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Chief Executive Officer
Frederick R. Treyz is CEO of Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI). Dr. Treyz holds a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in economics from Princeton University. He has over fifteen years of experience in applied urban and regional economics, including work in transportation, productivity, tax analysis, and economic impact analysis. Publications include articles on interregional trade, transportation analysis, and utility restructuring.
As CEO of REMI, Dr. Treyz is responsible for all aspects of the nation’s leading regional forecasting and policy analysis modeling firm, including maintaining the highest-quality consultation on the use of state and local macroeconomic models for energy, environmental, economic development, and other policies that affect the economy. During his time as CEO, Dr. Treyz has overseen the annual data update and delivery of over 100 economic models. He is also responsible for supervising all REMI consulting projects, including working directly with clients to ensure the most accurate result from the REMI model. Currently Dr. Treyz is leading the development of REMI’s core economic models, TranSight and Policy Insight.
Dr. Treyz has also developed a modeling strategy and business plan to enter the European market. Under his leadership, REMI has covered eight language zones with multilingual staff and developed and implemented modeling methodologies to encompass data and economic structures of European economies. REMI’s work in Europe includes models for the European Commission.
His current research includes the development of two new REMI software models, Metro-PI and PI+ Household. Metro-PI is the newest addition to the REMI family of models, providing detailed forecasting at the sub-county level. Using Metro-PI, planners can simulate and compare the effects of public policies on small areas, such as Census Tracts or ZIP codes. Metro-PI incorporates user-defined parameters to provide insight into future population growth and urbanization. Metro-PI lays a foundation for planning, based on the most advanced computational approaches in the field. However, at REMI we also understand that no computer can accurately envision the future without user input. Using their perception and insight, Metro-PI’s users adjust their projections based on real-world knowledge of land-use potential to create accurate forecasts for their region.
PI+ Household will be REMI’s first forecasting program specifically dedicated to household demographics and characteristics. This program expands on the economic forecasting provided by PI+ with the inclusion of projections for household income, employees per household, vehicles per household, household size, and similar characteristics.
Senior Vice President
Sherri Lawrence holds a BA from Smith College and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked for over twenty-five years on all levels of technical consultation, economic analysis, and development with the REMI model. She is the leading expert in the model code and the use of the model for all analyses.
Ms. Lawrence coordinates and oversees the application development group. She is the project manager for all PI+ implementation, including product design, programming, troubleshooting, and testing, and works closely with research staff to develop and implement new research into the REMI model. She is also the project manager for new product development.
Mr. Billy Leung is the Vice President of REMI, where he plays a leading role in U.S. and international consulting and support services. He has worked with government agencies and organizations throughout North America and the world, helping them achieve their planning and policy analysis goals.
Mr. Leung has assisted clients in addressing the impacts of both policy changes and unpredictable events such as natural disasters. He has evaluated the economic and policy impacts of terrorist attacks and other threats to public safety and public health. His research efforts include The Economic Impacts of 9/11 on the New York Region and Macroeconomic Impacts of Shutting down the US Borders in Response to a Security or Health Threat.
As part of REMI’s global services, Mr. Leung has worked with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Korea Energy Economics Institute. In addition to his international efforts, Mr. Leung has assisted state and regional agencies, including Southern California Association of Governments. He has supported their long-term transportation and environmental planning initiatives.
Mr. Leung joined REMI in 2002 and was promoted to vice president in 2009. Over the years, he has contributed to the development of the REMI model and performed economic impact studies. He has analyzed the economic impact of the biodiesel industry in New York State for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and researched the economic impact of widening New Mexico’s US 54 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received his M.A. in Regional Economics and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His master’s thesis was on the research and development of incorporating transportation and land use with Input/Output economic modeling.
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Analyst Nicolas Mata holds a BS in chemical engineering and a Master of statistics from the University of the Philippines, in addition to being awarded a ten month fellowship at the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo.
Mr. Mata has over forty year's experience in business, including work as a statistician in the Philippines, the United States, and Papua New Guinea, and a lengthy career as a programmer and actuarial analyst for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance. He served as the Director of Experience Studies for Mass Mutual before coming to REMI in 2000, with duties that included training analysts to construct mortality and lapse experience tables and conduct studies based on the tables. He also trained analysts to develop computer models of life insurance death claims.
Mr. Mata has experience programming in FORTRAN, SAS and APL, as well as the Microsoft Office Suite. He speaks fluent English and Filipino.
Wei Kang Ph.D.
Regional Economist, Wei Kang holds a Ph.D. and MA in economics from the Middle Tennessee State University, along with a BA in finance from the Beijing Language and Culture University. Dr. Kang began working with REMI in 2011 where she’s provided extensive effort on the development of the new REMI HD model’s methodology and econometric modeling. Dr. Kang has provided data analysis, model estimation and forecasting for both national and international models.
