Press Release for Tuesday, February 15, 2005

UNF to Honor Nationally Known Economist

February 15, 2005
Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The University of North Florida will honor alumnus Mark Vitner, director and senior economist for Wachovia, at the Alumni Recognition Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 at the University Center.
Vitner’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and numerous other national publications. Vitner is a native of Atlanta and 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 joined First Union, now Wachovia, in 1993 and is responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. Prior to joining First Union, Mark was economist for Barnett Banks in Jacksonville for approximately nine years. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists and co-founded their Charlotte chapter – The Charlotte Economics Club. Mark also serves as a Distinguished Lecturer/Practitioner at the University of Georgia. In addition, Mark is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Tickets to the event are $35 are can be reserved by calling the Office of Alumni Services at (904)620-4723.

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