2014 Real Estate Forecast

With the help of local experts in diverse sectors of the real estate industry, the EDC's Annual Real Estate Forecast features forecasts, statistical data, and information about future projects within Fresno County in an education formal. Click here to view the 2013 Real Estate Forecast speakers and presentations.

To obtain a hard copy of the 2014 Real Estate Forecast publication, please contact Annie Xiong, Office & Events Assistant, at 559-476-2500 or via email at axiong@fresnoedc.com.

Masters of Ceremonies
Bobby Fena, SIOR
Senior Vice President / Principal / Central California 
Colliers International - Office Properties Group
Bobby Fena joined Colliers International in 1976 as a sales associate specializing in office properties. His broad sales experience includes transactions involving corporate tenants, institutional landlords, and investors. Bobby has represented many prominent corporations, financial institutions, and government entities in the acquisition, leasing and sale of office properties. To date, Bobby has leased or sold in excess of 9,322,492 square feet of office/commercial space and 3,513 acres of land to many corporations in California's Central Valley. Bobby has earned a reputation throughout the industry as a consistent performer working diligently on behalf of his clients. To the Top

Phil Souza
Senior Vice President 
Grubb & Ellis / Pearson Commercial
Phil Souza is a 30-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry.  He began his real estate career with CB Richard Ellis in 1983.  During his tenure, he achieved the status of Fresno Top 5 every year from 1991 to 2005, and he was the top producer in eight of those years.  In 2006, he joined Grubb & Ellis/Pearson Commercial and has been the Top Producer each year.  Phil has completed more than 1,300 transactions with over $500 million in volume.  He has developed long-standing relationships with several local and national developers, and various real estate organizations performing such tasks as leasing, consultation, disposition of REO property, and testimony as an expert witness.  Phil has been quoted in several publications and has authored articles for periodicals such as Western Real Estate News and conducted presentations for local real estate groups.  He has BS and MBA Degrees from Fresno State.


Luis A. Belmonte
Seven Hills Properties
Luis is the Principal for Seven Hills Properties. He has been with the company since 2004 where he oversees the development of neighborhood retail and multi-family residential. Prior to Seven Hills Properties, Luis was the Executive Vice President of AMB Property Corporation. He managed the company's development program which has an annual volume in excess of $200 million. Luis' wealth of experience in the real estate industry began more than 30 years ago when he started as a self-employed real estate developer in San Francisco. To learn more about Luis, please click here.
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Nick Audino
Senior Vice President
Grubb & Ellis / Pearson Commercial

Nick Audino has been a Senior Vice President at Newmark Grubb Pearson Commercial since 2013 where he specializes in sales, leasing, acquisition, disposition and ground-up development of industrial property throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. Mr. Audino began his career at CBRE in 1997 after graduating from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate and Land Use Economics. During Mr. Audino's tenure at CBRE, he maintained the status of being one of the top producers from 2003 to 2013, and he was honored as the "Top Producer" for six consecutive years.

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Scott Buchanan
Vice President
Colliers International - Office Properties Group

Scott is a Vice President within Colliers International's Central California Office Properties Group and has leased/sold in excess of 2,000,000 square feet of office space and commercial land. His areas of expertise are office properties - sales and leasing, tenant representation, landlord representation, and investment properties. As a Fresno native, Scott has extensive knowledge of the Central Valley, which has helped significantly strengthen his knowledge of the Central California office market. Scott received his Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Marketing and Real Estate Degree from University of San Diego in 2002. Some of Scott's professional and community service affiliations include Saint Agnes Hospital Men's Club and the University of San Diego Real Estate Institute. Scott has been a consistent producer on one of the most successful office property teams in Central California since mid-year 2003 and has been named "Colliers International Top Performer in both 2011 and 2013."

