Manufacturing Roundtable Teleconferences/Webinars


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Past Events:


How 5G Technology Is Transforming and Enabling Manufacturing
February 24, 2022

Webinar Replay on Digital Archive (NABE Members Only)


Shawn DuBravac, Founder and President, Avrio Institute | Link to Manufacturing Institute Study
Stephanie Guichard, Director of Economic Strategy, Qualcomm | Link to slides
Jason Ryan, Technologist - MFG Emerging Tech, John Deere
Jefferson Wang, Global 5G Lead, Accenture Strategy | Link to slides

Moderator: Falan Yinug, Co-Chair, NABE Manufacturing/Industry Roundtable

One exciting technology that is transforming and enabling the manufacturing landscape is the 5th generation mobile network, known colloquially as 5G. According to a recent Accenture study, manufacturers could see a direct sales increase of up to $349.9 billion in the United States by utilizing 5G technologies. This webinar featured a panel of industry experts for a conversation on how the 5G revolution is transforming manufacturing and what that means for the broader U.S. economy.

COVID-19 Impact on Manufacturing and Supply Chains

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern


Ed Barriball,
 Partner, McKinsey & Company

Mark Killion, Director, U.S. Industries, Oxford Economics

John Mothersole, Director - Research, Pricing, and Purchasing, IHS Markit

Moderator: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, CBE, Senior Resident Fellow for Climate and Energy Program, Third Way

The outbreak late last year of COVID-19 threatened to upend tightly integrated global supply chains. More recently, its accelerating spread has precipitated a far broader economic and financial crisis. Join a panel of industry and supply chain experts as the NABE Manufacturing Roundtable hosts a webinar looking at the latest thinking on COVID-19’s implications for the manufacturing sector.  


Speaker Presentations (PDF):


Outlook for Manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST


Chad Moutray, CBE, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers

Malthe Munkøe, Senior Adviser, BusinessEurope 


Timothy Gill, CBE, Chief Economist, American Iron and Steel Institute

Manufacturing sector activity has weakened significantly across the globe in 2019. Join the NABE Manufacturing Roundtable as an expert panel of speakers shares their insights on the current state of manufacturing in both the United States and Europe, and provides their outlooks for the coming year.


Speaker Presentations (PDF):


Impact of Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing

Thursday, May 30, 2019 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Gregory Daco, Chief U.S. Economist, Oxford Economics
Shawn DuBravac, President, Avrio Institute
Todd Lee, Executive Director - Global Economics, IHS Markit

Moderator: Cliff Waldman, CBE, Chief Executive Officer, New World Economics; Co-Chair, NABE Manufacturing Roundtable

In this webinar, a panel of experts examines the escalating trade frictions between the U.S. and China and discusses the implications for the U.S. manufacturing outlook. Todd Lee of IHS Markit will explain the economic and political forces that have driven China to the current point of confrontation with the U.S. Greg Daco of Oxford Economics will present an analysis of the impact on U.S. manufacturing growth. Shawn DuBravac of Avrio Institute and another industry expert will offer sector-specific views of the trade confrontation with China.


Speaker Presentations (PDF):



U.S. Manufacturing Outlook

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Mark Killion, Director, U.S. Industry, Oxford Economics
Haig Stoddard, Senior Industry Analyst, Wards Intelligence
Cliff Waldman, CBE, Chief Executive Officer, New World Economics; Co-Chair, NABE Manufacturing Roundtable

Moderator: Timothy Gill, CBE, Chief Economist, American Iron and Steel Institute; Co-Chair, NABE Manufacturing Roundtable

In this webinar, a three-member panel will discuss the short-term outlook for U.S. manufacturing growth in light of significant recent shifts in economic, financial, trade policy, and monetary policy variables. Cliff Waldman of New World Economics will overview the global economic/manufacturing picture, Mark Killion of Oxford Economics will discuss the U.S. economic/manufacturing outlook, and Haig Stoddard of Wards Intelligence will present an auto industry view of the outlook.

