Russell Evans – Economics

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“Economic Forecast for 2017”

Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from the Oklahoma State University, Dr. Russell Evans specializes in regional economic forecasting and local tax incidence analysis. Dr. Evans’ research is focused on issues important to local civic leaders including regional economic and fiscal forecasts, the economic impact of the state’s oil and gas sector, the fiscal impact of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma Consumer Sentiment Index, and the Oklahoma Energy Index.

In addition, Dr. Evans and his research staff regularly engage in funded research for the state’s Native American community including the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. Dr. Evans regularly speaks to local audiences on the state of local and national economic conditions and policy with a reputation of making complex economic arguments easy to appreciate.

The work of Dr. Evans and his research staff is regularly cited in regional and national media markets including the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Fiscal Times, Kiplingers, Bloomberg research letters, the Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, public radio, and many other outlets. Dr. Evans is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Missouri Valley Economic Association. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Steven Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, Meinders Schools of Business, Okla. City University.

He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, three beautiful daughters, and a toddler son.

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Marty O’Gwynn is vice president for university advancement at Oklahoma City University. He joined the OCU administrative team in September 2012, and is responsible for the university’s fund-raising and alumni relations programs.

Marty has worked in higher education advancement since 1986. Born in Mobile, Alabama, and reared in Central Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and a master’s degree in communication from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He worked at Oklahoma Baptist University for 21 years before moving to OCU, and his tenure at the Shawnee university included heading public relations, alumni relations, and strategic planning.

Marty has been a Rotarian since 2000 and is a past president of the Shawnee Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City (Class 32). He also has served as a board member for the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce.

Marty and his wife, Deborah, have two adult sons. He enjoys travel, reading and following college and pro sports. He was a radio announcer for small college basketball for 11 years.

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