Press Release for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Senior Wachovia Economist Mark Vitner Discusses Economic Crisis

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Coggin College of Business Alumni Chapter at the University of North Florida is bringing Wachovia Director and Senior Economist Mark Vitner, a Coggin College alumnus, to campus to share his views on the current economic crisis from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the University Center.

Vitner joined Wachovia in 1993 and is responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. He writes Wachovia’s economic newsletter, “Regional Economic Review,” and also contributes to their Weekly Economic & Financial Commentary. Prior to joining Wachovia, he was an economist for Barnett Banks in Jacksonville for approximately nine years.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Today and many other publications. He is also a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

A native of Atlanta, Vitner holds a BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the University of North Florida and has completed further graduate work in economics at the University of Florida. He also completed the NABE Advanced Training in Economics Program at Carnegie-Mellon University.

He is a member of the American Economic Association, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, National Association of Business Economics and the Charlotte Economics Club, which he co-founded. Vitner also serves as the chief economist for the North Carolina CCIM and is a member of the USA Today forecasting panel.

Additionally, he is a Distinguished Lecturer/Practitioner at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and served four terms as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The luncheon is part of the Coggin Alumni Speaker Series. Reservations are required to attend the luncheon at a cost of $25. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brooke Fry, UNF Coggin College of Business, at (904) 620-1240.