Come and join us to uncover the answers to the many unanswered questions surrounding the current economic uncertainty and the recent changes in the housing market. Are home prices going to drop? Will interest rates go down? Is a recession looming? This is your chance to gain valuable insights into the future of the real estate market and the U.S. economy in 2024. Plus, don’t miss out on hearing about exciting new housing projects and economic development in our surrounding areas.
Location: KO Distilling: 10381 Central Park Dr STE 105, Manassas, VA 20110
NAR Director, Business and Consumer Research
Matt Christopherson is the Director of Business and Consumer Research at the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. In his role, Matt conducts member and consumer survey research where he contributes to the Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers and Member Profile flagship reports and researches topics including real estate firms, international buyers, marijuana & real estate, and more areas impacting real estate. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Global Supply Chain from the University of South Carolina and his Master’s in Marketing Research and Analytics degree at Michigan State University.
Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist
For more than a decade, Ryan has honed his knowledge of Virginia’s housing market. Before stepping into his current role of Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist, Ryan served as the association’s Deputy Chief Economist. Prior to joining our team, he served as the President of research consulting firm LSA Planning, as an Urban Planner for the City of Alexandria, and as part of the research team at the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. Even before joining VAR full time, Ryan spent years contributing to our research, including the monthly Virginia Home Sales Report and our quarterly regional market reports. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from James Madison University and a master’s degree in urban planning from Virginia Tech.
When he’s not providing research and analyses to our members, lawmakers, and the media, you can find Ryan traveling, snowboarding, or playing soccer with his son. When asked about his food of choice, Ryan noted that he is a Taco Tuesday enthusiast.
Mayor, Town of Dumfries
Derrick, a former member of the United States Marine Corps, served as a budget technician for eight years. Additionally, he is the founder and pit master of Dyvine Barbecue In Motion, a mobile barbecue catering company and competition team.
Furthermore, he has been elected as a two-term councilman and currently holds the position of Mayor in the historic Town of Dumfries. Derrick possesses a profound understanding of overcoming obstacles. He firmly believes that living a purposeful life is essential. Throughout his journey, he has encountered both abundance and scarcity, yet he has persevered. Now, he is dedicated to sharing his wisdom as a speaker, coach, seminar leader, and author. His goal is to assist others in overcoming their own challenges and discovering their life’s purpose amidst the storms they face. Derrick has collaborated with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and various clubs to inspire and empower them to unleash their hidden potential, which may have been hindered by setbacks they currently encounter.
City of Manassas- Economic Development Director
Patrick J. Small, CEcD currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Manassas. In that capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of business attraction, retention, expansion, and for tourism. Mr. Small was hired by the City in August 2014; prior to that he served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia. His other roles in Virginia included being the Assistant County Administrator in Isle of Wight County and Director of Economic Development/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Lancaster County.
Since 1994, Mr. Small has achieved executive-level experience designing and launching innovative programs to create sustainable economic growth on the local government level. During his career, he has assisted companies with investing more than $10 billion in new capital and with creating or saving more than 10,000 jobs. He is also an accomplished real estate developer completing more than $500 million in public development projects.
Patrick was born and raised in Maryland. He began his local government career in Florida and holds a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University. Patrick is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is an accredited Certified Economic and Community Development (CEcD) professional by the International Economic Development Council. He lives in the City of Manassas with his wife, Melissa
City Manager, Manassas Park
Mr. Laszlo Palko was appointed City Manager of Manassas Park by the Governing Body in June of 2017. In this capacity, Mr. Palko reports directly to the Governing Body and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day and strategic executive management of our City Departments, developing and recommending policies, strategies, budgets, and ordinances for Governing Body approval, managing the City economy, and managing the execution of the City Budget and Capital Improvement Program. Prior to joining Manassas Park, Mr. Palko had over ten years of public and private sector management experience including previously serving as the Town Manager of Lovettsville VA, as a financial consultant for IBM, and as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Laszlo earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University where he concentrated on local government administration. While earning his Master’s Degree, he wrote his thesis on performance management strategies for local governments and worked as a performance management consultant for the City of Revere, MA. Mr. Palko began his career serving as an Army Officer from 2005-2010. He earned the rank of Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan as part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He is originally from California and is now happy to call Manassas Park home for both he and his daughter.
Vice Mayor, Haymarket
TracyLynn is… The proud Mother of three adult children scattered across the US and abroad as her daughter is in St. Louis pursuing her PHD, her oldest son is working as an underwriter with an insurance company in Chicago and she feels incredibly blessed to be the Mother of an Army soldier stationed in Germany.
She has been a licensed Real Estate Agent for over 13 years and a Virginia resident for 22 years. Having fallen in love with the beautiful Autumn season, Northern VA will always be her home.
She has served The Town of Haymarket as Vice Mayor for the past three years and also serves as the Business Liaison for the Town. Building a town that ensures community inclusion and the feeling of “Everyone’s Home Town” is a focus as well as encouraging businesses to make Haymarket their destination. TracyLynn prides herself on approachability and open conversation with an environment of acceptance and security.
Mayor, Town of Occoquan
Earnie Porta has served as Mayor of the Town of Occoquan from 2006 through 2014 and from 2018 to the present. He holds a bachelor’s degree (Foreign Service), a law degree (JD), and a PhD (History) from Georgetown University, as well as an MA (History) from George Mason University. Dr. Porta has spent much of his professional career in the field of Finance and has been an active board member and officer of various civic organizations, some of which are the Occoquan Historical Society, the Prince William Public Library System Foundation, Historic Prince William, Patriots for Disabled Divers, Action in the Community through Service (ACTS), and the Prince William County Historical Commission. He also serves on the Prince William County School System Superintendant’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and is chair of the County-PWCS Joint Environmental Taskforce. He has a number of publications to his credit. In November of 2010, for example, he authored a book on Occoquan in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series and on April 1 his latest work, Hurricane Agnes in Virginia, will be released by the History Press. Recently, he authored an article on the law of private cemeteries in Virginia that appeared in Virginia Lawyer.
Long Range Planning Manager, PWC
David McGettigan, Sr. AICP is the Long-Range Planning Manager for the Prince William County Planning Office. His work in the Long Range Planning Division includes managing comprehensive plan amendments, special studies and other planning efforts. David was instrumental in the development of the new Housing Chapter of the County Comprehensive Plan. Prior to working with Prince William County David was a Development Review Specialist with the D.C. Office of Planning where he worked on campus planning, review of planned unit developments and the H Street, NE zoning overlay. Mr. McGettigan has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and a Master of Planning from the University of Virginia.
| In Person, KO Distilling: 10381 Central Park Dr STE 105, Manassas, 20110, VA, United States
|} March 22, 2024
| Friday, 10:00 am to 02:00 pm
|n Professional Development
| $40 PWAR Members $50 Guest
| PWAR's Professional Development Small Group