Thanks to the initiative of Dr. Sarah Culver, Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics, economists throughout the region have a new opportunity to gather, learn, network, and share ideas on a regular basis.
Dr. Culver and a group of economists in the Birmingham area recently established the Alabama Economics Club (AEC), a local chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and those who use economics in the workplace.
As the person responsible for the initial chartering of the AEC, Dr. Culver saw the benefits that such a club could provide to UAB business students. “Establishing the Alabama Economics Club is a way for me to show my undergraduate students in a more concrete way what they can do with a degree in economics,” says Culver. “Interacting with local economists in a wide variety of industries, both private and public, provides students an expanded view of career possibilities.” The AEC will allow students to make meaningful connections between what they learn in class and what they learn by interacting with local professionals.
The club held its inaugural meeting on February 14, 2011 at the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta with guest speaker Dr. Carol Garrison, President of UAB. “The organization, with academics, business leaders and students in attendance, aims to provide people with a networking opportunity as well as a chance to learn and educate about economics,” says Julius Weyman, regional executive for the Birmingham branch.
“By having a local presence, the NABE will serve as a great forum for business professionals, academics, and students to meet and discuss issues facing both the national and local economies,” says John Norris, Managing Director of Oakworth Capital Bank. “This will be invaluable to the Birmingham area, as it will provide a voice for a focused group of people who best understand the changing global economy, and how to best position the local metro area.”