David Belman is a second-generation homebuilder in Milwaukee; a Real Estate Broker, Realtor®, Certified Construction Professional CCP, and CAPS Certified Contractor. He graduated from Carroll University with a B.A. in Business Management & Marketing. David has over 24 years experience in single-family construction, land development, condominiums, and Real Estate. He is President of Belman Homes, and Belman Builders, which is one of the top 10 largest home builders in the Metro Milwaukee market.
He served Past President of the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) 2016, and Past President of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) 2017 as well as a Director at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). David is the Wisconsin Trustee for the National Association PAC fundraiser and current Board of directors for the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). David has won numerous industry and national awards including: 2020 Emerging Leader Waukesha County, 2017 Waukesha Freeman Citizen of the Year, Best Young Entrepreneur for North America from the Business Excellence Forum, Best Company Culture for North America, NAHB Young Professional of the Year Award, and Wisconsin Builders Association Rising Star award. Belman Homes is a multiple Parade of Homes People’s Choice award winner. In addition his firm as won the Top Choice Award for Best Builder in Milwaukee six years running, among many others accolades.
David hosts a podcast called the Home Building Hero which educates consumers on industry trends, news, how-to’s and much more. To date he has recorded nearly 200 episodes that have been downloaded over 100,000 times.
David’s vision for Belman Homes is to give back to the community and industry. David builds homes for Operation Finally Home (OFH). Operation Finally Home provides a mortgage-free home to a wounded war hero in order for them to transition back to a civilian life. His team recently completed their 6th mortgage free home in 2020 for Army Sergeant Daniel Cappo and are planning the 7th home in Wisconsin. Working with the building trades and the community David helps oversee the project and several annual fundraisers to support the cause.
Dale Knapp is the Director of Research and Analytics for the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) and the Director of Forward Analytics, the research arm of WCA. Prior to joining WCA, Mr. Knapp was with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance for almost 18 years, serving as its Research Director for 16 years.
He has published research and analysis on a variety of economic and public policy issues facing the State of Wisconsin, with the most recent focus on the state’s demographic challenges and rural economies. He has also researched and written extensively on Wisconsin school finance, the state economy, and state fiscal health.
Mr. Knapp has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, completed a master’s in Applied Economics at Marquette University, and is A.B.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Robert Dietz is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for the National Association of Home Builders, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. He has published academic research on the benefits of homeownership, federal tax policy, and other housing issues, and has testified before Congress on real estate policy issues. He is often cited on housing and economic issues in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and other media sources. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, where he was the committee’s real estate expert. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University.
Chris Herbert is Managing Director. Dr. Herbert has extensive experience conducting research related to housing policy and urban development, both in the U.S. and abroad. A key focus of his research has been on the financial and demographic dimensions of homeownership, and the implications for housing policy. Having previously worked at the Center in the 1990s, Herbert rejoined the Center in 2010 from Abt Associates, to serve as the Director of Research. In this role, Dr. Herbert led the team responsible for producing the Center’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing and its biennial America’s Rental Housing reports, essential resources for both public and private decision makers in the housing industry.
Dr. Herbert was named managing director of the Center in 2015, and oversees the Center’s diverse sponsored research programs, its local and national conferences and symposia, as well as its student fellowship programs, designed to help train and inspire the next generation of housing leaders. He is also a Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Department of Urban Planning and Design.
Dr. Herbert is co-editor of A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality (2018) and Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis (Brookings Institution Press, 2014). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Freddie Mac and a member of the Advisory Board of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. He holds a PhD and Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.
Lynn Fisher serves as the Senior Advisor for Economics to FHFA Director Mark Calabria. Fisher joined FHFA from the American Enterprise Institute where she was a Resident Scholar and Co-Director of the Housing Center. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Research and Economics at the Mortgage Bankers Association and served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington State University.
Fisher received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Penn State University, where she concentrated in real estate finance and microeconomics. Fisher’s work has been published in a variety of academic and industry outlets, and she speaks regularly to academic and industry audiences