Managing in an Uncertain Economy: Monthly Series with ITR Economics

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Register for January 20 Session

There is no crystal ball, but forecasting is the next best thing you can do to predict your business’s economic future. MHEDA is offering members a FREE monthly interview-style presentation with economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky, Senior Business Advisor, ITR Economics, to help plan during these unpredictable times. 

This month, attendees will learn about a method by which their company can take advantage of its own data to gain valuable economic insights. Using rate-of-change calculations, the audience will find out how to identify what their data is telling them, where they are in the business cycle, and how to interpret the information to benefit their business strategy and help them make the right decisions at the right time. Attendees will also learn about leading indicators, which help companies see around the corner into the medium-term and long-term future.

Walk away from this session with:

  • Understanding of the hidden messages in your company’s rates-of-change
  • Knowing which phase of the business cycle your organization is currently in, where it’s headed, and what it all means
  • Being able to read the signals to determine the near-term (3-6 months into the future) directional trend for your business
  • Grasping the concept of leading indicators, and how to leverage them for medium-term insight
  • Feeling empowered to leverage this methodology to improve your strategic decision making

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Program Format:

All sessions are 30 minutes and will start promptly at 2:00 p.m. CT/3:00 p.m. ET. This series will be offered through Zoom and presented in an interview format. Sessions will also be recorded and available on-demand.

ITR will provide participants an economic update and share emerging trends for the first 7-10 minutes. The last 15-20 minutes will be will be reserved to answer questions from participating attendees. MHEDA members can submit questions for consideration with the registration below. 


Members – FREE (space is limited for the live session)
NonMembers – Not available

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Alex Chausovsky, Senior Business Advisor, ITR Economics
Alex is an accomplished speaker and the Director of Speaking Services at ITR Economics. A highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends, he consulted and advised companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan for the last fifteen years and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.

Ian Heller, President & COO of Modern Distribution Management
Ian is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Distribution Strategy Group, a research, consulting, analytics, and thought leadership firm that provides marketing and strategic planning expertise to the distribution industry. Ian started his career as a truck unloader at a branch of Grainger and left fifteen years later as their VP Marketing. Since then, Ian has served in similar marketing and management roles at GE Capital, HD Supply, Corporate Express, and Newark Electronics. Ian holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a popular writer, speaker, and consultant in the distribution industry.

Thank you to our Exclusive Sponsor!

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This program is presented in collaboration with a group of distributor associations through the Association Education Alliance (AEA).