Senior Software Engineer
Hungarian language contact
Gábor Lukács was educated at K.K. College of Electronics in Budapest, where he was awarded a BA equivalent with high honors. He also studied at E.L. University of Science in Budapest.
Mr. Lukács has worked as a programmer and software consultant in Hungary and the United States, including experience as a software designer at American Computer Innovators, a computer consultant at ODT and as a senior software engineer at OpenPages. His responsibilities at REMI have included co-designing an XML-programmable framework to integrate legacy applications with the current environment. This application subsequently was found to be flexible enough to be useful in many other applications.
Mr. Lukács is fluent in Hungarian. He currently uses the Delphi programming environment to develop PI+’s user interface and data flow, creates and maintains integration and testing applications for REMI, and manages the company’s testing and quality assurance team.
Manager, Software Development
Jerry Hayes graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in mathematics. Mr. Hayes has worked for REMI since 2002, with duties that include programming equations for the economic model, participating in the design and development of new software, and optimizing software code and systems for increased speed and memory management. He has processed and researched demographic data for models for the following countries: Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Programmer, Jason Laprade holds a BA in computer sciences and mathematics from Mercyhurst College. He has been with REMI since 2002 developing and maintaining the company website, handling internal information system design and database management, providing installation support to clients, producing and distributing software media, and fulfilling graphic design needs. Mr. Laprade has experience with FORTRAN, Visual Basic, Delphi and GAUSS and has worked in IT related fields since the late 1990’s.
Manager, Business Development, District Office
Chris Brown is the Manager of Business Development at REMI, based at the company’s Washington DC office. Since joining in 2007, Mr. Brown has dedicated himself to REMI’s mission of delivering high-quality economic modeling tools, and he works closely with clients to accomplish their analytical goals.
Mr. Brown started at REMI as an assistant economist in the Amherst office and progressed to lead projects and sales opportunities. In 2011, he established REMI's DC office and oversaw the growth of the company in the nation’s capital. He currently manages associate economists on sales strategy and collaborations with clients.
Highlights of his work include modeling the fiscal and economic impacts of Medicaid expansion in eight states, forecasting the state-by-state economic effects of budget sequestration, and examining a federal tax proposal for the U.S. Senate. He led a successful effort to bring PI+ to the state of California as part of major regulation program and helped with the launch of Tax-PI.
Mr. Brown holds a B.A. in economics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Managing Economic Associate
Chris Judson is a Managing Economic Associate at REMI. Mr. Judson, who joined REMI in 2011, specializes in energy, economic development, fiscal policy and transportation.
Since arriving at REMI, Mr. Judson has consulted for a number of clients on topics including medical research, labor force economics, energy policy, transportation infrastructure analysis, and natural disasters. On a day-to-day basis, he provides client support in selecting inputs, conducting simulations, and analyzing results, and he creates and hosts public online seminars and training presentations on a variety of modeling topics.
He holds a B.A. in economics from Western New England University, with a concentration in business and is currently enrolled at Quinnipiac University for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Senior Economic Associate
John A. Bennett is a Senior Economic Associate in REMI's Washington, DC office. Since joining REMI in 2014, Mr. Bennett has provided technical support for model users and consulting services on major economic policy questions, including Medicaid expansion, tax incentive evaluations, benefit/cost analysis of transportation investments, and economic impact analyses.
Mr. Bennett is primarily responsible for expanding REMI's consulting and business development activity in the Middle East. His focus and expertise include transportation, fiscal, and industrial development policy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He splits time evenly between Washington and Riyadh, working closely on a daily basis with REMI's clients and on-the-ground partners across the Arabian Peninsula.
Prior to starting at REMI, Mr. Bennett held internships at the American Enterprise Institute and in the office of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Mr. Bennett holds an M.Sc. with distinction in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. summa cum laude in international affairs and economics from George Washington University.
Senior Economic Associate
Marley Buchman is a Senior Economic Associate at REMI. Since joining REMI in November 2015, Mr. Buchman has been primarily responsible for building and maintaining customer relationships and assisting with model development.
Mr. Buchman has generated new business leads for REMI and advised prospective clients on the use of the company’s suite of economic modeling tools. He has contributed to the research and development of a new model tailored for evaluating energy and environmental policy. He has also presented a webinar about the end of the U.S. ban on domestic crude oil exports and the potential economic implications.
Prior to starting at REMI, Mr. Buchman previously served as an intern at Jump$tart Coalition, a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. dedicated to increasing financial literacy. He also researched criminal behavioral responses to labor market shocks for his graduate school thesis, using the Bakken oil boom as a case study.
Mr. Buchman holds a master’s degree in economics from Uppsala University in Sweden and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Oregon.
Business Development Associate
Business Development Associate
Business Development Associate