Meet the 2019 Keynote Speakers


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Thursday Morning Keynote
Ed Riggins, CCIM, SIOR, Real Estate Advisor
Lessons Learned in the Trenches: Commercial Case Studies

Known simply as “Riggo“ to the thousands who have laughed and learned while attending in his programs, Ed Riggins has had a career that proves you can enjoy serious success without taking it all too seriously. He learned from doing stand-up comedy that if you want to find the truth, look for the funny. He learned from improv comedy to find the natural flow and go with it.

Before becoming a national top producer, being named “Who’s Who of Commercial Real Estate“ by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and recognized as a “Power Broker“ by Costar, Riggo mowed lawns, customized cars, drove a forklift, and was a small engine mechanic, on his way to becoming a first-generation college graduate. Ed is among less than 1% of practitioners nationally to have earned both the SIOR and CCIM designations.


Thursday Afternoon Keynote
Tim Jensen, PE, LEED AP, The Veridus Group
The Role of Real Estate in Local Government

Tim is the President and Principal Engineer at the Veridus Group. He has been involved in a number of high profile projects throughout his career, including large municipal projects, redevelopment planning, sustainable master planning, large campuses, and mixed-use complexes. He specializes in representing project owners in complex projects. As the ultimate “Team Player,” his creative and practical approach to issues assists clients through the most difficult projects and circumstances. He consistently strives to provide owners all of the information required to make informed decisions.


Friday Morning Keynote
Dr. Mark Dotzour, Real Estate Economist
The Economic Outlook for Investors and Business 
Decision-makers

Dr. Mark G. Dotzour is a real estate economist who served for 18 years as Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. He has given more than 1,450 presentations to more than 250,000 people and has written over 90 articles for magazines and journals. His research findings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine and Business Week. His clients include banks, private equity firms, real estate investments trusts, construction firms, engineering companies, wealth managers, private foundations, and commercial and residential brokerage firms.


Friday Afternoon Keynote
Michael A. Fritton, CPA, Somerset CPAs and Advisors
Tax Planning for Real Estate Transactions

Michael Fritton is responsible for coordinating the financial services needs of Somerset’s real estate clients, as a principal in Real Estate. Mike has extensive experience in complex tax issues related to real estate and construction, including tax-free exchanges, business valuations, estate and succession planning, cost segregation analysis and financial forecasting.