Dodge Data & Analytics appoints Richard Branch chief economist

Dodge Data & Analytics, a provider of construction analytics, has chosen Richard Branch as chief economist, succeeding Robert Murray, who retired in August.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience as an economist, Branch has served as senior economist at Dodge for 10 years. As chief economist, his primary focus will be to ensure Dodge’s continued pre-eminence in tracking, analysing and forecasting North American construction activity, and to work closely with clients as well as national, regional, and trade media to share this insight. This includes continued execution of the monthly Dodge Momentum Index, National Construction Starts research, and Dodge Construction Outlook—a reference for the industry.

Additionally, Dodge has expanded manager of forecasting Kim Kennedy’s role to include director of forecasting and will co-author the annual Outlook report and flagship quarterly Construction Market Forecasting Service publications. A member of Dodge for more than 20 years, Kennedy has more than 30 years of professional experience in construction economics, macroeconomics, consumer, and labour economics.

Both executives will be present at the 81st Annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference to be held in Chicago on 31 October. Branch will keynote the event and present the 2020 Outlook report findings – which include a deep dive of current and future construction opportunities across the US and beyond. The data explores trends, issues and the construction market forecast for the year ahead.

For those interested in attending Outlook, Dodge’s ‘Early Bird’ rate has been extended through mid-September. To learn more or to register for the event, please visit:



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