Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series

Photo of Chris Burns smiling in front of a white back dropThe economy and financial markets will be the topics at the upcoming Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series hosted by the Haworth College of Business.

Chris Burns, senior fixed income analyst at Greenleaf Trust, will give a presentation titled “Feeling Vertigo? An Update on Financial Markets and the Economy” at 8 a.m. Friday, March 30, in 2150 Schneider Hall

The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available at Fetzer Center Lot 72F.


At Greenleaf Trust, Burns focuses on developing and implementing fixed income portfolio strategies. Prior to joining Greenleaf Trust, he was an associate client advisor at Bessemer Trust, primarily servicing ultra-high net worth clients.

Burns holds a bachelor’s degree and a master of accounting degree from the University of Michigan. He serves as the instructor of the student managed investment fund class at WMU’s Haworth College of Business. Burns is a CFA® charterholder and a licensed CPA.

Haworth College of Business

Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to more than 3,500 undergraduate students majoring in 18 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.

The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

About the series

The Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest.