Economic Outlook Breakfast

Addison, IL – Lorena’s Banquets hosted Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® and their Commercial Alliance Committee to bring market updates for both the residential and commercial 2023 real estate outlook. Joining Mainstreet for the event were two powerhouse guest speakers.  


Illinois Intersect CEO, Dan Seals at the Economic Outlook Breakfast

The first keynote speaker is Mr. Dan Seals CEO of Intersect Illinois, who oversees all developments for marketing, sales, financing and personnel for this public private company. He presented a unique yet factual breakdown of the Illinois economy, while simultaneously examining microcosmos within the state to showcase potential growth markets. One specific example Dan Seals used is that Illinois has a $1 trillion economy, which if we were a stand-alone country puts this state as the 18th largest economy in the world. Quickly trailed by that fact is that Illinois has the fifth largest GDP in the nation. Dan Seals continues showcasing Illinois as a titan of commerce identifying Chicago as the number one city in the country for business relocation. Dan Seals is directly responsible for attracting new business for Illinois under the flag of Intersect Illinois. He lobbies with various business leaders and owners to highlight the benefits of rooting an identity in Illinois. The Economic Outlook Breakfast broadcasts several potential growth markets in 2023 for both commercial real estate and residential real estate. 


Dr. Anthony Chan at the Economic Outlook BreakfastDan Seals is a tough act to follow. Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® was prepared for the opportunity by inviting Dr. Anthony Chan to the podium. Back by popular demand, Dr. Chan has spoken at Mainstreet events prior to the 2023 Economic Outlook Breakfast. He has an extensive career and education history, including Economics Professor at the University of Dayton, Senior Economist at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Government Securities, Chief Economist for JP Morgan and a panel member for the Blue-Chip Monthly Forecasting. With more than 700 public speaking appearances, Dr. Chan took the stage to discuss his forecast for the 2023 global economy 


Dr. Chan spotlights his chat with a trader from a prominent (albeit unnamed) financial institution and the word from the inner circles of his associates stated a critical piece of information about the financial markets. Dr. Chan states, “the Federal Reserve is not going to be raising interest rates as aggressively as people think.” He takes that statement one step further, saying, “The raise to a 5.1% interest rate projection is high. The Federal Reserve is trying to slow down inflation. In order to do this, they almost must scare you. Rates will rise, but they may only rise to 4.4% by the end of this year.” Dr. Chan is a nonpartisan, which means his findings are defined strictly by data and his presentations are absent of influence from any sources. He aims to afford listeners receive bias-free information and then decide for themselves what it means.
  Group photo of speaker Dan Seals, Karen Kramford, Rebecca Jensen, Dr. Anthony Chan, Debbie Pawlowicz, and John Gormley

Mainstreet was able to organize the Economic Outlook Breakfast and invite Dan Seals and Dr. Anthony Chan in cooperation withthe support of Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) LLC and their CEO Rebecca Jensen. For any attendees who have not had a chance to do so, please click here to fill out the short survey and be entered for a chance to winan amazing prize! 

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-Wesley Rusick 

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® 

Content Writer