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ULI Arizona takes on new leadership with Steven La Terra

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 2.59.31 PMLongtime ULI leader Steven La Terra, Managing Director and Principal of Paradigm Private Equity Holdings, has been selected as the new Chair of the Urban Land Institute, Arizona District Council (ULI Arizona), serving on a voluntary basis for a two-year term that starts July 1.

La Terra, a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute has been actively involved in ULI since 2004 and is currently the District Council Vice Chair with responsibility for Mission Advancement. His extensive volunteerism at ULI locally includes District Council Treasurer, Trends Day Chair, a Partnership Forum Mentor since 2012, and Programs Committee Chair. At the ULI national level, he served as the Chair of the Residential Neighborhood Development Council.

La Terra is highly engaged in land use and real estate development endeavors through his professional work as well as his volunteer efforts with ULI and the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council. His charitable work includes several leadership positions within the Executive Council, EC70 Charities (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs) and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Development Certificate from the Masters of Real Estate Program at Arizona State University.

“Our district and national councils are the foundation for ULI’s collective impact. They make an incredible difference in the quality of our work and the fulfillment of our mission,” said ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips.

La Terra is Managing Director and Founding Principal of Paradigm Private Equity Holdings, L.L.C., a land investment and lot banking company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Paradigm controls approximately 1,000 residential lots and is actively selling finished lots to production homebuilders through rolling option structures in Metropolitan Phoenix. Over the last 20 years, La Terra has purchased or funded more than 20,000 residential lots throughout the United States. Prior to forming Paradigm, he served in Principal and Senior Executive positions with Taro Properties, Land Advisors Capital, APEXCapital and Acacia Capital Corporation.

“I look forward to this opportunity to serve ULI Arizona, and advance ULI’s tradition of knowledge sharing and mentoring through the district council network,” La Terra said. “As a neutral convener, ULI creates forums for highly effective information exchange where members representing vastly different markets can share ideas and best practices. It is one of ULI’s great offerings.”

ULI Arizona is also pleased to announce the following industry professionals will be rounding out the District Council leadership team – Gary M. Linhart, Managing Director of ViaWest Properties LLC is the incoming Vice Chair, and Heidi Kimball, Senior Vice President of Sunbelt Holdings is the incoming Treasurer. Both have been extensively involved in ULI leadership positions locally and Linhart is Chair of the Small Scale Development Council (Gold Flight).

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ULI Arizona announce Eloy AzTAP discussion

ULI Arizona announced its upcoming Arizona Technical Assistance Panel (AzTAP) for the City of Eloy.  A group of eight prominent real estate and development experts will meet in the City of Eloy for an all-day panel discussion examining redevelopment opportunities for the city’s downtown, main street area.  This AzTAP is being underwritten by a grant to ULI Arizona from the Union Pacific Building America Foundation.

AzTAP was initiated by the ULI Arizona District Council to afford high-level land use and real estate professionals opportunities to help Arizona communities with local development challenges and planning issues.  AzTAP offers guidance to Arizona municipalities, counties, regions, and non-profits on a variety of unique land use planning, development, and redevelopment issues and opportunities.

ULI Arizona’s goal is to make some of the best and brightest talent and thought-leaders in the industry available to local governments.  The interaction between panel experts, local communities, residents and other stakeholders builds opportunities for strong public and private sector collaboration to build thriving Arizona communities.

DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 9:15a – 4:30p

LOCATIONS:
Eloy Santa Cruz Library
1000 N. Main Street, Eloy, Arizona 85131

VOLUNTEER EXPERTS:                  Moderator:

Mark Stapp, Executive Director, MRED / W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Panelists:

– Trevor Barger, President, Espiritu Loci

Dana Belknap, Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy

– Susan Demmitt, Member, Gammage & Burnham

– Lani Lott, President, L.L. Consulting

– Joe McClure, Principal, McClure Consulting

– Silvia Urrutia, Director Housing & Healthcare, Raza Development Fund

– Keith Watkins, Senior Vice President, Economic / Rural Development, Arizona Commerce Authority

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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: RICK REILLY

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

TEAM 1 

Clint Bolick, Vice President, Goldwater Institute

Jonathan E. Johnson III, Chairman, Overstock.com

TEAM 2 

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

 

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ULI Arizona announces joint event with AIA Phoenix Metro

Contrasting ideas can create tension, but are necessary when it comes to successful development projects.

That is the theme for the next ULI Arizona main program, titled “Design and Development – Two Perspectives,” the first joint event with AIA Phoenix Metro.

The program is scheduled for June 3 at the Montelucia Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The program is from 3-5 p.m. with a networking reception to follow.

The industry wants to build healthy, financially sound, and sustainable environments for the generations to follow. But definitions of success and professional perspectives can vary.  Is it possible not only to reconcile contrasting visions, but to find new opportunities for collaboration in the process?  The answer is yes.

Confirmed speakers include moderator Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA, Chair, ULI Arizona District Council; Martha Abbott, LEED AP bd +c, Principal and Studio Leader, SmithGroupJJR; Paul Blue, Director, Community and Economic Development Department, City of Phoenix; Community and Lifestyle Studio Director, Gensler; Andy Byrnes, Owner, The Construction Zone. Ltd.; Wendell Burnette, AIA, Architect, Wendell Burnette Architects; Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development; Dave Elrod, Regional Manager, DPR Construction; John Graham, President and CEO, Sunbelt Holdings; and Karrin Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Entitlements Officer, DMB Associates.

