Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Allegheny EconomicsThe Department of Economics holds an annual Executive Roundtable on issues of regional, national, and global interest. Participants are leading practitioners in business and related fields, often Allegheny alumni.  The Roundtables bring students together with distinguished business leaders whose perspectives and experiences create educational and career-related value.  The Executive Roundtable is supported by the Earl W. Adams, Jr. Endowment, established by Allegheny College Trustee William H. Brown, Jr., Allegheny Class of 1980, in honor of Professor Earl William Adams, Jr.  –  teacher, mentor and friend.

16th Annual Executive Roundtable

“The Trump Presidency:  Economic Policy Opportunities and Challenges”

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 – 4:00-5:30 p.m. – Ford Chapel – Allegheny College

Panelists included

  • Karen Ubelhart ’77, senior industrials analyst for Bloomberg and a member of Allegheny’s Board of Trustees
  • Martin Pfinsgraff ’77, retired senior deputy comptroller for Large Bank Supervision, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U. S. Department of the Treasury, and a member of Allegheny’s Board of Trustees
  • Norman Robertson, economic advisor for Smithfield Trust Company and former chief economist for Mellon Bank
  • Jason MacDonald, Associate Professor, Political Science, West Virginia University.

Moderator Tomas Nonnenmacher, Professor, Dept. of Economics


15th Annual Executive Roundtable

Ford Chapel on the Allegheny College Campus
April 4, 2016 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Exec Roundtable FlyerThe Center for Business and Economics hosts the Executive Roundtable to address an important issue in business and economics. Few public policy issues in the United States have been as politically contentious and polarizing as the ongoing immigration debate. Americans across the political spectrum and socio-economic strata are sharply divided over what should be done about the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country and how, more generally, to redesign our outdated national immigration policy.

Panelists explored questions that are idiosyncratic to local communities and regions across the country. For example: To what extent, for instance, are immigration issues salient for Western Pennsylvania? What is the region’s immigration profile, and how is it different from other regions? Are there unique attributes of Western Pennsylvania that call for a more nuanced approach to immigration? How might restrictive immigration policies affect Western Pennsylvania? Would a more expansive approach to immigration boost or undermine the region’s economy and social cohesion? Is there any role for local/regional public-policy makers, the organized business sector and economic development agencies in the immigration debate?

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14th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Higher Education and the Future of the American Dream”
April 13, 2015

 

For decades, higher education has been the cornerstone of the modern American dream, as millions of Americans – rich and poor – have achieved a better life through the power of a college degree.  Educational opportunity has been weakened in recent years, however, as state and federal funding have been slashed, tuition costs continue to rise, public K-12 schools fail and working-class incomes have stagnated.  All of these factors have made it difficult – if not impossible – for many students to successfully complete a four-year degree.  How we collectively deal with these issues will be vital in shaping the future economic prosperity of our country.

Moderator: Russ Ormiston, Assistant Professor of Economics at Allegheny College

Panelists:

Molly Broad, President, American Council on Education
Andre Perry ’93, Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University
Felice Nudelman ’80, Chancellor, Antioch University
Jose Luis Santos, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust

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13th Annual Executive Roundtable

“The State of Work: The Future of Good Jobs in Western Pennsylvania”
March 31, 2014

 

In the midst of a national “wageless recovery,” the Roundtable focused on a number of key questions: With recent gains by local manufacturers, what can be done to return the region to its status as a manufacturing powerhouse?  With state legislators debating the potential implementation of a state right-to-work law, what is the role of labor unions in creating and protecting “good” jobs?  As local firms grapple with skill shortages in critical positions, what can be done to train and develop the area’s workforce to meet the needs of employers?  How will national regulatory – and local hospital and insurance – changes affect  employment in the region’s health care industry and the economy generally?  What is the potential wage and employment impact of the natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale?

Moderator: Russ Ormiston, Assistant Professor of Economics at Allegheny College

Panelists:

Bill Adams ’89, Senior Counsel, Labor, Employment and Benefits, PPG Industries, Inc.
Stephen Herzenberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Keystone Research Center
Silas Russell ’07, Government Affairs and Legislative Director, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania
Joy Sherry ’78, Director of Human Resources, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

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12th Annual Executive Roundtable

“The Debt Alarm: Does America Face A fiscal Crisis?”
April 8, 2013

 

Few public policy issues have generated as much controversy as the burgeoning U.S. deficits and debt as dramatized by the recent “fiscal cliff” debate.  Opinions on the related issue differ among economists, policy makers and politicians across the ideological spectrum.  Some have argued that Federal debt and deficits pose long-term socio-economic and political dilemmas for the U.S: that current levels are unsustainable, take up resources that would have been invested in America’s future, crowd out resources that are needed for investments in the economy, and reduce the ability of the U.S. to act decisively on global issues.  Others have claimed that debt and deficits arising from the economic crisis and a sluggish recovery can actually expand the country’s future well-being by increasing current employment, investment and resource utilization.

