2023 Signature Housing Event - Guest Speakers

Join us for lunch on Thursday, November 17th, at the Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport for our Annual Signature Housing Event! OC Forum is honored to welcome our guest moderator Steve Churm (Churm|360), and our distinguished panel of guest speakers, including Chief Economist Steven Thomas (Reports on Housing), Alexa Washburn (National CORE), Dorian Harris (Bank of America) and Mike Forsum (Landsea Homes).


Click Here to get your tickets before they are gone. Meet our panelists for the program below!


Steve Churm, Founder & Principal, Churm|360

Steve Churm is the Founder and Principal of Churm|360. His professional career has spanned four decades as an award-winning Southern California journalist, a media entrepreneur and business owner, and a corporate communications executive. Formerly, Steve was Chief Communications Officer and EVP of Public Affairs for FivePoint Holdings, Inc. He currently invests his time offering his expertise to advise a broad range of clients, including CEOs, real estate and healthcare executives, non-profit leaders, and boards of directors, on strategic communications, media relations, community engagement, and public relations.


Steven Thomas, Chief Economist, Reports On Housing

With decades of real estate experience and a degree in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from UC San Diego, Steven Thomas developed Reports On Housing and is considered an expert in real estate housing trends. Reports On Housing started in 2004 to communicate what buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals were experiencing in the trenches, tracking demand, inventory, distressed homes, and market data at the county and city levels. Reports On Housing has been utilized and quoted in the press across the United States and worldwide, resulting in countless newspaper, television, and radio appearances. https://reportsonhousing.com/


Alexa Washburn, Senior VP Planning & Acquisitions, National CORE

For over 22 years, Alexa Washburn has been on the forefront of developing and planning affordable housing projects within California. She is the Senior Vice President of Planning & Acquisitions for National Community Renaissance and works to create affordable and sustainable spaces for the community. Washburn’s commitment has led to many highly successful affordable housing projects and her performance has been widely recognized across Southern California. Discover more about Washburn and the National CORE team by clicking the link below!

https://nationalcore.org/about-us/leadership/



Dorian Harris, Senior VP & Private Bank Market Leader, Bank of America

Dorian Harris is a Private Bank Market Leader for a team of Private Client Advisors, Private Client Managers, and other support roles in an expanding growth market in Los Angeles. Harris is a champion of Bank of America's inclusion culture through business onboarding, strategic growth initiatives implementation, market risks management, client retention, and branded client experience. In addition to his daily responsibilities, Dorian is passionate about giving back to his community. He currently collaborates with the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce to further drive efforts around financial literacy.


Mike Forsum, President, Landsea Homes

Mike Forsum serves as Landsea Homes’ President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Landsea Homes in 2016, Forsum spent seven years in private equity as a partner specializing in residential real estate investing and co-founded Starwood Land Ventures in 2008, an affiliated company of Starwood Capital Group Global. He has spent more than 30 years in the homebuilding industry as a senior level executive, leading homebuilding operations at KB Homes, serving as Division President of Ryland Homes, and as West Region President and a member of the North American leadership team at Taylor Woodrow/Morrison.

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