K.C. Conway is the Director of Research and Corporate Engagement at the Alabama Center for Real Estate housed with the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and also currently serves as CCIM’s Chief Economist. He is a proud graduate of Emory University. Professionally, he has amassed more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate as an appraiser, lender, credit officer and economist. He is recognized as a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). Conway is also a prolific speaker, addressing more than 750 industry, regulatory and academic bodies in the last decade. Throughout his career, Conway has been recognized for accurately forecasting real estate trends and changing market conditions across the United States. At the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Conway manages the research division’s market trends publications and creates new organic and collaborative research initiatives while also serving as its ambassador to corporate real estate entities.
Laura Anderson has more than thirteen years of experience in commercial real estate. She is currently serving as General Manager in Birmingham Alabama. Her portfolio consists of over 1.8 million square feet of office space and is responsible for primary oversight of Birmingham Asset Services and Technical Services staff, including day to day operations, lease administration, financial reporting, property value enhancement and contract negotiations. She is also the primary contact for new management opportunities in the Alabama market.
Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Anderson managed Class A commercial office space in the Washington DC Metropolitan area for 12 years. During that time, she successfully led teams through dispositions, acquisitions and major capital improvements.
Laura is currently serving as IREM Chapter 43 secretary. She was named the IREM Chapter 77 Committee Chair of Year Award in 2016 for the Community Action Committee. She was awarded the IREM Chapter 77 Ambassador Award in 2014. Laura received the Cassidy Turley Team Player of the year Award in 2010.
Ryan Martin is currently the Business Development Manager for Healthy Buildings managing proactive Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy and Green Building certification projects. Mr. Martin has over 10-year experience in commercial real estate offering unique insight into sustainability and the built environment. Additionally, Ryan is active member of the USGBC, CoreNet, BOMA and IFMA.
Working in the roofing, waterproofing and architectural sheet metal contracting business since 1977 in his family’s business, his career evolved to Owner and Principal of a full-service roofing / waterproofing contractor serving the governmental, commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family residential markets. Tony earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting with an emphasis on construction from Auburn University. He has accumulated a considerable wealth of experience with successful construction detailing, management and administration.
Tony is well-known for his commitment to quality assurance and proving high quality installations begin with preconstruction that includes proper flashing and component interface design and delivery. He has earned a strong reputation for attention to detail and courageous risk management recommendations that resonate well with our Clients and HCI’s core values. Tony joined HCI as a Senior Consultant in 2005 and has quickly established himself as an indispensable member of the HCI Building Envelope Solutions Team.
Over ten thousand properties in the City of Birmingham have become unmarketable and, in turn, unusable because the properties are burdened by the piling on of various sorts of government-created liens (tax liens, weed liens, demolition liens, etc.) and/or have clouded titles. Over time, property owners lose interest in maintaining the property because the property becomes a financial liability, rather than an asset. As Birmingham neighborhoods accumulate more and more of these unmaintained, tax delinquent properties, they become overwhelmed with blight.
The Birmingham Land Bank Authority collaborates with the City of Birmingham Community and Economic Development departments, non-profits, businesses, outside governmental agencies by facilitating the clearing of title of eligible vacant and abandoned properties so that citizens, organizations, developers and governmental entities can take ownership and redevelop blighted properties throughout the city of Birmingham.
Eric Fancher is the Administrator for the Birmingham Land Bank Authority (BLBA). Mr. Fancher oversees operations and programming of the BLBA, including the management of staff and contract attorneys; reporting to the Board of Directors; development of policies and procedures; collaboration with other departments and agencies; community outreach; and ensuring the program carries out the mission adopted by the Board of Directors.
VP of Commercial Services & Community Revitalization, Birmingham Commercial Realtors Council
Felicia Yonter is VP of Commercial Services & Community Revitalization for the Birmingham Commercial REALTORS Council (BCRC), the commercial division of the Birmingham Association of REALTORS. Her work with commercial REALTORs, NAR Institute Affiliates, owners, managers, and developers in Houston, Chicago, and now Birmingham includes monitoring property management issues and impact on real estate. Airbnb has created challenges and opportunities for landlords and consumers alike. Felicia will speak on the unique liability issues that have arisen and how associations can support members whose clients are most affected.
Gardner Lee is the President of Graham Commercial Properties and is responsible for all aspects of GCP including coordinating the asset strategy of the company’s portfolio, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and management. Mr. Lee reports to the Board of Directors of GCP. Mr. Lee started his real estate career with Graham & Company in 1993 and remained with that firm through 2013. During his tenure with Graham & Co, Mr. Lee held the positions of Property Manager, Leasing/Sales Agent, Managing Broker and Managing Partner. Mr. Lee opened all of the Graham & Co offices outside of Birmingham and was an integral part of the growth of that firm.