Atlanta Real Estate Summit 2012 | February 2nd Atlanta Business ChronicleAtlanta Board of REALTORS®RealValuator


Atlanta Board of REALTORS 


Thursday February 2, 2012
Registration: 9:00 AM
Program: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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The Home Depot Theater 
2455 Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30339

Driving Directions

From Hartsfield Int’l Airport:
Take Camp Creek Parkway to I-285 North, exit North to Paces Ferry Road (Exit 18), (approximately 25 miles), take a left at the light on Paces Ferry Rd., then make a right at the second light.

From South Atlanta:
Take I-75 North to the I-285 West exit, take I-285 West to Exit 18. Make a right at the light, take a right at your first light.

From North Atlanta:
Take I-75 South, to the I-285 West exit, take I-285 West to Exit 18. Make a right at the light, take a right at your first light.

From Alpharetta:
Take GA 400 South, to the I-285 West exit, take I-285 West to Exit 18. Make a right at the light, take a right at your first light.


Once you have arrived at the Facility:
Continue down the drive into the parking deck. Once you arrive at the parking deck entrance, you will need to press the intercom to gain entry.

Note: To park in the C-Building parking area...
Once you have been granted access into the parking deck, you will need to proceed to the 2nd stop sign and park in that area. Once parked, you can walk or catch the elevator up one level to the 4th floor (lobby level) and cross the bridge.

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Join us for the first annual Atlanta Real Estate Summit!

The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and present the inaugural Atlanta Real Estate Summit. The 90-minute event showcases an analysis of market trends from 2011, industry panel and keynote discussion of strategy and planning for 2012.

"On the Horizon" - Keynote Speaker

  • Tom Bell
    Chairman of the U.S. Chamber's Executive Committee

"State of the Market" – Panel of Industry Leaders

  • Ed Baker Moderator
    Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Paul Corley
    President, Edward Andrews Homes
  • Dan Parmer
    President and CEO, Harry Norman, REALTORS®
  • David Rapson
    Senior Vice President / Mortgage Retail Administration Officer, Suntrust Mortgage

"Behind the Numbers"

Coffee will be provided.

Important Information

The Home Depot Corporate Headquarters is a fitting and unique venue for the event. Seating and access is limited. You MUST register in advance to enter the facility. Staff will be posted with registration lists at each entrance. You will receive a pre-printed registration badge, which you will need to wear while at the facility.


Ed BakerEd Baker

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ed Baker has been Publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle for 25 years, one of the country's largest business journals with 168,000 readers each week. In addition to his local responsibilities, Ed is also Chief Strategic Officer of American City Business Journals, the parent company.

Ed grew up in Atlanta and is very active in the community. He serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Atlanta Business League, Leadership Atlanta, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Public Broadcasting Atlanta and Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

A graduate of Georgia State University, Ed remains happily married to his high school sweetheart-- for 35 years. They have one married son who works in advertising in Atlanta.

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Thomas D. Bell, Jr.Thomas D. Bell, Jr.

Immediate Past Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thomas D. Bell Jr. is chairman of Mesa Capital Partners, a real estate investment company, and chairman of the U.S. Chamber's Executive Committee. Bell served as the 2010–2011 chairman of the U.S. Chamber and the 2005 chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Bell is also the non-executive chairman of SecurAmerica, an Atlanta-based national contract security firm. Previously, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of Cousins Properties Incorporated. He was named vice chairman of the board and chairman of the Executive Committee in January 2001. Subsequently, he was elected president and CEO by the board in January 2002. Bell assumed the role of chairman of the board upon the retirement of founder and Chairman Tom Cousins in December 2006.

Bell has a wealth of experience in corporate management, governance, and leadership in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Cousins, he spent 10 years at Young & Rubicam Inc. (NYSE:YNR), retiring as chairman and CEO when it merged with WPP. Before becoming chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Inc., he served as chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Advertising, CEO of Burson-Marsteller, and CEO of Young & Rubicam's Diversified Communications Group.

Bell is a member of the boards of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, Emory University, the Regal Entertainment Group, AGL Resources Inc., Norfolk Southern Corporation, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He served as the 2005 chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the chamber's Quality Growth Task Force.

During the Reagan administration, Bell chaired the Committee on the Next Agenda, which focused on prioritizing issues for President Reagan's second term. He also chaired the Workforce 2000 Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Earlier in his career, Bell was chief of staff to former Sen. William Brock (R-TN).

Bell has held other senior positions in business and government, including vice chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, executive vice president of Ball Corporation, president and chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute, and chairman of the board of the Center for Naval Analysis.

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Paul Corley, Jr.Paul Corley, Jr.

Edward Andrews Homes

On the heels of a decade as the CEO of one of the region's top residential community developers, Mr. Corley has established Edward Andrews Homes with the goal of becoming Georgia's premier private homebuilder.