Speaker Presentations (PDF):


Outlook for U.S. Manufacturing

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


Chad Moutray, CBEChief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers
Sree Ramaswamy
Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

Moderator: Candice EnsingerCorporate Economist, Parker Hannifin Corporation

The decline of manufacturing activity and employment has been the biggest contributor driving down labor’s share of US GDP. The losses are not solely the result of automation and globalization—and it is not inevitable that they will continue. A new report from McKinsey titled “Can Manufacturing Make it In America?” looks at the future of global manufacturing, the US economy, productivity, digital technologies, and inclusive growth. Sree Ramaswamy will present on this new research from McKinsey, and Chad Moutray will present NAM’s outlook for manufacturing over the next several years.

Moutray Presentation (PDF) 
Ramaswamy Presentation (PDF)


3D Printing in Manufacturing: Additive Manufacturing Builds a Better Future

June 4, 2015 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET


Slade Gardner, Fellow, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Ed Morris
, Vice President and Director, America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Neal Orringer, Vice President, Alliances and Partnerships, 3D Systems

Moderator: Mark Cotteleer, Research Director, Deloitte

Download Slide Presentation (PDF) 

This webinar will examine the current and future impact of additive manufacturing (AM).  A diverse set of commentators, from the public sector, the AM equipment provider community, and the AM user community will offer their perspectives on issues related to leading manufacturing applications, barriers to future AM diffusion, and the potential impact of AM on manufacturing performance, cost, and job creation.  Participants will offer preliminary opening remarks and then be asked, in round-robin format, to comment on the key ways in which AM is expected to impact business and the broader economy.


Speaker Bios 

Gardner144x180.jpgSlade Gardner
Lockheed Martin

Dr. Slade Gardner is a technology and strategy leader for implementation of Advanced Manufacturing and Materials at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC) leading the maturation and acceptance of Additive Manufacturing.  His Additive Manufacturing portfolio includes large metal demonstrations, custom alloy formulations, large polymer and composite demonstrations, novel polymer composite materials and equipment development for additive clusters.  


Morris144x180.jpgEdward Morris
Vice President and Director
America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

America Makes – National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute serves as a nationally recognized additive manufacturing center of innovation excellence.  Under Ed’s leadership, America Makes is focused on accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing design and production technologies in the U.S. by bridging the gap between basic research and technology development and deployment.  Previously Mr. Morris was the Director of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing on the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering & Technology team.


Orringer144x180.jpgNeal Orringer 
Vice President for Alliances & Partnerships 
3D Systems

Neal Orringer is Vice President for Alliances & Partnerships 3D Systems the world’s additive manufacturing leader.  Prior to joining 3D Systems, Neal served in key leadership positions in the Obama administration and United States Senate, focused on manufacturing business and technology. He is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.


Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate

Thursday, April 9, 2015 2:00 pm ET

Speakers: Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist, Consumer Electronics Association  Joshua New, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Moderator: Paul Thomas, Chief Economist, Intel

Joshua New slide presentation (PDF)

CEA’s Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., argues that mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity – one that will rival the invention of the printing press or the Internet for its transformational effects on every person, country and institution in the world. From driverless cars to automated homes, and personalized medicine to smart manufacturing, data from the Internet of Everything offers tremendous social and economic benefits and solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems. DuBravac will be joined by Joshua New, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Paul Thomas, Chief Economist, Intel, will moderate the webinar.

Registration is FREE for NABE members, $20 for others.



The Impact of a Strengthened U.S. Dollar on Manufacturers

Friday, February 20, 2015 11:00 am ET


Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist, General Electric Robert McCutcheon, Partner, U.S. Industrial Products Industry Leader, PwC


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers






The U.S. dollar has strengthened significantly in recent months against a broad range of currencies. While the stronger dollar reflects the relative health of U.S. economy relative to many of its competitors, it presents a challenge for global businesses, including manufacturers. International demand was already dampened due to sluggish worldwide growth, and exchange rates now make U.S. goods and services more expensive. Join us for a discussion of these points and an outlook for the year ahead. 

