OC 2020 Bios

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
Jerry Nickelsburg joined the UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and The Anderson Forecast in 2006. Since 2017 he has been the Director of The Anderson Forecast. He teaches economics in the MBA program with a focus on Asian economies. As the Director of The Anderson Forecast he plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the National, and California economies. He has conducted research in the areas of labor economics, industrial organization, statistics, and international monetary economics, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to policy issues. His current academic research is on specific skills, structural unemployment, and on energy efficiency in transportation. He is a regular presenter at Economic Conferences and is cited in the national media including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1980 specializing in monetary economics and econometrics. He was formerly a professor of Economics at the University of Southern California and has held executive positions with McDonnell Douglas, FlightSafety International, and FlightSafety Boeing during a fifteen-year span in the aviation business. He also held a position with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors developing forecasting tools, and has advised banks, investors and financial institutions.

From 2000 to 2006, he was the Managing Principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He has been the recipient of the Korda Fellowship, USC Outstanding Teacher, India Chamber of Commerce Jubilee Lecturer, and he is a Fulbright Scholar. He has published over 100 scholarly and popular articles on monetary economics, economic forecasting and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization and he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.
William Yu joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2011 as an economist where he focuses on the economic modeling, forecasting and Los Angeles economy. He also conducts research and forecasts on China’s economy, and its relationship with the U.S. economy. His research interests include a wide range of economic and financial issues, such as time series econometrics, data analytics, stock, bond, real estate, and commodity price dynamics, human capital, and innovation. Currently, he teaches business forecasting and data science courses at UCLA Anderson and UCLA Extension. He also serves as a faculty advisor for the Applied Management Research Program at UCLA Anderson.

He has published over a dozen research articles in Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of International Money and Finance, etc. He also published op-ed articles in Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. He developed the City Human Capital Index and the Los Angeles City Employment Estimate. He has been cited in the local, national and overseas media frequently including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Bloomberg, CBS Money Watch, Al Jazeera, U-T San Diego, LA Daily News, LA Daily Breeze, Straits Times, NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as various Chinese and Korean media. Yu has been invited as a speaker for various events, including the annual Woo K. Greater China Business Conference and National Association for Business Economics.

Yu received his bachelor’s degree in finance from National Taiwan University in 1995 and was an analyst in Fubon Financial Holding in Taipei from 1997 to 2000. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Washington where he was also an economics instructor and won two distinguished teaching awards. In 2006, he worked for the Frank Russell Investment Group for Treasury and corporate yields modeling and forecasting. From 2006 to 2011, he served as an assistant and an associate professor of economics at Winona State University where he taught courses including forecasting methods, managerial economics, international economics, and macroeconomics.
Dr. Schniepp is Director of the California Economic Forecast in Santa Barbara. The company prepares forecasts and commentary on the regional economies of California.

He prepares economic analysis and county level forecasts for Caltrans, Kaiser Permanente, and the Southern California Association of Governments.

Dr. Schniepp develops regional real estate and economic forecast publications and presents the findings at large public conferences in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Dr. Schniepp participates with the UCLA Anderson Forecast in the preparation of the annual Orange County Economic Forecast and the San Diego County Economic Forecast, which are held in April of each year.

Dr. Schniepp served as senior economist to Kathleen Connell, the California State Controller from 1999 to 2003.

Dr. Schniepp served as Director of the Economic Forecast Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, between 1982 and 2000.

As a past faculty member in the Department of Econo­mics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he taught intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, applied regional modeling, applied econome­trics, and forecasting, from 1979 to 1990.

Dr Schniepp received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982. His fields of research for the degree were econometrics, regional economics, and natural resource economics.
Matthew R. Fogt actively works with the firm’s land use, real estate, environment, natural resource and energy practice groups. He also works with a broad range of asset types, including master-planned communities, renewable energy facilities, mixed-use projects, airports, resource extraction, hospitality properties, agriculture, as well as office, industrial, multi-family and retail properties. The breadth of Matthew’s expertise provides unique efficiency and value to clients in that he routinely performs work typically done by two or more separate attorneys.

Within the land use realm, Matthew regularly obtains development approvals from various local, state and federal agencies, performs entitlement and zoning review as part of acquisitions, navigates projects through the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, processes subdivision maps, advises regarding redevelopment issues, including prevailing wage, arranges public finance, including community facilities districts, advises regarding affordable housing, and negotiates complex conservation easements and development agreements.

Within the real estate realm, Matthew regularly handles the following transactions: purchase and sale, debt and equity financing, public finance, leasing, utility agreements, master developer representation, easements, Department of Real Estate and owners’ associations, title review, construction agreements, infrastructure agreements, exactions and fee agreements, consultant agreements, construction defect, and eminent domain.

In addition to general land use and real estate matters, Matthew also regularly advises regarding renewable energy projects, utility rights-of-way, state and federal resource permits, habitat conservation plans, remediation plans, underground storage tanks, and brownfield development.

