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2015 Forecast Breakfast | January 9th

7:30 am - 9:30 am

Multnomah Athletic Club


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The focus of this year’s presentation is “Portland; Why Now? The Drivers Behind Investment and Development Opportunities”.  Our speakers will include Mark Deason, Senior Vice President/Acquisitions, Starwood Capital Group, Steve Wells, Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company and John Mitchell, M&H Economic Consultants. Craig Wessel of The Portland Business Journal will be the moderator. We expect a sell-out crowd of Portland’s prominent business men and women in commercial real estate.



Speaker Biographies:


CRAIG WESSEL, Publisher, Portland Business Journal
Publisher of The Portland Business Journal for the past 14 years, Craig has been involved in the newspaper and magazine publishing industry for nearly 30 years.

He began his publishing career with American City Business Journals as Director of Development and was involved in the launch of more than 15 regional business newspapers. He has worked as an independent publishing consultant and executive for a wide array of magazines and newspapers across the country.

Wessel has an undergraduate degree in International Finance from the University of Georgia, a certificate in Music Composition from the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, and has completed several courses of study in publishing industry related seminars, conferences and symposiums. He currently serves on the boards of the Portland Business Alliance, CASA for Children, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation, and is an emeritus board member of the Classic Wines Auction.


JOHN MITCHELL, M & H Economic Consultants
John Mitchell received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years, before joining U.S. Bancorp in July of 1983. He was Chief Economist of U.S. Bancorp until July of 1998 and served as Economist Western Region for US Bank until July of 2007. He wrote US. Bancorp’s regional publications including the Update, The Business Barometer, Northwest Portrait, US Territory, Oregon Tidbits, and was a columnist for Oregon Business Magazine. He currently speaks to conventions and business groups around the nation and writes Sterling Savings Bank’s economic newsletter. He was a business analyst for KPTV in Portland. He has been making economic presentations on the nation and the region for 40 years.

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2014 Forecast Breakfast Recap


By Marisol Ricoy McAllister, Farleigh Wada Witt


The 19th Annual CREW Portland Economic Forecast Breakfast, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit:  The impact of Healthcare Trends on Commercial Real Estate” sold out to an audience of 360 people – and Elizabeth Hayes of the Portland Business Journal took notice.  See her January 10, 2014 article:



Sally French Tyler, EVP, Division President, First American Title Insurance Company traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to describe the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on commercial real estate, and the way in which hospitals are monetizing real estate to make money.  In addition, she said to expect facility upgrades.    Please find a link below to her materials:


David Elkins, Chief Asset Officer, Real Estate and Construction for Providence Health & Services, agreed with Ms. Tyler.  As the person in charge of real estate at a regional hospital system, Mr. Elkins provided insights into healthcare and hospitals.  Both Ms. Tyler and Mr. Elkins discussed the trend of medical retail space which is the growing rapidly.  Nearly 3200 retail clinics are expected in 2014.  In addition, more “patient centric” health care is driving the expansion of hospital satellites, and technology is driving the consolidation of hospital facilities because electronic records need less space.  Mr. Elkins reiterated that a power shift is occurring, moving from hospitals and doctors to patients, because of the regulatory environment that expects more quality at a lower cost, and because of technology.   For more information regarding David Elkins’ presentation please contact him at: David.Elkins@providence.org.


John Mitchell, local economist at M&H Economic Consultants once again entertained the audience while providing invaluable predictions for the upcoming year.  Although not there yet, Mr. Mitchell stated that the economy was closing in on January 2008 levels and that most wealth lost from 2007 has been recovered.  In addition, he stated that nobody quite knows the impact of Obamacare yet.  Some say it will allow entrepreneurs to innovate because they will be more willing to leave a job with secure medical benefits because they can purchase medical care on the exchange.  However, he said how young people behave is critical.  They need to purchase insurance to offset the high cost of care for the elderly.


Click here to view the slides from Sally French Tyler's Presentation.