Emerging Issues Forum

How Curiosity Can Shape Your Future

Emerging Issues Forum

One of the most relative or emerging issues affecting our industry right now is what’s happening with the economy. Join us to hear a national and local perspective on the state of the economy and trends we can expect in the coming months. There will be time for a moderated Q&A towards the end of the session. You don’t want to miss it!

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, September 21 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM 


This session is complimentary/open to all conference attendees! 


Registration is not required for this event.


Jeff Pinkerton

Jeff Pinkerton

Director of Economic Research
Missouri Department of Economic Development

Jeff serves as Director of Economic Research for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. In this role, he monitors Missouri’s economy and advises economic developers and state government leaders on global, national and regional economic trends. Jeff’s research focuses on state and regional economic competiveness. 

Prior to working for the State of Missouri, Jeff served as Senior Research for the Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City. 

Jeff holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. 

Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research
National Association of REALTORS®

Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and oversees the Research group at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He supervises and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR's Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.4 million REALTORS®.

Dr. Yun creates NAR's forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey. He also participates in the Industrial Economists Discussion Group at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun has also appeared as a guest on CSPAN's Washington Journal.

Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.