Summit speakers to talk about change and real estate market

Frank Garay
Frank Garay
Brian Stevens
Brian Stevens
Fred Schmidt
Fred Schmidt

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Keynote speakers at an upcoming economic summit in Western Colorado will  address the benefits of embracing change as well as share a national perspective on the real estate market and what lessons learned in some markets might apply to the Western Slope.

Frank Garay and Brian Stevens, hosts of a popular video blog, will lead the opening keynote address at the June 1 summit with a presentation titled “Change Happens. Let it.”

Fred Schmidt, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial, will deliver the keynote luncheon address.

Kristi Pollard, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, says she expects the keynote presentations to constitute yet another attraction to the summit. At the same time, though, Pollard expects to share with the speakers information about the Western Slope as well as a brief experience of what the region has to offer. Making those connections could lead to opportunities for development, she says. “We have a really special story going on.”

Garay and Stevens host the “National Real Estate Report,” a daily video show that’s become popular in the mortgage and real estate industry. Garay starting making video blogs as a way to inform and motivate the loan officers with which he was working at the time Stevens subsequently joined him in making the shows. In addition to their work on the show, Garay and Stevens also have gained a following as speakers with their educational, humourous and inspirational approach.

At the upcoming summit in Grand Junction, Garay and Stevens will address change. Pollard says the two will offer a light-hearted presentation on an important topic. “I think that’s a real exciting message for our community.”

During his luncheon keynote address, Schmidt is expected to share his national perspective on the real estate industry, Pollard says.

Schmidt was appointed president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates in 2010 and leads a growing franchise system with about 220 offices and 2,300 real estate professionals operating in 20 countries worldwide. Schmidt has worked in the commercial real estate industry for more than 30 years and held posts with Realogy Corporation and Coldwell Banker Commercial.

There’s an opportunity for Schmidt to share some of the lessons he’s learned in various real estate markets that could apply to Western Colorado, Pollard says.