Automation Alley to Host Global Economic Outlook for 2020 on Jan. 16

Financial and business experts will address projected trends and identify industries expected to benefit or face challenges from globalization from 8-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Troy-based Automation Alley’s Global Economic Outlook for 2020.
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Automation Alley’s Global Economic Outlook for 2020 will discuss projected business and technology trends. // File photo

Financial and business experts will address projected trends and identify industries expected to benefit or face challenges from globalization from 8-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Troy-based Automation Alley’s Global Economic Outlook for 2020.

The event will take place at Automation Alley’s headquarters at 2675 Bellingham, off of Big Beaver Rd. and south of John R Rd. The nonprofit is an industry 4.0 knowledge center and technology and manufacturing business association.

James E. Glassman, managing director of JPMorgan Chase and Co. and head economist at Chase Commercial Banking, will deliver the keynote on future business and the overall economic outlook. Other presenters will include Chris Holman, founder and CEO of Michigan Business Network, who will speak on Michigan’s Future Business Index, and Tim Finerty, a certified public accountant and shareholder at Clayton and McKervey, who will provide an update on global free trade.

A panel discussion by Elena Stegemann, COO of McCreadie Group Inc., and Gianluca Romano, president of Americas for MIC Customs Solutions, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing business overseas. Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of international business services, will moderate the session.

“This event is designed for business managers and industry leaders who watch trends and want solid information on the state of the global economy in order to strategically plan for 2020 and the future,” Nevshehir says. “With the U.S. now in its 10th year of economic growth, the economy in general is strong; however, there are global factors, such as tariffs, geopolitical risks, and trade that could allay ongoing progress for our country, state, and region.”

Topics will include the U.S.-China trade dispute, Brexit, the current and future state the U.S.’s trade agreements with major trading partners, and the impact of the upcoming presidential election. Local topics will examine how these and other factors will affect Michigan’s business climate, especially automotive, defense, and other advanced manufacturing and high-tech industries.

A Q-and-A session will conclude the event. A light buffet breakfast will be served before the presentations.

More information and registration are available here or by calling 800-427-5100 or emailing info@automationalley.com. Registration is $30 for members and $50 for “future members.” Walk-in prices are $40 for members and $60 for future members.

Automation Alley works to position the state as a global leader in industry 4.0 by helping members increase revenue, reduce costs, and make strategic decisions as technology changes. It connects industry, academia, and government.

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