Moderator: Don Goldstein, Professor of Economics at Allegheny College

Panelists:

Gus Faucher, Senior Economist, The PNC Financial Services Group
David J. Malone ’76, President and CEO, Gateway Financial
Susan Offut ’76, Chief Economist, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Sean Snaith ’89, Professor of Economics and Director, Institute for Economic Competitiveness, University of Central Florida


11th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas: Economic Boon or Environmental Disaster?”
April 2, 2012

 

The Roundtable focused on the Pennsylvania boom in exploiting the Marcellus Shale as a source of natural gas, along with prospective development of other deep natural gas shales.  While some perceive the Marcellus and similar formations as solutions for the region’s energy and economic challenges, others express concern about the long-term effects of fracking on aquifers, ecosystems and community life.

Key questions included: What is the magnitude of the Marcellus Shale as a source of energy?  What are some of the basic scientific and technical issues associated with exploration and processing of natural gas from the shale?  What are the potential economic benefits and risks?  What are the implications for the environment and local communities?  To what extent might regulation reconcile the economic benefits and environmental costs, and what sort of regulatory framework would be needed? The video may be viewed here.

Moderator: Rachel O’Brien, Chair, Department of Geology at Allegheny College

Panelists:

Abrahm Lustgarten, Journalist, ProPublica
Arthur Stewart ’80, Managing Member, D&I Silica, LLC
John Walliser, Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Roger Willis ’80, President, Universal Well Services


10th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Profits and Progress:  Can Business Heal the World”
April 2, 2011

 

The Roundtable explored the role of American corporations and financial institutions as global citizens, with its starting point the challenge posed by the United Nations through its “Millennium Development Goals,” . . . that institutions and decision-makers in developed countries make great strides toward ending world hunger and poverty and promoting health, education and environmental sustainability.” With a focus on corporate social responsibility and social impact investing, the Roundtable addressed possibilities and constraints for private sector participation in the Millennium Development Goals. The video may be viewed here.

Moderator: Chris Allison ’83, Allegheny Trustee, Entrepreneur in Residence and Board of Visitors Member, CEO, Tollgrade (ret.)

Panelists:

Scott Budde, Head of Global Social & Community Investing, TIAA-CREF
Jennifer Daurora ’99, Allegheny Trustee, Board of Visitors Member, Business Development Director, McGinnis Sisters
Gary Elliott ’72, Vice President for Corporate Marketing, Hewlett-Packard
Sam Moss, Managing Director (ret.), Gray Ghost Ventures, LLC


9th Annual Executive Roundtable

“The Current State of Entrepreneurship in America”
April 12, 2010

 

Featured topics during this Roundtable included: what defines an entrepreneur; personal entrepreneurial journeys’ sources of innovation and ideas; the growing difficulty in raising start-up capital; how to prosper in tough economic times; and the impact of rising health care costs.

Moderator: Chris Allison ’83, Allegheny Trustee, Entrepreneur in Residence and Board of Visitors Member, CEO, Tollgrade (ret.)

Panelists:

Lisa Frankovitch, Director of Corporate Partner Strategy, Adams Capital Management
Kyle Gillman ’82, Creator of start-up First Person Vision, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s robotic vision professors
Mark Hanaway, Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing, Tech Molded Plastics, Inc.
Mike Rumrill ’83, Co-founder and President, Leader
Eddie Taylor ’87, President and CEO, Beverage Dispensing Solutions


8th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Managing Financial Meltdowns in the U.S. Economy: Lessons from the Past”
March 30, 2009

 

A the time of this Roundtable, America’s economy was experiencing one of the most traumatic financial crises in history.  The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression has led to unprecedented levels of home foreclosures, the collapse of major financial institutions, a drastic fall in asset prices, a loss of confidence in the financial markets and uncertainty about the future of the U.S. financial sector.

