Expert panel to discuss art of development - Boulder County Business Report - November 9, 2012

Posted November 9, 2012 In The News

BOULDER – Driving new commercial and residential construction requires certain economic and financial conditions. A panel of experts will talk about ‘the art of development’ at the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference & Forecast, set for Thursday, Nov. 15.

The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Millennium Harvest House Boulder, 1345 28th St., Boulder.

Presented by the Boulder County Business Report, the conference also will feature sessions on infill analysis, pricing strategies, national developers, residential success strategies and forecasts for 2013.

The construction panel will open the conference by examining lease rates, vacancy rates, inventory and other factors. Jeff Wingert, chief executive of W.W. Reynolds Cos., will moderate the panel consisting of Jim Loftus of Loftus Development; Christina Presley, Colorado division president for Meritage Homes Inc.; and Chuck Bellock, president of the Community Development Group.

Economists Mark Snead and Tucker Hart Adams will deliver keynote addresses during lunch at the conference. Snead’s talk, ‘Economic Climate for Commercial Real Estate,’ will draw from his company’s research that focuses on economic modeling and forecasting and local area economic development.

Adams has monitored and analyzed the Colorado economy for 30 years and brings an entertaining, dry wit to her presentations. Adams joined Summit Economics LLC in 2010 as a senior partner when she merged her company, The Adams Group, with Summit.

Sessions on Infill Analysis and Pricing Strategies will run concurrently after lunch.

The session on Infill Analysis will take a look at the specific areas in which local municipalities will actively promote commercial redevelopment or new development. Participants delivering insights will be Aaron DeJong, economic development director, city of Louisville; David Driskell, executive director of community planning and sustainability, city of Boulder; Brad Power, director of economic development, city of Longmont; Dave Shinneman, acting community development director, city and county of Broomfield; and Phillip Patterson, community development director, city of Lafayette.

The session on Pricing Strategies covers how brokers can devise the best strategy for pricing homes. Experts include Steve Altermatt, broker associate at Re/Max of Boulder; Stephanie Iannone, president of Housing Helpers; Joel Ripmaster, founder and president of Colorado Landmark Realtors of Boulder; and Sonia Chritton with, Fuller Sothebyπs International Realty.

Sessions on National Developers and Residential Success Strategies will run concurrently beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Many national development companies have entered the Boulder Valley market. This session will focus on what attracted these companies to the Boulder region, and what their plans are going forward. Panelists include Steve Eaton, vice president of Goff Capital Partners, which in the past year has made major purchases of office and industrial space in Boulder and Longmont; Allen Ginsborg, managing director and principal of NewMark Merrill, which is redeveloping Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont; and Gordon ‘Gordy’ Stofer III, director for Houston-based Hines, which has erected Class A office space in the Interlocken business park in Broomfield.

Succeeding in today’s residential real-estate market requires persistence, time management, research, marketing, networking and negotiating skills. Boulder Valley’s top residential brokers will talk about strategies they use to get the job done. They include Barb Bashor, a broker/realtor with Wright Kingdom Real Estate; Karen Libin, broker and owner of KL Realty; Risé Staufer, broker and owner of Staufer Team Real Estate in Louisville; and Jo Kearney, a top agent with Metro Brokers Boulder.

The conference will conclude with forecasts on the residential market by D.B. Wilson with Re/Max of Boulder and a commercial market forecast by Lynda Gibbons of Gibbons-White Inc.

Sponsors of the conference include ReMax of Boulder as the title sponsor and Gibbons-White Inc. as the gold sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Photo Craft Imaging, Land Title Guarantee Co., KUNC-FM 91.5, Elevations Credit Union, Fidelity National Title, Colorado Lending Source, Boulder Creek – Life and Home, Wells Fargo Bank, Colt Print Services and the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder.

If you are interested in sponsorships, contact Kevin Loewen, 303-630-1945 or [email protected]

A ticket costs $49 and includes lunch and refreshments. Register online at and click on Events at the top of the home page.

Article courtesy of Boulder County Business Report