Registration is FREE for NABE members, $20 for others.



Speaker Bios

Marco Annunziata is the Chief Economist and executive director of global market insight at General Electric Co., responsible for global economic, financial and market analysis to support GE's business strategy. The author of "The Economics of the Financial Crisis: Lessons and New Threats,"  published in 2011 by Palgrave MacMillan, Annunziata is a two-times winner of the Rybczynski Prize for best paper in business economics, awarded by the Society of Business Economists in London, and has written several papers on the economic implications of recent technological innovations in industry: “The Future of Work” and “The Value of Interconnectedness” in 2014, “The Industrial Internet @ Work” in 2013 and  “Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines,” in 2012. He has given a TED talk on innovation ( ) and is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and Stanford University.

Marco joined GE in January 2011 after a long experience in the financial sector, where he was most recently Chief Economist at Unicredit, and previously Chief Economist for the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Deutsche Bank in London. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he spent six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, where he split his time between emerging markets and advanced economies, and was involved in both regular country consultations and program loan negotiations.

Marco holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from the University of Bologna. He lives in San Francisco.


Robert (Bob) W. McCutcheon is the U.S. Industrial Products (IP) leader at PwC and the managing partner for PwC’s Pittsburgh office.  Bob oversees more than 4,000 PwC professionals who provide comprehensive financial, operational, and strategic services to clients across the IP sector, including aerospace & defense, chemicals, engineering & construction, industrial manufacturing, metals, transportation & logistics, and forest, paper & packaging. With two decades of experience providing audit and consulting services to multinational clients, Bob provides thought leadership for the strategic direction of the firm’s IP services, and he brings the right teams together to ensure client satisfaction.  He works closely with senior client executives to help with business and operational strategies, business and product innovation, M&A, and accounting and reporting issues.   Bob and his family lived in Prague, Czech Republic for two years, where he served as the leader of PwC’s U.S. Quality and Compliance for Central, Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS.  Bob is a frequent speaker at senior executive conferences, and he often authors publications such as PwC’s mergers and acquisitions and other industry reports.  He is frequently quoted in media such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and key industry publications. Publications authored: Shale Gas: Still a boon to US Manufacturing? (2014) 3D Printing and the new shape of industrial manufacturing (2014) A Homecoming for US Manufacturing? Why a resurgence in US manufacturing may be the next big bet (2012) In addition to authoring several key pieces of thought leadership for the firm’s IP practice, Bob also shares his perspective on the latest industry developments on PwC’s Industrial Insights blog. For more information, visit his blog here: is an active member in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), currently sits on the board of trustees for the Manufacturing Institute and is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (CPA).  He is a graduate of Robert Morris University and a highly engaged leader in the Pittsburgh community, serving on multiple community boards.

Sluggish Growth in Europe and the Impacts to Growth in Manufacturing

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00 am ET


Manuel Balmaseda, Global Chief Economist, CEMEX Kris Bledowski, Director of Economic Studies, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Presentations:  Balmaseda.pdf | Bledowski.pdf


Sam Bullard, Managing Director and Senior Economist, Wells Fargo

Join us for a discussion on the Eurozone outlook with specific emphasis on manufacturing. The Eurozone emerged from a deep two-year recession in mid-2013 with signs of a modest recovery. But investment spending and employment grew slowly ever since. Given deflationary pressures, many analysts worry the continent might slide into the third recession. European growth is forecast to be sluggish at best in the near term.

Registration is FREE for NABE members and $20 for others



“North American Energy Abundance and the Benefits to Manufacturing”

Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00pm ET Speakers: Martha Moore, Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council, moderator Erica Bowman, Vice President and Chief Economist, America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Harry Vroomen, Vice President for Economic Services, The Fertilizer Institute




Join us for a discussion on shale gas and how this important abundant energy source has the potential to impact US manufacturing, from yielding a long term cost advantage to creating additional demand for steel and other manufactured products.

