Raymond Keith Schwer was well-known as the key forecaster on the Southern Nevada economy. Schwer, who grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, headed the Division of Business and Management at Norwich University in Vermont before moving his wife and three daughters to Las Vegas in 1986. At UNLV, he was hired as professor of economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).
Specializing in economic-impact analysis, economic modeling, feasibility analysis, and survey research, Schwer was recognized as an authority on the business and economic environment of Las Vegas, the region, and the state. He was known for conducting the semi-annual Economic Outlook conferences, where he gave his forecast for the local and national economies. Schwer also worked on both public- and private-sector projects. Because of his refusal to compromise quality, the work of CBER is perceived as credible.
Schwer was an exemplary academician. His 40-page vita includes 45 professional referred publications, 120 professional presentations, more than 500 technical research reports, and numerous speeches. He loved teaching, and taught more than 20 different courses in economics and finance. Schwer was a mentor to many students and junior faculty. Keith served as a resource person to the media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN.
Since 2000, Schwer served as the executive director of the Nevada KIDS COUNT project, one that he held dear to his heart. The primary purpose of Nevada KIDS COUNT is to be the authoritative source of key data about the status of children in Nevada.
Schwer was a past president of the Association for Business and Economic Research (AUBER). He was honored as a Fellow of AUBER in recognition of his leadership in regionally focused applied research in business, economics, and public policy. He also was a member of many professional associations. In addition to teaching, research, and professional service, Schwer was an exemplary citizen of his community.He served on several local boards/councils, such as the United Way and the Red Cross. All the career issues aside, Schwer was most proud of his wife, Kaye; his three daughters, Nancy, Amanda, and Michelle; his two sons in law, and his three grandchildren.
Dr. Raymond Keith Schwer passed away on December 3, 2009.