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The 27th Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast will be held at the Antlers hotel on January 18th, 2018.

Registration will begin at 7:00a.m.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.

The program will be from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00a.m.

The Speakers

Keynote Speaker

The Mayor of Colorado Springs

Mr. John Suthers


John Suthers was elected the 41st mayor of Colorado Springs by an overwhelming majority on May 19, 2015.

Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs.  Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015.  Under Suthers’ leadership, the Colorado Attorney General’s office earned a national reputation for excellence.  In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.  In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.

In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties.  For the next eight years he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado.  During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney’s Association and President of the El Paso Country Bar Association.

A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado.  After graduation he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.

John’s wife Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs, earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from Agilent Technologies. She is a lifelong community volunteer including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission. John and Janet have two accomplished daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

J. Benjamin McGrew CPM – 2018 IREM President

Benjamin McGrew, CPM, CCIM, is the 2018 President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). McGrew is President and Majority Shareholder of FiduciaryWest based in Reno, Nevada.

Starting out as a maintenance man, McGrew’s property management career began in 1980 when he became involved in property management and commercial real estate, managing all types of commercial investment properties. He earned his CPM designation in 1987, and began to actively participate in his local chapter. After serving as the local Chapter President and earning the “CPM of the Year” from his chapter, he advanced to national participation, including Governing Council, Regional Vice President for California and Hawaii, and then on to the IREM Executive Committee. McGrew’s goal is to be able to give back to IREM and its members even a small percentage of what he feels IREM has given to him and his career.

He is also a member of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and a past president of the California Receivers’ Forum – Sacramento Chapter. He also holds the CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute.

Since 1983, McGrew has served as both a Receiver for the Superior Court (taking over the management of properties primarily in default under the court’s direction) and a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee (a court-appointed official who administers a debtor’s bankruptcy estate) in 21 states/jurisdictions on more than 4,000 occasions.

If all of that weren’t enough to keep him busy, McGrew is also licensed aircraft and helicopter pilot, and tri-athlete who annually avoids sharks in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco Bay.

McGrew is a member of IREM Sacramento Valley Chapter 22.

Bruce Betts

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).

Cary Bruteig

Cary Bruteig has specialized exclusively in the valuation of apartments since 1992, building on 7 years of prior experience in the valuation of a wide variety of property types, from regional malls to office buildings. He has appraised over 400,000 apartment units in 2,000 assignments with a combined value in excess of $25 billion. He has earned the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, is licensed as a Certified General Appraiser in Colorado, and is a member of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver and the National Apartment Association.

Brad Bird

Brad T. Bird is the market leader for tech, engineering, high-tech manufacturing, aerospace, and defense companies looking to lease or own property in Colorado Springs. With an extensive list of clients that include Fortune 500 companies as well as prominent regional and local businesses. A history of performance that has positioned him as the leading tenant rep broker in the southern Colorado market. Brad is also involved in some of the most-notable developments, investment sales, and build-to-suit projects in the southern Colorado market; giving him a uniquely informed perspective on the market and real estate trends. Prior to joining CBRE, Brad had a highly successful career in marketing and public relations.

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