Current Conference

Economic Forecasting Conference Webinar

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Time: 9:15am – 11:45am.
Location: ONLINE via Webex


  • Lester Jones,
    • Chief Economist,  National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • John Hunt,
    • President,  MarketNSight & ViaSearch
  • Rajeev Dhawan,
    • Professor & Director,  Economic Forecasting Center
    • J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Conference Program


9:15 a.m. Welcome & Housekeeping
9:20 a.m. Words of Welcome

Richard Phillips
J.Mack Robinson College of Business

9:25 a.m Economics and Demographics of the Alcohol Beverage Industry:
How much did we really drink in 2020?

National Beer Wholesalers Association Chief Economist Lester Jones will examine where the alcohol beverage industry has been and where it is headed following the Pandemic. He will present on a wide variety of data that help shape the alcohol narrative among consumers, marketers and policymakers. Using a combination of private and public data, he will present insights that offer a unique perspective on the economic and demographic factors shaping the alcohol beverage industry in 2021 and beyond.

Lester Jones
Chief Economist
National Beer Wholesalers Association

9:45 a.m Housing in a Post-Pandemic World

Housing was one of the very few industries that actually did very well during the pandemic. Ultra-low interest rates, historically-low inventory levels and changing demographics were the driving factors. What will 2022 bring? Join us as we discuss all the latest housing trends and offer our forecast for 2022 and beyond.

John Hunt
MarketNSight & ViaSearch

10:05 a.m. Q & A for speakers
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Economic Outlook Update
(Nation & Georgia)

Rajeev Dhawan delivers his keynote presentation on the economic outlook of the United States, Georgia and the Atlanta Metro Region. Join us as he shares his views on the state of the global economy as well as employment and consumption trends and their impact on the industry in Georgia. He will discuss, in particular, the implications for residential and commercial real estate in the Atlanta Metro Region.

Rajeev Dhawan
Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting & Director
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business

11:30 a.m. Q & A and Concluding Remarks
11:45 a.m. Adjourn