Ninth Annual Economic and Real Estate Forecast Symposium to Take Place in October

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NEW ORLEANS – In partnership with Loyola University, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® (NOMAR) and Commercial Investment Divison of the New Orleans Metropolitan Assocation of REALTORS® (CID) will host the 9th annual Economic and Real Estate Forecast Symposium. The conference will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a business networking reception from 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Loyola University, in Roussel Hall.

According to a press release, the 2019 theme is New Orleans: Dynamics of a Changing Economy. Tickets are available online, at

“This year’s conference is especially important. This is your opportunity to gain insight and information about one of the most confusing markets in recent history,” said Guy Williams, president of Gulf Coast Bank.

The Economic and Real Estate Forecast Symposium is perhaps the most prestigious economic and real estate conference in Louisiana, with several hundred attendees participating annually. The high-powered event attracts large audiences because of the quality and reputation of the speakers. The symposium features a distinguished group of experts in real estate, finance, government and academia, who evaluate and discuss real estate and financial markets.

Many of the brightest business minds and most important decision-makers in Louisiana examine how the political and economic environment will impact real estate and business today, and share their expert views on what lies ahead, providing the information and the perspective needed to have the competitive edge to prosper in our changing times.

“We are in the long tail of a nine plus year recovery and getting good information about the economy and our market is critical for business planning today. There is a sense that this market is changing and it’s now so important to pay attention to its dynamic movement. The Economic and Real Estate Forecast is a good place to hear reasoned opinions and deep market perspectives,” said Paul Richard, of NAI Latter & Blum.

Moderator and featured guest speakers include: Paul Richard, moderator, NAI Latter and Blum; Tania Tetlow, president of Loyola University New Orleans; Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.; Jerry Bologna, president and CEO of JEDCO; Ashleigh Gardere, vice president and COO of New Orleans Business Alliance; Wade Ragas, president of Real Property Associates; David Quinn, Max Derbes Real Estate; Parke McEnery, The McEnery Company; Richard Juge, Remax Commercial; Rhonda Sharkawy, Stirling Properties; Evelyn Wolford, Latter & Blum; Katie Witry, The Witry Collective; Delisha Boyd, Delisha Boyd Real Estate; Bush Benton, MAI, Stegall Benton, & Associates; Rosalyn Bryant, Bryant Appraisal Services; Troy Villafarra, managing director, Crescent Growth Company; Chad Owens, vice president, NorthMarq Capital; Mark Romig, CEO New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; Melvin Rodrique, chairman of the Board Convention Center, president of Galatiore’s; Kevin Dolliole, New Orleans aviation director, Louis Armstrong International Airport; and Guy Williams, president of Gulf Coast Bank.

The symposium will present speakers and panel discussions focused on such topics as: Coming Together: The Power of Partnerships; The Commercial Market: Corridors and Categories; The Residential Market: The Pulse of Geography and Neighborhood Typology; The Dance of Value: Cap Rates, Cost and Geography; Financing the Gap: Capital Market Solutions; The Triple Play of Tourism: The Airport, Hospitality & Convention Center; Banking New Orleans: The Future is Today.

During the Tuesday evening reception, several hundred professionals and experts in real estate, finance, government and academia, will have a moment to socialize and network.

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