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Austin 2018 Economic Forecast: Acceleration

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Friday, October 20, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (CDT)

Austin 2018 Economic Forecast: Acceleration

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The Texas economy is accelerating in nearly every business sector. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas just increased their forecast for more hiring in Texas in 2017, with the creation of 309,200 new jobs by the end of this year.

In Austin, technology continues to lead the way in innovation and hiring. When adding in growth in health care, financial services, manufacturing and construction, if the pace continues, 2018 should be a good year for Texas businesses not only in Austin, but across the state.

Join Texas CEO Magazine and the Baylor University MBA program as we invite you to attend the 2018 Economic Forecast: Accelerating, on Friday, October 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m, at The Austin Club.

This year’s Austin forecast speakers will be technology focused with a look at big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.


Brett Hurt – CEO & Co-Founder,

Brett founded in 2016 to be the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world, helping people who work with data solve problems faster by creating new ways to discover, prep, and collaborate.

Brett is also a seed-stage investor at Hurt Family Investments (HFI) in partnership with his wife, Debra. HFI is involved in multiple startup and  VC funds. Prior to HFI, Brett founded Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and served as CEO and President for 7½ years, leading the company from a bootstrapped concept to almost 2,000 clients and through its successful IPO. Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded Coremetrics and helped grow the company before its acquisition by IBM.

Brett holds an MBA in High-Tech Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School.

Amir Husain, Founder & CEO, SparkCognition

Amir founded SparkCognition to be at the forefront of the “AI 3.0” revolution.

Amir built multiple venture-funded startups between 1999 and 2009, when he took over as President and CEO of VDIworks. For his inventions, Amir has been awarded 14 US patents and has over 40 pending patent applications. He serves as advisor and board member to: IBM Watson, University of Texas Department of Computer Science, Makerarm, and ClearCube Technology.

In 2015, Amir was named Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.

Daniel Cooley, SVP & General Manager, Internet of Things Products, Silicon Labs

Daniel Cooley drives Silicon Labs global IoT strategy. He is responsible for the development and market success of the company’s microcontrollers, multiprotocol wireless SoCs, IoT development tools and wireless protocol stacks including Thread, ZigBee, and Bluetooth.

Daniel joined Silicon Labs in 2005 as a chip design engineer developing broadcast products such as AM/FM radios and short-range wireless devices. He has worked at the company’s Shenzhen, Singapore, Oslo and Austin sites.

Daniel has an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and holds four patents in radio and low-power technology.

Joe Brusuelas, Chief Economist, RSM US

As RSM’s chief economist. Joe is responsible for delivering macroeconomic insights for middle market leaders.

Prior to joining RSM, Joe served as a senior economist at Bloomberg. He is also a former director at Moody’s Analytics, and Chief Economist at Merk Investments and IDEAglobal.

Joe conducted his doctoral work at the University of Southern California in Political Economy and Public Policy; and he holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in political science.

Ann Mirabito, Associate Professor of Marketing, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University




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110 East 9th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (CDT)

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