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The Economic Club of Phoenix, hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business, announces 2018-19 luncheon speaker lineup

September 12, 2018

The Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series — hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business — is celebrating its 34th anniversary and has become the preeminent Arizona forum for the exchange of ideas about business and the economy. 

Every year, Phoenix-area audiences are invited to attend the club’s luncheons to hear from some major names in the business world and have a chance to network and engage.  

CEOs of American Airlines, Mayo Clinic, Nextiva, Sprouts Farmers Market and Waste Management are among those slated to speak during the new Economic Club of Phoenix season. 

“Each year, ECP outdoes itself, so I’m very excited for this season’s calendar,” said Amy Hillman, dean of Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business. “We not only have the chance to hear from a number of Arizona-based companies, but those companies are industry leaders who are driving innovation and change. I think this season offers something for everyone, whether you’re an established leader yourself or you’re just starting out.”

ECP 2018-19 speaker lineup

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Spirit of Enterprise Award Luncheon honoring Nextiva, with featured speaker Tomas Gorny, CEO, Nextiva

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

James C. Fish Jr., president and CEO, Waste Management Inc.
Camelback Golf Club

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Economic Forecast Luncheon
Phoenix Convention Center

• John H. Cochrane, senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

• Bart Hobijn, applied macroeconomist, W. P. Carey School of Business

• Lee R. McPheters, research professor of economics, director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center, W. P. Carey School of Business

Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019

ECP Luncheon featuring Wyatt Decker, CEO, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Camelback Golf Club

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Amin Maredia, CEO, Sprouts Farmers Market Inc.
Camelback Golf Club

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Executive of the Year Award Luncheon honoring Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon featuring W. P. Carey economists
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

• Dennis Hoffman, director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute

• Lee McPheters, research professor of economics, director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center

• Mark Stapp, executive director, Master of Real Estate Development 

Each luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the exception of November's economic forecast, which is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tickets for nonmembers are available for $85. Funds in excess of the cost of lunch are used to support scholarships and faculty research at the W. P. Carey School of Business. Guests are subject to change.

For more information about the club or to reserve seats, visit or call 480-727-0596. Journalists interested in covering an event are asked to RSVP in advance.

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