Economic Game Changers: A Fall 2019 Economic Update


Don't miss the annual DBC marquee event with Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan, this year moderated by Gerald J. Ford, Chairman of Hilltop Holdings!

The Dallas Business Club, a consortium of 30 MBA alumni clubs, will host a conversation with Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan, moderated by Gerald J. Ford, Chairman of Hilltop Holdings. Each year this event grows larger and offers more economic insight. Mark your calendar now and be sure to attend!



The After-Party at Savor

Join us at he after-party and keep the networking going at Savor in Klyde Warren Park. We will be in the covered outdoor patio area just for our group. Appetizers on the DBC! See details below.

About Robert Kaplan

Robert Steven Kaplan has served as the 13th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 2015. Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Harvard in 2006, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with global responsibility for the firm's Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions.

Previously, he served as global co-head of the Investment Banking Division. He was also a member of the firm’s Management Committee and served as co-chairman of the firm’s Partnership Committee and chairman of the Goldman Sachs Pine Street Leadership Program. He serves as chairman of Project A.L.S. and co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm that invests in developing non-profit enterprises dedicated to addressing social issues. He is also a board member of Harvard Medical School.
gerald-ford-picAbout Gerald J. Ford
Mr. Gerald J. Ford, Chairman of Hilltop Holdings Inc., has acquired, managed and sold banking businesses and other financial services companies for over 40 years.  In 1975, Mr. Ford purchased a controlling interest in his first bank, First National Bank of Post, Texas with $25 million in total assets, and over the next 18 years, has acquired more than 30 commercial banks. Mr. Ford is also a Managing Member of, and the principal investor in, Ford Financial Fund III, L.P., which has total commitments in excess of $1.0 billion; the principal shareholder of First Acceptance Corporation, a non-standard auto insurance company; the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.; and a director of Scientific Games Corporation and Mechanics Bank.  

He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University (“S.M.U.”) where he currently serves as a trustee. He is on the Executive Board of Dedman School of Law at S.M.U., a trustee of Southwestern Medical Foundation and Children’s Medical Foundation, and a former member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.  Mr. Ford holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from S.M.U.

About the DBC's Annual Federal Reserve Event
The DBC Federal Reserve Event is an annual affair eagerly anticipated by the business community. Past events have attracted 300+ attendees, primarily from the financial industry or financial positions in corporations and other large organizations. We also have a solid representation of entrepreneurs.

The DBC would like to thank our Sponsors:











Event Details
:  September 25, 2019
Time:  5:00-7:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm: Reception outside the main Auditorium
6:00-7:00 pm: Forum with President Kaplan and Gerald J. Ford

Location:  Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 2200 N. Pearl Street, Dallas, TX 75201

After-Party at Savor in Klyde Warren Park
Time:  7:00-9:00 pm
Location:  Savor in Klyde Warren Park, 2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201

Valet parking will be available. You must move your car from the Federal Reserve's garage following the program.

Tickets:  On-line registration is now closed for this event. Walk-in registrations are welcome; however, please allow extra time for security clearance at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (the program begins promptly at 6:00 pm). ALL GUESTS MUST PRESENT A VALID GOVERNMENT ID FOR ENTRY INTO THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS.

Ticket Prices for Walk-Ins:

  • Inner Circle Members: $35
  • Standard Ticket: $50

Media inquiries should be directed to Juli Branson of Branson Ink -



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5:00PM - 7:00PM Wed 25 Sep 2019, Central timezone


Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
2200 N Pearl St
Dallas, TX 75201

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