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Navigating the Financial Markets

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​Tired of trying to outguess the market? Enjoy socializing with fellow professionals and aspiring students, while hearing from a panel of noted investment specialists as they share insights about the economy and markets, and how to garner relative value in uncertain times.

Mark Wright, Ph.D. - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Ron Kaliebe, CFA, CIC - Mairs & Power
Nick Hansen, CFA, CAIA - Disciplined Growth Investors

Scott Beaulier, Ph.D. - NDSU College of Business

2:30pm Registration
3:00pm Welcome by Dean Beaulier
3:15pm Program / Featured Speakers
5:00pm Social (Hosted beverages & appetizers)
7:00pm Adjourn

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Mark Wright, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President & Director of Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Mark L. J. Wright is senior vice president and director of research at the Federa l Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In this role, he oversees key research efforts at the Minneapolis Fed and advises the Bank’s president on monetary policy and related matters. Prior to coming to Minneapolis, Wright was a senior economist and research advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Wright has been an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an assistant professor at Stanford University. He has been an economist and advisor to the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco and Minneapolis, as well as an instructor at the IMF Institute. He is currently a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economics, Economics Letters, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Wright received a B.A. in economics from the University of Sydney, Australia, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. His research examines the macroeconomics of developing countries, with a specific focus on their tendency to be prone to international financial crises. Much of his recent work has been devoted to sovereign default and the process by which sovereign debts are restructured.​

Nick Hansen, CFA, CAIA
Portfolio Manager
Disciplined Growth Investors

Nick joined DGI in 2006 after completing his MBA at the University of St. Thomas, where he had been mentored by DGI Portfolio Manager Rob Nicoski as a student investment manager in the UST Aristotle Fund. 

Previously, he had been employed as a 3D artist and animator at a Minneapolis post-production studio, contributing content to nationally televised commercials for brands such as Target, Toys R Us, Marshall Fields, and others, and giving presentations to students and teachers on 3D graphics.

At DGI, Nick was initially assigned little more than observational duties, absorbing the philosophy and culture of the investment team and firm. His responsibilities expanded to generating original stock ideas, performing "portfolio hygiene"—building and maintaining models, and performing spot research on various companies—and conducting broader research for internal purposes, client presentations, and published written work.

When doing research, Nick likes to use a framework referred to as the DIKW hierarchy (an acronym for Data - Information - Knowledge - Wisdom). "I first try to gather pure facts—individual data—which I then wire together into information. Once I feel I have a reasonably comprehensive, structured understanding of what I do know, don't know, and can't know, I feel I have knowledge of the subject. Lastly, my own experience and the supporting philosophy of DGI ideally give me the wisdom to act correctly upon that knowledge."

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​​Ron Kaliebe, CFA, CIC
Vice President & Director of Fixed Income
Mairs and Power

Ronald L. Kaliebe joined Mairs & Power, Inc. in 2001 and was elected Senior Vice President and Director of Fixed Income in 2014. Mr. Kaliebe previously served as Vice President and Investment Manager since joining the firm.  In 2006, Mr. Kaliebe became Co-Manager of the Mairs & Power Balanced Fund and was named Vice President of the Balanced Fund in 2009. Effective July 1, 2013, Mr. Kaliebe was named Lead Manager of the Mairs & Power Balanced Fund.

Mr. Kaliebe started his career as a lecturer in finance at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He then worked as a portfolio manager and research analyst with US Bank (formerly First Bank System/First Trust). Prior to joining Mairs and Power, Inc., he served for many years as Chief Investment Officer for MSI Insurance Companies.

Mr. Kaliebe earned a BA and MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.He is a CFA charterholder as well as a Chartered Investment Counselor.

Scott Beaulier, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business
North Dakota State University

Scott A. Beaulier, Ph.D. joined North Dakota State University (NDSU) as Dean for the College of Business in June 2016.

An economist by training, Dr. Beaulier has spent his career actively engaged in understanding and advocating for policies that foster dynamic, vibrant economies that best allow businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive. But, while policies are integral, Dr. Beaulier believes that people — innovative, creative, and dedicated business leaders — are the life blood of any economy. And, business schools have an enormous responsibility and role in preparing the next generation to change the world through business.

Prior to joining NDSU, Dr. Beaulier served as Executive Director at the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, an academic and research center dedicated to studying the impact government policies have on economic growth and individual well-being.

From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Beaulier served as Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Under his leadership, the Johnson Center grew into a robust academic center: In just three years, Dr. Beaulier recruited seven top-notch Ph.D. economists to campus and expanded the program offerings to include both a major and a master of arts in economics.

In addition to leading the Johnson Center, Dr. Beaulier served as Chair of the Division of Economics and Finance at Troy University and, earlier in his career at Mercer University, was the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism, Chair of the Economics Department, and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy & Capitalism. Dr. Beaulier earned an undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

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Society; Career; Social/Networking; Educational

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Start Time

4/5/2018 2:30 PM

End Time

4/5/2018 7:00 PM




North Dakota

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​Barry Hall
811 2nd Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102


Mark Wright, Ph.D, Ron Kaliebe, CFA, CIC, Nick Hansen, CFA, CAIA, Scott Beaulier, Ph.D.

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