Registration is FREE for NABE members, $20 for others.



An archived podcast recording will be posted within 24 hours after the event on the NABE Podcast page.



“What Would the U.S. Economy Look Like in 2025 With a Manufacturing Resurgence?”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
11:00 am ET


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers and NABE Manufacturing Roundtable Chair, moderator

Thomas J. Duesterberg, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century, The Aspen Institute

Jeffrey Werling, Executive Director, Inforum, University of Maryland


Webinar materials:

Duesterberg / Werling Slides Duesterberg-WerlingSlides.pdf

Aspen Institute Study


Numerous analysts have been touting a revival—some call it a Renaissance—of American Manufacturing, but we do not have a good picture of exactly how such a revival would affect the overall U.S. economy. The Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century program of the Aspen Institute has partnered with the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI to take a systematic approach to answering this question. They have released a joint paper, which is based on economic modeling performed by the University of Maryland’s Inforum. The paper explores what changes we can expect if manufacturing grows from its current share of 11.5 percent of the U.S. economy, to the 15 percent or more that it enjoyed in 1998. Modeling is done through 2025 and impacts of what the paper labels as a “resurgence” has on jobs, overall GDP, incomes, the trade deficit, investment, and on other sectors of the economy are presented. It also looks at the changes in major subsectors of the manufacturing economy. Constraints that might impede such a resurgence and the policy choices which could promote it are also analyzed. This webinar will focus on that work and its implications for manufacturers and policy makers.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

Register now



"The 2013 Manufacturing Economic Outlook"

Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:00 p.m. Eastern


Tim Gill, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, moderator Martin Fleming, VP for Business Performance Services & Chief Economist, IBM Daniel J. Meckstroth, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation slides

This panel will discuss the overall economic outlook for the next year for the manufacturing sector, including areas for growth and continued challenges. While manufacturers have had outsized contributions to output and employment since the end of the recession, it is clear that many of them have pulled back recently due to slowing global sales and uncertainties about the domestic fiscal situation. Even with these anxieties, manufacturers are cautiously optimistic about modest gains in activity in 2013 and 2014. These and other issues will be discussed, both from a macro and company-specific perspective.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

Click here to register.



"Examining the Benefits of Reshoring for Manufacturers"


Thursday, November 15, 2012

2:00pm ET



Robert McCutcheon, Partner, Industrial Products Sector Leader, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, moderator
Harry Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative 
Steven Wiegers, Chain Supply Manager, Hubbardton Forge

Moser slides
Reshoring Initiative handout 1
Reshoring Initiative handout 2

Wiegers slides

PWC handout 1
PWC handout 2



U.S. manufacturing have become more competitive in recent years, buoyed by increased labor productivity, higher quality, and rising costs elsewhere. Much has been made about manufacturers bringing production back into the United States from elsewhere, with reshoring being tauted among political leaders and the media. Join us for a discussion on how prevalent reshoring truly is among U.S. manufacturers, as well as possible explanations for why it is occurring. In addition, we will learn from one firm about their experiences.


Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for othersClick here to register now.







Previous Events:


Exploring the Benefits of Shale on the U.S. Economy and Industry”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
2:00pm ET


Martha Moore, Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council, moderator 
Becky E. Hites
, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics slides
Robert McCutcheon, Partner, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers slides

Join us for a discussion on shale gas and how this important abundant energy source has the potential to impact US manufacturing, from yielding a long term cost advantage to creating additional demand for steel and other manufactured products.

Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for others. 

Click here to register.



