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1/20/17 Houston | State of the Economy in Light of the Political Landscape

January 20, 2017
Houston, TX



Elections are completed, votes counted and change is on the horizon.  What will be the impact on the national economy and for directors in Texas? NACD Texas TriCities was honored to host Rice University’s George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Dr. Antonio Merlo, as he moderated a fireside chat around views on the state of the economy in light of the political landscape and the impact on board oversight with Houston banking legend, Marc Shapiro, retired Vice-Chairman JPMorgan Chase, Director, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.


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  Executive Summary
  Questions Directors Should Be Asking



Location and Time


The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77057

7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens
7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion
7:50 am Program Presentation Begins
8:30 am Audience Q&A
9:00 am Adjourn Presentation

9:15 am Final Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Antonio Merlo

George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics
Dean of the School of Social Sciences; Rice University
Director, RISE

Antonio Merlo is the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics. He has served as the Dean of the Social Sciences since 2016 and is the founding and current director of the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics (RISE). He further served as Chair of the Economics Department between 2014 and 2016. In November 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. Before joining the Economics faculty at the Rice University, Professor Merlo taught at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and the University of Minnesota.

His areas of expertise are political economy, public economics, bargaining theory and applications, and empirical microeconomics. His research interests include the economics of crime, voting, the career decisions of politicians, the formation and dissolution of coalition governments, the industrial organization of the political sector, household bargaining and the study of the residential housing market. He has published numerous articles in the leading journals in the profession, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Economic Theory.

Marc Shapiro

Retired Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase
Director, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Mexico Fund, The Weingarten Realty

Marc Shapiro is a native Houstonian who completed his undergraduate work at Harvard and gained his MBA at Stanford Business School.

Marc began his banking career in 1972 at Texas Commerce Bank, and his progression through the Texas Commerce organization included service as Chief Financial Officer beginning in 1977. In 1989, after the bank was purchased by J.P. Morgan Chase, he was named Chief Executive Officer of the statewide organization. He moved to New York to work for the parent company in 1997 as Vice Chairman for Finance and Risk Management.

Marc returned to Houston in 2003 and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Chase Bank of Texas. He is also a Director of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Mexico Fund and Weingarten Realty Investors.

Marc has a long history of community involvement. During his career, he has served as Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, Chairman of the Houston United Way Campaign, founding Chairman of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, and a member of the Board of Trustees for Rice University. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice.

A strong believer in the importance of the Texas Medical Center, he is Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Baylor College of Medicine and Past Chairman of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and continues to serve on the Boards of both institutions. He also currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Hospital. His past board service includes the Menninger Clinic, Sabin Institute, the Texas Medical Center, BioHouston and the Harris County Hospital District.

Marc Shapiro is married to Jeri Weinstein. They have two children, both married and living in New York, and four grandchildren.



Question about this Event?

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