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Connor Lokar

Connor Lokar

Connor Lokar

Speaker and Senior Forecaster

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University of Michigan

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Few economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage. From the intimate executive retreat to trade association keynotes, he delivers with charm and candor, rousing and enlightening all who attend his talks.

As a millennial, Connor brings a new perspective to the world of economics, delivering ITR’s industry-leading accuracy to current C-suite executives while forging connections with the next generation of business leaders.

Connor specializes in construction but consults and presents to businesses across all industries, helping them grow revenue and remain profitable through an everchanging business cycle.


Jeff Chastain, Public Relations Director of E.C. Barton & Company

"When we first decided how we were going to approach outside economic forces at our event, we weren't sure how we could do it without losing the audience. Not only did Connor Lokar keep a diverse group of retail store managers, operations and purchasing team members and our leadership entertained, but they ranked it among their favorite program for the event. From a meeting planner standpoint, Connor was the ultimate professional. He arrived early, was easy to accommodate and navigated the stage and room with professionalism. He also peppered his presentation with humor and relatable insight that truly reached the audience. Our employee owners left the room with a better understanding of their state and national economy, and are now armed to make decisions with a clear understanding of how the big picture affects their individual operation."


Nasrin Azari, President of Mobile Reach

"I was very impressed by Connor's presentation, especially his (relatively) easy to understand explanations of economic market forces. He is a very confident and engaging speaker who is able to keep his audience engaged and instill information that actually sticks with you well beyond the date of the event!!"


Garett Graubins, Bestop

"Connor was fantastic and we were happy to have him. He was knowledgeable and personable; everybody spoke highly of his presentation!"


Paul T. Stalknecht, President and CEO of Air Conditioning Contractors of America

"Connor is an engaging speaker who is able to present a tremendous amount of economic data in a light-hearted and meaningful way. His mainstage event at ACCA’s Annual Conference provided HVAC contractors with a medium-term economic outlook, enabling them to prepare their businesses for the changes that are expected in the U.S. and world economies. I’ve had the pleasure to watch Connor speak at numerous HVAC industry events, and I always learn something new. ACCA looks forward to working with him and ITR at future events, and we always welcome his wit and wisdom!"

Hardwood Floors Magazine

Time to Act?


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2020: A Rebounding


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2020 Commercial HVAC Market


ESICA Review

Fall 2019 Conference Highlights


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