You are invited to the 2021 MBA Pierce Housing Summit, presented by Newland Communities and Phillips Burgess PLLC. Come join us on May 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup to hear the 2021 Housing Overview and Economic Forecast and more.
MBA Pierce is prioritizing the safety of attendees at this in-person, indoor event. Because of this, we will be following proper CDC guidelines including social distancing and other protective measures. We ask that attendees wear a mark during this event.
- Senator Chris Gildon -- Legislative Update
- Representative Andrew Barkis -- Legislative Update
- Robert Dietz, Chief Economist for NAHB -- Economic Forecast (Virtual Presentation)
Senator Chris Gildon
Senator Chris Gildon first won election to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2018 and was recently elected to the state Senate in 2020. He represents the 25th Legislative District which includes Puyallup, South Hill, Fife, Summit-Waller, and part of Parkland.
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Chris has proven leadership experience -- not only as a 23-year veteran Army Officer with five overseas deployments and earning two bronze star medals -- but also as a legislator who has earned a reputation as being a calm voice of reason in Olympia.
Chris serves on the Senate’s Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee; Housing and Local Government Committee; Rules Committee; and its budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. He is also the Senate Republican deputy floor leader. In addition to his legislative committee assignments, Chris serves on the board of directors for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, which conducts nonpartisan research to inform public policymaking. He also serves on the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs and the Economic Development Committee, which considers regional economic issues, for the Western division of The Council of State Governments. In addition to his service in the legislature, Chris works as commercial real estate broker with Keller Williams Commercial in Puyallup.
Chris earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas. He also holds a master's degree in public administration from Webster University and a master of strategic security studies from the National Defense University.
Chris lives in Puyallup with his wife, Autumn. They have been married 27 years and have two adult children.
Andrew Barkis represents the 2nd District. He was appointed in February 2016 to fill the vacancy of Graham Hunt.
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Andrew was born and raised in Chehalis. He is a graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Communications. Andrew's personal knowledge and experience as a local business owner foster his priorities to have limited, but effective government that is focused on being fiscally responsible, creating more jobs, and enhancing small business growth within the 2nd District and state.
Andrew and his wife, Lisa, live in Olympia and have been married for 23 years. They have two sons and enjoy doing anything outdoors, especially hiking and camping around the Pacific Northwest. Andrew is active in several community organizations including the Lacey Chamber Commerce, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Rotary, Lacey Sunrise Lions, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research.
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Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He has testified before Congress on housing, economic and tax issues. He is a leading expert on home construction analysis and trends and has been cited and appeared on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and other news media. Robert is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003. His team's economic research is published daily on NAHB's Eye on Housing blog.
Sponsorships available for the Housing Summit:
Presenting Sponsorships: SOLD
Supporting Sponsorships: SOLD
Table Top Sponsorships: Two (2) Remaining
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