Peter Morici, an economist and professor of business at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, will discuss the “fiscal cliff,”  the national economic situation, and the real-world implications and likely outcomes of the policies enacted in Washington and in boardrooms across the country at the National Chicken Council’s upcoming Annual Confrence.  The conference is scheduled to be held October 10-11 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.

At a time when business needs clear-eyed and accurate information about the state of the economy, Peter Morici delivers presentations that are informative, straightforward,  and in language the interested layman can understand and appreciate. Morici’s peerless track record as an economic forecaster and accessible presentation style has made his opinions and insight the go-to source in the national media and for government and business leaders across the globe.

Morici is a former director of economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), he is an expert on the global economy, the state of the U.S. economy, economic policy, and business strategy. He has advised many leading corporations and governments across the globe, and he serves on the Reuter’s and Market Watch macroeconomic forecasting panels. He is a three times winner of the Market Watch top forecaster award. At the ITC, Morici provided international economic policy advice to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, U.S. Trade Representative, Council of Economic Advisors, and other government agencies.

Morici’s insights and analysis are frequently featured on CNN, CNBC, Fox, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, and in columns on the opinion pages of newspapers.  He is the author of 18 books including titles such as The Trade Deficit: Where Does It Come from and What Does It Do and Reassessing American Competitiveness. He has also published widely in leading public policy and business journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, International Economy, Regulation, and Asian Wall Street Journal.

If you plan to attend the upcoming conference but have not yet registered,  visit the conference website at to complete your registration on line.  Click on “Register Now,” located on the right-hand side of the home page.  You will be asked to log in with your user name and passcode.  Your user name is your business email address on file with NCC.  If you do not remember your passcode, you can recover it via the log-in page.  If you need assistance, contact Maggie Ernst, NCC’s senior director of meetings & member services, via email at [email protected].

Please note that conference participants are required to make their own hotel reservations at the Mandarin Oriental hotel no later than September 18.  After that date, hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed and discounted group rates will not be available.  Hotel room rates for the National Chicken Council are $315 per night, plus tax.  Online hotel reservations can be made now by clicking here and choosing “attendee” as the guest type.  You may also call the hotel at 1-888-888-1778 to make reservations by mentioning NCC.  The Mandarin Oriental hotel is in close proximity to the National Mall and some of Washington’s most iconic monuments and museums.

A preliminary schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, October 10

1:30-5:00 p.m.    Board of Directors Meeting (open to NCC board members, allied leader representatives, and invited guests only)

6:00-7:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 11

7:00-8:00 a.m.    Conference Continental Breakfast

8:00-11:45 a.m.   Morning General Session

11:45-1:30 p.m.    Conference Luncheon

1:30-4:00 p.m.     Afternoon General Session

5:00-6:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception