Event Schedule: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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7:45-8:30 AM

Breakfast & Networking


8:30-9:00 AM

Legislative Update - Homeownership Initiative

Christopher Galler, Chief Executive Officer, MN REALTORS
David Siegel, Executive Director, Housing First Minnesota & BATC


9:00-10:00 AM

Minnesota Demographic Trends

Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer

Susan became a Minnesota Demographer in 2012 and directs the MN State Demographic Center. She travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes. Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of MI, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of MN.

10:00-11:00 AM

Panel Discussion:

A panel of experts will discuss how they see the housing market/industry and their outlook for the future.


  • James Vagle, Director of Public Policy, Housing First Minnesota
  • Christopher Galler, Chief Executive Officer, MN REALTORS


  • Patty Zuzek, Broker Agent and Sales Manager, Coldwell Banker Burnet / MN REALTORS President
  • Bob Michels, Owner, Michels Homes / BATC President
  • Tami Erickson, Land Acquisition Director, Country Joe Homes
  • Carole Griffith, VP Sales & Marketing, Robert Thomas Homes

CE Credit: This presentation has been submitted to the MN Dept. of Commerce for one-hour of real estate credit, pending approval. 


11:00 AM - 12 NOON

How is the economy really doing?

Ed Kashmarek, Economist                                                                                
Ed will give  an overview of economic trends in the US and Minnesota, an in-depth look at the housing market and discuss inflation, the Federal Reserve and interest rates.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Ed received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management. He was an economist with Wells Fargo for 10 years, working under the direction of Dr. Sung Won Sohn, Dr. Michael Swanson, Dr. Scott Anderson and Dr. Eugenio Aleman. Ed’s commentaries have appeared on ABC News, and in The Denver Business Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Star Tribune. Ed has been recognized for generating thorough research and analysis on various economic topics to help bankers and clients make better business decisions via increased understanding of economic trends. 

The Mid-Year Housing Economic Summit has been approved for three hours of real estate continuing education credits by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.