CBE Success Stories

The Certified Business Economist® (CBE) program, the certification in applied economics and data analytics, was designed by leading economists to bridge the gap between what is learned in an academic setting and the knowledge needed to succeed as a practitioner. To an employer, the CBE validates your competency, your ambition to advance within your profession, and your commitment to refreshing your skills and knowledge throughout your career.

Hear from some of our graduates about how the CBE program and courses have helped in their careers:

“The NABE certificate course in Communication and Presentation Skills for Business Economists
and Analysts solidified best practice presentation techniques and made me a more confident
presenter. Since taking the course, I have been able to take on more responsibilities at work and
speak more on the client-facing side.” 

“The CBE designation shows that I have the skill set needed to be a business economics
practitioner and puts me in the ranks with well-established economists.” 

Kathleen Navin, CBE,
Economist, Macroeconomic Advisers


“I was most interested in the CBE program because of the scale of applied skills taught through the courses. I have my doctorate in economics, but I valued that the CBE program was less focused on theory and more focused on the skills needed to do applied research. These are skills that can be used right away on the job to do useful and effective work.”

Luis Bernardo Torres, CBE
Research Economist, Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University
                                                            “Earning the CBE has been highly applicable to my work and helped me to understand my role in my organization even more. Senior management and peers within my industry are genuinely impressed with my CBE designation.”

“NABE’s course content as part of the CBE program was highly relevant, and I could readily apply what I learned to my work as an economic analyst. The courses help you to utilize all the academic theory in a business context.”

Jordan Frisby, CBE,
Economic Analyst, Port of Houston Authority

“I received my Master’s in Economics in the Philippines, but I decided to earn my CBE because I knew it would demonstrate that I had the same core knowledge and competencies as someone who had received their degree in the U.S.”

“As a non-native English speaker, the Writing and Presentation Skills courses really benefited me. I feel confident now in not only producing economic data, but also presenting it.”

Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, CBE
Research Economist, National Association of REALTORS


“I always thought there should be a certification for economists. When I saw that NABE was launching the CBE program, I knew I wanted to take part. Econometrics and other economic
concepts are utilized for numerous models across a bank. Understanding core concepts covered in the CBE is crucial."

“The CBE program is a great networking opportunity and really helps in building relationships with other business economists at all steps on the career ladder.” 

Jason Kunkel, CBE
Model RIsk Management Program Manager, Ally Financial



Learn more about how you can set yourself apart and become a CBE!  For the full listing of current courses and exam offerings, view the 2017 CBE schedule.

Have a CBE success story to share or any other questions?
Contact Tara Munroe at tmunroe@nabe.com.