Plans are underway for the Seventh Annual Industrial Luncheon. The event will be held at noon Friday, March 3 at the Norman Activity Center. Guest speaker will be world-renowned economist and 2005 Nobel Prize nominee, Dr. Ray Perryman.

Dr. Perryman is founder and president of The Perryman Group, an economic and financial analysis firm, headquartered in Waco. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential and innovative economists. His complex modeling systems form a basis for corporate and governmental planning around the globe. His thousands of academic and trade articles and presentations span a wide variety of topics, gaining him international respect and acclaim.

Dr. Perryman authors The Perryman Economic Forecast, a subscription service detailing projections of state business activity, and The Perryman Report, a newsletter with forecasts, insights and commentary on state, national and international economic activity. He is the editorial advisor and author of The Perryman Texas Letter, a monthly synopsis of economic, social and political events. Dr. Perryman also writes a weekly syndicated column, The Economist, and hosts a daily syndicated radio commentary on economic affairs, “The Perryman Report.”

Cited by major media as “a world-class scholar” and “the most quoted man in Texas,” Ray Perryman is an active participant in the state, national and world economic scenes. A member of several corporate boards and advisor to numerous governmental leaders, Dr. Perryman has been honored by the Texas Legislature for his “tireless efforts in helping to build a better Texas.”

Dr. Perryman holds a PhD in Economics from Rice University and a BS in Mathematics from Baylor University.

The luncheon is being sponsored by the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation, Austin Bank, Dairy Queens of Gene Brumbelow and Rob Beall, Hibernia National Bank, Jacksonville Bank, Southside Bank and Texas National Bank.

Tickets for the luncheon are $13 each, and can be purchased at the Chamber office.

The public is invited to attend, but tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Chamber at 903-586-2217.

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