Arthur C. Nelson

"The future of concrete in building construction."
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, NRMCA Opening General Session,
Encore Ballroom 4-8

In recent years, building codes have changed allowing for engineered wood in low-rise buildings. What are the implications of these changes to the future of concrete in building construction? Dr. Arthur C. Nelson will present new research addressing this question.

Dr. Arthur C. Nelson is a Presidential Professor at the University of Utah where he is director of metropolitan research. Dr. Nelson is the author of more than 20 books (many translated into foreign languages) and more than 200 other publications worldwide. His research has shaped public development policy and private real estate investment strategies. Dr. Nelson’s insights have appeared on the front page of USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and have been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly. He has earned major teaching and research awards at every institution he has served, including Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Dr. Nelson’s students have won numerous prestigious national awards.


Anirban Basu

"Markets, he wrote:  Looking for clues into the economy's direction."
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, NRMCA-NSSGA Joint General Session,
Encore Ballroom 4-8

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Indonesia. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others. 

In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee. He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves similar functions for Visit Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and Marcum, LLC.  

He currently lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy. He has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins. 

In both 2007 and 2016, the Daily Record newspaper selected Mr. Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

Mr. Basu has been on many boards over time, including First Mariner Bank, the Baltimore City Public School System, Port Discovery, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Union Memorial Hospital. He is currently on the boards of the Lyric Opera House, the University System of Maryland Foundation, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School System.

Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School Of Law.



Corey Lewandowski

Former Campaign Manager, Donald J. Trump, Inc. for President, Co-Founder, Avenue Strategies
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, NRMCA-NSSGA Joint General Session,
Encore Ballroom 4-8

The 2016 presidential race will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most unpredictable election cycles of all time. Throughout the turmoil, twists, and turns that led to the eventual election of President-elect Donald Trump, one veteran political strategist read the signals of American sentiment more accurately than anyone else: Corey Lewandowski. After joining Donald J. Trump, Inc. for President in January of 2015—when the team was comprised of just three people—Lewandowski served as Campaign Manager through June of 2016. During that time, he effectively ran the most-discussed and unconventional campaign of all time. Bold and unapologetically aggressive in both strategy and delivery, Lewandowski helped Trump do what nearly every pundit and analyst said could not be done by defeating a wide field of presidential hopefuls including Secretary Hillary Clinton. Days after he left the Trump campaign, he was named a CNN political commentator, a role he filled through the end of 2016. He is co-founder of Avenue Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in politics and government affairs.

Lewandowski received a master’s degree in political science from American University before working for Republican political officials and even running himself as a write-in candidate in a state election. He formerly worked alongside Koch advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, and for four years worked for Republican Congressman Bob Ney. He served as campaign manager for the 2002 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire, and also graduated from the New Hampshire police academy. He worked for four years as a New Hampshire state police officer, leaving that post in 2010. He also served as executive director of the New England Seafood Producers Association, and worked for strategic communications firm Schwartz MSL. Lewandowski is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and American University.