August 2015 Industry Speakers

Industry Speakers

Gregory Daco
Head of US Macroeconomics
Oxford Economics

Gregory Daco is Head of US Macroeconomics at Oxford Economics. He is responsible for producing the US macroeconomic forecast using Oxford Economics’ proprietary Global Economic Model. Gregory tracks and forecasts high-frequency indicators, and oversees the production of US research pieces on consumer markets, housing, business investment, international trade, labor markets, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policy. He is also responsible for presenting the outlook to clients and liaising with the media.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Gregory was Director, US Macroeconomics at IHS Global Insight. He also worked in the Economic Affairs Department of the Belgian Embassy in Australia and the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UN in Geneva. Gregory is vice-president of the New York Chapter of NABE as well as co-founder and former president of the Boston Chapter of the NABE. He holds a Master of Arts in economics from Boston University, and a Master in Business Administration from Université de Louvain in Belgium.
Robert A. Dye
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist
Comerica Bank


Robert A. Dye Ph.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Comerica Bank.He leads the Comerica Economics Department, which provides research and analysis vital to Comerica and its customers, as well as business leaders and policy makers throughout the country.

Dye provides commentary and research on the U.S. economy and the economies of, California, Texas, Arizona Florida and Michigan – Comerica’s primary markets. He publishes a monthly U.S. economic update and quarterly regional economic updates targeting 10 key metropolitan statistical areas within Comerica’s footprint. His other regular publications include state-level economic indexes, daily economic alerts and the Comerica Economic Weekly. He joined Comerica in July 2011.

Previously, Dye served as Senior Vice President and Senior Economist for PNC Financial Services Group.

Dye is a former director of the National Association of Business Economics and is a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association. He is past president of the Economic Club of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Marietta College, Dye earned a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering. He holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources from Ball State University and a doctorate in Energy Management and Policy from University of Pennsylvania.

Dye is frequently quoted in national, regional and local media. You can follow him on Twitter @Comerica_Econ.

Michael J. Toma
Center for Regional Analysis

Armstrong State University


Dr. Michael Toma is the Fuller E. Callaway professor of economics at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. He specializes in macroeconomics and regional economics. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and joined Armstrong in 1997, serving as the director of its Center for Regional Analysis since 1999. In 2013, he was named the Teaching Fellow of the Academy of Economics and Finance, an award recognizing long-term excellence in teaching and research with students.