Dr. David Crowe
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, National Association of Home
Dr. Crowe is responsible for NAHB’s forecast of housing and
economic trends, survey research and analysis of the home building industry and
consumer preferences as well as microeconomic analysis of government policies
that affect housing.
Dr. Crowe is also responsible for the development and
implementation of an innovative model of the local economic impact and fiscal
cost of new home construction, which has estimated the net impact of new housing
in over 500 local markets. Past research has concentrated on home ownership
trends, tax issues, demographics, government mortgage insurance, local land use
ordinance impacts and the impacts of housing on local economies.
Before becoming NAHB’s Chief Economist, Dr. Crowe was NAHB’s
Senior Vice President for Regulatory and Housing Policy. Prior to NAHB, Dr.
Crowe was Deputy Director of the Division of Housing and Demographic Analysis at
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He has served on federal advisory committees to the Census Bureau
and to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Dr. Crowe holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky.
President/CEO and Director of Bridge Art Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc. (FIGG)
Linda Figg is President/CEO and Director of Bridge Art for Figg
Bridge Engineers, Inc. (FIGG), a US company that exclusively specializes in
bridges. FIGG bridges have received over 300 awards for customers, recognizing
economy, innovation and aesthetics. Linda served as the visual quality manager
for the new I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She serves on the board of
directors of the Construction Industry Round Table, an advocacy group of 100
CEOs from America’s leading engineering, architecture and construction companies
and is a former board member of the American Road & Transportation Builders
Association. She was named as one of
Engineering News Record’s
22 Top Newsmakers in 1998. Linda is a 1981 civil engineering graduate of Auburn
Her passion for aesthetics, sustainability and responsible
construction of the nation’s infrastructure has led her to focus on improving
the quality of life in communities.
Motor sport television color analyst and former race car
During his 17-year racing career, Derek competed against
world champions, raced for some of the world’s most successful teams,
won all over the world and was almost killed three times! His
experiences are breathtaking.
Beginning in 1985, Derek began a second career as one of
the most popular motor sport color analysts on ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS
Sports, Fox and the Speed Channel. In 1996, Derek partnered with BMW to
open the most advanced driver training/racing school in the US. In
2007, Derek launched a new race track design partnership with Paxton
Waters, a nationally known race track facility architect and planner.
Under the banner, Derek Daly Design (DDD), Derek will specialize in
bringing back some of the character of the great race tracks of the
world that has been lost over the past two decades.
With his native Irish wit, Derek presents powerful
analogies with straight forward and fascinating details. Drawing on his
original research on business with some of the legends of professional
auto racing, including Rusty Wallace, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti and
A.J. Foyt, Derek discusses why some individuals and teams fail to reach
their potential while others become successful and famous. Motorsports
teaches you how to succeed, adapt and change, overcome obstacles and
most of all how to work together as a team. The glamorous, success
oriented world of motorsports has demonstrated to Derek that it takes
more than just speed to give teams a major competitive advantage.