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DRA announces new president, agency name

DRA Collective's Denise D. Resnik, founder and CEO, and Michelle McGinty, president.

Michelle McGinty has been promoted to president of DRA Collective, formerly DRA Strategic Communications. The announcement coincides with the firm’s 30th anniversary. DRA Collective is the new name for public relations and marketing firm DRA Strategic Communications, founded in Phoenix in 1986 by Denise D. Resnik. The new name refers to the agency’s collaborative approach… Read More →

DMB names new president and CEO

by in AZRE Magazine | Featured | Newsmakers

DMB Associates Inc. has named Brent Herrington company president and CEO, succeeding long-time DMB executive Charley Freericks.  DMB is an Arizona-based real estate investment and development company founded in 1984 by Drew Brown, Mark Sklar and Bennett Dorrance.  All three remain active members of the company’s board of directors, along with Susan Bansak and Bennett… Read More →

A look at a decade of ULI’s Trends Days


Trends Day is exactly as it sounds — and nothing as it sounds. It’s a day when thought-leaders congregate around panels, keynotes and between coffee cups about the latest trends in development. However, it’s much more than that. It’s one day a year when every decision-maker steps out of the C-suite and shares eight valuable… Read More →

ULI Arizona District Council announces advisory board members

by in AZRE Magazine | Blogs | In The Spotlight

The Urban Land Institute Arizona District Council (ULI) announced the following land use and real estate development industry leaders as new members of the ULI Arizona District Council Advisory Board: Rick Collins                                                 … Read More →

Trends Day Presentations and A Decade of Trends Video

by in AZRE Magazine | Brokerage | In The Spotlight

ULI Arizona Trends Day,  Wednesday, January 28, was 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… Read More →

ULI’s partnership forum for young leaders

road trip
by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

Some professional organizations have the foresight to funnel resources into mentoring young leaders for the sake of grooming the next generation of their respective industry as well as securing future involvement in the organization. According to ULI Arizona members, few organizations do it as well as the Partnership Forum. ULI Arizona’s Partnership Forum pairs a… Read More →

ULI brings urban planning to Phoenix high schoolers

Jim Belfiore still gets goosebumps when he describes ULI Arizona's UrbanPlan to his peers.

Jim Belfiore, CEO and President of Belfiore Real Estate Consulting, has spent nearly a decade volunteering to help high school students enrolled in economics classes understand the nuances of urban planning and development. In schools where UrbanPlan has been offered, enrollment in the class has “skyrocketed,” he says. Of ULI’s 52 district councils, 15 have… Read More →

Deb Sydenham: An agent of change

Podcast: GoVote Aims To Change Voter Turn Out
by in AZRE Magazine | Featured | Real Estate

Deb Sydenham joined ULI Arizona as executive director in September 2010 after nearly 20 years with the State of Arizona and nine years in the private sector. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and a member of the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). In 2012, she was… Read More →

ULI seeking real estate proposals for ‘Shark Tank’ event

ULI Arizona Shark Tank Flyer art

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona District Council is seeking proposals from local real estate entrepreneurs to showcase and pitch their projects at the popular ULI Shark Tank event.  Real money and expert deal making advice is at stake for successful candidates with real estate development experience, an active and interesting deal to discuss, and… Read More →

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

ULI Stage, WEB
by in AZRE Magazine | Industry Insiders

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… Read More →

David Knoll Joins Ryan Companies

David Knoll
by in Newsmakers

Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced David Knoll has been hired as Director of Development in the SouthCentral Region. In his new position, David is responsible for leading the pursuit of development projects in Texas. Additional responsibilities include site selection and land acquisition, due diligence, municipal and approvals, design and construction coordination, marketing and leasing, and… Read More →

ULI Seeking Proposals for Inaugural Shark Tank Event

by in Events | In The Spotlight

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona is seeking proposals from local real estate entrepreneurs to showcase and pitch their projects at the first annual Shark Tank event. Successful candidates will have real estate development experience, an active and interesting deal to discuss and the ability to make a concise and captivating presentation. All proposals will… Read More →

ULI Receives $12,500 Grant For ‘Reinvent PHX’ Program

by in Business News | Economy | Real Estate

The Urban Land Institute of Arizona has received a $12,500 grant to strengthen development opportunities between the City of Phoenix, educational and medical institutions, and the surrounding community that could include infrastructure or real estate development, workforce training, local purchasing and tailored services to expand customer base in surrounding neighborhoods for the “Reinvent PHX,” effort.… Read More →

Valley Leaders Join Forces To Envision The Future West Valley

Arizona Sunset - Future of West Valley
by in Blogs | Economy | Events | Real Estate

Over 100 Valley leaders convened on November 31, 2010 to develop a future vision for the West Valley in an exercise led by Leadership West.  Leadership West is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that convenes, educates and activates proven leaders in business, non-profits and government to leverage their time, talents and treasures to enhance the quality… Read More →