2017 ECONOMIC FORECAST: RESILIENT
Texas is the largest exporter in the world, and while there are challenges in getting the price of oil to stabilize, our state continues to be a magnet for business. Along the I-35 corridor in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, growth continues. In Houston, waiting for demand and supply to even out and the price of oil to rise could happen in the back-half of 2017.
Get expert insight on what 2017 has in store for the economy as Texas CEO Magazine and the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management bring together CEOs, economists, and faculty to share their insights for the year to come.
Lee joined At Home (HOME) in 2012 and has transformed the 35-year-old Garden Ridge brand into the more consumer-relevant At Home retail chain with 100 locations in 27 states.
Lee has held a variety of leadership positions including: President of Nike Affiliates for Nike Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Gap, Chief Financial Officer of Old Navy as well as a variety of senior financial and strategy positions for Gateway, Inc., Allied Signal, In Inc., Ford Motor Company and BayBanks, Inc.
Lee received his MBA from Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. Outside of his professional commitments, Lee is a member of the Ownership Advisory Group for the Dallas Stars.
With a 25-year construction & real estate industry history, Will became president of Cadence McShane Construction (CMC) in 2012. Headquartered in Dallas with offices in Houston, San Antonio & Austin, CMC provides technical and management construction services to develop, manage, engineer and build for clients in the office, industrial, food and beverage, multi-family, senior living, health care, government, mixed-use, educational and retail sectors.
Prior to joining CMC, Will was Senior Vice-President at Adolfson & Peterson Construction for eight years.
Will has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M.
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Bud joined Wingate in 1989 and has served as a board member or as Chairman for several Wingate portfolio companies.
Wingate Partners was founded in 1987 with a focus in purchasing controlling interests in manufacturing, distribution and industrial service businesses going through a significant transition. Since 1987, Wingate has completed 86 acquisitions through 28 portfolio companies with cumulative revenues in excess of $7 billion.
Prior to joining Wingate, Bud participated in the formation of Plexus Financial Services, joining Plexus from Salomon Brothers where he was with the firm’s M&A Group in New York.
Bud holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mine Yücel has been with the Bank since 1989. Prior to becoming research director Yücel was head of the Bank’s micro/regional/energy group and Director of Publications. Yücel is an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president on regional and energy issues and has published numerous articles on energy and regional growth.
Yücel is a member of the National Association for Business Economics board of directors and was president of the International Association of Energy Economics in 2011, an institution with 102 member countries. She is also past president of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE). In 2006, she was chosen as one of the recipients of the Key Women in Energy—Global Award. She received the USAEE Senior Fellow Award in 2007 and the Energy Journal Best Paper Award in 2009.
Before joining the Bank she was an assistant professor of economics at Louisiana State University. She has a BS and MS in mathematics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in Houston.
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