Chief Economist to Speak at Ashbrook Luncheon

December 24, 2020

Brian Wesbury headshot high res copyBrian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors L.P., a financial services firm based in Wheaton, Ill., will speak at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on March 25 at noon in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Wesbury will speak on the topic of “Navigating the Economic Echo Chamber” as part of the Ashbrook Center’s Thomas W. Smith Political Economy lecture series.

Tickets for this luncheon/lecture event are $20 per person or a table of eight for $160. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Ormiston at (419) 289-5429 or or order online at

Information overload is reality. Cable TV and the Internet give every idea a voice and every voice an outlet. Navigating this echo chamber – especially when it comes to the economy and financial markets – calls for an “antidote to conventional wisdom.” Brian Wesbury is just that.

Wesbury simplifies what seems complicated and stimulates your common sense with an understandable presentation on what is moving the markets. He’s an award-winning forecaster and renowned speaker and he has a message that will help you cut through the noise of our very busy world.

Wesbury has been a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1999. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where he works closely with its 4%-Growth Project. His writing appears in various magazines, newspapers and blogs, and he appears regularly on Fox, Bloomberg, CNBC and BNN Canada TV.

In 1995 and 1996, he served as chief economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

The Wall Street Journal ranked Wesbury the nation’s No. 1 U.S. economic forecaster in 2001, and USA Today ranked him as one of the nation’s top 10 forecasters in 2004.

Wesbury began his career in 1982 at the Harris Bank in Chicago. Former positions include vice president and economist for the Chicago Corporation and senior vice president and chief economist for Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, & Thompson.

Wesbury received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana. McGraw-Hill published his first book, “The New Era of Wealth,” in October 1999. His most recent book, “It’s Not As Bad As You Think,” was published in November 2009 by John Wiley & Sons.

In 2011, Wesbury received the University of Montana’s Distinguished Alumni Award. This award honors outstanding alumni who have “brought honor to the University, the state or the nation.” There have been 267 recipients of this award out of a potential pool of 91,000 graduates.