Plans underway for Bonita/Estero MarketPulse 2012

11/28/2011

FORT MYERS, FL (Nov. 28, 2011) – Plans are in place for the seventh annual Bonita/Estero Market Pulse event taking place Feb. 10 at 8:30 a.m. in Florida Gulf Coast University’s Student Union Ballroom. The featured keynote speaker is Michael Bryan, vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Presented by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University, the audience will learn about the current economic market from both the global and local standpoints.

Market trend forecaster Bradley Hunter, director of Metrostudy’s South Florida division, will once again provide an update on the local economy and housing trends. Mr. Hunter has presented updated studies for the last four years.

“Each year we strive to bring something new to the event and to provide the most up-to-date information on the economic market to consumers in Southwest Florida,” said Gary L. Jackson, Ph.D., Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute and Assistant Professor of Economics at Gulf Coast University who helps spearhead the event. “With Mr. Bryan’s background in economic research and the fact that he represents our district, Market Pulse promises to be extremely enlightening.”

Sponsorships are now available. Individual tickets are $35 per person until 30 days prior to the event when the price will increase to $45 per person. Continental breakfast will be served.

For information, call Gabrielle O’Boyle (239) 992-2943 or visit www.BonitaSpringsChamber.com.


MORE ON THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Bryan, Vice President and Senior Economist

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville and New Orleans.

Michael Bryan is a vice president and senior economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for organizing the Atlanta Fed's monetary policy process. Mr. Bryan previously served as vice president in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he specialized in business analysis with an emphasis on measuring and tracking inflation trends. He joined the Cleveland Fed as a bank examiner in 1978 and transferred to the Research Department the next year. In 1986, Mr. Bryan served as an economist in the Research Division of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. He was promoted to the position of economic adviser in 1991 and appointed as a bank officer in 1995. In 1998, he was a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan's Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies in Tokyo, and in 2000 he was a visiting economist at the Swedish Riksbank in Stockholm.

Mr. Bryan has taught in the Department of Economics at Cleveland State University and has served on the faculties of Baldwin-Wallace College and Case Western Reserve University, both in Cleveland. He joined the Atlanta Fed in 2008. A native of Cleveland, Mr. Bryan earned a bachelor's degree in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master's degree in economics from Case Western Reserve University.

Bradley Hunter, National Director of Consulting, Metrostudy
With a diverse background in real estate and economics, Mr. Hunter heads up Metrostudy’s efforts in the national consulting arena, particularly focusing on advisory services to the investment community and the development/construction lending community. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Hunter has twenty-three years experience in real estate and local market economics, and has authored or directed research on hundreds of market studies. He is a member of the Housing Market Forecast Panel for the Housing Market Report, a national newsletter that reports the forecasts of the top housing economists in the country. Hunter is in charge of Metrostudy’s national consulting relationships with the financial services industry (advising hedge funds, private equity funds, and the like). Hunter is a regularly featured speaker at Urban Land Institute conferences and builders’ conventions, has been a source on a variety of news broadcasts and recently presented some of his research at Harvard University. In addition to his national responsibilities, Mr. Hunter is in charge of the South Florida division of Metrostudy (13 years in this role), and he advises the majority of the builders, developers, and lenders involved in the South Florida residential market.