Chris Fair Speaker Profile

A futurist, marketing strategist and facilitator, Chris Fair holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston and has married his marketing expertise with futures methodologies to help a wide variety of countries, cities and communities create development strategies, plans, and brands that shape the future of places around the world.

A member of the Urban Land Institute Recreational Development Council, a member of the Project for Public Spaces Leadership Council, and an adjunct instructor in Placemaking at New York University, Chris frequently speaks on tourism, real estate and economic development trends to organizations such as Destinations International, the Urban Land Institute, CEOs for Cities, International Downtowns Association, European Cities Marketing, Institute of Place Management and numerous city, state and national tourism conferences.

He has been featured in Fast Company magazine and is a frequent commentator on social trends for leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Globe & Mail, and The Economist.

In 2013, Chris was recognized as the “Place Branding Thought Leader of the Year” at the World Sense of Place Summit for his development of place branding research and methodologies.

He most recently designed Resonance Consultancy’s World’s Best Cities index which analyzes and ranks hundreds of global cities based on a unique benchmarking model that blends core statistics with millions of consumer ratings and reviews in 27 different categories. The result is a measure of the relative attractiveness (for talent, investment and tourism) and “place equity” of one city to the next. (Source: LinkedIn)

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