August 2019 Industry Speakers

Industry Speakers

Gregory Daco
Chief US Economist
Oxford Economics USA
  Gregory Daco is Chief US Economist at Oxford Economics where he is responsible for producing the US economic outlook using Oxford Economics’ proprietary Global Economic Model. Greg directs thematic research on the economy, the Fed and fiscal policy, and leads a team of high caliber economists producing intraday economic, financial market and technical analysis. He conducts regular briefings on the global economy for corporate boards, trade associations and policymakers at all levels. Greg is often quoted in national and global publications and is a frequent guest of CNBC, Bloomberg and NPR.Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Greg was Director of 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. Greg is a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), former 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.
Michael Drury
Chief Economist
McVEAN Trading & Investments, LLC

Michael Drury joined McVean Trading & Investments, LLC as Chief Economist in 1992, after serving for five years as Senior Economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers. He began his career at A. Gary Shilling and Company in 1982. He received his BS in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work (MS and ABD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Michael currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Global Interdependence Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that since 1976 has brought together the foremost academics, business leaders, central bankers and government officials in discussions vital to promoting a more integrated global community.

Michael is the author of McVean Trading’s “Weekly Economic Update”. For the firm, he travels extensively within the United States and internationally, including three trips to China each year. Michael has served on the Executive Board of the National Association for Business Economics. He is a past President of the Economic Club of Memphis, was the founder and first President of the Mid-South Association for Business Economics (a NABE chapter), is a member of the National Business Economic Issues Council (NBEIC) and a non-resident member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. Michael lives in Germantown, TN with his wife, Mahrou, and has three adult children.

Frank K. Norton
The Norton Agency

Gainesville native, Frank K. Norton, Jr. joined his family’s business, The Norton Agency, in 1986 as manager of both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Divisions. He was promoted to President of the holding company in 1997 and today manages a network of 90 associated businesses.

Well recognized for his excellent marketing skills and keen business intuition, Frank has presented, for the past 32 years, an economic forecast outlining growth and business trends for the Northeast Georgia region. The report, based on a wealth of data collected by The Norton Agency’s Native Intelligence™ Division, is a resource that guides many area companies and organizations in making their business decisions.

His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Hall County School System, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, The Longstreet Clinic and regional and national banks.

Frank is also partner in Blackwatch Capital Funds, a private group of closed end funds geared toward long-term income investments in North Georgia. In 2018 launched Ncredible properties, a portfolio of cool affordable rental communities.

Professionally, Frank holds Broker’s licenses in the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors and the Council of Commercial Investment Managers.

Besides his obvious commitment to the business of Real Estate, Frank is also involved with a number of community organizations. He is an assistant Scout Master to Boy Scout Troop 16, acting as the Eagle Scout Advisor, having achieved the Eagle Scout level at the age of 13 and the designation of Boy Scout of the Year for the State of Georgia at 15. He regularly donates his “birds”, whimsical drawings he has hanging in 10 Southeastern galleries, to charitable groups for their fundraising.

He graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, College of Architecture and became, at 25, the youngest manager in the history of Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate. Frank and his wife of 36 years, Nancy, have two daughters, Teddie, Emilie, and a son, Tripp.