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Dr. Robert Dietz, Chief Economist
National Association of Home Builders

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research.  Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.  He has testified before Congress on housing, economic and tax issues.  Robert is the nation's leading expert on home construction analysis and trends and has been cited and appeared on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and other news media.  He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.

 
Ivy Zelman, CEO
Zelman & Associates

As Chief Executive Officer of Zelman & Associates, Ivy Zelman, holds roughly 25 years of experience covering housing and housing-related industries. Founded in October 2007, Zelman & Associates provides analyses across all aspects of the housing spectrum. Ivy’s concept for the firm remains strongly rooted in the ability to perform thematic research overlaid with proprietary surveys to produce unparalleled differentiated value added research.

Ivy continues to be frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal and appears occasionally as a guest on CNBC. For the past 22 years, Institutional Investor has recognized Ivy as one of the most preeminent figures within the housing industry. Most notably, Institutional Investors - America Research Team rankings placed Ivy and her team with eleven 1st place rankings (1999 – 2004, 2006 – 2007 and 2010 – 2013). Ivy achieved this record over the years, most notably when she called the top of the housing market in 2005. In addition, she reinforced her dominant reputation in the industry by calling the bottom of the housing market in January 2012.

Ivy received a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University and currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband David and their three children, Zoey, Zachary and Zia.