In addition to the speakers listed below, those who attend this year’s virtual Georgia Economic Outlook can expect to hear pre-recorded forecasts from local business leaders, sharing key insights for local economies across the state. For media inquiries, please contact David Dodson, ddodson@uga.edu.

David E. Altig

Dr. David E. Altig

Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He advises the bank president on monetary policy and related matters, and oversees the bank’s research division. He is an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and is vice president-elect of the National Association for Business Economics, for which he served as director from 2016 to 2019. He has past and pending published research in several prominent professional journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics and the National Tax Journal. Before joining the Atlanta Fed, he served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University.

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 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 its Building Terry campaign – raising $121 million to support faculty, programs, and facilities for the new home of the college, the Business Learning Community, located in the heart of the UGA campus. Ayers serves on the Board of Synovus Bank’s Northeast Georgia Division, Benson’s Inc., and the CFO Roundtable and earned 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.