"An Outlook for the Consumer Electronics Industry"

Thursday, July 26, 2012 2:00pm ET


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Manufacturers Association, moderator Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist, Consumer Electronics Association Benjamin Arnold, Director of Industry Analysis, NPD Group

Consumer electronics continue to be a bright spot in our economy, with pent-up demand and new innovations driving sales. At the same time, the industry has evolved. Interest in tablets and cloud-based technologies are supplanting more traditional modes of computing, and technologies are moving further into all aspects of our lives. This webinar will discuss some of the changes that we are experiencing, while also highlighting the global and domestic economic outlook for the industry.

Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for others.

Click here to register.


"2012 Auto Manufacturing Outlook"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 
2:00pm ET


Jim Meil, Chief Economist, Eaton Corporation, moderator 
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company
G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors Corporation 

The motor vehicle sector is going through a resurgence of late – a major turnaround from its struggles just a couple years ago. Domestic demand is expected to be strong in the next few years, with new markets representing a significant opportunity. As a result, manufacturing activity and employment growth have been strong. With that said, there have also been a fair share of challenges for the auto industry, including natural disasters, supply chain disruptions, exchange rate risks, and rising energy and raw material costs. These and other issues will be discussed in this panel, highlighting both the global and domestic outlook for the industry. 

Mohatarem slides
Hughes-Cromwick slides 

Click here to register.



"The 2012 Manufacturing Economic Outlook"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers, moderator 
Don Johnson, Chief Economist, Caterpillar slides
Daniel J. Meckstroth
, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI slides

This panel will discuss the overall economic outlook for the next year for the manufacturing sector, including areas for growth and continued challenges. Since the end of the recession, manufacturing has had an outsized impact on output and employment in the U.S. economy, and the panelists will discuss what the future holds both in terms of production and job creation. Moreover, global financial issues – particularly in Europe – and domestic fiscal woes continue to provide uncertainties for manufacturers, and a depressed housing market remains a drag on economic activity for the foreseeable future. Yet, many manufacturers remain optimistic about the next year. These and other issues will be discussed, both from a macro and company-specific perspective.

The podcast recording of this event is now available for download.

Registration isfree for members of the Manufacturing Roundtable, $15 for NABE members, and $60 for others.

Click here to download the podcast. 





Forecasting Challenges, Courtesy of the Great Recession

Thursday, January 20
2:00 PM (ET)


Sam Kyei, Chief Economist, BNSF Railway slides

Lloyd Nace, Strategic Business Analyst, Ingersoll Rand slides

Kathy L. Pate, Market Insight and Strategy Manager, Eastman Chemical Company slides


Members of the Manufacturers’ Roundtable will share their forecasting experiences during the Great Recession. What worked? What didn’t? What did you learn that will help going forward? Our panelists are Sam Kyei, Chief Economist, BNSF Railway and Lloyd Nace, Strategic Business Analyst, Ingersoll Rand, and Kathy L. Pate, Market Insight and Strategy Manager, Eastman Chemical Company. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and observations as well.

Registration is free for MRT and KnowledgeLINK members, $15 for NABE members, and $60 for others.

Click here to register.



NABE Manufacturing Roundtable 2011 Economic Outlook Webinar

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
11:00 AM Eastern


Dave Huether, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers (Roundtable Chair and Moderator)
Dan Meckstroth, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance slides 
Thomas Runiewicz, Principal/Economist, U.S. Industry Practice, IHS Global Insight slides

Questions covered include:

  • How will advanced countries perform compared to emerging countries
  • Manufacturing has been growing faster than the overall economy. Will this Continue? And how long will the manufacturing recovery take?
  • What will be driving the manufacturing recovery?
  • What's the outlook for housing and employment?
  • Which manufacturing sectors will perform the best and worst in the 
    coming year?


Registration is free for Manufacturing Roundtable and KnowledgeLINK members, $15 for NABE members, and $60 for others.

Click here to register for the event.






