November 14, 2008


The Neeley School of Business and the LKCM Center for Financial Studies have teamed up with Fort Worth Business Press to present a financial forum for the local business community featuring leaders in financial, real estate, oil and gas and risk management industries.

The forum will focus on preparing for a surviving the economic and credit challenges facing the business community. Held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 to 10:45 am, at the Brown Lupton University Union at 2901 Stadium Drive on TCU's campus, the event is free to the business community.

O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neely School of Business, will give the general session speech from 8:00-8:30 am, discussing local economic issues in light of national economy trends.

"We need to establish re-confidence in the financial and economic markets and determine what will be the feedback affects on the real markets, such as consumer market, credit market," he said. "And the business community needs to take a step back and differentiate the short term from the long-term perspectives."

A panel of experts will follow Erekson from 8:30-9:30 am. Four break-out sessions on Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Risk Management and Financial will take place from 9:45-10:45 am. Each breakout session will feature three industry leaders in a question-and-answer format. Representative companies include Frost Bank, Fidelity, Meridian Bank, Chase Bank, PNL, HUB, Southwest Securities, Legacy Texas, Jefferson Bank, Kelly Hart & Hallman, Hayman Woods, Southwest Bank, Compass Bank, OmniAmerican and Worthington Bank.

Industry experts include Larry Brogdon, an adjunct professor at the TCU Energy Institute and a part of Four Sevens; David Porter, CEO of PNL Cos., which has revitalized the former Tandy Center in downtown Fort Worth; and Charles Reynolds, local president of Hub International.

To reserve a seat, call Mary Schlegel at the Fort Worth Business Press at 817-336-8300 or email