Renowned national economists join lineup for The News-Press Market Watch 2011 on Feb. 22

//Renowned national economists join lineup for The News-Press Market Watch 2011 on Feb. 22

Renowned national economists join lineup for The News-Press Market Watch 2011 on Feb. 22

For the first time ever, The News-Press Market Watch 2011: Focus on Real Estate will feature a national perspective on the Southwest Florida real estate market with presentations by two renowned national economists who will present on the national credit crisis and economic trends in real estate. In addition, valuable local market data and forecasts will be provided by well-known Southwest Florida real estate experts. The event is scheduled for Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Harborside Event Center in the Fort Myers River District.

This event kicks off the new, expanded Market Watch series presented by The News-Press. Multiple Market Watch events to be held throughout the year are also currently under development. Each event focuses on a key issue that affects Southwest Florida, ranging from health care to finance reform.

The Feb. 22 Market Watch real estate program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation on the national economy, including the national credit crisis, by financial and economic consultant David Jones, Ph.D., president and CEO of DMJ Advisors. He is immediately followed by Lawrence Yun, Ph.D., chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), a real estate economist who will provide a national perspective on real estate trends impacting the Southwest Florida market.

After a one-hour break for networking and refreshments, the program will resume at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation by Stan Stouder, CCIM, a founding partner with CB Richard Ellis Fort Myers-Naples, who will discuss challenges in the Southwest Florida commercial real estate market and offer solutions for property owners and investors moving into 2011.

Finishing the program, Denny Grimes, ABR, CRS, GRI, MBA, CDPE, president of Denny Grimes & Company at Royal Shell, will provide an overview of the residential real estate market with the analysis of 2010 data. His presentation will include commentary for homeowners and real estate industry professionals on how to move forward empowered by this data.

New to The News-Press Market Watch event this year, Jones and Yun have been tapped for their national perspective and expertise.

A highly regarded economist, educator and expert on U.S. financial markets, Jones is a high profile speaker and the author of numerous books on Federal Reserve policy including his most recent publication:  Unlocking the Secrets of the Fed:  How Monetary Policy Affects the Economy and Your Wealth-Creation Potential. He often appears on CNBC, CNN and other national media, as well as on international NHK Japanese and BBC British networks. He has been featured in Money, Smart Money and Barron’s magazines. His 48-year career began with his position as economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and also included positions as vice president, financial economist of Irving Trust Company in New York, N.Y., and chief economist and chairman of the board of directors for Aubrey G. Lanston Co. Inc., a government securities dealer in New York, N.Y. Currently he is president and CEO of DMJ Advisors, a Denver-based consulting firm, and he serves as a consultant for Mizuho Securities Company Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan and executive professor of economics for Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast University.

As chief economist and senior vice president of research at NAR, Yun directs research activity for the association and regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.2 million REALTOR® members. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, including Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets and is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the U.S. USA Today recently listed him among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country. Prior to joining the team at NAR in 2000, Yun worked as an economic consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park and, while a research associate there, he was based in the former Soviet Union, where he developed economics programs at several universities to help in the transition from communism to a market-based economy.

Registration is available at General admission tickets are available for $50 per person for non-reserved seating. Premium placement tables of 10 are available for $599 and premium placement tables of eight are $479. Tickets and table prices include admission for all presentations, the networking session and refreshments (tapas) for each attendee. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For additional inquiries, please e-mail or call 239-267-2638.  

Event sponsors for The News-Press Market Watch 2011: Focus on Real Estate include The News-Press; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Company, P.A.; Royal Shell Real Estate Inc.; Priority Marketing; Sunshine Ace Hardware; Pavese Law Firm and Rapid Print. For additional inquiries, please e-mail or call 239-267-2638.