More than 1,000 people attended the second annual Colorado Real Estate and Economic Summit held Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the PPA Event Center in Denver.  Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the sold-out event was moderated by Kevin Risen, executive vice president of the company, with a keynote address by Chris Mygatt, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colorado.

“With so much in the media about the economy, real estate markets, and employment levels, the summit was very timely,” said Risen.  “It was very important and helpful to learn how these issues affect us and our local Colorado communities.  When planning the summit and its program, our goal was to put everything in perspective in a powerful 90-minute program.  We assembled some of the best and brightest industry experts and leaders to help accomplish this, and it was personally rewarding to introduce these speakers and moderate the event’s panel discussion.”

“The 2011 Colorado Real Estate and Economic Summit was a huge success with more than 1,000 attendees,” said Todd Moir, marketing manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colorado.  “We had guests from throughout Colorado, including the mountain resort towns of Vail, Steamboat Springs and Aspen.  The event sold out in 48 hours, and we were very proud to host and sponsor this event featuring highly regarded industry leaders.”

Headliners of the summit included Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Guillermo Vidal.  Mark Snead, chief economist with the Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, was also a keynote speaker.  Other special guest speakers included Dave Mandarich, president and COO of MDC Holdings and Richmond American Homes; Allen Hurst, executive lending manager for the Rocky Mountain Region of PHH Mortgage; Brian Phettaplace, manager of Residential and Retail Development’s Economic Development Division; and LaCharles Keesee, executive director for the Denver Office of Economic Development.

Topics included Governor Hickenlooper’s Bottom-up Economic Development Plan, employment challenges and objectives, the state of the economy, Colorado’s real estate market and more.  The summit was professionally filmed and streaming videos are available at  Next year’s Colorado Real Estate and Economic Summit is scheduled for March 8, 2012.