August 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
“Free Fall Over, but Key Drivers to Job Recovery Still Missing”


  • Rajeev Dhawan, Economic Forecasting Center, Georgia State University
  • Esmael Abidi, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University
  • Conrad Ciccotello, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
  • Marlon Cook, FDIC Division of Insurance and Research

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Irene Duhaime
Senior Associate Dean
J. Mack Robinson College of
Georgia State University
8:35 a.m. California’s Economy – More of the Same or a Rebound?»
Collapse of the housing market and demise of mortgage industry have spilled over to other sectors of California economy. Massive job losses and high unemployment rate made this recession the deepest and maybe the longest recession in California since the end of WWII. Is the recovery on the horizon? How much weaker will the housing market get? What about commercial real estate? What sectors will lead the state out of a recession?
Esmael Abidi
A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research
Chapman University
9:00 a.m. Financial Planning During Turbulent Times: Role of Household Wealth»
Proper personal financial planning requires an understanding about where household value resides in order to mitigate risk efficiently.  This presentation provides a clinical analysis of household wealth and the impacts of turbulence in asset prices and levels of employment.  It also examines in this context the reasons why Georgia tends to exhibit such high rates of financial distress (bankruptcy).
Conrad Ciccotello
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Personal Financial Planning Programs
Risk Management and Insurance Department
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
9:25 a.m. Georgia Banking Industry Performance»
In my presentation, I will discuss the operating performance of
Georgia’s banks and thrifts from 2000 through the first quarter of 2009 with a comparison to the aggregate performance of banks and thrifts in the Southeastern U.S. I will also discuss the outlook for bank performance for the remainder of 2009 with an emphasis of the trends emerging in the commercial real estate loan segment.
Marlon Cook
Regional Manager
FDIC Division of Insurance and Research
Atlanta Regional Office
9:50 a.m. Q & A
10:05 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region Rajeev Dhawan
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light lunch & Networking
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Industry Speakers

Esmael Abidi
A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research
Chapman University
Director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research and Anderson Chair of Economic Analysis at Chapman University, received his doctorate degree in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.  He joined the Chapman faculty in 1978, and was appointed director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research in 1985.

His research interests include macroeconomics, financial markets, and regional economics.  Dr. Adibi has co-authored two textbooks, Econometric Analysis – An Applications Approach, and The Practice of Econometrics with EViews.  His articles have been published in newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register, as well as professional journals such as International Advances in Economic Research, the Journal of Private Enterprise, and the Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics.

Dr. Adibi is past president of the Association for University Business and Economic Research.  He is a member of the NABE Outlook Survey Panel and Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast Panel.  He serves on the board of managers of the “OCTFCU Mortgage Company” and is a member of California Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Marlon Cook

Marlon is a native of Washington, D.C. and currently resides in Conyers, Georgia. He is presently the Regional Manager for the FDIC’s Division of Insurance and Research in the Atlanta, Georgia Regional Office. Prior to his current assignment, Marlon was an Assistant Regional Director for the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection in Atlanta, with responsibility for risk management matters in the State of Georgia.

Marlon joined the FDIC in 1985 and became a commissioned examiner in 1989. Between 1989 and 1996, he served as a commissioned examiner in the northeast and southwestern United States before his assignment as a Case Manager in the Atlanta Regional Office from 1996 until April 1999. He was appointed Special Assistant to the Director of the Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection in 1999 prior to returning to Atlanta as an Assistant Regional Director.

Mr. Cook earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmittsburg, Maryland. He is also an honors graduate of the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Cook is also a 2007 graduate of the FDICs Senior Executive Leadership Program.
He is also a volunteer instructor for the FDICs financial literacy program Money Smart, which teaches the fundamentals of personal finance to adults and school age children.