Insider's View of the Housing Market is Focus of UNH CEO Forum Nov. 19
Media Contact:  Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 4, 2009

DURHAM, N.H. –The impact of the economy on the housing market, and the rental market in particular, will be the topic of the next University of New Hampshire CEO Forum Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.

“Insider’s View of the Current Housing Market” begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and networking, with breakfast to follow at 8:30 a.m. The program at the New England Center begins at 9 a.m. 

The program features UNH alum Bryce Blair, ’80, chairman and CEO of AvalonBay Communities. The company owns 174 apartment communities in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Bryce will discuss the history and growth of AvalonBay from a regional division of a private company to one of the largest publicly traded apartment companies in the United States. He also will discuss the impact of the economy on the housing market, and the rental market in particular.

Blair previously held positions as chief operating officer and senior vice president of development, acquisitions, and construction, and has overseen the development of more than $10 billion of multifamily assets. Prior to joining AvalonBay, he was a partner with Trammell Crow Residential.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UNH.

Initiated in 1997, the UNH CEO Forum is an outreach program of the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics and the UNH Graduate School serving CEOs, presidents, and senior managers of companies in northern New England. The forum provides its members with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their peers in business and industry in an informal setting. The UNH CEO Forum is sponsored by the law firm of Pierce Atwood, Ocean Bank and Snowden Associates. For more information about the CEO Forum, visit

Please register for the forum by Monday, Nov. 10, 2009. To register for the forum or become a member of the UNH CEO Forum, call Barbara Draper at 603-862-1107, or e-mail her at The event is free to members and $49 for nonmembers.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 11,800 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students.