Donís prominence as a forecaster began with his "astonishingly accurate" predictions on oil prices for the Texas State Legislature. He then served 11 years as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board of a $22 Billion trust fund and was appointed as Pension Board Chairman with oversight of $100 Billion in Investments. He has personally advised some of the wealthiest families in America. Don has also worked for three of the nationís largest brokerage firms. He founded 21st Century Forecasting in 1986, a research company focusing on long term global, economic, demographic, and technology trends.
Don developed the nationís first graduate business course on the 21st Century. Don believes that Tectonic Plates of Change are controlled by long term trends of Globalization, Demographics, and Technology, but that linear projections are frequently disrupted by external events varying from human creativity to irrational behavior to natural disasters. He believes the interplay of those forces have the potential to create enormous problems and opportunities.
He has lived 14 years overseas, visited over 50 countries, has lectured on Free Market Systems at the University of Moscow, spoken about the Global Economy for the Saudi Arabian Central Bank, keynoted the Australian IT Summit, spoken for the US Department of Commerce, advised the Heavy Equipment Industry in Santiago, Chile, counseled Inupiat Indians about energy development on the Arctic Slope, dined with the Malaysian Prime Minister in Dubai, and survived a volcanic eruption in Indonesia.
Don has given over 800 speeches professionally in 46 states and 14 countries. Before becoming an economist, he attended college on debate scholarship and has won numerous public speaking awards. He has been described as "charismatic, motivational, and the consummate infotainer," and is known for his spontaneous humor, audience interaction, and rapid fire Q&A. An information junkie, he reads six newspapers a day, over 50 periodicals a month... not to mention countless newsletters and research reports.
Don Reynolds has a Masters Degree in Public Administration/Planning, a Doctoral background in Economics, and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School. He has an Honorary degree from the University of Moscow and was the first American Member of the Moscow Center for Consulting Scientists. Don has taught at the University level for ten years, and is past Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents of Texas Womanís University.
- The Economy: What's Really Going On?
Financial, Global Business, E-commerce, Future, Ethics, Technology
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