Networking Session and Check-In

11:30 a.m.




12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


Scroll down to find your city and reserve your seat (registration costs include lunch and a download of the full forecast report; Once registration closes - tickets will only be available at the door for remaining open seats payable via check, cash or credit card). Email for more information.

Atlanta Dec. 6, 2018
Georgia Aquarium
  • National forecast:

    Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

  • State forecast:

    Benjamin C. Ayers, Dean, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

  • Check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. Lunch and program from Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • You can pre-pay for parking at or on the day of the event
  • Park in the aquarium’s deck located across the street from the Atlanta Breakfast Club, take blue elevator to first floor.
  • A quick security check will be done in the entrance of Ocean's Ballroom
If you have any questions email
Albany Jan. 16, 2019
Athens Feb. 6, 2019
Augusta Jan. 10, 2019
Coastal Feb. 11, 2019
Columbus Jan. 15, 2019
Macon Jan. 31, 2019
Savannah Feb. 4, 2019
Swainsboro* Jan. 28, 2019

*Registration handled via local host


The Economic Outlook series features a rotating lineup of experts from the Terry College of Business and Selig Center for Economic Growth. For more information on the 2018-19 speakers, please continue reading below. In addition, attendees at each location can expect to hear from a local business leader, sharing key insights for the local economy. For media inquiries, please contact Matt Weeks,

Ben Ayers portrait

Benjamin C. Ayers

Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation, Terry College of Business

Ben Ayers is Dean of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. He came to UGA in 1996 and served as Director of the highly regarded Tull School of Accounting for nine years prior to his appointment as the college’s 12th Dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the Terry College completed a successful Building Terry campaign – raising $121 million to support faculty, programs, and facilities – and dedicated the new home of the Terry College of Business at the corner of Lumpkin and Baxter streets in the heart of the UGA campus. Known as the Business Learning Community, the complex was funded through a 50-50 match of state and private support. When all three phases of construction are completed in 2019, the $140 million Business Learning Community will comprise six buildings, five stories, and close to 300,000 gross square feet.

In the past five years, the Terry College has established a campus-wide Entrepreneurship Program, several dual degree programs, a new master’s in business analytics, and market-driven academic concentrations and areas of emphasis, while growing undergraduate and graduate enrollment and achieving the highest percentage employment rates for graduating students in the college’s history. He was elected President of the American Taxation Association in 2017 and serves on the Board of Synovus Bank’s Northeast Georgia Division, Benson’s Inc., the CFO Roundtable, and as a Trustee of Athens Academy.

Dean Ayers has received many teaching awards at the school, college, and university levels, including the Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. His research has been recognized by both the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association with national research awards. In 2016, he received the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award, the highest honor given by the American Taxation Association.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in taxation from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for KPMG in Atlanta and Tampa and Complete Health Inc. in Birmingham.

Raphael W. Bostic  portrait

Raphael W. Bostic 

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Raphael W. Bostic serves as the 15th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In that role, he is responsible for all the institution’s activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. He also serves on the the Federal Open Market Committee.  Prior to that role, Bostic was the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the at the University of Southern California. At USC, his research interests included home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. He also served as interim director of the university’s Lusk Center for Real Estate and chair of its Department of Governance, Management, and Policy Process. From 2009 to 2012, Bostic was assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to that, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, first as an economist and then a senior economist in the monetary and financial studies section, then as special assistant to HUD's assistant secretary of policy development and research. He was also a professional lecturer at American University in Washington, D.C. Bostic has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Abode Communities, NeighborWorks, the National Community Stabilization Trust, the Urban Land Institute, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the National Economic Association, and Freddie Mac. Bostic was born in New York City in 1966 and grew up in Delran, N.J. He graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with a combined major in economics and psychology. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1995.

Alexandra Hill portrait

Alexandra Hill

Research Professional, Terry College of Business

Alexandra Hill is a research analyst for the Selig Center. She authored the Natural Resources and Healthcare chapters of the 2019 Economic Outlook Book. Her research interests include income inequality, housing gentrification, and the medical-industrial complex. Mrs. Hill received her Master of Science in Forest Resources from UGA’s Warnell School in 2017. Her research background includes survey design, qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys portrait

Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys

Director, Economic Forecasting, Terry College of Business

Dr. Jeff Humphreys serves as director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. The Selig Center is an endowed economic forecasting and market research center. For 23 years, he has written the “State of the Economy” column for Georgia Trend magazine. He also serves as a member of Gov. Kemp’s Council of Economic Advisors and previously served on Gov. Deal’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Humphreys has published over 250 applied and academic studies regarding market research, economics, transportation and economic development. In Georgia, he is best known for his detailed economic forecasts, and nationally he is renowned for his detailed estimates of the spending power of minority groups in the United States.

Beata D. Kochut portrait

Beata D. Kochut

Research Professional, Terry College of Business

Beata D. Kochut serves as a senior research analyst for the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. She has co-authored the Georgia Statistical Abstract, the Economic Yearbook for Georgia’s MSAs and contributed articles to the Georgia Business and Economic Conditions and the Georgia Economic Outlook publications. She is also a regular contributor of the demographic and economic data to Georgia Trend Magazine. She has co-authored studies on Mexican immigration to the Southeast, the revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake community, Georgia’s life sciences industry, the prospects for retiree-based economic development in Georgia, and the economic impact of Georgia’s Jekyll Island.