Complimentary webcast from CMD.
November 20, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST

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Will 2015 see further steady progress, or will it be sidetracked by the likes of material and labor shortages, commodity prices surges, further political bickering in Washington or military turmoil in hot spots around the world. Join an amazing team of economic exerts for an insightful, informative and interactive account of the outlook for construction in the upcoming months. Chief Economists from CMD, the AGC and the AIA combine forces for a lively, fast-paced economic webcast.
Join us on November 20, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST for insight from construction’s leading economists.

Meet the Experts


Wendy McBay
Senior Director of Marketing, CMD


Wendy McBay is Senior Director of Marketing at CMD, with 18 years experience in construction industry marketing. Wendy has a background in channel marketing, market research, pricing and marketing communications. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Auburn University and has achieved Six Sigma Green Belt certification.


Alex Carrick
Chief Economist, CMD


Recently named CMD’s North American Chief Economist, Alex Carrick has served since 1985 as Chief Economist for CanaData and Reed. An awarded author of thousands of articles, Alex is regularly quoted by major news outlets and his online analyses are a popular feature of the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce. Alex has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto.


Ken Simonson
Chief Economist, The Associated General Contractors of America


Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America since 2001. His weekly summary of economic news relevant to construction, The Data DIGest, goes to 42,000 subscribers. Ken was the 2012-2013 president of the National Association for Business Economics. Currently, he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.


Kermit Baker
Chief Economist, The American Institute of Architects


Kermit Baker is the Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects. Kermit originated the AIA’s “Work on the Boards” Survey, a monthly assessment of business conditions at architecture firms and the source of the Architecture Billings Index. He also coordinates the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel, and writes regular economics columns for AIArchitect. Kermit also is the Project Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Kermit received his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the same field. In 2002, Kermit was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

AIA Learning Units

AIA members are eligible to receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live webcast. Members must include their AIA member number during registration. Non-member architects can request a certificate of completion.
Provider number: 40107831
Program number: 14CFW112014
Program Name: Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?


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