This year’s Real Estate Impact Breakfast (May 8th 7-9 am, Hyatt Regency DTC, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, CO 80237) features a dynamic panel of experts in development, demographics, architecture and economics. Panelists will explore how changing demographics are transforming the way we live, work and play in Colorado. A panel of three, includes Elizabeth Garner, Colorado State Demographer, Mickey Zeppelin, Founder of Zeppelin Development, and Steve Murray, Editor of REAL Trends and President of REAL Trends Consulting Inc. will be moderated by Sueann Ambron, Dean of CU Denver Business School. For more information and to register for the Real Estate Impact Breakfast visit Regonline.com/RealEstate15
Sueann R. Ambron
CU Denver Business School
Since her appointment as dean in 2000, Sueann R. Ambron has integrated the Business School into the fabric of the region’s business community. Executives from across the Rocky Mountain West actively participate in advisory boards, mentor students and provide opportunities for student interns to gain work experience before they graduate. Under the dean’s leadership, the Business School has worked with industry executives to develop innovative programs for health, global energy, entrepreneurship, sports management and sustainability. Today, the Business School is the largest accredited graduate school of business in the Rocky Mountain West—with more than 2,600 students—and a steady source of top workforce talent for the entire region.
Before joining the Business School, Dean Ambron gained international experience with Motorola as the general manager of the multimedia division. At Paramount and Viacom, she pioneered work in multimedia with such brands as Star Trek and MTV. Dean Ambron founded the Apple Multimedia lab that developed the first motion-picture and music prototypes integrating digital media. As the person who coined the term “multimedia” at Apple Computer, Ambron was named “Mother of Multimedia” by Wired magazine. Before joining the software industry, she served on the faculty of Stanford University. Dr. Ambron earned her Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Community involvement is a passion and priority for Dean Ambron, starting with her assignment as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica. While at the Head Start Program in Washington, she evaluated Head Start programs across the country. Dean Ambron currently serves on the board of advisors for the Downtown Denver Partnership and was on the steering committee for the Denver Area Plan that is creating a 20-year vision for the city.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Elizabeth Garner is the State Demographer and joined the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in 2004. The State Demography Office produces population and economic estimates and forecast for use by state agencies and local governments. Current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty. Elizabeth is an economist by training and prior to working with the state she worked for 10 years with CSU Cooperative Extension managing a data center and producing economic and demographic impact reports. She received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego, her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University and is a PhD candidate for the same program. Elizabeth is a Denver native.
Mickey Zeppelin was born in Denver in March 1937 to Jewish immigrant parents from Poland. In his youth, he witnessed a world depression and World War II. At the time, Denver’s public transportation was primarily street cars and its building height limit was 75 feet. Mickey attended Denver Public Schools and graduated from the University of Colorado and earned a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Colorado and California bars.
Mickey was married and blessed with four children. After law school and a brief interlude in the US Coast Guard, he was actively engaged in the practice of law until 1972, when he entered fulltime in real estate development. Initial projects were varied in type and location. In the 1980’s, Zeppelin Development was founded with the primary purpose to develop strong urban projects in Denver that are dynamic and encourage development. This means new and unique reappointed places for living, working and play. The vision is to create environments with limited potential into places of opportunity that are visually stimulating, dynamic and communal.
Mickey’s projects strive to make Denver work as a real city. One of his primary professional goals is to create community in a dynamic urban area, encouraging all types of human exchange. He is passionate about creating communities – how to plan them, how to create places which promotes communication, provides a sense of freedom for people and makes life fun. It means using all of his senses and his mind…to place the pieces of an area, to create beauty with architecture, design, understanding living patterns and needs.
Mickey has contributed to the evolution of Denver, serving on the steering committees for Downtown Denver, Central Platte Valley, Lower Downtown, the Golden Triangle and River North (aka “RiNo”). He cofounded and was the first president of the Lower Downtown District and served on the boards of the 16th Street Mall Management and Business Improvement Districts. He has received numerous awards for his civic leadership as well as for the quality of his developments.
Art and design have always been a critical part of Zeppelin Development’s process. The major artistic influence is Mickey’s partner, Susan Wick. Together, they created the City Spirit Bookstore and Café, a long time lower downtown icon, and the Acoma Center, one of the first performance centers in the Golden Triangle (now Curious Theatre).
President & Editor
REAL Trends Consulting Inc.
Steve Murray is the president and co-founder of REAL Trends, the nation’s leading trends and research organization and president of REAL Trends Consulting Inc. He has been in the residential real estate field for 37 years.
REAL Trends is read by more than 54,000 leaders in the residential realty industry every week and over 500 CEO’s attend REAL Trends conferences each year. REAL Trends has been a leader in industry and housing consumer research for the past 28 years. Such reports as the REAL Trends 500, the 2006 Consumer Tsunami Study and the Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends Thousand ranking of the nation’s top sales professionals are examples of REAL Trends research.
He is the co-author of four books on the valuation of residential real estate brokerage firms, co-authored the 2011 book “Game Plan” about the past and future of residential brokerage and co-authored the 2014 book, Game Changers – The Unfounded Fears and Future Prosperity of the Residential Real Estate Business.
REAL Trends Consulting has handled over 2,250 client assignments for realty firms over the past 28 years, with over 660 merger and acquisition assignments, totaling $11.8 billion in aggregate value. Murray has served dozens of state and local Realtor® associations and MLS organizations in a consulting capacity and several large technology firms serving the residential real estate field.
For more information and to register for the Real Estate Impact Breakfast visit Regonline.com/RealEstate15