About the keynote speaker:
John Mitchell received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years, before joining U.S. Bancorp in 1983. He was Chief Economist of U.S. Bancorp until July of 1998 and served as Economist Western Region for US Bank until July of 2007. He wrote US. Bancorp’s regional publications including the Update, The Business Barometer, Northwest Portrait, and US Territory. He was a columnist for Oregon Business Magazine and Business Analyst for KPTV. He wrote Sterling Bank’s economic newsletter from 2007 to 2012. He currently speaks to conventions and business groups around the nation. He has been making economic presentations on the nation and the region for more than 47 years.
John was a member of the Western Blue Chip Forecast Panel, and is a Trustee of the Aquila Tax Free Trust of Oregon, and Northwest Bank and served as a director of Oregon Mutual Insurance. John was Chairman of the Oregon Council of Economic Advisors from 1992 to 1998 and a member from 1984 to 1998. He was a member of the American Bankers Association Panel of Economists. He enjoys biking, railroading, sea kayaking and his granddaughters.