 2017 -  "Housing and Mortgage Market Outlook", Frank Nothaft, Senior VP, Chief Economist, CoreLogic


March 24, 2017 - "Introduction to Behavioral Economics", Tara L. Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor, UTA


February 17, 2017 - "The Pink Tax Really Is a Tax: An Analysis of Gender-based Tariff Differences", Lori L. Taylor, Associate Professor and Director of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M


January 27, 2017 - "State of the Economy & Outlook": Robert Dye and Mine Yucel @ FRB Dallas  


November 18, 2016 - "DFW 2017 Real Estate Outlook" and Forecast Competition results, Ron Witten, Witten Advisors & Walter Bialas, JLL

October 14, 2016 - "Brexit" - Mark Wynne, VP and Director of the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute at the Dallas Fed

September 16, 2016 - "Texas Creative Arts" - Mike Carroll, Dir. of Economic Research Group at UNT

June 16, 2016 - "U.S. Economic Outlook" -  Daniel Bachman, Senior Manager, U.S. Economics, Deloitte Services

May 20, 2016 - "The USPTO and You: Partnering in Innovation and the Future " - Hope Shimabuku, Texas Regional Patent Office

April 15, 2016 - "Downtown Dallas 360" Kourtny Garrett, Downtown Dallas, Inc

March 25, 2016 - "The Generational Forces in the Workplace and Meet the Centennials – Gen Z." Valerie Pelan, President of Integrated Focus


February 19, 2016 - "Data Science: The New Hybrid Discipline" - Dr. Tom Fomby, SMU

January 29, 2016 - "State of the Economy & Outlook": Robert Dye and Mine Yucel @ FRB Dallas  

November 19, 2015 - "DFW 2016 Real Estate Outlook" (Office - Walter Bialas) and (Apartments - Greg Willett)


October 16, 2015 - "ExxonMobil Long-Term Energy Outlook" Todd Onderdonk, Senior Energy Advisor. ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Planning

September 18, 2015 - "The Fed, monetary policy, and the Fed’s changing role as First Responder in the next financial crisis", Dr. Harvey Rosenblum, SMU

June 19, 2015 - "Dallas as a Global Competitor" Karl Zavitkovsky, Director of the Office of Economic Development-City of Dallas

May 22, 2015 -   DABE Arthur A. Smith Scholarship Awards & Texas Business Outlook Survey, Emily Kerr, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

April 17, 2015 - "How Infrastructure Network Design Creates or Destroys Real Estate Value", Patrick Kennedy, Partner-Space Between Design Studio, LLC








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