Nik Poghosyan is iIET’s Financial and Risk corporate speaking specialist. Nik has held senior positions such as Assistant Vice President and Economist at Bank of the West in San Francisco and worked closely with the Bank’s Chief Economist Scott Anderson between 2013 and 2016. In this capacity, he collected and analyzed regional, national and international data, contributed to the Bank’s quarterly, monthly, and weekly economic outlook reports, and prepared issue-specific and regional research studies. As an economist and part of the Bank of the West executive office, Nik was also involved in speaking engagements over eighteen US States where Bank of the West had its business presence. His wide audience included Bank’s internal departments and external partners who were getting periodic updates on the state of economy on global, national and regional levels. Nik also developed and customized industry- and area-specific economic impact models using BEA’s RIMS II multipliers as well as IMPLAN. He actively participated in projects related to CCAR, DFAST, Basel III, and other internal audit, risk modeling, and enterprise risk management activities. Prior to Bank of the West, Nik was an Associate Economist at the Institute for Applied Economics at Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) for over seven years. In this role, he focused on economic impact modeling and policy analyses regarding socioeconomic, demographic, immigration, workforce development, transportation, environmental and water issues in Los Angeles County and Southern California. Among his major professional achievements, he contributed to the first-ever LA County Strategic Plan for Economic Development as well as “The Greening of the Los Angeles Economy” project, a federally-sponsored, comprehensive study issued in 2011. Nik is also an Adjunct Professor of Economics at California State University, Los Angeles (CalStateLA), where he teaches lower- and upper-division Economics and Statistics courses. A native of Armenia, he received his AA in Statistics from the Armenian State University of Economics, BA in Economics from California State University, Northridge, and MA in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. Nik is a former National Relations Chair and Academic/ Scholarship Chair at the Los Angeles Chapter of National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and has been an active member of the national NABE since 2008.