Matthew resides in Irvine with his wife and five children. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and his church's youth program and coaches soccer, football and softball.
Professor Coulson received his BS in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and his PhD from UC San Diego where he studied under the direction of Nobel Laureate Robert Engle. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and New York, the University of Auckland, and elsewhere, and is published widely in real estate, urban economics, housing economics and related fields. Most recently, he has made research contributions in the areas of the impact of sports franchises on economic development, the hybrid investment characteristics of REITs, and the development of a repeat-rent index that corrects previous biases in the estimation of investment returns.

In 2009 he was named a Fellow of the Weimer School for Advanced Real Estate Studies. From 2006 through 2014 Ed was co-editor of Real Estate Economics, the journal of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), and is a member of the editorial boards of other leading journals in the field. In January 2015 he became co-editor of Journal of Regional Science. He was recently elected by the membership of AREUEA to serve as the organization’s president for 2016.

Professor Coulson was previously the Professor of Economics and Director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to UNLV, he was Professor of Economics and King Faculty Fellow in Real Estate at The Pennsylvania State University, where he had been on the faculty since 1984 and received numerous outstanding teaching awards.
Rex Hime is a native Californian, graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.A. in Political Science and received his law degree from the UC Davis School of Law. Active in civic, church, military service and alumni activities Rex has shown a continued commitment to community involvement. He has served as the Presidential as well as the California State Assembly Representative on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and was a member of the California Task Force on Violence Prevention. Rex also most recently served as a Regent of the University of California.

Currently he serves as the Governors’ appointment to the Board of Directors the California State Fair (CAL-EXPO), was its Chair for two years. He served as a Trustee for the Greater Sacramento Valley Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and was the Chair. He is a past President of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and has served on the various finance committees for the campus, the association and student campaigns.

Prior to joining California Business Properties Association (CBPA), Rex served on then Governor Reagan’s educational staff and as Assistant to the Director for the State Department of Consumer Affairs. Later he was the Executive Director of the California State Commission for Economic Development, Director for the California Commission on Agriculture and as a Special Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor. His legislative experience includes service as the Senior Assistant to the Minority Leader of the California State Assembly.

With a membership of more than 10,000, CBPA is the designated legislative advocate for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the California chapters of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Building Owners and Managers Association of California (BOMA CAL), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the California Downtown Association (CDA), the CCIM of Northern California, and the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (ACRE) of Southern California.

Rex is a proven tax fighter. He helped to create the coalition that has stopped the threat of split roll tax several times. He also provided leadership to the coalition of interests that achieved passage of the law prohibiting commercial rent control in California – making it the only state to enact such legislation. Hime also brought together a coalition of the business and disabled communities to successfully achieve passage of landmark legislation redefining the approval process for drive-troughs in California.

He has been involved in all statewide school construction bonds; serving either on the steering committee or on the finance committee. These measures have generated almost $50B for K-12 and higher education facility construction. Rex has been involved in the drafting of major water bond efforts and has worked for Proposition 204 (1994) and Proposition 13 (1999) and Proposition 84 (2006) serving on the steering and executive committees, as well as finance co-chair.

Rex’s abilities and extensive background have qualified him as an acknowledged spokesman for the philosophy and direction of greater economic and individual freedom as well as the commercial industrial real estate industry.

Rex is a resident of Loomis, is married to Gwyn Bicker Hime and has two sons – Rex and Reagan.
Wilbur H. Smith III is the Principal and founder of Greenlaw Partners, LLC and Greenlaw Management, Inc. Mr. Smith personally oversees all aspects of the company’s acquisition, operations and investment development/redevelopment programs.

Since inception and under Mr. Smith’s leadership the company has completed in excess of $2.0 billion in acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate properties. Currently, Greenlaw manages a portfolio in the Western United States in excess of five million square feet that is comprised of office, industrial, retail, multi-family, resort and land assets.

Mr. Smith received a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and earned a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Mr. Smith is a licensed California real estate broker and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO)- Orange County Chapter.
Lang Cottrell is Regional Director for the Southwest Region for Goodman. He is responsible for managing the company's investment and development activities from California to Texas.

A twenty-five year industry veteran, Lang has handled the acquisition, design, development and disposition of more than 15 million square feet of commercial property. Prior to joining Goodman, Lang served as Southwest Regional President for LNR Property, LLC, a large, privately held commercial real estate investment and development company.

Lang earned both a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Southern California. He is active in industry organizations such as ICSC and NAIOP and also served as President of the Local NAIOP SoCal Chapter in 2013.
Alex is a co-founder of Red Oak Investments, an urban redevelopment company operating in California. Red Oak purchases commercial property for redevelopment as multifamily and mixed-use projects. Red Oak does complex land entitlement in high barrier markets, and is invested in the rehab and operation of foreclosed homes.

Prior to Red Oak, Alex was Trammell Crow Residential’s Managing Director responsible for one-third of Southern California. His projects represent 1,300 market-rate apartments and condos in Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego County.

Prior to Trammell Crow, Alex directed the development staff at Community Corporation of Santa Monica. He held primary responsibility for the acquisition, entitlement, and finance of low-income buildings in affluent neighborhoods.

Alex earned a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Harvard. He plays jazz piano and tennis, occasionally preaches in church, and has two daughters with Michelle, his wife of 30 years. He is a Christian that aspires to serve God both at work and at home.

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