Annual Forecast Dinner 2024

When:  Feb 7, 2024 from 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  CFA Society Houston

This event is sold out!!
Thank you CFA Houston members, guests and sponsors!

Speaker details:

Gina Martin Adams, CFA, CMT
Global Head of Portfolio Strategy
Chief Equity Strategist

Gina Martin Adams, CFA, CMT, is the Global Head of Portfolio Strategy and Chief Equity Strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on markets, industries, companies, and government policy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Service at BI <GO>. 

Gina provides top-down perspective on the equity market, sectors and industries with a multi-disciplined approach that utilizes fundamental, quantitative and technical analysis. She frequently presents her views at industry conferences, professional associations and investment organizations, and has been recognized for portfolio strategy, technical strategy and economics in Institutional Investors' All-America Research survey.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was the head of U.S. Equity Strategy for Wells Fargo Securities, where she provided analysis and investment allocation recommendations for Wells Fargo Securities' institutional clients. Previously, she was an economist for Wachovia Bank, and an investment strategy analyst for Evergreen Asset Management. 

Mrs. Adams has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the University of Florida. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Market Technician designations, is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of New York, and is on the Board of Directors for the CMT Association. She is also a member of the Financial Women's Association and 100 Women in Finance. She serves on the Business Advisory Council for the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida and a member of the Advisory Board for Emory University’s Master of Analytical Finance Program.

Erik Knutzen, CFA, CAIA
Managing Director
Neuberger Berman

Erik L. Knutzen, CFA, CAIA and Managing Director, is Co-Head of the Neuberger Berman Quantitative and Multi-Asset Class investment team and Multi-Asset
Class Chief Investment Officer. Erik joined in 2014 and is responsible for leading the management of multi-asset portfolios, driving the asset allocation process on a
firm-wide level, as well as engaging with clients on strategic partnerships and multi-asset class and quantitative solutions. Previously, Erik was with NEPC, LLC
where he served as Chief Investment Officer since 2008. As CIO, he oversaw a group of more than 45 investment professionals, including dedicated research teams
focused on Alternative Investments, Traditional Strategies and Asset Allocation for NEPC’s client base with, collectively, more than $800 billion in assets under
advisement. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including nine years at Putnam Investments.

Erik holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Williams College. He has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, as well as the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. Erik is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investing, is on the Investment Committee of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and
on the Board of Directors of the charity Start Small Think Big. 

Meredith Whitney
CEO and Founder
Meredith Whitney Advisory Group LLC.

Best known for her ground-breaking work and early identification of the mortgage and broader Great Financial Crisis, Meredith Whitney is one of the most respected voices on Wall Street. Her clients and subscribers appreciate her ability to distill complex, data-driven analysis into easily digestible and thought-provoking narratives. Her expertise is rooted in her in-depth decades-spanning focus on the US Consumer and broadens to major demographic shifts and trends impacting long-term investing across all industries. 
Meredith Whitney has over 25 years of leadership experience within the financial services industry. During her career, she has built a reputation for being ahead of the curve and accurate forecasting, insightful analytical skills, strategic advice, and problem-solving.  She both identifies risks and matches them with solutions. She has been a trusted advisor to CEOs, CFOs, Boards, Central Bankers, and Regulators. She has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women (2008-2013) and 40 Under 40 (2009), Forbes’ 50 Over 50, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2009), and Crain’s 40 Under 40, amongst others.

Please find a link to Meredith's site here. Additionally, you can learn more about Meredith and her desire to relaunch her firm here.


Moderator: Mark McMeans, CFA
Brasada Capital Management

Mark McMeans is CEO of Brasada Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor located in Houston, Texas that he co-founded in 2008.  At Brasada, Mark is the lead manager on the firm’s US Equity strategy and is an advisor to some amazing and successful families.  Prior to founding Brasada, Mark worked for sixteen years at AIM Investments (now Invesco), which was named the top performing mutual fund company of the 1990’s by Barron’s, as Director of Equity Investments and Managing Director, AIM Capital Management, and President and Chief Operating Officer, AIM Private Asset Management, Inc. He also served as a Global Partner of AIM’s parent company, Invesco. Prior to working at AIM, Mark held positions at JP Morgan Chase and KPMG, LLC.

Mark received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board for the MBA Investment Fund, LLC. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance, from Rice University in Houston, TX, where he serves on the Oversight Board of the M.A. Wright student-managed fund, Jones Graduate School of Business.

A life-long student of the markets, Mark is a CFA charter holder and is a former board member of the CFA Society of Houston.  He is an Investment Advisory Board member of MBR Financial in Houston and Chairs the Endowment Fund Committee of Christ Church in Sugar Land, Texas.


Timeline for the evening:

  • 5:30pm – 6:15pm – Check in and networking
  • 6:15pm – 6:30pm – Welcome and recognition of sponsors/milestone members
  • 6:30pm – 7:15pm – Dinner
  • 7:15pm – 8pm – Panel Discussion
  • 8pm – 8:30pm – Wrap up and Q&A

Early Bird Registration opens December 15. Prices go up on January 25!

Past presidents, current board/committee members and sponsors DO NOT register on the link. Please reach out to [email protected] for your complimentary registration.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please reach out to [email protected].

Valet parking provided by CFA Houston.

Remember, you must cancel 24 hours before the event to avoid a no show fee. Reach out to [email protected]


River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Blvd
Houston, TX 77019