August 2018 Industry Speakers

Industry Speakers

Conrad S. Ciccotello
Reiman School of Finance, University of Denver

Conrad S. Ciccotello is the Director/Professor of the Reiman School of Finance in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He is a graduate of the Suffolk Law School and a member of the Pennsylvania and Supreme Court Bars. In 1993, Dr. Ciccotello completed his Ph.D. in Finance at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ciccotello’s primary research interests are in law and finance, with an emphasis in financial intermediation and services. He has over 60 publications including articles in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, Financial Analysts Journal, American Business Law Journal, and the Journal of Corporation Law. Dr. Ciccotello has received research grants from TIAA Institute, Kauffman Foundation, the William Davidson Institute, and the Financial Planning Foundation. He is the author of the first two chapters in Mutual Funds: The Blackwell Series in Finance. Dr. Ciccotello’s research on the financial advisory profession is cited in the Federal Register and his paper on market timing of mutual funds is entered into the Congressional Record as Senate Banking Committee testimony.

Dr. Ciccotello currently serves as a Research Fellow in the TIAA Institute. He was the Editor of Financial Services Review from 2001-2007 and the Executive Director of the Huebner Foundation from 2012-2016. From 2008-2017, he served as the investment consultant for the defined-contribution retirement plan of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Ciccotello is highly visible nationwide, having been quoted in a wide variety of venues, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Consumer Reports, and Investment Advisor. He has also appeared on the Weather Channel and been featured on Men’s Health Live and National Public Radio programs. Outside of the U.S, Dr. Ciccotello teaches a course in wealth management in Poland at the Poznan University of Economics and Business.

Prior to becoming the Director of the Reiman School, Dr. Ciccotello held faculty positions at Georgia State University, the Pennsylvania State University and the US Air Force Academy. An undergraduate engineer (Lehigh University, 1981), Dr. Ciccotello has seven years of professional experience in project engineering and management. Since 2004, he has served as an independent director and audit committee chair for the Tortoise Capital Advisors’ (TCA) Funds. In 2011, TCA was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Financial Services.

Eric C. Thompson
Karl H. Nelson Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Bureau of Business Research
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Eric C. Thompson is the Karl H. Nelson Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Thompson’s research on the national and Midwest economy examines competitive factors affecting state and local economic growth, the impact of agriculture on the economy, and economic development. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a past Co-Editor of Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy and is co-author of the 2008 book Entrepreneurship in Nebraska: Conditions, Attitudes and Actions. His research has appeared in the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics, World Development and American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

C.A.R. is a statewide trade organization with more than 195,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.

Mark Woodworth
Senior Managing Director
CBRE Hotels Americas Research

Mr. Woodworth is Senior Managing Director of CBRE Hotels | Americas Research based in Atlanta. Mark has over 35 years of hospitality industry advisory experience. Before joining CBRE, Mr. Woodworth was a Partner and Industry Chairman of the Hospitality Industry Consulting practice for Coopers & Lybrand L. L. P.

Mr. Woodworth has been quoted on hospitality issues in such noted publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Barron’s, USA Today, The Financial Times and numerous industry publications. Furthermore, Mr. Woodworth is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, is a Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer at Cornell University and is a member of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Conference of Business Economists as well as the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Finance Committee of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the School Council at Henderson Mill Elementary and advises the Georgia Hospitality & Lodging Association. He also completed a three-year term on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University.

Mr. Woodworth has managed and conducted consulting assignments, involving both the public and private sectors, throughout the U.S. He has worked for the industry’s leading lenders, developers, chains and management companies and has dealt with all aspects of management contract negotiation, operations, development and financing. Mr. Woodworth has been qualified as an expert and has testified in contract-related litigation and/or bankruptcy matters in New York, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and the U.K. regarding hospitality properties.