October 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Evelyn's Park


Dr. Robert Gilmer will present “Houston’s Economy Clearly on the Mend: How Fast Do We Go From Here? during a buffet lunch catered by Charlie’s Barbeque and sponsored by Allegiance Bank.

Robert W. (Bill) Gilmer, Ph.D. serves as Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at The University of Houston. The Institute monitors the Houston and Gulf coast business cycle, analyzlng how oil markets, the national economy, and global expansion Influence tile regional economy. GIimer Is also appointed as an inaugural University of Houston Energy Fellow.

Before Joining the Institute, Gilmer served the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for 23 years, retiring from the bank as a Senior Economist and Vice-President. He Joined the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as a senior economist in 1989, focusing on energy markets and regional growth. He co-managed the 11th District’s regional economic analysis from 2004-2012 and was editor of two of the bank’s regional publications. Gilmer’s work on the Texas economy has been recognized in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Forbes.

Gilmer also served The Federal Reserve Bank for Dallas as the officer In charge of me El Paso Branch from 2003-2012, overseeing Federal Resere operations in West Texas and New Mexico. Prior to joinIng the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1989, he held the principal economic forecasting position al the Tennessee Valley Authority. He also worked as a research economist al the Institute for Energy Analysis In Oak Ridge, Tennessee and at The Institute for Defense Analysis in Arlington, Virginia.

Gilmer was as an intern in the Texas Governor;s office while finishing graduate school, and spent 1987-1988 as a Visiting Research Professor at Ball Slate University in Muncie Indiana

He was born in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up In El Paso where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from The

University of Texas at El Paso. Gilmer earned a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.