PHOENIX, ARIZONA (December 10, 2019) – The 13th Annual IREM-CCIM Economic Forecast, the premier real estate outlook each year, features one of the Valley’s top economic gurus, one of the Valley’s top education leaders and panels featuring the industry’s top experts.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the Omni Scottsdale Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. The program runs from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $99 for IREM and CCIM members; $109 for non-members.

The recipient of this year’s Impact Award is Brian Mueller, President of Grand Canyon University. Presenting the award will be long-time Valley businessman Jerry Colangelo of JDM Partners.

Guest speakers are George D. Griffin III, CPM, CCIM, 2020 IREM Secretary/Treasurer Houston Housing Authority, AMO; and Eddie D. Blanton, CCIM, 2019 President-Elect and CCIM Institute President starting on Jan. 1, 2020. Blanton is principal and senior adviser with Tradd Commercial’s Charlotte, N.C., office. Pete Bolton of Pete Bolton Co. will serve as master of ceremonies.

This year’s keynote speaker is Elliott D. Pollack, CEO of Elliott D. Pollack and Company, an economic and real estate consulting firm in Scottsdale.

Pollack has degrees from Boston University and the University of Southern California. He has been a practicing economist for 46 years. For the past 31 years he has been president of the economic and real estate consulting firm that bears his name.

Through the years he has held many professional roles including student, teacher, author, peer reviewer, consultant, expert for media and court purposes and board member. He has taught economics and has written more than a thousand articles over the years. Pollack’s job has been to help clarify how current and future economic conditions fit into the decision process, as well as to explain how past decisions relate to the present situation.

This year’s industry panels:

>> The office panel features moderator Andrew Cheney, CCIM, Lee & Associates; Stan Shafer, Holualoa Companies; John Orsak, Lincoln Property Company; James Murphy, Willmeng; and Kate Morris, Transwestern.

>> The multifamily panel features moderator Lesley Brice, MC Companies; John Rials, Western Wealth Capital; Mark Forrester, Berkadia RE Advisors; and John Carlson, Mark-Taylor.

>> The retail panel features moderator Carol Schillne, CBRE; Ari Spiro, Orion Investment Real Estate; Josh Simon, SimonCRE; and Kalen Rickard, Western Retail Advisors.

>> The industrial panel features moderator Megan Creecy-Herman, Prologis; Rusty Kennedy, CBRE; Steve Larsen, JLL; Will Strong, Cushman & Wakefield; and Jeff Foster, Prologis.

The event is co-sponsored by the CCIM Central Arizona chapter (Certified Commercial Investment Member), commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement; and the Greater Phoenix Chapter of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), which comprises more than 280 professional commercial and residential real estate managers.

IREM registration here. CCIM registration here.

About IREM

IREM® is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. Through training, professional development, and collaboration, IREM supports our members and others in the industry through every stage of their career.

We believe in our people, and we provide the tools they need to succeed. We open doors, we forge connections, and we help show the way forward. Backed by the power that comes with being an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, we add value to our members, who in turn add value to their teams, their workplaces, and the properties in their commercial and residential portfolios.

Our memberships empower college students, young professionals, and industry veterans who are committed to career advancement. Earning our credentials, including the CPM®, ARM®, ACoM, and AMO®, demonstrates a commitment to, and passion for, good management. These credentials, along with our courses and array of resources, all exist with one goal in mind – to make a difference in the careers of those who manage. Information at 

About CCIM Institute

 CCIM Institute created the language of global real estate investment. Our courses and worldwide community deploy commercial real estate investment methodologies and tools that speed the pathway between opportunity, a go/no-go decision and success for an asset, taught by instructors who are themselves industry leaders.

Today, the organization, through its 50 chapters, continues to innovate best practices and elevate the commercial real estate professional through its core designation program to earn the CCIM pin— real estate’s most coveted credential — and its topical education courses offered through the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies.

In addition, membership in CCIM includes the industry’s best technology and operational platform, allowing entrepreneurial and mid-sized businesses to compete with the largest multinational providers. Today, almost 70 percent of designees hold the title of owner, partner, principal, or president, representing an exclusive worldwide referral network of 13,000 members in 30 countries. Ultimately, CCIM represents a larger vision of the commercial real estate provider, leveraging investment analysis, opinions of value, and underwriting to become a leader in sourcing capital, building a cash-flow vehicle, and ultimately creating value. Information at Central Arizona chapter