University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center

2017 Economic Outlook Conference: Speakers


Julie A. Wilsey
Airport Director
Wilmington International Airport
Julie Wilsey

Julie Wilsey has been the Airport Director of Wilmington International Airport (ILM) since December 2013. After 6 years as an Army Engineer officer, Julie joined the ILM team as the Director of Facilities. Since 1999, she has helped ILM grow with airfield and facility improvements, completing over $100M worth of capital projects.

A career milestone includes earning her accreditation as an airport executive with the American Association of Airport Executives in 2008. Julie holds an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

An active member of the community and aviation industry, Julie serves on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, the NC Aviation Task Force, Cape Fear Area United Way Board of Directors the Downtown Wilmington Rotary Club, WILMA, the North Carolina Airport Association, and the Southeast AAAE.

Julie is married to LTC (Ret) Donald Wilsey, USA, has a step-daughter, Lauren, and two cats.

Danny McComas
NC Board of Transportation

Daniel McComas

Daniel McComas, also known as Danny, has lived in the Wilmington area since 1985, after moving from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is Chief Executive Officer and President of MCO Transport, Inc. In February 2017, Danny joined the North Carolina Board of Transportation as an at-large member representing state ports and aviation. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly from 1994 to 2012, representing House District 13 (New Hanover County), and he served as Chair of the North Carolina Ports Authority from 2012 to 2014. Mr. McComas earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from St. Bonaventure University, New York.

Paul Cozza
Executive Director
NC State Ports Authority
Paul Cozza

Paul J. Cozza was appointed Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority in April 2014. Under Mr. Cozza's leadership the Authority has embarked on $120 million infrastructure investment plan, welcomed the largest container vessels in the Port of Wilmington's history and recently seen the reintroduction of intermodal rail. Additional growth in his tenure includes the best two tonnage and financial years on record at North Carolina Ports.

Prior to his role as Executive Director, Mr. Cozza served as the President of The CSL Group, a marine logistics company and the world's largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. He also served in several executive roles for The Maersk Group, to include Senior Vice-President for Maersk Line, Limited and the Vice President for Network Planning.

In addition to his experience with the world's largest container line, Mr. Cozza has more than a decade of experience with Sea-Land Service, Inc. and CSX Corporation. He was the Vice President for Terminal Operations and General Manager, Europe with Sea-Land as well as the Marketing Director, Asia and Americas Container Services.

Paul is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army. He lives in the Wilmington area with his wife and has two daughters.

Economic Forecasters

Thomas Simpson, Ph.D.
Executive in Residence
Cameron School of Business
Thomas Simpson

Simpson joined CSB after his retirement from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. His professional career focused on monetary policy and financial markets - serving as a senior official at the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee. He has been a resident advisor to the Central Bank of Russia, is a principal advisor to the Central Bank of Iraq and has provided technical assistance to the central banks of China, Afghanistan, Uganda and elsewhere. He is the author of Financial Markets, Banking, and Monetary Policy (2014).

Adam Jones, Ph.D.
Regional Economist
Cameron School of Business
Adam Jones

Jones is an associate professor of economics at CSB. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the faculty, he worked with the Newton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, GA. He has published in the Economic Development Quarterly, the Atlantic Economic Journal and the Journal of Economics and Finance. He plans to continue his local public finance and regional economics research at UNCW with a focus on North Carolina issues and tax-base development.

Brian Daley
Portfolio Manager Equity Research Head
U.S. Trust, Bank America Private Wealth Management

Brian Daley

Brian Daley is a managing director and portfolio manager equity research head at U.S. Trust, Bank America Private Wealth Management. In this role, he oversees and develops the firm’s equity research investment strategy in collaboration with the U.S. Trust® Investment Strategy Committee; formulating sector/industry allocation views, overseeing and monitoring the performance of equity model portfolios, leading the developments and enhancement of the equity research process, and our efforts around guidance-based equity strategies, by working directly without portfolio managers nationally. Brian is a member of the Investment Strategy Committee.

Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Brian worked at Trident Investment Management, a global macro hedge fund, managing and trading the U.S. and non-U.S. equities, ETFs, index and commodity futures, and options. He also provided oversight and strategy on global positioning and was responsible for the country, sector, and individual equity positions. Prior to that he worked at Conifer Securities, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch in equity research, trading, and research sales positions.

Brian received his B.S. degree in Finance with a concentration in Economics from Villanova University.