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Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit 

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    Friday, March 1, 2019
    8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, located at:
    8121 Amalfi Place
    Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Coastal Carolina University’s Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics will hold its 21st annual Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit on March 1, 2019 at the Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach, S.C


The summit provides a welcoming forum for leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss key issues impacting their organizations, meet potential new clients and partners, and share ideas for a stronger economy.

Previous speakers have included Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of the National Association of Realtors, along with Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and former Senior Fellow of the CATO Institute.

This year, the summit will also host a networking hour. Employers are encouraged to network with students, including Coastal Carolina University's Wall Fellows, Grant ScholarsCoBE Fellows, Student Executive Leaders, graduate students, and other motivated professionals ready to solidify their next career moves.

A full breakfast buffet and refreshment break are included with each ticket purchase. 

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Friday, March 1, 2019

8 a.m. - Registration, breakfast and networking hour

9:15 a.m. - Summit introduction and welcome

Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Barbara A. Ritter, Ph.D., dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University

9:30 a.m. - Keynote by David Eyzenberg

David Eyzenberg, president of Eyzenberg & Company and an adjunct assistant professor in the MBA and Real Estate Master’s program in New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Topic: In his talk, David Eyzenberg will discuss capitalizing commercial real estate transactions with innovative financial structures. As interest rates have continued to widen, investors have turned to structured finance products to capitalize their deals. The emergence of ground leases, mezzanine debt and various equity structures have allowed investors and developers to achieve yield in a rising cost environment. 

10 a.m. - Keynote by Lewis Johnson

Lewis Johnson, co-chief investment officer at Capital Wealth Advisors

Topic: Perhaps no sector of the American economy is as cyclical as real estate.  Its ups and downs are legendary, creating fortunes for some and bankrupting others.  Yet the topic of cycles is not well understood, or their volatility would not so dominate the underlying fundamentals of the business.  Is there a more disciplined way to think about cycles and their impact on our business?  Over the past twenty years, Mr. Johnson analyzed and invested in more than a hundred cycles.  In his talk he will share what he has learned about harnessing the power of cyclical volatility and how to avoid being a victim of the cycle.

10:30 a.m. - Grant Center Presentation

11 a.m. - Networking and refreshment break

11:30 a.m. -  Economic Outlook Report Keynote by Dr. Rob Salvino 

Robert F. Salvino, Ph.D., director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics and professor of economics at Coastal Carolina University

12 p.m. - Keynote by Rox Pollard

Rox Pollard, vice president and director of the retail services team at Colliers International, South Carolina.

Topic: Retailing has been a hot topic for the past few years. There has been much news about the change in retail and how that is affecting brick and mortar retailing.  Mr. Pollard will discuss the trends in brick and mortar retail based on his over thirty years of involvement in retail real estate throughout South Carolina and in-particular the Myrtle Beach market. His talk will focus on what is truth verses perception and what is the retail new frontier. 

12:30 p.m. - Closing remarks 

Robert Salvino, Ph.D.

Sponsored by

Founding Sponsor

Tony and Carrie Grant Fund

Breakfast Sponsors

Keith Hinson, Waccamaw Land & Timber

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Networking Break Sponsor

Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation

Promotional Sponsors

Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS®

Horry County Council

Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association

Table Sponsors

The City of Myrtle Beach

The Jackson Companies

W. Cary Rowell, Eagle Strategies LLC

Conway National Bank

Century 21 Boling & Associates, Inc.

First Reliance Bank

Hilton Grand Vacations

Friends of the Center

The Litchfield Company

The Cana Group at Keller Williams Realty

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