Deere economics leader headlines QCBJ Mid-Year Economic Review

July 11 event includes local business panel  


Kanlaya Barr, John Deere’s director of corporate economics, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Mid-Year Economic Review, hosted by the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal.  The luncheon program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel in Rock Island, with registration beginning at 11 a.m.

“If you want to better understand where the economy is headed there is no better event than the QCBJ’s annual Mid-Year Economic Review event,” said John Lohman, CEO and president of the Corridor Media Group, which publishes the QCBJ. 

He added: “We have an amazing panel of business leaders in leading indicator industries who will share insight into their industries, and an economist from John Deere who will give a broader perspective on the national economy.”

The 2024 Mid-Year Economic Review will lead off with the keynote address by Ms. Barr, who in her role at John Deere manages a global team of economists and oversees all facets of economic analysis including agriculture and construction fundamentals and short- and long-range industry forecasts for Deere. 

Over her more than a decade with the Moline-based manufacturing giant, she has held a variety of roles including: forecast analyst, manager of forecast analytics, agricultural economist, and global economist. 

Ms. Barr received her doctorate degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in accounting from Iowa State University, Ames. Prior to joining Deere, she had roles with multiple financial organizations serving as derivative analyst, financial analyst and market risk analyst. 

In addition, the Mid-Year Economic Review will include a panel of these Quad Cities area business leaders:  

  •  Dennis Campbell, sixth generation Clinton County farmer and entrepreneur, Crystal Creek Enterprises LLC, Grand Mound, Iowa. 
  •  Ian Frink, co-owner, Crawford Companies, Rock Island. 
  •  Jim Nelson, president and CEO, Parr Instrument Company, Moline. 
  •  Kent Pilcher, president and CEO, Estes Construction, Davenport. 
  •  Aaron Tennant, president and CEO, Cantrell’s Towing & Recovery, Colona, Illinois. 

The panel will be moderated by Steve Sorensen, the owner of Strategy in Progress, LLC, who brings 35 years of consulting experience working with businesses and nonprofits. 

The QCBJ event is sponsored by: Platinum Sponsor First Central State Bank, an Ohnward Bancshares Bank; and Silver Sponsor, Russell. For more information about sponsorships, contact Lauren Grask, Corridor Media Group event sales manager, at (319) 665-6397 or [email protected]

Early-bird tickets are available through Friday, June 28, at $75 each, $575 for a table of eight. After June 28, ticket prices are $95 each or $760 for a table of eight. To register, visit 

A new ticket option in 2024 is our Premium Event Tables, which ensure your attendees are seated front and center and at a table prominently displaying your company’s name. Limited quantities are available. 

For more information on the event or registrations, contact Lucas Hayes, Corridor Media Group events logistics manager, at (319) 665-6397 or [email protected].  

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