Meet the speakers


Robert Fry Jr. is chief economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes and forecasts the global economy to guide business decisionmakers. He received a bachelor’s in economics from Ohio University, and a master’s and PhD in economics from Harvard University. 

Until retiring in June 2015, Fry was senior economist at DuPont, where he analyzed the global economy and its impact on the company; published a monthly newsletter sent to thousands of DuPont employees and customers; and gave more than 800 economic outlook speeches to DuPont senior management, business teams, customers and trade associations. 

He was elected a Fellow of National Association for Business Economics, in recognition of his outstanding service as a professional business economist and contributions to the business economics field. He joins an exclusive group including four Nobel laureates and the last four chairs of Federal Reserve.
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Steve Latin-Kasper has more than 40 years of experience as an economist. He earned a master’s degree in economics from University of Utah before starting his career as a statistician with Department of Commerce. Since 1999, he has focused on research and analysis of work truck industry market data and economic indicators.

He was appointed to U.S. government’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for capital equipment and is a member of National Association for Business Economics. He was previously named one of Bloomberg’s top economic forecasters. 
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Erik Meier is founder/CEO of EAM Consulting Group and president of Sandler Training, a sales and management training company with three offices throughout Michigan. He holds a degree from Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

He is a well-respected speaker on sales, management, leadership and negotiations topics, and has worked with hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs and sales professionals to increase organizational profitability.
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Elise Mitchell is a three-time CEO, leadership strategist, business consultant and executive coach. She founded Mitchell Communications Group, which was one of the top 10 fastest-growing public relations firms globally and two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, the agency grew more than 500% in five years. Today, Mitchell advises clients through her own business and executive coaching consultancy. She is a globally recognized leadership expert and author of best-selling leadership book Leading Through the Turn.

She is a graduate of executive education on leadership and business at Harvard Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and The Aspen Institute. She received a master’s from University of Memphis and bachelor’s from Abilene Christian University. 
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Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future. Over the course of his career, he has worked for U.S. State Department in Australia and DC think tank community, and helped develop analytical models for Stratfor, a premier private intelligence company.
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