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Andrea DeVilbiss 443-837-1606 |

Federal Reserve Economist and Top Market Strategist Lead Economic Forum in Maryland- Bankers host first economic forum of the New Year

(December 27, 2014) – Dr. Quincy Krosby, Chief Market Strategist for Prudential Annuities, will launch the new year by addressing Maryland’s business community as the key note speaker at a public forum featuring several regional economists, including Dr. Andy Bauer, Senior Regional Economist from the Federal Reserve Bank – Baltimore Branch. In addition, Maryland’s best-known economist and newly appointed member of Governor Elect Larry Hogan’s transition team, Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, will moderate a panel of senior economists from some of the largest banking institutions in Maryland, as well as, provide a regional and local economic update. 

The "First Friday" Economic Outlook Forum is the first economic forecast event of the New Year. Hosted by the Maryland Bankers Association and other major business groups, this event was developed to help business leaders prepare for the year ahead.

"With such important issues at stake in this region and nationally, banks and businesses will hear firsthand important predictions on how our State will fare economically in the coming year," said Kathleen Murphy, President and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA). "This is a must attend event as we all seek insights that will bring greater clarity and certainty on what lies ahead." According to John Scaldara, Chairman and CEO of The Columbia Bank, this event is not to be missed. "Each year this event provides need-to-know information. Banking and business leaders in Maryland can use this information to help position them for a successful year ahead," Scaldara said. The MBA’s economic forum includes four other participating Associations: Maryland Association of CPAs, Maryland Retailers Association, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and the Maryland Association of REALTORS. "We want to give all Maryland businesses every possible advantage, and working together is good for all our members," Murphy said. MBA’s Economic Outlook Forum is being held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. The key note speaker, lunch and forum will begin at 11:00 am and registration will open at 10:00 am. This event is open to the public. Registration, including the special session and lunch, is $125. Seating is limited. To register, contact MBA’s Andrea DeVilbiss (443-837-1606 / or visit MBA’s Seventh Annual First Friday Economic Outlook Forum to view the event brochure and registration materials.


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Founded in 1896, MBA’s member banks hold 99% of the FDIC insured deposits in Maryland in nearly 1,700 branch offices. MBA serves member banks and thrifts as a legislative and regulatory advocate at all levels of government, as the public relations voice for the industry, as a provider of professional education to members and a promoter of financial education to the community.

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