September 2020 Industry Speakers

Industry Speakers

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 is the author of McVean Trading’s “Weekly Economic Update”. He addresses global macroeconomic issues and is considered a leading expert on China. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Global Interdependence Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that brings together the foremost academics, business leaders, central bankers and government officials in discussions vital to promoting a more integrated global community. In these roles, he travels extensively around the world and within the United States.

Michael also served on the Executive Board of the National Association for Business Economics and was recognized in the initial class of Certified Business Economists. He is a past President of the Economic Club of Memphis, the founder and first President of the Mid-South Association for Business Economics (a chapter of NABE), 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 children.

John Hunt
MarketNSight & ViaSearch
  John Hunt is the Principal of MarketNsight and President of ViaSearch. An industry leader for decades, John uses cutting edge technology to help builders, developers, lenders and real estate professionals make the right decisions for their companies and home buyers alike. With his fingers on the pulse of the industry, he has been able to consistently predict downturns, upswings and trends ahead of the curve. John was part of the team predicting the last housing recession years before it happened. He is now on the leading edge of Millennial and Active Adult buying trends. With expertise in markets across the Southeast and beyond, John is a highly sought-after speaker on the economy and real estate and is regularly quoted and published in national publications and news outlets.