Camarillo, Calif., April 6, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands’ Institute for Global Economic Research (IGER) will hold its semi-annual Economic Research Luncheon focusing on the global economy, including the Pacific Rim countries and export opportunities. The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Sung Won Sohn, IGER’s Director. Sohn will discuss how local businesses need to look beyond the traditional marketplace and export.  This event, which is open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, April 25, at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard.  It will begin at 11:30 a.m. and includes lunch. Reservations are $50 per person.

Sohn, an endowed professor at the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and nationally renowned economist, said that the Institute is the first of its kind within the region, helping to link the regional economy more closely to the global economy. A primary function of IGER is to develop future workforce leadership by providing international perspectives to students through learning opportunities based on practical experience.

Sohn has served as a senior economic advisor to the White House, President and CEO of Hanmi Bank, Chief Economic Officer and Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Banks, and currently holds positions as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Forever 21 and Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles.  He is author of the 2009 book, “Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy” and was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as the third top economist in its annual survey. This is the third time that Sohn has received this prestigious ranking. He was named the nation’s most accurate economist by this publication in 2006 and ranked among the top five in 2010. His accuracy has also been noted by Time magazine and Bloomberg News.

Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School.

To register for the event visit: www.OxnardChamber.com or call the Oxnard Chamber office at 805-983-6118.

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