Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes covered a wide range of topics including tax reform, healthcare, NAFTA and even President Donald Trump during his speech “Navigating the Economy for Business Growth and Success,” which was presented by NAIOP South Florida, a Commercial Real Estate Development Organization.
The event kicked off NAIOP South Florida’s revamped programming initiative, which is designed to bring the expertise of global thought leaders and influencers to its members in South Florida.
“It was an incredible evening and the feedback we received from our membership was stellar,” said NAIOP South Florida Executive Director Jules Morgan. “With the economy dominating the conversation on a global level, Mr. Forbes’ insights on trade and policy are more relevant than ever, especially to our members, who actively shape and participate in the regional business community.”
Following the presentation, which drilled deep into key factors that influence the national economy such as tax reform, budget initiatives, labor and employment rates and trends, social security, Medicare, healthcare and insurance, 401Ks and IRAs, free markets and more, Forbes fielded questions from commercial real estate industry attendees about NAFTA, international relations and President Trump.
“So far, his bark is very loud, but his bite has been very reasonable,” said Forbes in reference to Trump’s position and actions regarding NAFTA. “On NAFTA, there’s a lot of cleanup needed. It was made 25 years ago and there are parts in there that don’t exist anymore due to the emergence of the digital age. If they confine it to cleanup, updating the thing and making some tweaks here and there, it will be a positive thing.”
In 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned for the Republican nomination for the presidency. His newest book is “Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity.”
Event sponsors included Avison Young, Bridge Development Partners, Brody & Associates, City National Bank, Marcus & Millichap and Risk Strategies Company.
NAIOP is a commercial real estate development organization. It provides strong advocacy, education and business networking opportunities and connects its members through a powerful North American network.