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Orange County Property Appraiser to Host 2019 State of Orange County Real Estate Event

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, CFA, will deliver the 2019 State of Orange County Real Estate (#SOCRE2019) on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Singh will share vital information and data on trends in Orange County’s complex real estate market. Afterward, a panel of industry experts will take a deeper look at how Orange County can meet current and future challenges.

Joining Singh on the panel this year are Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford, the Jacksonville Field Office Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Jason Eichenholz, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Luminar Technologies; Fred Kittinger, Senior Associate Vice President for Government Relations for the University of Central Florida; and Jeff Fagan, the 2019 Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) President.

Following Singh’s presentation, the panel will explore such hot topics as:

  • Will affordable housing challenges impact our region’s ability to attract new business and new talent?
  • How can autonomous vehicles help solve Central Florida’s traffic gridlock?
  • With most of our workforce spending more than 50% of their income on housing, what real estate market changes are on the horizon?
  • With the opening of Creative Village, how is UCF assisting the downtown students in securing housing?

When: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Networking: 5 p.m.
Main Program: 6 p.m.

Where: Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford
Jacksonville Field Office Director
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford was appointed to the position of Jacksonville Field Office Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in April 2014. Dr. Scott-Ford is responsible for overseeing the delivery of HUD programs and services across North Florida as well as evaluating their efficiency and effectiveness to communities and individuals. Along with the Miami Field Office, she coordinates the department’s programs across the state. As the Field Office Director, she serves as HUD’s liaison to mayors, city managers, elected representatives, state and local officials, congressional delegations, nonprofit groups, private entities; faith-based groups, other stakeholders and individual Americans.

Jason Eichenholz
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Luminar Technologies
Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser and photonics product development and commercialization. Over the past twenty-five years, he has led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of new photonics and photonic-enabled products. At Luminar Technologies, he is responsible for research and development, engineering of new products and bringing Luminar’s technology to market. Eichenholz is a fellow of SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics – and OSA – the optical society – and holds forty patents on lasers and photonic devices.

Fred Kittinger
Senior Associate Vice President for Government Relations
University of Central Florida
Fred Kittinger is known for bridging the gap between business and government. Currently the Senior Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Director of State and Local Government Affairs at the University of Central Florida, he represents Florida’s largest university to state and local officials. Throughout his career, he has diligently protected the interests of businesses, education, and city and state governments. Notably, Kittinger served on the ground floor team during the planning and approval phase of relocating UCF’s downtown campus to the site of the new Creative Village.

Jeff Fagan
2019 Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) President
Jeff Fagan is the 2019 president of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, which represents more than 15,500 real estate professionals throughout Central Florida. ORRA is the 8th largest REALTOR® organization in the country. Fagan’s priorities during his term as president include affordable housing, articulating ORRA’s value to both members and the public; and expanding services to deliver additional high-quality member benefits. He transitioned into real estate after a 20-year career in poultry agribusiness and has held a Florida real estate license since 2001.

Rick Singh, CFA
Orange County Property Appraiser
Rick Singh is the first state-certified appraiser ever elected as Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA). He was first voted into office in 2012 and subsequently re-elected in 2016. The hands-on experience he gained proved invaluable as he now oversees the operations and growth of this busy office. Rick’s vision to make OCPA more customer-focused and user-friendly through greater efficiency means better service delivered at lower costs to residents of Orange County. Not only does he lead an award-winning agency, he was personally recognized last year by the International Association of Assessing Officers with their highest individual honor, the Ian W. McClung International Award, for his dedication to advancing the appraisal profession on an international stage.

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