ATLANTA -- Industry icons Ivy Zelman, CEO of Zelman and Associates, and K.C. Conway, Senior VP Credit Risk Management of SunTrust Bank, will set the stage for the first-ever Builder Remodeler Conference and Expo (BRExpo) with an opening session highlighting the housing industry's bright outlook.
BRExpo, to be held March 8-9, is the first networking and educational conference for the East Coast building and remodeling industry since the downturn in the mid-2000s. Industry veteran Verne Packer and his team launched the new conference to respond to exponential growth in residential construction, particularly in the Southeast and East Coast.
"Over the past two years, the residential housing market has recognized increases of more than 20 percent," noted Packer. "BRExpo creates the ideal opportunity for industry pros to make important connections, learn about new and innovative products and services, and keep abreast of industry trends."
Recognizing the need for regional networking, the conference has attracted top industry veterans like Zelman and Conway, who will headline the opening session, "The Bull Case for Residential Housing."
Zelman, named by Builder Magazine as a "housing rock star," has spent 25 years analyzing the housing and housing-related industries and is a recognized expert, appearing frequently in The Wall Street Journal and on CNBC. Conway has spent 30 years as an appraiser, underwriter, lender and economist with the nation's top institutions, including the Federal Reserve. Other top speakers will cover a range of topics during the pre-conference, to be held March 7, sponsored by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Home Builders Association of Georgia, The Home Depot, Green Builder Media and HomeSphere. Conference tracks include: Building, Remodeling, Kitchen and Bath, High Performance Design and Business/Operations.
The conference is also attracting top exhibitors and sponsors, including title sponsor The Home Depot, publishing sponsor HomeSphere and exhibitors Lennox, Mohawk Industries, Ply Gem Industries Inc. and The Tapco Group.
About Builder Remodeler Expo (BRExpo)
The Builder Remodeler Expo (BRExpo) is a two-day trade event designed specifically to address the needs of the East Coast residential building industry. Now, after recovering from the worst real estate downturn in history, the region is one of the fastest-growing residential construction markets in the U.S. With builder and remodeler activity at its highest point in six years and continued growth forecasted for the foreseeable future, BRExpo will be the ideal meeting place for the East Coast's building and remodeling community. For more information, go to www.builderremodelerexpo.com.