Ballantyne Chapter Luncheon: Economic Forum on the Outlook of Charlotte

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy
Charlotte , NC 28277
Contact: Emily Stacks
Phone: 704-378-1326

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 The Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter is pleased to announce the 

2018 Charlotte Economic Analysis Forum 

Moderated by
Ned Curran, President, Northwood Office

Rick Kaglic, Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond serving the Carolinas
Chris Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Sven Gerzer, Vice President Charlotte Chamber, Economic Development - Indian & European sectors 

Join the Charlotte Chamber Ballantyne Chapter for an engaging conversation about Charlotte’s current economic strengths and weaknesses. We will dive into business recruitment for the Charlotte region and discuss whether or not North Carolina is considered a fiscally sound state. Our panelists will examine potential trouble spots, which if ignored could throw a wrench in our economy. 

 Get to know your speakers: 

Ned Curran, Northwood Office, President

With a career in commercial real estate and accounting spanning nearly 40 years, Curran oversees strategy and daily operations of Northwood Office. Previously, he was President & CEO of The Bissell Companies. Before joining Bissell, Curran worked at McDevitt Street Bovis (MSB) as Vice President – Taxes. In this position, he coordinated oversight of the company’s substantial real estate portfolio of office, retail and multi-family properties. Before working at MSB, Curran began his professional career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, where he served as Director of Tax for the Charlotte office. Curran serves on the boards of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, ARIC and Street Management Company and is the past chair of the North Carolina Board of Transportation, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Carolinas.


Rick Kaglic, Senior Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond serving the Carolinas

Richard (Rick) Kaglic is the Regional Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond serving the Carolinas.  He joined the Research Department in 2009 and is responsible for analyzing regional economic conditions and developments, as well as educating the region's diverse constituents on the role of the Federal Reserve and its District Banks. 

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Rick served as a Senior Economist for Eaton Corporation, a diversified manufacturing firm headquartered in Cleveland, OH.  There Rick provided analysis on the global economy as well as forecasts for Eaton’s capital equipment and aerospace end markets.  Rick was also Chief Economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department and spent eleven years as Senior Business Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  In Chicago, he monitored current economic conditions and developments in the region and wrote the District’s widely disseminated Beige Book contribution.

Rick has served in leadership roles in the Chicago and Cleveland Associations for Business Economics and provided economic analysis for Governor’s Economic Advisory Councils in four states.  He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at Youngstown State University with specializations in regional and urban economics. 

Chris Chung, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Chief Executive Officer 

In 2015, Christopher Chung joined the new Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) as Chief Executive Officer. Chris brings more than 19 years of economic development experience at the state level. As a public-private partnership, the EDPNC is responsible for a number of economic development functions on behalf of the State of North Carolina, including new business recruitment, existing business support, international trade and export assistance, small business start-up counseling, and tourism, sports, and film promotion. With a staff of more than 60 professionals and an annual operating budget of more than $20 million, the EDPNC is focused on advancing the economic interests of North Carolina’s 100 counties and 10 million residents. 

Chris attended The Ohio State University (OSU), graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a double-major in Japanese and economics. He also completed significant coursework towards a Master’s in Public Policy and Management. 



Sven Gerzer, Vice President Charlotte Chamber, Economic Development - Indian & European sectors

Sven Gerzer joined the Charlotte Chamber in September 2012. Prior to joining the chamber, Gerzer held the post of director of the State of West Virginia European Office in Munich, Germany and has worked in economic development for more than 15 years. He also served as vice president of the Council of American States in Europe, representing the interests of all American states in Europe with national, regional and local governments as well as industry associations. Sven is on the board of the German-American Chamber of Commerce North Carolina Chapter; American Council on Germany North Carolina Chapter; and the Deutsche Schule Charlotte.

Sven’s responsibilities as an economic recruiter are focused on foreign direct investment attraction from Europe and India as well as working with domestic projects. Services include client and project management, business location consulting and site selection, negotiation of financial incentives and transaction agreements, human resource development and recruiting, arranging professional services for investors, and interfacing between the investor and the state and local governments.


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