Federal Reserve Official To Discuss State’s Economic Outlook In Feb. 16 Forum

The Federal Reserve Bank’s chief Oklahoma representative will discuss the state’s economic future during a Business Forum on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus at 10 a.m. Friday.

Chad Wilkerson, branch executive for the Oklahoma City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will be the guest speaker at the forum, hosted by OBU’s Paul Dickinson School of Business. Wilkerson, an assistant vice president with the Federal Reserve, serves as the bank’s regional economist and is responsible for monitoring Oklahoma’s economic and business activity for the Fed.

The 50-minute business forum, offered for OBU students, also is open to the public, as space is available. The Feb. 16 event will be in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in OBU’s Bailey Business Center.

Wilkerson joined the Federal Reserve Bank’s Oklahoma City branch office in early 2006. He works closely with the branch’s board of directors and is responsible for briefing the Kansas City Fed’s president  a member of the Federal Open Market Committee  on Oklahoma’s economic and business activity. He also supervises the Bank’s monthly Survey of Manufacturers.

Wilkerson began his career with the Federal Reserve in Kansas City in 1998 as a research associate. He was promoted to policy economist in 2002. His research focuses on the Tenth District’s regional economy, particularly in the area of regional and local labor markets. His recent research published in the Bank’s Economic Review includes: “What Do Expected Changes in U.S. Job Structure Mean for States and Workers in the Tenth District?” and “What Are the Benefits of Hosting a Major League Sports Franchise?”

Wilkerson is a board member of the United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and a member of The Downtown Club and Economic Club of Oklahoma. He holds a master’s degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in institutions and policy from William Jewell College. As part of his undergraduate program, he studied economics for a year at Oxford University in England.

OBU’s Paul Dickinson School of Business includes 179 students majoring in business fields. The school offers bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, professional accountancy, accounting, and computer science.