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Don’t miss ULI Arizona Trends Day

ULI Arizona Trends Day is a one-day deep dive bringing together 25+ top industry experts to discuss the most current state and national real estate trends, with a focus on what to expect in the future, where the best opportunities can be found, and how these components affect both public and private sector partners. Trends Day is a “state of the state” conference with more than 900 attendees. This year marks the 10th annual Trends Day for ULI Arizona.

Attendees can expect a lively and informative exchange debuting this year as The Trends Debate. Two teams will explore the topic of Incentives – are they crony capitalism or necessary tools for promoting and attaining strategic economic goals?

When:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 7:15am – 4:00pm

Where: The Phoenician – Grand Ballroom | 6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale


Keynote speaker Rick Reilly is an award-winning journalist and legendary sportswriter. He will share his unique perspective, wit, wisdom, and hilarious tales of his 30 years in sports. He is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame and has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times.

Agenda & Speakers:

7:15am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00am | Welcome

Wellington Reiter, FAIA, Chair, ULI Arizona District Council

Heidi Kimball, Trends Day 2015 Chair

8:15am | Paving the Way: Economist 

Ted Jones, Senior Vice President and Economist, Stewart Title

8:45am | Leveraging the Core: Infill Development and Redevelopment 

Manjula Vaz, Partner, Gammage & Burnham- Moderator

Mike Ebert, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Development, RED Development

Wm. Timothy Sprague, Co-Founder and Principal, Habitat Metro Inc.

Scott Stiteler, Chief Executive Officer, Stellar Homes, Inc. and Tucson Urban LLC

9:30am | Investment Pathways: Crowdfunding Quick Hit 

Justin Hughes, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Realty Mogul, Co

9:40am | Revving the Economy: Phoenix Open & Super Bowl 

Chris Camacho, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) – Moderator

Ray Anderson, Vice President of University Athletics and Athletics Director, Arizona State University

Michael K. Kennedy, Co-Founder and Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy

Eric P. Grubman, President, Business Ventures at National Football League (NFL) & Executive Vice President, NFL

10:25am | Consumer Rules: Retail Quick Hit 

Martin W. De Rito, Chief Executive Officer, De Rito Partners

10:35am | Capitalizing the Future: Capital Markets Quick Hit 

Steve Lindley, Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets, Cassidy Turley

10:45am | Why Arizona? Employer and Site Selectors 

Ioanna Morfessis, President and Chief Strategist, IO.INC. – Moderator

Amy Gerber, Executive Vice President, Business and Economic Incentives, Jones Lang LaSalle

Lawrence Mehren, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Accelerate Diagnostics, Tucson

Michael Trout, Vice President – Human Resources, State Farm

11:30am | Increasing Opportunities: Tucson Quick Hit 

Joe Snell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO)

11:40am | Networking Lunch 

12:45pm | ULI Update 

Debra Z. Sydenham, FAICP, Executive Director, ULI Arizona

1:00pm | Keynote: My Mulligan Life 

Rick Reilly, Award Winning Journalist and Legendary Sportswriter

1:45pm | Pro or Con: The Trends Debate 

Rebecca L. Burnham, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig – Moderator


Clint Bolick, Vice President, Goldwater Institute

Jonathan E. Johnson III, Chairman, Overstock.com


Grady Gammage, Partner, Gammage & Burnham

Steve Betts, President, Chanen Development Co., Inc.

2:30pm | Create and Innovate: Office and Industrial Quick Hit 

Molly Carson, LEED AP, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies

2:40pm | The Same Yet Different: Bridging the Generational Divide 

Kimberly S. Lear, Generational Expert and Millennial, BridgeWorks

3:10pm | Expanding Horizons: Land and Residential Market View 

Nate Nathan, President, Nathan & Associates, Inc. – Moderator

Steve Hilton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Meritage Homes Corporation

Sheryl Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Morrison, Inc.

Jeff Meyers, President, Meyers Research

Larry Webb, Chief Executive Officer, The New Home Company

3:55pm | Closing Remarks 

Heidi Kimball, Charley Freericks and Stan Shafer

4:00 – 5:00pm | Networking Reception 

4:30 – 6:30pm | Masterplan Jam at The Phoenician Estrella Theater


ULI Stage, WEB

Spreading Prosperity: Innovation and Job Growth for Arizona’s Future

With the quality of panelists and speakers assembled for ULI Arizona District Council’s 9th annual Trends Day, the theme — “Spreading Prosperity” — was apropos.

Where else but at ULI’s Trends Day does an audience of almost 900 real estate and business leaders get to hear some of the industry’s top experts talk about spreading prosperity as it relates to innovation and job growth for Arizona’s future?

ULI Arizona District Council Chair Duke Reiter opened with remarks about this being a time of transformation. Trends Day Chair Tom Johnston said the day was all about best practices. Dr. Matthew Croucher, an economist with APS, offered his take Arizona’s economy – past present and future.

Lynn Thurber, ULI National Chairman and Patrick Phillips, ULI National CEO were both in attendance to discuss the connections between health and the built environment, and the opportunities to use real estate investments to help improve the health of people and create more thriving communities.

Panels included such Valley leaders as GPEC President Barry Broome, pro sports icon Jerry Colangelo, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta, former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee CEO Jay Parry, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and Chandler Economic Development Director Chris Mackay.

The keynote address, delivered by Alex Steffen, co-founder of Worldchanging, was an inspiring, yet provocative analysis of global trends – past, present and future.

Optimism ruled the day; a welcome change from years past.

By Peter Madrid, Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.