As founder and principal of Edward Andrews Homes, Mr. Corley is active in the day-to-day management of the firm, responsible for its overall direction and execution of its growth strategy. He manages the firm's key relationships and contacts with bankers and investors as well as developers and builders. He employs his expertise as one of the area's most successful residential developers to assess the opportunities available in today's markets and leverage the contacts that will maximize profit for Edward Andrews Homes and its investors, bankers, contractors and other partners.

Mr. Corley's homebuilding experience dates back to 1987 and his position as project manager in Washington, DC, and then Atlanta for Ryland Group, then one of the nation's three largest residential developers. He oversaw all phases of construction for single and multi-family housing through completion, managing an extensive subcontractor network of more than 50 companies. In 1991, he moved to Contech Construction Products, where he was the firm's top producing sales engineer in the Southeast for three consecutive years.

As founder and CEO of PEC Development Group, Mr. Corley built an organization reputed for its expertise in site selection and for quality developments that offer superior amenities. Beginning with a single community in North Atlanta, PEC has extended its reach to numerous areas of Atlanta – from Buckhead to Forsyth, South Fulton to North Fulton, Cherokee to Henry, Gwinnett to Douglas.

Mr. Corley is an active contributor to his industry. He participates in numerous industry associations, including the National Homebuilders Association, Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association and is on the board of directors for the Atlanta area Council for Quality Growth. He is a long-standing Full Member of the Urban Land Institute and member of its Council for Small Scale Development.

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RealValuatorMason Maynard


Mason Maynard rode the real estate crash to a new career - a business in the digital world helping others buy or sell houses. Maynard was an Atlanta developer looking desperately for the information that every developer, buyer or real estate agent needed to help make decisions in the faltering economy: comprehensive information about what was going on with property sales and values in a neighborhood. Answering those questions could take hours on the ground, a trip to the county courthouse, and a review of real estate websites and multiple listing services.

As a solution, he created a one-stop website, It lets anyone check out foreclosures, sales and pre-foreclosures in neighborhoods for free and can provide up-to-date data on what houses sell for. Those willing to pay a fee, mostly real estate agents, can drill deeper into data about metro area neighborhoods.

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Dan ParmerDan Parmer

President and CEO
Harry Norman, REALTORS®

Dan Parmer is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harry Norman, REALTORS®; Atlanta's oldest and largest residential real estate firm. Dan oversees the strategic direction and continued growth for the company in the Atlanta real estate market. Offering a rare combination of industry and financial acumen, Parmer, is a leader with impeccable business ethics and personal sincerity. His hands-on management style connects him to all aspects of Harry Norman, REALTORS®, which encompasses 25 offices across Georgia and North Carolina.

Dan draws on more than 30 years of corporate financial and management experience, including over 25 years in Atlanta's residential real estate business. Before moving into his present role, Dan served as President and CEO of Jenny Pruitt & Associates. He was promoted in 2007 after serving as CFO since 2001. Previously he was CFO at Buckhead Brokers, REALTORS® in Atlanta, from 1985 until Buckhead Brokers joined with Coldwell Banker in 1998. Dan was Managing Member for Guaranty Mortgage Services, LLC from 1998 to 2000.

Dan is a native Georgian and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from University of West Georgia where he was honored as the 2008 recipient of their alumni achievement award. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and First Multiple Listing Service.

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David RapsonDavid L. Rapson

Senior Vice President / Mortgage Retail Administration Officer
Suntrust Mortgage

David Rapson is a Senior Vice President serving as the Mortgage Retail Administrative Officer for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. He has been a member of the SunTrust Team for the past sixteen years. His past experience with SunTrust includes time spent with both the Mortgage Company and the Bank. Prior to his current role, he was the National Construction Permanent Manager.  David was also instrumental in starting up and managing a Real Estate Department at SunTrust Bank, Northeast Georgia including both a small builder and commercial lending area. David has over 22 years of banking experience with management responsibilities in the Retail, Commercial and Mortgage Lines of Business.

David resides in Cumming, Georgia and is married to wife Debbie of 21 years and they have 2 boys Brandon and Shane, ages 16 and 20. His current civic activities include: Past-Chairman, Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club, and active involvement as a basketball coach/director with North Forsyth Basketball Association and serving as a Sunday School teacher for the youth at his local church. Recent civic activities include: Treasurer, Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, President, Sawnee Cultural Arts Center; Chairman, Leadership Forsyth, Inc.

David is a Graduate of Georgia State University with a B.B.A. in Finance. Other education includes: MBA Future Leaders Graduate, AMP Accredited Mortgage Professional, working towards CMB Certified Mortgage Banker, SunTrust Experienced Originator Training-2002; SunTrust University Commercial Real Estate School-2001; SunTrust Richardson Sales Training; The Lender's Academy at First National Bancorp; Cohen & Brown Sales Training.


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