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American National Bank

With Randolph-Macon College Professor Dr. David Brat

DCC, American National Bank Host Economic Forecast Breakfast and Ethics Lecture

Dr. David Brat

DANVILLE, VA,  January 18, 2013 - Two economics-themed events, featuring Randolph-Macon College Professor Dr. David A. Brat, have been planned for Thursday, January 24, in Danville. Dr. Brat serves as chair of the Economics and Business Department at Randolph-Macon. The events, both free and open to the public, are being sponsored by American National Bank and Trust Company and Danville Community College’s Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center.

The first event—the “Economic Forecast Breakfast?—hosted by American National, will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) at 150 Slayton Ave. Brat will offer attendees an overview of the economic outlook for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S., and will include remarks on the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling debates.

“We are pleased to extend this opportunity to the Danville and Pittsylvania County community to hear Dr. Brat and to learn more about our current economy and prospects for the future,? said Jeffrey V. Haley, president and chief executive officer of American National. “The best way to prepare for tomorrow is to gain as much insight as possible today, and Dr. Brat will help us do just that.?

Because of limited seating at the breakfast, attendees are asked to reserve a seat by contacting Brian Hager at or by calling 434.773.3324. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration begins at 7 a.m. on the 24th.

Following the breakfast, at 11 a.m., Brat will discuss “The Moral Foundations of Capitalism? during a presentation in DCC’s Silverman Auditorium (Foundation Hall). This event is sponsored by the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at DCC. Dedicated in 2011, the Barkhouser Center was established through a gift from local businessman Richard Barkhouser and his wife, Mildred W. “Kit? Barkhouser. Its purpose is to promote the American free enterprise system throughout the DCC service region of City of Danville, Halifax County and Pittsylvania County.

DCC President Dr. Carlyle Ramsey said, “Dr. Brat presents a compelling case for the role of ethics in business and the critical relationship between how business and businesspeople are viewed by the public and the nation’s economic success. It is thought provoking, and our students and attendees will be both engaged and challenged.?

Seating is limited at this event also. For more information or seating for groups of 10 or more, please contact Dr. Vince Decker, DCC Professor of Business Management, at 434.797.8470; David Bonebright at 434.797.8529; or click here.


American National Bank
American National Bankshares Inc. is a multi-state bank holding company with total assets of approximately $1.3 billion. Headquartered in Danville, Va., American National is the parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company. American National Bank is a community bank serving southern and central Virginia and north central North Carolina with 25 banking offices and two loan production offices. American National Bank and Trust Company also manages $540 million of trust, investment and brokerage assets in its Trust and Investment Services Division. Additional information about the company and the bank is available on the bank's website at Shares of American National are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "AMNB."

Danville Community College
Danville Community College (DCC) is one of 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System, serving the residents of the City of Danville, and Pittsylvania and Halifax counties. The college offers more than 100 programs of study that lead to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. The 86-acre main campus is located at 1008 South Main Street in Danville. DCC is committed to providing quality comprehensive higher education and workforce programs and services to promote student success and to enhance business and community development.

Dr. David A. Brat, Ph.D.
Dr. Brat received his B.A. in Business Administration from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, his M.A. of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., and his Ph.D. in economics from The American University in Washington, D.C. His areas of academic specialty include macro growth economics, international trade and finance, economic methodology, economics of education, philosophical and theological ethics, and the history of ideas. He began his career as a management information consultant with Arthur Anderson’s Detroit and Chicago offices in 1986, and since then has enjoyed a career spanning a wide range of government and higher education roles, as well as consulting with the World Bank, among others. He has both written and presented extensively on issues in economics and education. His leadership roles include serving on the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Board of Economists; as a Special Assistant for Higher Education to Senate Majority Leader Walter Stosch; and as President of the Virginia Association of Economists.


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