Economic Summit

Fri. Oct. 20, 2017

7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Allbright Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College, 1275 Crawford Ave.

Thriving in Times of Change

October 20, 2017 Event Overview: In today’s fast-changing business environment it is more important than ever to adjust your strategies to changing demographics and markets, change business culture in order to recruit and retain employees, and learn how changes are influencing your peers and community. The Economic Summit, the Yampa Valley’s premier economic event now in its 23rd year, will focus on Thriving in Times of Change. The Economic Summit will provide practical and thought-provoking content on key topics so that we can all thrive in our changing economy.

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Summit speakers include Bill Butler, CEO, Corporex; Sam Chapman, Assistant Economist, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; James DeFrancia, Principal, Lowe Enterprises Inc.; Jessica Valand, Director, Colorado Workforce/CDLE; Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, Local Recreation Advocacy Manager, Outdoor Industry Association; Todd Conklin, CEO, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties

Bill Butler

Mr. Butler is the Chairman of Corporex Companies, LLC. Mr. Butler is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight to Corporex Capital and is the Chairman of the investment committee. Since 1965, Mr. Butler has been the driving force behind the growth of the Corporex Companies, from a one-man construction shop to diversified real estate company with more than $1 billion of real estate assets. From its humble beginnings as the W.P. Butler Construction Company, Corporex has grown into a diversified, vertically-integrated real estate firm comprising Corporex Development and Construction Management, Commonwealth Hotels, Five Seasons Sports Clubs, Corporex Realty and Investment and Corporex Capital.

Bill Butler

Sam Chapman

Sam Chapman is an Assistant Economist in the Regional Affairs department of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank – Denver Branch. Sam’s economic research focuses on a wide range of regional economic issues for Wyoming, Colorado, and Northern New Mexico in order to inform both the staff of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and the public on relevant regional economic issues. Sam has been with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank – Denver Branch for three years. Prior to this position he worked in the Research Department of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank. Sam earned his undergraduate degree at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and his Master’s degree from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in Barcelona, Spain.


James DeFrancia

Jim oversees community development management and advisory services for mixed-use properties and planned communities in the U.S. and abroad, currently focusing on Rocky Mountain area projects. He has served as a Court- appointed Receiver for troubled real estate domestically and internationally and is a licensed real estate broker in Virginia and Colorado. A Life Trustee and former Vice Chairman of ULI, a past National Director of the National Association of Homebuilders, and a former Director of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Jim served as an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and to the Secretary of Defense on military housing, energy use and other real estate matters.


Jessica Valand

Jessica Valand serves as the Director of Workforce Development for Northwest Colorado, with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, where she is a passionate champion for economic opportunity and vitality in rural areas. Jessica has more than a dozen years of experience in human capital development, and has been with the state of Colorado since 2009. She holds a graduate degree in international economic development from the University of Denver, and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Jessica is happy to call Steamboat Springs home, and makes the most of living in this incredible community with her husband and two young children.


Cailin O'Brien-Feeney

Cailin joined the Outdoor Industry Association in August of 2015 to start a new program engaging the outdoor industry in state and local recreation advocacy. Previously he was the Policy Director at Winter Wildlands Alliance, worked on a range of recreation-conservation issues with Outdoor Alliance and ran the Idaho Outdoor Business Council. Prior to working "for the outdoors", he worked in the outdoors – spending the better part of a decade as an outdoor educator and guide across the West. He holds a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from University of Idaho and a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Lewis & Clark College.


Todd Conklin

For over 25 years Todd Conklin has been helping sales professionals build their businesses and achieve their dreams. From his early 20’s to the present Todd has served as Trainer, Marketing Consultant, Manager, Coach, and Entrepreneur in a vast number industries ranging from health club management to real estate sales. Currently, he serves as the CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) to one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the world, Coldwell Banker Distinctive & CB Commercial Prime Properties, and works as a business coach for the #1 Business Coaching company in the world, Tom Ferry Your Coach.


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