August 2003

“Assessing Future Business Trends”
August 21, 2003

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome H. Fenwick Huss  [read bio]
Associate Dean
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m. The Tatum Survey of Business Conditions: A View of Non-Economists » Sam Norwood  [read bio]
Senior Partner
Tatum Partners
8:55 am. Sarbanes-Oxley: One Year Later » Jim Owers  [read bio]
Professor of Finance
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
9:15 a.m. The Changing of Seasons in Private Equity » Christopher Melton  [read bio]
White Oak Management Partners, Inc.
9:35 a.m. US/UK Economies – The View from Washington DC » Dermot Finch  [read bio]
First Secretary
British Embassy
9:55 a.m. Q & A
10:10 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and the Region Rajeev Dhawan [read bio]
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
11:30 a.m. Final Remarks and Q & A
11:40 a.m. Light Lunch and Networking

Industry Speakers

Sam Norwood

Sam Norwood Senior Partner
Tatum PartnersSam Norwood

Mr. Norwood is a Senior Tatum CFO Partner who does project work in areas of corporate financial policy, strategy, and special situations. Analytical, articulate, and hands-on, he is a speaker and published author in the areas of corporate finance and business strategy. He has assisted Tatum clients in start-up strategy and financing, company valuations, financial benchmarking, performance measurement and incentive systems, evaluation of new investment opportunities, and diagnosis of troubled situations. Within Tatum, Sam is Chairman of the Partner Advisory Committee, having responsibility for advising the Management Committee on the firm’s valuation processes, securities management, and other special programs. Sam is also responsible for the development, conduct, and interpretation of the monthly Tatum Survey of Business Conditions. He is a member of The Society of International Business Fellows, a Director of Bio-Plus, Inc. (a producer of agricultural granules from peanut shells), founder and former President and Director of The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Atlanta alumni Club, and a member of The Association for Corporate Growth. He has been a biographee in Who’s Who in the World since 1992.

Mr. Norwood’s career specialty has been in the economics of finance. In the mid to late 1970s, Mr. Norwood pioneered the application of investment concepts to corporate planning and development at Fuqua. Under his guidance and expertise in financial economics, Fuqua Industries established value-based performance targets, management incentives and resource allocation processes that contributed to Fuqua’s achieving one of the highest records for total return to shareholders of any Fortune 500 company. Mr. Norwood received his formal education at Vanderbilt University, Tulane University and the University of Chicago. He earned a B.A. degree in History and Economics from Tulane University in 1964 and an M.B.A. degree in Financial Management from the University of Chicago in 1965.

Christopher C. Melton, Sr.
White Oak Management Partners, Inc.
Christopher C. Melton, Sr.
Christopher C. Melton, Sr. has over 20 years of business experience with a particular emphasis on corporate turnarounds and business restructuring. Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of CNP, Inc., a business-to-business technology and service provider. Prior to his post at CNP, he was CEO of Amplified Holdings, a leading provider of digital technology to the retail and media industries. Prior to his positions at CNP and Amplified, Mr. Melton spent 19 years at IBM, where he served in numerous executive positions in sales, marketing, finance and operations in the Americas and the Asia Pacific region, including Chief Financial Officer for IBM’s Asia Pacific Services Corporation and President of IBM Asia Pacific Investment Corporation.

Immediately prior to his departure from IBM, Mr. Melton served as the senior executive responsible for IBM’s eCommerce business in the Americas for the Financial Services Industry. Mr. Melton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of South Alabama and has attended postgraduate education at Harvard University, Columbia University, Babson College and Thunderbird University. He serves on the boards of a number of companies both public and private.

Dermot Finch
First Secretary
British Embassy
Dermot Finch is First Secretary (Economic Affairs) at the UK Embassy in Washington DC. He reports on the US economy for the UK Treasury, Bank of England and Foreign Office. He joined the Embassy in summer 2001.

Previously, Dermot was a policy adviser at the UK Treasury (1994-2001), where he was private secretary to two Ministers (1996-97) and covered the mutuals sector (1994-96); the UK’s euro policy (1997-98); and productivity, enterprise and urban regeneration (1998-2001).

Dermot is a graduate of Liverpool University and Queen’s University, Belfast.