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Scott Leonard
Guarantee Real Estate Corporation

Scott is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Guarantee Real Estate Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate. Guarantee is engaged in the residential real estate brokerage business. Since assuming the position of President and CEO in 1985, the company has grown from 45 employees to over 500. Guarantee was honored to be the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Central California Excellence in Business Award as well as multiple "People's Choice" awards and "Best of the Valley" awards. In 2007, Guarantee Real Estate started the Guarantee Goodwill Network, since its inception the network has contributed over $250,000 to local charitable groups focused on improving the quality of life throughout the communities of California's Central Valley. On December 31, 2012, Guarantee Real Estate was acquired by HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate. Scott is married to Deborah. Together they have two married sons and two beautiful granddaughters.
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Robin Kane
Senior Vice President

Robin C. Kane is Senior Vice President with Hendricks-Berkadia, a national apartment advisory firm. Prior to joining Hendricks, Robin was the founding partner of RCK Organization. Client list included the FDIC, Sentinel Real Estate, State Street Bank, Bank of America, Lend Lease, Heitman Financial, Legacy Partners, AIMCO, Downey Savings, UDR, Inc. and America First. Since he appeared last year, Robin has transacted on over 1,700 units totaling more than $100,000.000.

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Stanley Kjar

Stanley Kjar
Vice President

Agricultural Properties
Pearson Realty

Stanley Kjar has been a member of the Pearson Realty Farm Department since November 2010.  Prior to Pearson, he served as Vice President and Operations Manager for Kings Equipment Company, Inc., his family owned farm equipment business. Stanley helped grow the business during his 13 year management from a single store operation to three locations in Hanford, Selma, and Madera.  Kings Equipment Company was consistently in the top 25 dealers for Massey Ferguson in North America for over 37 years, and awarded top volume dealer for 6 of their last 10 years in operation. Stanley served on the Dealer Board of Directors for the Massey Ferguson division of AGCO Corporation, based in Duluth, GA.  He graduated from CSU Fresno in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Business, and also holds a California Department of Real Estate Broker’s license.  In addition to his extensive Agricultural Business knowledge, Stanley has also directly farmed grapes, almonds, and row crops in Kings and Fresno Counties.  He specializes in the representation of clients selling and acquisitioning farm properties in the greater Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare counties area.  Since joining Pearson in 2010, Stanley has been involved in numerous Ag-real estate transactions totaling more than $80 million and 4,600 acres.

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Doug Cords
Vice President
Commercial Retail Associates

Doug Cords joined Commercial Retail Associates in 1999 and became active in tenant representation, shopping center leasing, and investment sales.  Since that time, Doug has been involved in nearly 1,200 lease and sale transactions.  Doug has been recognized as a Top Producer at Commercial Retail Associates every year from 2003 to 2013 and was a recipient of the CoStar Power Broker Award for Retail in the Fresno region from through 2012.  Doug became partner in Commercial Retail Associates in 2011, and is licensed in the State of California as a Real Estate Broker.  Doug gradudated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Santa Clara University in June of 1995. He earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from California State University, Fresno, graduating summa cum laude in December of 1998.  He began his career with Arthur Andersen, LLP and is licensed in the State of California as a Certified Public Accountant.  Doug is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is active in coaching youth athletics and with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Doug is married to his wife Tarah and has three children, Lili, Lucas, and Bennett.

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  Major Sponsors





Sponsors Exhibitors

Buzz Oates Group of Companies Balanced Comfort
Central Valley Community Bank City of Clovis
Civic Center Square Dumont Printing
Colliers International Precision Civil Engineering
Commercial Retail Associates, Inc Wiebe Hinton Hambalek, LLP
Community Medical Centers
Cushman & Wakefield l Pacific
Commercial Realty Advisors
Dowling Aaron Incorporated
Fortune Associates
Guarantee Real Estate
Media Solutions, Inc
Newmark Grubb Pearson Commercial
One-Putt Boardcasting
Placer Title
Quiring General LLC
The Grand 1401
Union Bank
Wiebe Hinton Hambalek, LLP

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