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2021 Economic Outlook
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM MDT
Category: Programs

Join us for SMPS Colorado’s January program featuring a panel of economic and demographic professionals from Colorado and beyond. Key industry leaders will discuss metrics and market trends that are setting the stage for 2021. Attend this event to get information you can share with clients and apply to your business to plan effectively for the year ahead.

Experts will discuss the economic, labor, real estate, and global trends shaping our economy and the construction industry in 2021.

Ticket Prices
$15 Members**
$30 Non-members


CEUs Available: 1, Marketing Planning

Note: All ticket prices increase by $5 on January 18.
**Only SMPS Colorado and AGC Colorado Members may register at member pricing. AGC Colorado Members please email the admin for the registration code if you have not received it
Participants will receive Zoom meeting details in your registration confirmation email. If you are a member of another SMPS Chapter, are experiencing job insecurity or work for firms strictly limiting marketing expenditures, please email the admin for the free registration code.






Rebecca Lavezzary
Chief Marketing Officer





Cynthia Paul
Managing Director
FMI Corporation


Cynthia is FMI’s practice leader for market strategy and business development. Her focus is working with industry firms to capture market slices and grow profitably. From out-positioning the competition, to helping win key customers and projects, she focuses on leveraging the firm’s unique capabilities to generate real-time results. The process unleashes market, customer and competitive insights needed to achieve the organization’s strategic vision for the future.

Cynthia’s experience in the industry has resulted in a unique approach to operationalizing plans that ensures that the targeted results are achieved. Frequently working on creating a compelling future vision, improving the customer journey, driving culture, developing talent and driving consistent operating performance, the results generated are measured in improved bottom-line performance and share value.

Cynthia is a highly rated speaker. Her knowledge of the industry and presentation style make her a sought-after speaker throughout North America and internationally.

Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a minor in economics, from Fort Lewis College. She earned her master of business administration degree in finance and marketing from the University of Denver.


Chris Akers 
Colorado Department of Local Affairs


Chris has worked as an Economist for the State Demography Office in the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) since 2015.  Mr. Akers produces base industry analysis, employment estimates and a long-term job forecast for Colorado and all 64 counties within the state. Chris also works with county and local governments helping them identify economic drivers and utilize economic and demographic data and forecasts.  Before joining DOLA, he worked ten years as a Statistical Analyst with Colorado State Demography Office, Department of Local Affairs Labor Market Information (LMI) in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, where he produced an array of employment and wage data. He was a Crew Leader with Census 2000.

Chris received his BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.


Kenneth Simonson
Chief Economist
Associated General Contractors of America


Ken has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and the Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to over 50,000 subscribers.

Ken has more than 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues.

He currently serves as liaison to the Census Bureau’s Construction Data Modernization  Working Group. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.