• The Multnomah Athletic Club (map)
  • 1849 Southwest Salmon Street
  • Portland, OR, 97205
  • United States

Will the Bubble Bursts?

Planning ahead for Portland in 2020



7:30 AM-8:00 AM  Check in/networking

8:00 AM-9:30 AM  Panel Discussion

Plated breakfast will be provided.


Join SMPS and our esteemed panelists as we discuss the Portland Metro Area Five Year Economic Outlook. Our panel of experts from key industries will look back at the first half of 2015, discuss economic trends expected to affect the remainder of the year, share insights on where they feel the market is headed over the next five years, and provide tips about on how you can start planning for the future. Register today and be a part of the conversation. 


Key takeaways from this presentation will include:

  • The Portland Metro Area’s current economic situation
  • Factors that resulted in our current position
  • Sustainability of our current economic situation
  • Panelists’ five year predictions
  • Recommendations for business owners/principals in the AEC industry to prepare for the future (growth, hiring, projects, market sectors, etc)


Janet LeBar

President and CEO

Greater Portland Inc.

Since joining GPI in June 2014, LaBar has concentrated on Greater Portland 2020—the region’s five-year action plan, which covers the bi-state, seven-county metro, and is guided by public and private-sector leaders. The plan takes a comprehensive approach in uniting economic development efforts across the region and aims to increase the competitiveness of Greater Portland for jobs and investment.


Dr. Michael Wilkerson

Senior Economist


His areas of expertise include econometrics and applied microeconomics in the fields of real estate, banking, finance and urban economics.  He has applied expertise in projects involving portfolio analysis, fixed-income investments, cash flow and pro-forma analysis, property valuation, private equity, private investments in public entities, and development feasibility studies.


Chris Zahas, AICP

Managing Principal

Leland Consulting Group

As president of Leland Consulting Group, Chris guides the firm’s strategic position as a national leader in transit-oriented development, corridor and downtown revitalization, public-private partnerships, and private-sector development strategies. By mentoring staff and leading multidisciplinary teams, he helps clients find the balance between smart growth principles, economic and market realities, and the human relationships that lead to successful, innovative projects.


Noel A. Johnson

Managing Director / Vice President

Killian Pacific

Noel Johnson, Managing Director, is charged with oversight of Killian Pacific’s complex, value-creation team. A Williams College, PSU and Stanford GSB graduate who has previously worked at national development firms TCR and Alliance, Noel provides specific depth of experience with institutional-scale, mixed-use and urban projects.  Collaborating with KP’s talented project-specific developers, he oversees all development activities to realize the firm’s community-focused, high quality and long-term investment objectives.