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Economic Summit 2021

Economic Summit 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PST)

Online Only

Event Details

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered what will likely become one of the more volatile periods in the history of the global economy, and what we’ve seen so far is just the beginning. In this year’s RHAWA Economic Summit, we will begin with the big picture to gain a better understanding of how major shifts in employment, consumer behaviors, and other societal trends are likely to affect the economy. Drawing on deep research and financial modeling, James McCafferty, Director of WWU Center for Economic and Business Research will review current trends and discuss how things may play out in the coming years. In response, RHAWA Board Member and co-founder of Commercial Analytics, Candice Che­vaillier will be joined by a panel of ex­perts to dig into the details on changes we are likely to see in the rental housing market including the multi-family market, landlord-tenant law, tax law and lending practices. Panelists include Tiana Jackson, Luther Burbank, Brian O'Connor, Commercial Analytics, Nika Toce, Hutchinson & Walter CPA, and Kyle Woodring, RHAWA Government Affairs Director.


Principal, Northwest Multifamily Team, Lee & Associates | Seattle

Candice Chevaillier brings 18 years of commercial real estate investment sales experience in the Seattle market. She recently joined Lee & Associates as a Principal to spearhead the growth of their Multifamily practice. Her commercial investment real estate sales total over $170M, to include 871 units across 105 buildings. Prior to joining Lee, she was a top broker for various other national and local brokerage firms including Marcus & Millichap, The Foundation Group, and SVN Whitecap.  She is a Co-Founder and Principal at Commercial Analytics, a technology and research company delivering cutting edge apartment research in the Puget Sound.  In 2020, Candice was awarded the Connect CRE's Connect CRE 2020 Women in Real Estate Award and the Globe Street 2020 Real Estate Forum Women of Influence award.  Candice is on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Broker’s Association (CBA) and the Rental Housing Association (RHA) and is active in the local Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute and the Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW) network.  She has a passion for travel and adventure with her husband and two young sons, and an intense work hard / play hard attitude.

Income Property Loan Officer, Luther Burbank Savings

Tiana Jackson is a commercial loan officer specializing in multifamily, mixed-use, and multi-tenant commercial real estate in Washington, Oregon, and California. She has over 15 years’ experience in lending and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Illinois. Tiana is an active member of RHAWA, providing education on income property lending for several years.

Director, Center for Economic and Business Research at WWU

James McCafferty serves as Co-Director for Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research.  In this role he seeks to broaden the connections between the University, the College of Business and Economics and the real world – businesses, non-profits and government agencies – through student internships, classroom based projects and consultative projects drawing on faculty, staff and students. James brings a unique perspective and critical tools to problems faced by organizations today based on professional and community service experience at local, regional, and national levels. He blends the best approaches from the for-profit, non-profit, government, and individual sectors, James seeks unique blended responses that are effective, efficient, and practical while also maintaining long-term sustainability. James’ core skill areas include: research, financial modeling, business development, branding/identity, marketing, finance, tax and legal issues (from a lay perspective), operations, growth management, and strategic partnering. James has an MBA from Western Washington University, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations from University of Oregon, is a Certified Global Business Professional and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of University Business and Economic Research.

Partner & Co-founder, Commercial Analytics

Brian has over thirty years of experience as a Market Analyst and Fee Appraiser. His company, O'Connor Consulting Group (OCG) is an industry leader in performing complex market and feasibility studies and appraisal reports.  Brian offers unique and deep expertise concentrated on evaluating local economic conditions and forecasting future demand for multifamily housing and commercial space and has been the principal author of the Seattle Metropolitan Area Apartment Market Report since 1986.  The balance of his appraisal work is concentrated on commercial mixed-use and urban residential apartment and condominium buildings, including HUD studies and special use properties such as Senior Housing in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.  His firm frequently performs market studies for all commercial real estate product types, including marinas, retail and office.  Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree and two years of graduate studies in Economic Geography from the University of Washington.  Brian received his MAI designation in May 1996, is certified as a general real estate appraiser for the state of Washington and was inducted as a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) in 2014. Brian has been qualified as an expert witness concerning both apartments and condominiums for purposes of construction defects and market feasibility issues.  He is widely recognized as one of the leading analysts for Downtown Multi-Family Development.  Clients include major local and national developers, property management companies, pension funds, life companies and major property owners.

Administrative Partner, Hutchinson & Walter, PLLC

Nika has been working in accounting for over 13 years. Her focus in public accounting has been in preparing tax returns for rental real estate, real estate professionals, medical and dental practices, high wealth individuals, trusts and estates. She is passionate about working with her clients to get them the best tax outcomes possible and to achieve their long-term financial goals. She offers a lot of patience and understanding for widows and recently divorced individuals in learning how to manage their own tax and financial matters. She is also very good at corresponding with the IRS to resolve misunderstandings and help clients get up to date with delinquent tax filings.

Director of Government Affairs, RHAWA

Kyle has worked both in opposition and in concert with local governments, state agencies, and a variety of special interest groups to negotiate many impactful policy issues. He is a private landlord and manages rental properties in Thurston and Mason Counties.

This session is offered ONLINE only. All participants will receive a link to recorded session and downloadable materials after the session.

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