Economic all-stars coming to Vail July 24 |

Economic all-stars coming to Vail July 24

Michael KurzVail, CO, Colorado

We hear it more often these days: How are the economic forecasts for the valley? Whats happening that I should know about? Whats going on out there? How will it impact my business?The Vail Valley Partnership understands your concerns. Were all facing the issues brought on by a weak economy, inflation, lousy financial markets and the impact that all will have on tourism and every other business in the valley. The good news is that we believe the old adage that forewarned is forearmed still rings true. So, to help us all get a closer look at what the big issues are and how to cope with them, the Partnership has assembled an array of experts who are knee-deep in this economic soup. No, its not a blog site, or a webinar or meeting in Timbuktu were sponsoring. Its the second annual Vail Valley Business Forum, and if you want to get it straight from the horses mouths, youve got to be there.On July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon, youre invited to the Cascade Resort and Spa to sit with Jane Wells, the Peabody award-winning senior business reporter from CNBC, as she moderates a panel rich with talent, insight, opinions, outlooks and suggestions about how we can all cope with whats on the horizon.Harry Frampton, managing partner of East West Partners, will deliver the keynote address. Harry has spent more that 35 years in real estate development, is the former CEO of Vail Associates, Inc., and the current chairman of the board of the Vail Valley Foundation. From that platform were sure that his insights will be rich and visionary.Weve also been fortunate to secure Myles Rademan on the panel this year. Myles, president of Rademan and Associates, a firm specializing in strategic planning and leadership training for corporate, public sector and nonprofit clients, will add his insights into the sociology and psychology of communities and brings a practical perspective to the impact of public policy on the private sector. Hes a futurist and will speak to attendees about the kind of leadership needed to ensure success in turbulent times. Myles has worked as the as planning director for Park City and community development director for Crested Butte.The next heavy hitter on the forums panel is Dr. Richard Wobbekind, the director of the business research division, associate professor of business economics and finance and associate dean for MBA and enterprise programs at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Richard participates annually in the Federal Reserve Bank Regional Roundtable and was elected to the National Association of Business Economics in 2006. He is a member of the Governors Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Denver Regional Council of Governments Forecast 2035 Advisory Committee, and the Boulder Economic Council. He has lived in Colorado for more than 30 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of Colorado and regional economies.Providing a look into the present and future of green development and sustainable design will be Douglass Mass, president of Cosentini Associates, a 400-person consulting engineering firm headquartered in New York City. Dougs more than 25 years in mechanical engineering includes work on hundreds of projects including world-renowned museums and performing arts centers, hotels and resorts, high-rise commercial office buildings throughout the United States and abroad. He is currently engineering Chicago Spire, a residential high-rise that, at 150 stories, will be the tallest structure in North America. The project is being designed to obtain a LEED Gold designation.Finally, were presenting a look into the travel and tourism business as Cady Wolf sees it today. Cady is the vice president of partner marketing for Travelocity. She leads the team responsible for managing Travelocitys relationships with hotel, destination, attraction and e-commerce suppliers in the Western U.S., Hawaii, & Canada. In her more than 15 years in the travel industry, Cady has held a variety of positions involving sales, marketing, communications, and public relations at leading travel-related companies. This is a spectacular lineup and you wont want to miss being a part of this event. To reserve a seat, call Celine Ver Ploeg at the Partnership, 970-476-1000. Tickets are $45 for partner reserved seats and $55 for non-partners or at the door, the day of the event. Attendance is limited.Michael Kurz is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership

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