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Lutgert College of Business in the News

This is the text of a story in Florida Weekly of November 28, 2012

With the economic recovery our nation’s top priority, the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University, will host the seventh annual Bonita/ Estero Market Pulse from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The 2013 keynote speaker is Federal Reserve Bank President, Fourth District and CEO Sandra Pianalto. One of the nation’s 12 Federal Reserve residents, Ms. Pianalto was appointed chief operating officer in 1993 and has served as president of the Fourth District since 2003. Working directly with Chairman Ben Bernanke, she also serves as an alternate voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee which is responsible for providing direction for the U.S. economy, the House of Representatives and the president of the United States.

Popular local market trend forecaster Bradley Hunter, director of Metrostudy’s South Florida Division, will make a return appearance to report on the regional housing market. A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Mr. Hunter has 23 years experience in real estate and local market economics, and has authored or directed research on hundreds of market studies. He is a member of the Housing Market Forecast Panel for the Housing Market Report, a national newsletter that reports the forecasts of the top housing economists in the country.

Dr. Gary Jackson, director of the Regional Economic and Research Institute and assistant professor of economics at FGCU, will discuss his insights on the local economy as it relates to business professionals and local residents. “The impact of Market Pulse revolves around its speakers and it is more important than ever that we address challenging economic issues,” said Dr. Jackson. “Ms. Pianalto will present a broader economic forecast, while Mr. Hunter and I will provide an overview and data on state and local market trends.”

“This event has grown and evolved to national stature over the past seven years,” said Nigel P. Fullick of Element Funding, Market Pulse chair. “Direct economic impact includes the fact that several students have received internships and full time jobs from area businesses attending the event. Market Pulse is a perfect example of the benefits of partnering with our Chamber of Commerce to positively impact our business community.”

The event will take place in the FGCU student union ballroom and the cost to attend is $30 per person for those who purchase before Jan. 4. For more information, call 992-2943 or visit

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