ICPI Announces Luncheon Speaker for Summer Meeting in Minneapolis

June 14, 2019

Connor Lokar, Program Economist at ITR Economics is the featured speaker for the ICPI Summer Meeting in Minneapolis.

Connor Lokar, the Program Economist at ITR Economics, specializes in the Construction Industry as well as his work on the ITR monthly publication, the ITR Trends Report.  Connor’s ability to relate to the next generation of business leaders, while helping current C-Suite executives has allowed attendees to walk away with a better understanding of their employees and the ability to plan for the future with confidence. He takes a dynamic approach to a speaking engagement that has been enjoyed by thousands of business leaders. He provides a fresh look on how to make economic intelligence applicable and actionable.

“I didn’t want to end the day without telling you how awesome Connor was at our Diamond Dealer meeting. The way he handles his youthful look at the beginning of the meeting with his jokes really relaxes the audience; after that EVERYONE is mesmerized by his knowledge. I had so many customers tell me how impressed they were with Connor.” - Michelle Shearer-Rodriguez, President, Shearer Supply, Inc.

Founded in 1948, ITR Economics is the oldest, privately-held, continuously operating economic research & consulting firm in the United States. With a long-term 94.7% accuracy rating, ITR Economics has forecast major economic events, such as the 2008 recession, well in advance and provides reliable industry and company forecasts tailored to client’s needs. ITR Economics also offers economic webinars, subscription periodicals, consultative reports, and data collection services.

Managing in an Uncertain Economy

Moving through the middle stages of 2019, we are turning our attention to what the leading indicators are saying about the economy for late 2019 and 2020. The clouds are darkening with respect to the US consumer and residential construction markets this year which will have consequences for commercial construction markets in 2020. There are business cycle changes that are reshaping the future, and there are policy actions that will have an impact on our future—and others that won’t. The consumer drove the economy to its recent peak; attend and find out why we think the consumer is in a weakened position in 2019. Tariffs, global uncertainty, the stock market, B-to-B activity, and interest rates all have a part to play in the outlook and Connor will paint the picture so that attendees will walk away with a clear understanding how the economic environment will impact their business and their bottom line.

Walk away from this session with:

  • A clear vision for the future for the US economy, consumer and construction markets
  • Knowing what leading indicators matter
  • Inflation expectations
  • What could make the future look better & what could make it look worse
  • How US debt and demographics will shape the 2030’s
  • Strategic objectives to apply to prepare for the future