In my different roles with the Executives’ Club either as a member, serving on the Board of Directors and now as The Club’s CEO, it has always been a pleasure to start off the calendar year by attending the Annual Economic Outlook luncheon. This memorable event has always provided a great way for me to engage in networking opportunities with members and their guests. Most importantly, the luncheon has served as a great way to gain insights from experts on the American and global economy.
1,700 attendees, this year’s Annual Economic Outlook did not disappoint. Diane Swonk, Chief Economist, Grant Thornton LLP, was cautiously optimistic about the future of our economy, citing previous economic trends. Dr. Bob Froehlich, Chairman, First Capital Investment Corporation and FC Global Realty, focused on emphasizing the importance of the e-sports economy, the outer space economy, and the passenger economy. Dr. Arthur Laffer, Founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates, saw further economic gains, citing the potential outcomes of the most recent tax bill. Of course, the program wouldn’t be great without our moderator Terry Savage, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Terry Savage Productions, who has participated in this program for 38 years.
The focus on finance and the economy doesn’t stop in January. As a member of The Executives' Club, you have the opportunity to join The Club's Financial Services Forum. This forum, sponsored by KPMG LLP, allows finance executives and leaders to meet year round to discuss best practices, trends, the impact of politics and the economy on business, banking, investing and other financial and market issues.
If you are a finance professional I would like to invite you to get involved: come to a Financial Services Forum event, attend a finance related program, or share your point-of-view on MY ECLink.
As always remember that The Club is here to partner with all of you, our members, on your professional journey.
Have a wonderful 2018!
Chief Executive Officer
The Executives' Club of Chicago