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Annual Economic Update: The Grand Tour

  • September 24, 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Pensacola Yacht Club - 1897 Cypress Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502


  • Includes lunch.
  • Table Sponsor includes a table for 8 and recognition as a sponsor of the Economic Update.

Join NAIOP NWFL for our Annual Economic Update, September 24th! The Economic Update will be held at the Pensacola Yacht Club from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Lunch will be provided. 

Registration Types:

    Table Sponsor - $500
    • Includes 8 seats at the Economic Update and recognition at the event

    Individual Attendee - $65

    • Join us as an individual attendee - lunch is included! 

    The Grand Tour:

    The last two years have seen tectonic shifts in interest rates, inflation, employment and overall economic activity. Meanwhile, policy makers are looking at new programs to build infrastructure, provide support to families, improve American competitiveness and strengthen security. In this presentation, we’ll survey the new financial landscape, looking at key economic and market signposts and exploring how we might navigate it moving forward.

    Meet Your Speakers:

    Stephen Morgan is an investment director at Hancock Whitney Bank, where he facilitates a team of investment professionals focused on delivering superior investment strategies and client outcomes. Steve has been in the investment industry for over 25 years, joining Hancock Whitney as part of the acquisition of Capital One Asset Management, LLC. He has been part of the team since 2010. Prior to joining Capital One, Steve worked at Morgan Stanley, efolio.com, Hibernia Bank and Waterhouse Securities. Steve has a Bachelor of Mathematics from Carleton College and a Master of Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin.

    Rick Harper, PhD

    Rick Harper received his BA in Economics from Guilford College in 1978, and an MA in 1986 and a PhD in 1989, both in Economics from Duke University. Rick worked as a professional economist from 1980 – 1984 at Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park, NC, and at the University of West Florida (UWF) from 1989 until retiring in 2017. From 1996 – 2011 (except sabbatical and other time away) he served as Director of UWF’s Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, conducting numerous studies of the local, regional, and state economies and economic sectors. He then served as Executive Director of the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, overseeing activities of the Haas Center and of the State Director’s Office of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network.

    Rick served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Affairs for the Florida Senate from 2012 until 2014. In this capacity he had oversight responsibilities for several legislative committees, including Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations, Commerce and Tourism, Community Affairs, Military Affairs, and Gaming. After these two years, he returned to UWF as Assistant, then Associate, Vice President for Research and Economic Development and served as the University’s Chief Research Officer during 2015 and 2016. He has offered expert economics testimony in litigation and served as the economic expert for the State of Florida from inception until completion in its economic damages litigation with BP. Since retiring from UWF in 2017, Rick has served as the Economic Advisor to Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., providing advice and support to the Triumph Board of Directors as it seeks to distribute $1.5 bn in Deepwater Horizon damages funds to projects that will grow and diversify the Northwest Florida economy.

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