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Seventeenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium

On June 3-4, 2010, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host its Seventeenth Annual Automotive Outlook Symposium at its Detroit Branch.


The symposium will begin on Thursday afternoon with a tour of NextEnergy, a leading research and development center for alternative and renewable energy located in Detroit’s entrepreneurial TechTown. During the tour, we will be visiting their hydrogen fueling station and their 18,400 sq ft research laboratory, where they develop alternative energy technologies. In addition, we will hear how NextEnergy assists in improving Detroit's economy as well as their biodiesel research. Following the tour, there will be a dinner held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Detroit Branch where Ron Bloom, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the President’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry, will be giving a keynote speech. These events are sponsored by J. D. Power and Associates.


On Friday, June 4, the symposium convenes at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. This year's symposium focuses on the near-term outlook for sales and the long-term landscape of automotive production. The topics include the perspective of the auto industry from the financial sector; the vehicle sales outlook from the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) perspective; medium- and heavy-duty truck industry outlook; dealers'perspectives on the sales outlook; the future of the supplier industry post-restructuring; and the consensus outlook of symposium participants.

Featured Speaker

Ron Bloom
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, President's Task Force on the Automotive Industry

Ron Bloom is Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the President’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry, a position he has held since February 2009. Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Bloom served as a Special Assistant to the President of the United Steelworkers Union where his responsibilities included the Union’s collective bargaining program in its core jurisdictions with an emphasis on the particular issues facing the Steelworkers in its dealings with companies facing financial difficulties. He also coordinated the Union’s relationships with investors in both public and private companies. Prior to joining the Steelworkers, Bloom was one of the founding partners of Keilin and Bloom, an investment banking firm, where he was involved in numerous transactions on behalf of the Steelworkers, the Auto Workers, the Teamsters, the Air Line Pilots Association and other unions. Prior to founding Keilin and Bloom, Bloom was a Vice President at the investment banking firm of Lazard Freres & Co. where he specialized in analyzing, structuring and raising financing for union-led employee-ownership transactions. Previously he served as a research and negotiating specialist for the Service Employees International Union. Bloom is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Thursday, 06/03/10
3:00 PM
Tour of NextEnergy
461 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202


Transportation will be available. Please sign up on the registration page.

5:30 PM
Dinner and Keynote Speech
Ron Bloom, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, President’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry (Invited)
Friday, 06/04/10
8:30 AM
Conference Registration
Continental breakfast will be available.
9:00 AM
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Chief Economist, Ford Motors Corporation
Kenny Vieth, Partner, Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company
Paul Taylor, Chief Economist, National Automobile Dealers Association
12:00 PM
1:15 PM
Afternoon Presentations
John J Murphy, Chartered Financial Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
David Andrea, Vice President, Business Development, Original Equipment Suppliers Association
1:15 PM

Last Updated: 06/09/2010

Hotel Information

Atheneum Hotel
1000 Brush Ave
Detroit ,  MI   48226

Rooms at the Atheneum Hotel are available for conference attendees at a rate of $129.00 per night. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly by calling (313) 962-2323. To access the reserved block of rooms, please mention the "Auto Outlook Symposium". If you have questions or need assistance making a reservation, please contact Ella Dukes (contact information to the right) or Sandy Schneider via e-mail or (312) 322-8203.

Background Materials

Link to our Conference Series page with information on some of our previous symposia and summary articles.

Event Information
Event Contact
Ella Dukes
(312) 322-5757
06/03/10  - 06/04/10
Registration Deadline
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch
1600 E Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, USA. Tel. (312) 322-5322

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