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Oct. 28,  2008

Emory Experts on Global Economic Crisis: What Happened, What's Next

WHAT:   Panel Discussion: “The Economy: What Happened and What’s Next?” Insights from Emory Faculty. Presented by Knowledge@Emory.

WHEN:   10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30

WHERE:   Room W300, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

WHO:   Panelists and topics include: Larry Benveniste, private equity; Jim Grissett, real estate; Ray Hill, corporate finance; Tom Smith, employment; Greg Waymire, fair value accounting; and Susan Gilbert, moderator.


PARKING:   Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322

INFO:   404-727-0568       

Experts from Emory University's Goizueta Business School will share their views on current developments in the world financial crisis and outlook for the future during a free public forum at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the school. The event will be Webcast at and will appear on the Knowledge@Emory Web site (, which is sponsoring the event.


•  Larry Benveniste (private equity) is dean of Goizueta Business School and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Finance. He has worked as a staff economist for the Board of Governors to the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., where he helped to develop several significant regulatory initiatives, including risk-based capital, which monitors the equity value of commercial banks to protect the deposit insurance system.

•  Jim Grissett (real estate) is an adjunct faculty member and an investment advisor focused on REITs and real estate securities. He was a founding partner of The Parthenon Group, and was an original principal in the firm's selection to direct leasing, marketing and varied asset management of activities at Peachtree Center. Previously, he was director of market research for The Landmarks Group, an Atlanta-based development firm noted for its Concourse and Promenade mixed-use office projects.

•  Ray Hill (corporate finance, Wall Street and global markets), adjunct senior lecturer in finance, teaches managerial economics and finance. Hill interrupted his academic career in 1982 to become an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, which included a seven-year stay in Hong Kong as managing director of its investment banking business in Asia outside of Japan. Hill returned to his native Georgia in 1993 and worked for 10 years at Mirant Corporation and its predecessor, a subsidiary of Southern Company. During that time he served as the company’s chief financial officer, except for an 18-month stint as a CEO of one of the largest independent power companies in Asia, which was owned by Southern.

•  Tom Smith (employment), assistant professor in the practice of finance, specializes in labor economics, urban and real estate economics, and the economics of sports, religion and the arts. He has served as a consultant for the arts and entertainment industry and has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois–Chicago, National-Louis University, Loyola University and North Central College. He holds a Ph.D. in labor and demography/cultural economics and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

•  Greg Waymire (fair value accounting) is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting. His areas of specialization include corporate disclosure and investor relations, accounting history and equity valuation. His current research examines the history of accounting measurement and disclosure.

•  Susan Gilbert (moderator) is associate professor in the practice of finance and associate dean and director of the Evening MBA Program.  Her areas of specialty include business economics, pricing, transfer pricing, economic analysis applied to the health care industry, forensic economics, and labor economics.

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