May 2014 Industry Speaker

Industry Speakers

Conrad Ciccotello
Director of Wealth Management Programs
Robinson College of Business

Conrad Ciccotello

Conrad S. Ciccotello is an Associate Professor and Director of Wealth Management Programs in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He is a graduate of the Suffolk Law School and a member of the Pennsylvania and Supreme Court Bars. In 1993, Dr. Ciccotello completed his dissertation on master limited partnerships and earned his Ph.D. in Finance at the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Ciccotello’s primary research interests are in financial intermediation and services. He has over 50 publications including articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Corporation Law. Dr. Ciccotello has received research grants from TIAA-CREF Institute, Kauffman Foundation, and the William Davidson Institute. He is the author of the first two chapters in Mutual Funds: The Blackwell Series in Finance. Dr. Ciccotello’s research on the financial advisory profession is cited in the Federal Register and his paper on market timing of mutual funds is entered into the Congressional Record as Senate Banking Committee testimony.

Dr. Ciccotello currently serves as a Research Fellow in the TIAA-CREF Institute. From 2001-2007, he was the Editor of Financial Services Review. In 2012, Dr. Ciccotello became the Executive Director of the Huebner Foundation, whose mission is to advance university-level risk management and insurance scholarship and learning. Well known in the Atlanta area for his television appearances discussing financial issues of interest to consumers, Dr. Ciccotello has also provided expert testimony to the Retirement Committee of the Georgia Senate. He presently serves as the investment consultant for the defined-contribution retirement plan of the 31-member University System of Georgia. Dr. Ciccotello has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, CNNMoney, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Consumer Reports, and Investment Advisor.

Dr. Ciccotello was voted an “outstanding instructor” by Robinson College students in 2010 and was also recognized by his peers with a faculty teaching award in 2006. His close relationships with the wealth management industry have helped program graduates with placement and advancement to ownership of a financial advisory practice. Prior to his arrival at Georgia State in 1999, Dr. Ciccotello held faculty positions at the Pennsylvania State University and at the US Air Force Academy, where he was named an Outstanding Academy Educator in 1994.

Karsten Jeske
Vice President & Senior Research Analyst
Mellon Capital Management

Karsten Jeske

Dr. Karsten Jeske is a Vice President and Senior Research Analyst at Mellon Capital Management, an asset manager in San Francisco with about $350b in assets under management. He conducts research into developing new strategies and solutions in the global macro multi-asset universe. Previously, he worked as an economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and as a visiting economics professor at Emory University.
Dr. Jeske’s academic research has analyzed the impact of government sponsored enterprises on the mortgage market, the economic effects of energy prices, and the market for health insurance. His work has been published in numerous top-ranking academic journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Money Credit and Banking. Dr. Jeske received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Minnesota and he also attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation.

Michael D. Alexander
Research and Analytics Division Manager
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)

Michael D. Alexander

Mike Alexander joined the ARC in 2001 and has been the Chief of the Research Division since 2006. Prior to joining the Atlanta Regional Commission staff, Mike worked in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia in local government planning specializing is growth and development issues. Mr. Alexander, originally from South Carolina, attended Auburn University where he received a dual masters degree in Public Administration and Community Planning. He served as a Marine Infantryman in Desert Storm.
As Chief of the Research Division, Mr. Alexander manages the annual development of estimates of population and employment for the ARC planning area as well as the ARC’s Geographic Information Systems efforts. He also is responsible for econometric modeling of regional infrastructure investments and the development of long-range regional growth forecasts. Mike has worked on numerous planning efforts for the ARC including Envision6 and the ARC’s latest adopted plan, Plan2040.