Robert Avila is an economist working with the Futures Strategy Group on scenario planning for corporate and government clients. Robert has advised companies on strategy and market environment issues for well over twenty years. He is an authority on market modeling, business forecasting and scenario-based planning. He has helped companies to identify opportunities in troubled markets, to evaluate growth opportunities and to prepare for competitive challenges.
Robert is the founder of FutureCrunch LLC, a New York based economic consulting firm. FutureCrunch develops mission-critical, data-driven insights and recommendations for business, drawing on its deep knowledge of industry and the economy, markets and consumers, to select the most relevant data and information to address the problem at hand. Prior to founding FutureCrunch, Robert worked at a number of major consulting firms including Deloitte, PWC, and Coopers & Lybrand, where he was the chief economist for the firm’s strategy practice and director of Economics and Policy Analysis. Earlier, he worked as chief economist at The Futures Group, doing scenario-based strategy development for Fortune 100 companies; prior to this he worked at SAGE Associates doing public policy analysis.
Robert’s work has been widely quoted in the press, including in Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Forecast, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. In addition, he has spoken before major trade associations, EIU conferences, the World Future Society, and the Planning Forum. Robert has also been a guest commentator on CBS Evening News and PBS’s News Hour. He has previously served as Adjunct Professor of Strategic Planning at Denver University’s Public Policy Institute.