At this annual event, many of the best business minds and 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. The Economic & Real Estate Forecast Symposium continues to attract large audiences because of the quality and reputation of its speakers, a distinguished group of experts in real estate, finance, government and academia.

One of the highlights of the event is the networking reception where speakers and attendees can socialize and enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
4 hours CE credit
Roussell Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Take advantage of Early Bird pricing through September 16. Bulk ticket discount packages are also available. Download the bulk purchase form here.

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Early Bird Tickets (through September 16, 2019)

September 16, 2019 - October 14, 2019 (3 p.m.)

Walk-Ups (day of event)

Students (day of event)


Download printable program here.

12:30 – 12:40
Welcome & Introduction
Tania Tetlow, President, Loyola University New Orleans
Paul Richard, NAI Latter & Blum

12:40 – 1:20
Coming Together: The Power of Partnerships
Moderator - Michael Hecht, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Jerry Bologna, President & CEO, JEDCO
Ashleigh Gardere, Vice-President & COO, New Orleans Business Alliance

1:20 – 2:20
The New Orleans Real Estate Market
Moderator: Wade Ragas, President, Real Property Associates

The Commercial Market: Corridors and Categories
David Quinn, Max Derbes Real Estate
Parke McEnery, The McEnery Company
Richard Juge, RE/MAX Commercial
Rhonda Sharkawy, Stirling Properties

The Residential Market:  The Pulse of Geography and Neighborhood Typology
Evelyn Wolford, Latter & Blum
Katie Witry, The Witry Collective
Delisha Boyd, Delisha Boyd Real Estate

2:20 – 2:50

2:50 – 3:20
The Dance of Value: Cap Rates, Cost and Geography
Bush G. Benton, MAI, Stegall, Benton & Assoc., Partner
Rosalyn Bryant, Bryant Appraisal Services

3:20 – 3:50
Financing the Gap: Capital Market Solutions
Troy Villafarra, Managing Director, Crescent Growth Capital
Chad Owens, Vice-President, NorthMarq Capital

3:50 – 4:30
The Triple Play of Tourism: The Airport, Hospitality & Convention Center
Mark Romig, CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation 
Melvin Rodrigue, Chairman of the Board, Convention Center; President, Galatoire's
Kevin Dolliole, New Orleans Aviation Director, Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)

4:30 – 5:00
Banking New Orleans: The Future is Today
Guy Williams, President, Gulf Coast Bank

5:00 – 7:00
Biz Night Social in the Courtyard

Authorized speaker presentations will be made available after the Forecast event. Check back for updates.

New Orleans as an Innovation Economy - Evolution of an Ecosystem
Jon Atkinson, CEO, The Idea Village

The Trend Line: What Does the Data Say?
Wade Ragas, Ph.D., MAI, Real Property Associates

The Residential Market:  Taking a Pulse
Bill Bliss, Managing Broker, Lakeview Latter & Blum, Inc.

The Convention Center: Positioning for 21st Century Tourism
Michael Sawaya, President & General Manager, Morial Convention Center

New Orleans: Leveraging World Connectivity
Caitlin Cain, CEO, World Trade Center

The BioMedical District: An Engine for Innovation & Development
Dr. Gene D'Amour, Special Assistant to the President, Xavier University
Chairman, Bio District Board of Directors

Banking New Orleans: Financing in a Connected Economy, Part 1
Banking New Orleans: Financing in a Connected Economy, Part 2
Guy Williams, President, Gulf Coast Bank