The British-American Business Council is pleased to announce the appointment of John Silvia and Chris Williams to our board of directors.
John E. Silvia, Ph. D. , Chief Economis - Wachovia Corporation
Dr. John Silvia joined Wachovia in February 2002 as chief economist for the Bank. Previously, John worked on Capitol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Prior to that, he was chief economist of Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. John was recently named by Bloomberg News one of the top 10 forecasters for the last four years.
John holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston and has a Master's degree in economics from Brown University.
John serves as a member of the Blue Chip Panel of Economic Forecasters and also serves on an informal advisory group for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He serves on the Economic Advisory Committee of both the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Economic Advisory Roundtable member and at the American Bankers Association. John serves on the Economic Development Board for the State of North Carolina, a special appointment by Governor Mike Easley.
He was a director of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) and was former President of the Charlotte Economics Club. In the past, John has served on economic advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Public Securities Association.
In local affairs, John serves as a board member of the British American Business Council of North Carolina. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council to the Business School at Appalachian State University. He serves on the President's Council for Charlotte's Central Piedmont Community College. And he was a member of the Business Advisory Committee for the City of Charlotte.
Chris Williams, Sr. Executive Consultant (Wachovia Securities) and host of Carolina Business Review
As Senior Executive Consultant in the Private Client Group of Wachovia Securities, and host of the long running and widely viewed PBS television program Carolina Business Review, Chris William relates to individuals and is a peer of corporate leaders, encouraging smart financial management, best practice dialogue, and corporate consciousness.
Carolina Business Review, a thirty-minute weekly business analysis program created and moderated by William, is broadcast on all PBS stations throughout the Carolinas. The show invites top level executives to participate in panel discussions regarding the latest business and industry news in North and South Carolina.
As host and co-founder of The Forum for Corporate Conscience (2003), a national conference attended by more than 100 top executives from the U.S. and beyond, William succeeded in getting some of the world's leading strategists, thinkers and advocates to convene for a three day discussion on corporate ethics and responsibility. The forum resulted in unprecedented media coverage and a comprehensive white paper. This collective intentions document details the delegates' commitment to operate their companies in a socially responsible way and serves as a blueprint for future discussions on corporate responsibility and accountability.
William's business acumen, financial insight and solid relationship with many of Carolina's top visionaries make him a sought after public speaker and frequent commentator on radio, television and in print. He's an annual guest on numerous panels and conferences throughout the Carolinas.
For his Wachovia Securities clients, William's cumulative experience and integration into the financial and business industry make him a valuable resource. William's many obligations and commitments require him to maintain an aggressive competency level and forecast marketplace occurrences, all of which is parlayed into client recommendations and strategic financial planning.
Current civic responsibilities include: American Heart Association (Heart Walk Chair); Queens University of Charlotte (Board of Visitors) and the United Way Public Policy Committee. Among William's prior community leadership are: March of Dimes (Past Chair & Board Member); Success By 6 (Past Chair & Board Member) and Council for Children (Past Board Chair).
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