Roundtable panelists considered question such as: Is the economic crisis a manifestation of the imperfection of U.S. financial markets?  Is it a result of the ineffectiveness of the country’s regulatory agencies?  If so, is the establishment of new regulatory schemes warranted?  Does the global economy need a new financial architecture to head off future crises?  How should the relevant players in the financial markets respond to future crises?  Is “Bailout economics” good economics, both for market stability and “Main Street?”  What should be the financial priorities of the new administration?

Moderator: Chris Allison ’83, Allegheny Trustee, Entrepreneur in Residence and Board of Visitors Member, CEO, Tollgrade (ret.)

Panelists:

Mark D. Hanson ’83, Vice President of Mortgage Funding, Freddie Mac
H. Sean Mathis ’65, Managing Director, Miller Mathis and Company
Greg J. Sorce, Managing Principal, HBK Sorce Financial
Loren Zadecky ’00, Consultant, First Annapolis Consulting


7th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Healthcare Costs: American Business Crisis”
March 31, 2008

 

Panelists:

David Lagnese ’85, Principal, Towers Perrin
Marcia Metcalfe, Senior Technical Advisor, Freedom From Hunger’s microfinance and Health Project
Rob Smith ’73, President and Owner, Acutec Precision Machining
Stephen Weirich ’81, Medical Director, Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland


6th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Energy Crisis Redux: Implications for American Business”
April 2, 2007

 

Moderator: Noelwah Netusil, Ph.D. ’86, Professor of Economics, Reed College

Panelists:

Dan Desmond, Deputy Secretary, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, PA DEP
Calvin Ernst, Founder and General Partner, Ernst Conservation Seeds
Michael Hennessey ‘77, Vice President Great Lakes, CONSOL Energy
Dr. James Mahoney ’67, President, DPL Energy, LLC
John Stilley, President, Amerikohl Mining, Inc.


5th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Privacy and Information Security in the Law and in the Market”
April 3, 2006

 

Moderator: Tomas Nonnenmacher ’90, Associate Professor and the Andrew Wells Robertson Chair of Economics, Allegheny College

Panelists:

Kathryn Kohler ’79, Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America
Susan Hileman Malone ’74, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General
Jason New ’91, Partner, GSO Capital Partners
Russell Schetroma, Director, Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma, and Schug, P.C.


4th Annual Executive Roundtable

“Manufacturing in the Heartland: Can We Compete?”
April 4, 2005

 

Moderator: Earl Adams, Andrew Wells Robertson Professor of Economics, Allegheny College

Panelists:

Gregory Antoun ’73, President, ChipBLASTER, INC.
Kevin Baird ”84, President and CEO, Qualitor, Inc.
Daniel Jepson, President, Jepson Precision Tool, Inc.
Jerome Nelson ’83, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, International Steel Group


3rd Annual Executive Roundtable

“The Asia Factor: Trade and Investment with China & Other Asian Competitors”
March 29, 2004

 

Moderator: Earl Adams, Andrew Wells Robertson Professor of Economics, Allegheny College

Panelists:

Michael S. Bruno, Jr. ’77. Managing General Partner, Stonebridge Partners
Larry G. Sippy, President, Sipco Molding Technologies, Chair, National Tooling and Machining Association
Richard S. Welesko ’78, General Manager, PPG
Karen A. Ubelhart ’77, Equity Analyst, Government of Singapore Investment Corp.


2nd Annual Executive Roundtable

“Crisis of Confidence? Corporate Accountability and the Stock Market”
March 31, 2003

 

Moderator: Don Goldstein, Associate Professor of Economics, Allegheny College

Panelists:

Thomas Sung Chen ’89, Managing Director Head Diversified Financial Services, Banc America Securities LLC
Barrie G. Christman ’74, President and Chief Executive Officer, Principal Bank
Kimberly Tillotson Fleming, President, Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.
Robert A. Marchman ’80, Vice President, New York Stock Exchange, Division of Enforcement


1st Annual Executive Roundtable

“Recession and Terror: A New Business Climate?”
April 22, 2002

 

Moderator: Stephen Onyeiwu, Assistant Professor of Economics, Allegheny College

Panelists:

Dr. Carol Alonso ’63, Assistant Associate Director of National Security, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
William S. Demchak ’84, Vice-Chairman and CFO, PNC, Inc.
Martin Pfinsgraff ’77, Chief Operating Officer, iJET Travel Intelligence, Inc.
Dr. Roger W. Tufts ’76, Senior Economic Advisor, Department of the Treasury