About Us

Bill Lapp founded Advanced Economic Solutions in Omaha, Nebraska in 2005. After 25 years of market experience, Bill recognized an opportunity to offer his expertise to a diverse array of companies involved in various branches of the food industry. The independent consulting firm of AES was thus created to carry out the goal of providing quality economic research and consultation to all clients.

As the world’s economic landscape evolves, so too will AES and the advice we supply to clients. Through volatile economic times AES will provide sound and stable guidance for the present and the future.

Please contact us with questions or for more information. We look forward to doing business with you!

Bill Lapp


Bill Lapp is founder and president of Advanced Economic Solutions.  Bill graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1979 with a B.A. in Mathematics, and from Purdue University in 1981 with a M.S. in Agricultural Economics. He has over 30 years of experience analyzing and forecasting economic conditions and commodity markets, and has a wealth of experience providing comprehensive economic analysis of the major commodity markets. Bill has been a featured speaker at numerous national forums, including the restaurant industry’s semi-annual Supply Chain Management conference and the USDA Annual Outlook conference.  Prior to forming Advanced Economic Solutions, Bill was Chief Economist for ConAgra Foods. He has served on numerous boards, including the Kansas City Board of Trade, Kansas City Federal Reserve Board’s Center for the Study of Rural America, the Farm Foundation, and the Food and Agriculture Committee of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is a member of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Advisory Board, and participates on the Harvard Business Industrial Economists’ Round-Table.

Knox Jones

Vice President

Knox JonesKnox Jones is vice president of Advanced Economic Solutions.  Knox is a 2005 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English, and a 2008 graduate from the Creighton University School of Law with a J.D. He was admitted to the Nebraska Bar and the United States District Court of Nebraska in 2008.  Since joining Advanced Economic Solutions in 2008, Knox has developed expertise in a broad array of commodity markets including, beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs.  He uses his analytical skill and extensive understanding of these markets to provide clients with comprehensive market outlooks and price forecasts, as well as to advise clients on effective procurement and risk management strategies.  Knox has been a presenter at a variety of industry conferences and events, including the Industry Outlook Conference, National Restaurant Association, Wells Fargo Food Symposium, and the Jefferies Restaurant Industry Expert Summit.