Cameron School of Business to Host Outlook: Building Economic Clusters

Monday, September 23, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Swain Center for Business and Economic Services has opened registration for the annual Outlook conference on the morning of Oct. 10, the university announced today. Focusing on the economic vitality of Southeastern North Carolina, the 2013 conference, Outlook: Building Economic Clusters will include two panels about Contract Research Organizations and Real Estate.

Registered guests will begin with breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m., immediately followed by an opening welcome at 8 a.m. and speakers Thomas Simpson and Woody Hall at 8:15 a.m. to discuss the national and local economic outlook.

The Contract Research Organizations panel will begin with opening comments from Patrick Walsh, CEO of AAI Pharma and David Simmons, CEO of PPD at 8:45 a.m., and will be moderated by Charles Hardy, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, with panelists Chuck Bon from Biostudy Solutions and Julie Orr from Modoc Research. Larry Clark, Dean of the Cameron School of Business, will moderate the second panel with Ken Dull from McKinley Building, Teresa Huffmon from Coldwell Banker and Chris Livengood from Intracoastal Realty.

"Economic clusters hold the key to strong and sustainable growth for our geographic region," said Rebecca Porterfield, Associate Dean of the Cameron School of Business. "The SWAIN Center is proud to bring this forward thinking topic to our business community during this year's Outlook conference. We look forward to showcasing how the CRO cluster in Wilmington has contributed to strong economic growth from real estate to finance."

The H. David and Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services is part of the Cameron School of Business at UNCW. They provide professional development courses at UNCW for the public, serve as the business research and outreach division for the Cameron School of Business, and analyze local, state and national economic data that impact our region and its growth.

Individuals can purchase tickets for Outlook: Building Economic Clusters for $30, or buy a table of eight for $200. Guests may also purchase registrations onsite. For more information and to register please visit