2018 Speakers



Joseph Chang
Global Editor, ICIS Chemical Business




Topic: The US Petrochemical Wave Amid the Global Macroeconomic Outlook The US is bringing on unprecedented levels of capacity spurred by the shale gas boom. What are some of the implications for the petrochemical and polymers markets in the US and worldwide? And how might global macroeconomic and policy trends influence the outlook?

Joseph Chang is Global Editor of ICIS Chemical Business, a weekly publication focusing on making sense of chemical prices worldwide. This includes price trends, and the factors impacting these trends in both the short term and long term. He has been with ICIS and one of its predecessor publications for over 20 years, specializing in coverage of financial topics such as macroeconomics, capital spending patterns, equity and debt markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Joseph has a degree in Finance and International Business from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Mark Vitner
Managing Director & Sr. Economist
Wells Fargo

Mark Vitner is a managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. Based in Charlotte, he provides regular updates on the housing markets, commercial real estate, regional economies, and inflation. Mark’s commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and many other publications. 

Originally from Atlanta, Mark earned his B.B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida, and has completed further graduate work in economics at the University of Florida. He also completed the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) Advanced Training in Economics program at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Mark is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and co-founded its Charlotte chapter, The Charlotte Economics Club. He serves as a distinguished lecturer and practitioner at the University of Georgia.  

He is a member of numerous organizations related to the study of economics
. He is a member of the Blue Chip Economic forecasting panel and the Western Blue Chip forecast panel. Mark currently serves on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia.



Chris Swecker, Esq.
Assistant. Director, FBI (retired)
Attorney/Fraud & Security Consultant




Chris Swecker served 24 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before retiring as Assistant Director and head of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. He also served as the FBI’s On Scene Commander in Iraq in 2003 where he led a team of FBI Agents conducting counter-intelligence, terror financing and international terrorism investigations. Swecker’s team also assisted military components in tactical counter insurgency/terrorist operations and security assessments.

As head of the FBI’s Criminal Division, Swecker led FBI criminal investigations including public corruption, money laundering, organized crime/drug trafficking and financial crime matters.  He led national task forces on corporate fraud, violent gangs, mortgage fraud, crimes against children, public corruption and organized crime. He established the MS-13 National Gang Task Force and the National Gang Intelligence Center.

As Corporate Security Director for Bank of America from July 2006 to January 2009 Swecker led investigations; physical security; international security, employment screening and executive protection. As a result fraud losses were reduced by over $50 million, armed bank robberies were reduced by over 50% and ATM thefts were virtually eliminated.

Swecker currently manages his own law practice and founded Chris Swecker Enterprises, a security and financial crimes consulting firm. 



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