November 2014 Conference Speakers

Industry Speakers

Andrea Urban
Economist
KPMG LLP

Andrea Urban, CFA, CAIA is currently spearheading the development, design and construction of a geopolitical, economic and regulatory risk model for KPMG. She also works alongside the firm’s Chief Economist conducting economic research. Andrea has nearly 15 years of global investment experience analyzing and trading multiple asset classes with significant experience from both a trading and investing perspective as well as from transaction experience. Prior to KPMG, she provided M&A and strategic advisory consulting for Voltaix, a specialty chemicals and electronics materials company which was successfully sold to a multi-national strategic buyer. Previously, she spent a number of years at Galtere, a global macro hedge fund where she was responsible for investing across the capital structure in companies domiciled in both developed and emerging markets. In that role, Andrea identified and researched macro themes and invested in global equity, credit and FX markets to capitalize on these themes. Andrea began her career at Merrill Lynch where she was an analyst in equity research following the paper & forest products sector before moving to healthcare services.
Ms. Urban earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Georgetown University. She holds both CFA and CAIA charters. She is member of the CFA Institute, CAIA Association, the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the World Economic Roundtable.

David Altig
Executive Vice President
Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank’s regional executives, the Bank’s research department, and the district’s Community and Economic Development function. He also serves as a member of the Bank’s management and discount committees.

Dr. Altig also serves as an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Einhorn award for excellence in executive MBA teaching.

Dr. Altig was an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland prior to joining the Atlanta Fed in 2007. He joined the Cleveland Fed in 1991 as an economist and was promoted to associate director of research in 1997. Before moving to Cleveland Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He also has lectured at Ohio State University, Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Duke University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, the University of Iowa, and the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Dr. Altig’s research is primarily focused on monetary and fiscal policy issues. His articles have appeared in a variety of journals and he has served as editor for several conference volumes on a wide range of macroeconomic and monetary-economic topics.

Dr. Altig was born in Springfield, Ill., and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University.

He and his wife Pam have four children and six grandchildren.

Robert Kleinhenz
Ph.D. Chief Economist
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
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Dr. Kleinhenz directs the Kyser Center for Economic Research, which conducts research on the regional, state, and national economies. He has over 25 years of experience and expertise in the private and public sectors, academia, and working as a private consultant. Dr. Kleinhenz has spoken to local, state, and national audiences and is a frequent contributor to media coverage on the economy, including coverage in news outlets throughout California along with the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg News, and NPR.

Prior to joining the LAEDC, he served as Deputy Chief Economist at the California Association of REALTORS®. He also taught economics for over 15 years, most recently at California State University, Fullerton. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (Vice Chair, Regional Roundtable), the National Association for Business Economics, Los Angeles Chapter (Past President, Past Treasurer), and the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California (Current Executive Board Member and Treasurer).

Dr. Kleinhenz has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California, all in Economics.