PLANO, Texas (7/31/08)--Southwest Corporate has finalized its speaker line-up for this year’s Economic Forum Oct. 28-29 in Dallas. Leading economists and business experts will share their expertise on energy costs, the political arena, technology, interest rates and more. This year’s theme is “Looking Beyond the Horizon.” Kicking off the two-day event is economic consultant Jeff Thredgold, a former senior vice president and chief economist for banking giant KeyCorp. Thredgold will lead attendees on a “tour” of the economy and provide predictions for the U.S. economy under new presidential leadership. After Thredgold’s address:
* Economist and Canadian broadcaster Linda Nazareth will offer a global view of factors affecting the economy, with particular emphasis on emerging demographic and social trends; * Credit union consultant Tim Lerew will help attendees envision what the future will look like and outline the steps to prepare; * Dr. Loren Scott, an energy expert on the National Business Economic Issues Council, will compare today’s environment with the energy crisis of the 1980s; * Joe Pine and Chris Low will lend their perspective on challenging times. Pine will provide suggestions for shoring up member service, and Low will assess interest rate and stock market activity; and * Credit Union National Association Chief Economist Bill Hampel and Texas economist and credit union consultant Charles Idol will anchor the speaker lineup, providing individual analyses of the health of the credit union industry.