"The Outlook for U.S. Exports: the Administration's Plan to Double Exports and the Potential Impact of the Economic Crisis in Europe"

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Dave Huether, Chief Economist National Association of Manufacturers, moderator 
Kris Bledowski, Economist and Council Director, Manufacturers Alliance slides PDF 
Mark Doms
, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce slides PDF

In contrast to the early stages of the previous expansion, strong export growth has been a driving force in the current recovery and is one of the reasons why the manufacturing sector has outpaced the overall economy over the past year.  The importance of our country's ability to sell products in markets abroad was highlighted in President Obama's State of the Union Address this year, where he set a goal to double our country's exports over the next five years.  U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Economist Mark Doms will provide an overview of the Administrations' plan to accomplish this lofty goal.  One of the developments that may hurt U.S. export growth is the economic crisis in Europe. Kris Bledowski of the Manufactures Alliance who is an expert on the European economy will provide insight into how the developments in Europe will likely affect the U.S. economy going forward. 

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"US Manufacturing Outlook"
Thursday, December 10, 2009

David Huether, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers, moderator 
Daniel J. Meckstroth
, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Slides 
Thomas Runiewicz, Principal/Senior Economist, IHS Global Insight Slides 

These two experts will look at the current situation in manufacturing and the outlook over the next year. Some of the questions the teleconference will address:

    • Is the manufacturing recession over?  If so, what is the shape of things to come?
    • Will exports be helped by the dollar and economic conditions aboard?
    • Will manufacturing continue to recover once support from the stimulus package winds down?
    • When will U.S. businesses begin to expand employment and capital spending?
    • Which manufacturers will be the first to recover...which will recovery later...which will not recover at all?

Registration for teleconferences is complimentary for Manufacturing Roudtable members and $10 for other NABE members; and $60 for non-members. After you register, we will send you dial-in information.

Click here to register.

Speaker biographies:

Daniel J. Meckstroth

Chief Economist
Manufacurers Alliance/MAPI

Dan has been with the Alliance since 1990.  Dr. Meckstroth provides comments and analysis on a wide variety of economic issues as they relate to the manufacturing sector and is the primary spokesperson for the Alliance on business conditions and economic matters.  Dan also serves as a Council Director at the Alliance and currently is the Council Director to the E-Business and Purchasing Councils operated by the Alliance.  He is frequently quoted in the business press and writes expensively on business practices and manufacturing activity.

Dan Meckstroth earned a Ph.D. in economics, a Master of Arts degree in economics, and a Masters of Arts degree in industrial relations, all from the University of Cincinnati.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Prior to his tenure at the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, Meckstroth worked for Armco (now AK Steel), a steel manufacturer, as senior economist for corporate economic research from 1978-85 and as supervisor in the corporate strategy and development group from 1985-90.  He also served as a regional economist in the corporate office for Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, OH, from 1976-78.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is a member of the National Economists Club in Washington, DC.

Thomas Runiewicz

Principal/Senior Economist
Global Insight

As a principal for the Industry Practice at Global Insight, Tom is responsible for projections about the US industrial economy, including special aspects about output, prices, costs, wages, capacity levels and profit margins.  Tom authors sections in Global Insight’s, US Economic, Industry Analysis, and Cost Forecasting service publications.  He particularly gained expertise in the paper and lumber, construction, steel, agricultural, and service sectors.  Additional responsibilities include product line forecasting and consulting for clients that include many of the Fortune 500 and national trade associations.  He has over 20 years of experience in the economic forecasting and consulting industry.

Other current professional experience includes: Certified Public Accountant at Brinker, Simpson & Company, L.L.P. specializing in tax and financial public accounting.  Prior professional experiences include: Senior economist at Data Resources Inc. (DRI) in government consulting and agricultural forecasting; market research economist at Doane Information Services specializing in commodity analysis; economist at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA) working in the International Agricultural Service.

Tom received a M.S. in Agricultural Economics and Operations Research in 1980 from Pennsylvania State University. He also earned a B.S. in 1976 in Commerce and Finance from Wilkes University.  He became a CPA in 1996