The annual Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference will be held Thursday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. The featured speakers for this year’s event are: Professor Peter Ricchiuti, Assistant Dean in the Freeman School of Business, Tulane University; Dr. Phil Pepper, State Economist, State of Mississippi; and Mr. Mitch Waycaster, Chairman, CDF Board of Directors.
Professor Peter Ricchiuti calls himself the “professor you wish you had back in college.” He teaches courses on financial markets at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and has twice been named the school’s “Top Professor.”Ricchiuti’s career began with the investment firm of Kidder Peabody and he later managed over three billion dollars as the assistant treasurer for the State of Louisiana. In 1993, he founded Tulane University’s acclaimed stock research program, The BURKENROAD REPORTS.
Professor Ricchiuti has been featured nationally on CNN and CNBC, as well as in The New York Times, BARRON’S, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He has presented to a wide variety of audiences throughout the world.
Dr. Phil Pepper will speak on the economy at a state level. Pepper serves as the State Economist for the State of Mississippi. In this capacity, he provides updates on the economy to the State Legislature, as well as communities throughout the state. He serves on the committee that makes tax revenue estimates for the state and assesses economic and revenue impacts from changes in the state’s tax structure. As State Economist, Pepper also conducts and oversees impact analyses, population forecasts, and various trend analyses.
In addition to serving as State Economist, Pepper is also an Assistant Commissioner for Policy Research and Planning for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. In this role, he is responsible for analysis and comparisons of university and system data, and reporting findings to the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, the Legislature, and various other agencies responsible for policy decisions and accountability reporting. His other functions include oversight of the State’s Bureau of Comprehensive Long-Range Economic Development Planning. The Bureau supports the development and implementation of a long-term strategy for improving the standards of living for residents of Mississippi. He also serves on the Mississippi University Research Authority, which supports and approves university spin offs and royalty.
Mitch Waycaster, CDF Chairman and Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Renasant Bank, will speak on the state of economic affairs on a local level.
Mr. Terry Baker, Community Bank, will serve as Chairman of this year’s conference. Other sponsors of the event include BNA Bank, BancorpSouth, CB&S Bank, Community Bank, Community Development Foundation, Journal Publishing Company, M&F Bank, Regions Bank, Renasant Bank, and Trustmark Bank.