2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast



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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Registration: 7:00 a.m.
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Where: Doubletree Hotel at 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs

FEATURING Fred Crowley, Keynote Speaker, is a Senior Instructor in the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and owns and operates Crowley’s Consulting, Inc. He was the Senior Economist for the Southern Colorado Economic Forum in the College of Business from September 2001-2013 and was also the Forum’s Associate Director. Fred will discuss:

- Hindsight is 20/20 – Lessons from the past
- Current economic conditions (U.S., Colorado and El Paso County)
- Commercial dinosaurs – Growth expectations
- Probable employment directions – Anticipating the next recession

Bob Cope is the Senior Business Climate Specialist with the City of Colorado Springs Economic Vitality Division. He is also President and Broker of Cope Commercial LLC and has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience. Bob holds the designations of Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) and Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB). In his current capacity, Bob has lead responsibility for many of the City’s economic vitality initiatives. Bob will discuss:
- City Government and Economic Vitality
- Current / Recent City Projects and Initiatives
- Economic Vitality in 2014 and Beyond

Bruce Betts has been a licensed real estate broker since 1985 and has been the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Advantage since 1998. Remax Advantage has recently been recognized by Real Trends as one of the Top 500 Real Estate Firms in the U.S. Bruce currently holds certifications of GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) and CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert). Bruce will discuss:
- Recap of 2013 Residential Market
- Significant factors affecting our market
- What’s in store for 2014

Brian Wagner is Managing Director, Office/Medical Brokerage Services, for Sierra Commercial Real Estate, Inc., providing consulting, marketing and transaction services to owners and tenants representing over 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space. Brian is consistently a top producer for Sierra and is the recipient of accolades and awards from RCIS, local media and a wide range of community and nonprofit organizations. Brian will discuss:
- The commercial real estate cycle
- Where we have been and where we are now
- Forecast: where we are going

Doug Carter specializes in the sale of Colorado multi-family properties for Sperry Van Ness. He is the Colorado Springs market expert with over 30 years of experience in multi-family brokerage, market research and apartment ownership. Carter has sold over one third of all 10+ unit complexes in the Colorado Springs market, more than any other firm or individual. His accomplishments include the largest multi-family property sale in Colorado Springs history. Doug will discuss:
- Rental Market – Growth
- Sales market – Boom
- Forecast – Caution