Opening Keynote

Michael Brown, Economist, Wells Fargo 

“Economic & Fiscal Policy Outlook for 2018 and Beyond”

Michael Brown is a vice president and economist for Wells Fargo Securities based in Charlotte N.C. His coverage areas include the domestic economy, federal fiscal policy issues, the consumer sector and interest rates. He also writes for the company’s Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary, and is one of the primary authors of the group’s Interest Rate Weekly publication. Michael is also responsible for coordinating the economic group’s U.S. macroeconomic forecast. Michael’s research interests include the links between education and employment, the interaction of economics and interest rates and economic forecasting.

Prior to joining the economics group in 2010, Michael served as an economist and legislative analyst for the Arkansas General Assembly providing economic and policy research to the members of the General Assembly. Michael’s commentary has been featured on several radio programs including CBS Radio and National Public Radio. His work has also been cited in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Bloomberg News.

Michael earned his B.S. in business economics and his master’s degree in economics from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has also completed additional graduate coursework in economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE), the American Economic Association, and the Charlotte Economics Club. In addition he serves as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors. Reflecting his strong support for education, Michael also serves as a member of the Business Alumni Advisory Council for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Luncheon Keynote

Dan Negroni, Founder & CEO, launchbox365

“Creating Tomorrow's Workplace”

Dan Negroni is a business management and talent development consultant and coach addressing today’s critical cross-generational issues. Dan leverages his authentic, no-nonsense approach and experience as a CEO, attorney, senior sales and marketing executive, to help companies bridge the gap between managers and their millennial workforce to increase employee engagement, productivity and profits.

He empowers millennials and management, providing the content, tools and coaching needed to communicate more effectively, build powerful relationships, maximize personal effectiveness, create high performing teams and deliver value to each other and your organization.

As an expert and author on managing and creating next generation leaders, Dan is also a frequent keynote presenter at all types of management and millennial-related events including corporate gatherings, association conferences, industry events and sales meetings.

Clients include DLA Piper, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mintz Levin, Business Online, Rubio’s, KPMG, ADP, and many more.

Closing Keynote

Matt Davies, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Paul Schaaf, FBI

"Recent Trends in Payments Fraud and Cybersecurity"

Matt Davies, CTP, AAP, CPP, is an Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He has over 19 years of experience in the payments industry, over 16 of those with the Federal Reserve Banks. He has also served as ACH & Wire Product Manager for a commercial bank, and as a product manager in the bankcard industry.

Matt is currently the president of the Dallas Association for Financial Professionals and serves on the board for Jubilee Park & Community Center in Dallas.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Matt graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in 1997, and from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2013.

Special Agent Paul M. Schaaf is a Cyber Agent assigned to the FBI Phoenix Division. SA Schaaf has a Masters Degree in Computer Information Systems and Bachelors Degree in Finance. SA Schaaf worked in computer systems in the financial sector before joining the FBI in 2003. SA Schaaf has worked Cyber, Civil Rights, Fraud, Extortion, Intellectual Property and Innocent Images cases in his career. SA Schaaf has the unique distinction of having the first Spam Case go to trial which involved an international spam operation that operated out of 4 countries.

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