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About Us

  • Introduction
  • Staff
  • Advisory Councils


Functionally, REIN encompasses a set of activities by Atlanta-based staff and regional executives to gather data on regional economic activity, both qualitative and quantitative, in a systematic way.

In addition to branch boards of directors and industry-specific advisory councils, regional executives have hundreds of contacts who are drawn from large businesses and small firms from all sectors of the economy and representatives from community groups. Regional executives meet frequently with individual businesses, collections of small and large firms, and community groups to assess current economic conditions and outlooks.

These meetings provide the Atlanta Fed firsthand knowledge about trends and developments affecting demand, costs and prices, employment, investment, and exports and imports. The process helps Atlanta Fed staff form a view of the economy and inflation risks. Regional executives also have relationships with leading academics through the Atlanta Fed's Local Economic Analysis and Research Network (LEARN) program.

Ongoing dialogue
When contacts talk to our regional executives, they are speaking to Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart and through him to the Federal Open Market Committee.

This broad range of contacts provides a representative picture of economic conditions across the region. The Bank's economists and regional executives brief President Lockhart on a regular basis on economic data reports and REIN intelligence, discussing and interpreting this information and addressing items of special interest.

Economists and analysts at the Atlanta Fed also gather qualitative data from periodic surveys of southeastern business contacts as well as quantitative economic data. Combining REIN input from businesses and community groups allows the Atlanta Fed's input into the monetary policymaking process to be deep, broad, and inclusive.

Sharing information
REIN is not only about bringing information into the monetary policymaking process, it's about sharing information with our contacts and the public.

Meetings also give the regional executives the opportunity to explain the Fed's view on the economy and address any questions that our business and community contacts may have. This open exchange of information and opinions help build relationships and understanding.



Tom Cunningham
Vice President, Senior Economist, and Regional Executive

Laurel Graefe
REIN Director

Shalini Patel
Economic Policy Analysis Specialist


Lesley McClure
Vice President and Regional Executive

Teri Gafford
REIN Director

Susan Remy
REIN Analyst


Christopher Oakley
Vice President and Regional Executive

Sarah Arteaga
REIN Director

Chris Viets
REIN Analyst


Karen Gilmore
Vice President and Regional Executive

Marycela Diaz-Unzalu
REIN Analyst

Marianela Bonet
Research Administrative Analyst


Lee Jones
Vice President and Regional Executive

Galina Alexeenko
REIN Director

Troy Balthrop
REIN Analyst

New Orleans

Adrienne Slack
Vice President and Regional Executive

Gail Psilos
REIN Director

Rebekah Durham
Economic Policy Analysis Specialist

Advisory Councils

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta uses councils representing various industries, such as agriculture and energy, that advise the Bank on matters of economic importance in the Sixth District. These advisory councils provide an important channel of communication between the Bank and constituents in the Sixth District business community and enrich the Atlanta Fed's discussion of monetary policy with this valuable information and insight.


The Agriculture Advisory Council is made up of 15 members throughout the district who represent diverse agriculture and agribusiness interests from citrus, cotton, timber, and row crop farming to cattle, rice, and grain exporting. Council members offer the Atlanta Fed their unique perspectives on current and projected economic conditions.

David Bertrand
Bertrand Rice LLC

Lorraine Bertrand
Bertrand Rice LLC

Donna Jo Curtis
Curtis Farm

John E. Estes Jr.
Vice President
J. E. Estes Wood Company Inc.

Mike Giles
Georgia Poultry Federation

George F. Hamner Jr.
Indian River Exchange Packers Inc.

David Kahn
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pizza 120 LLC

Bart Krisle
Chief Executive Officer
Tennessee Farmers Cooperative


Gaylon Lawrence
The Lawrence Group

Larkin Martin
Martin Farms

James H. Sanford
Chairman of the Board
HOME Place Farms

W. Gilbert Sellers
Sellers Inc.

Jill Stuckey
Chief Relationship Officer
J&J EcoCool

Robert M. Thomas
Two Rivers Ranch Inc.

John D. Williams
President and Chief Executive Officer
Zen-Noh Grain Corporation


The Energy Advisory Council meets with members of the energy industry to consider all facets of the industry. The council investigates trends in the oil-related industries, nationally and globally, which in turn helps inform the Atlanta Fed's assessment of the economy and its monetary policy deliberations.

Kenneth Beer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Stone Energy

Donald "Boysie" Bollinger
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bollinger Shipyards Inc.

W. Paul Bowers
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Power Company

Charles Goodson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
PetroQuest Energy

Mark Maisto
President, Commodities and Retail Markets
Nextera Energy


Michael Mansfield
Chief Executive Officer
Mansfield Oil Company

Deloy Miller
Executive Chairman
Miller Energy Resources

Earl Shipp
Vice President
Dow Chemical Texas Operations

Stephen Toups
Corporate Vice President
Turner Industries

Trade and transportation

The Trade and Transportation Advisory Council affords the Bank a deeper insight into key economic information related to the transportation and domestic and international trade sectors in the Sixth District. The council representatives have extensive knowledge in such areas as trucking, rail, maritime shipping, ports, and air cargo. By providing an important channel of communication between the Bank and important constituents in the region's business community, the council assists in the Bank's assessment of the economy and, ultimately, in its monetary policy deliberations.

Mark Bostick
COMCAR Industries

John Giles
Chief Executive Officer
Central Maine and Quebec Railway

Clarence Gooden
Executive Vice President
CSX Corporation

Myron Gray
President, U.S. Operations
United Parcel Service of America Inc.

Gary LaGrange
President and Chief Executive Officer
Port of New Orleans


Chris Mangos
Director of Marketing Division
Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Miami International Airport

Deborah A. McDowell
Director of Customer Service and Business Development

Clifford K. Otto
Saddle Creek Logistics Services

David Parker
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Covenant Transportation

Andy Powell
Commercial Director
Grieg Star

Travel and tourism

The Travel and Tourism Advisory Council members offer up-to-date economic information on their respective sectors, which include convention and visitors' bureaus, cruise lines, airports, restaurants, entertainment, and hotels. The council provides valuable intelligence on economic factors such as costs, prices, labor, investments, and more on an ongoing basis.

Robert Dearden
Chief Operating Officer
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Shelly Smith Fano
Director of Hospitality Management
Miami Dade College

Cynthia Flowers
Executive Manager
Alabama Tourism Department

Nicki Grossman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kevin Lansberry
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S.

Mark Romig
President and Chief Executive Officer
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

Will Seccombe
President and Chief Executive Officer


William D. Talbert III
President and Chief Executive Officer
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mark Vaughan
Executive Vice President and
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jack Wert
Executive Director
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades
Convention and Visitors Bureau

Andrew Wexler
Chief Financial Officer
Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation

Susan H. Whitaker
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development