A hallmark of 21CBEC, The Design House on the Expo Floor features high-caliber speakers and industry leaders sharing actionable business insights as well as inspiring and empowering lessons.
Follow the signs and look for the house facade on the Expo Floor. Here’s what you can expect in The Design House this year:
Housing Economic Forecast with Mark Vitner
Wednesday, September 11
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Tickets $35, includes breakfast

Mark Vitner is a managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. In this breakfast seminar, he will share valuable economic insights for the residential housing industry in the Carolinas and the Southeast. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Vitner provides regular updates on the housing markets, commercial real estate, regional economies, consumer spending, and issues impacting small business.

My Motivation: Lessons Learned Through A Career In The NFL with Steve Smith
Wednesday, September 11
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Tickets $45, includes lunch

One of the NFL’s best wide receivers, Steve Smith Sr., will share an inspiring and empowering message about the lessons learned from his record-setting career. Selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, Smith played 13 seasons for the Carolina Panthers and made five Pro Bowl appearances. Smith went on to play for three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and then retired after the 2016 season.

High Production Builder Breakfast with Robert Dietz
Thursday, September 12
8:00 am – 9:30 am
By invitation only

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. During this by-invitation-only breakfast, he will provide an economic outlook for the residential building industry in the Carolinas and the Southeast.

NAHB Design Trends Forecast
Thursday, September 12
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tickets $15

Today’s homes have to keep up with the changing ways we live and what home buyers expect. In this seminar, award-winning designer Laura Sullivan, president of ID.ology Interiors & Design in Asheville, NC, will cover the hottest architectural styles, design features and materials sweeping the country and how to make them work in your market.

Where Does The Housing Market Go From Here? with Jeff Meyers
Thursday, September 12
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Tickets $40, includes lunch

The housing market is hot now. But will the trend continue? Jeff Meyers advises top national home builders as president and founder of The Meyers Group – the largest market research company serving the home building industry. Hear his insights and learn how to position your business for growth in the Southeast’s top real estate markets.