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AzTAP lends a hand for success

When cities face complex land use and real estate issues amidst a multitude of opinions and interests, ULI Arizona helps make experts in the industry available to provide strategic advice. Amy Malloy, senior development manager at Macerich, joined ULI Arizona’s Technical Assistance Panel (AzTAP) committee eight years ago after receiving AzTAP assistance for downtown redevelopment while working in Apache Junction.

Now, she’s on the other side of the program as the ULI Arizona AzTAP committee vice-chair and, along with other AzTAP committee members, works closely with different sponsor communities to coordinate one- to two-day panel programs that provide objective, nonpartisan guidance to local jurisdictions on specific development challenges. Interdisciplinary panel teams are chosen for their specific knowledge and the holistic examination that they provide to help resolve local issues.

“This is a rewarding program to be involved in giving back to Arizona municipalities,” Malloy says, adding, “I think ULI is just such a valuable organization to look critically and intuitively at smart land use.”

For the past four years, the Union Pacific Building America Foundation has helped underwrite AzTAP costs enabling smaller communities to benefit for this resource. Interest for this program is souring statewide, ranging from rural counties dealing with open space preservation issues to small town central business districts and main street revitalization.

Malloy says it takes several months to prepare for an AzTAP, from developing briefing materials to picking the right panel of industry experts and working with local officials and stakeholders to define the scope of questions that will frame the panel discussion. The sponsor community prepares a briefing book of local economic and demographic information and often arranges a site tour to provide panelists on-the-ground perspective into local conditions.

“AzTAP panels are able to look critically at community problems,” she says. “Sometimes a panel offers back to basics strategies which can be a wake-up call, because we offer external perspectives that aren’t mired in local politics, the guidance can be particularly effective.”

This was evident in the Town of Carefree. The day after the panel, the town formed a steering committee to begin implementing suggested changes.

“People sitting separately at the beginning of the day were now sitting together,” says Malloy. “The town manager was the unsung hero in all of this. He was trying his hardest to get these divergent interests in one direction. Fortunately, the AzTAP was the tool that helped bring people in line. The light bulb had gone off.”

Carefree Mayor David Schwan agrees. “The AzTAP program created energy in both the town staff and the economic stakeholders in Carefree,” says Schwan. “Building owners, landlords, merchants and restaurant operators were all enthusiastic about the process of the AzTAP. The recommendations of the meeting are being used in a full-scale economic study of Carefree possibilities. In my view, the AzTAP was a critical first step to move forward with a sound plan for economic development in Carefree.”

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8th Annual ULI Arizona Trends Day Conference Rolls Out the Industry's Top Experts

 

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona is rolling out the industry’s top experts Tuesday, Feb. 12, at its 8th Annual Trends Day at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.

Highlighting the day-long event will be keynote speaker John C. Cushman III, chairman of the board, Cushman & Wakefield.

This year’s theme is “The Way Forward: Emerging Trends in 2013.” Industry experts scheduled to speak include:

Tyler Anderson, CBRE; Craig Barrett, Intel Corp.; Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts; John Graham, Sunbelt Holdings; Michael IlesCremieux, Meritage Homes; David Larcher, Vestar; and Kurt Rosene, The Alter Group.

New this year will be a panel moderated by Grady Gammage Jr. that will focus on the impact of pro sports on local land use and real estate development. That panel will feature Michael Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals; Jerry Colangelo, JDM Partners; Steve Patterson, ASU; and Robert Sarver, Western Alliance Bancorporation.

ULI Arizona will offer a special tribute to real estate development icon and founder of the Arizona District Council, Lee T. Hanley, who passed away last year.

Tuesday’s event begins at 7:15 a.m. with registration; the networking reception begins at approximately 5 p.m. Walk-up registration will be accepted the day of the event. For more information: arizona.uli.org.

 

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

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.

ULI’s ongoing involvement with “Reinvent PHX,” unites decision-makers in one-on-one or small group settings surrounding public-private partnership strategies for community revitalization and “shared-value” community investment options.

“We are thrilled to receive the grant to aid the City’s Reinvent PHX, it validates the work completed to date and provides new opportunities for implementation,” said Deb Sydenham, ULI Arizona’s Executive Director. “We look forward to using the money to create lasting partnerships that encourage positive community development.”

The expected outcome is a community-wide understanding of public-private opportunities between the City of Phoenix and anchor institutions. “Reinvent PHX” is targeting key decision-makers representing Gateway Community College, Arizona State University, St. Joseph’s Hospital, University of Phoenix and many others.

In addition, the ULI Arizona District Council will lead a series of ongoing expert facilitated forum(s) on public-private partnership opportunities. Discussions will surround district parking facilities, employee/student housing and real estate development to encourage strategic and mutually beneficial industry clusters.

The money received for the program will support ULI priorities such as considerable relevancy and focus on the “Creation of Resilient Communities,” and “Connecting Capital and the Built Environment Through Value,” goals.

Interested parties should contact Deb Sydenham, Executive Director, ULI Arizona (602-449-7921) to find out more about the grant ULI received or about “Reinvent PHX.” For more information on ULI Arizona visit www.arizona.uli.org.

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ULI Arizona Receives Grant For "Reinvent PHX" Program

 

The Urban Land Institute of Arizona 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.

ULI’s ongoing involvement with “Reinvent PHX,” unites decision-makers in one-on-one or small group settings surrounding public-private partnership strategies for community revitalization and “shared-value” community investment options.

“We are thrilled to receive the grant to aid the City’s Reinvent PHX, it validates the work completed to date and provides new opportunities for implementation,” said Deb Sydenham, ULI Arizona’s Executive Director. “We look forward to using the money to create lasting partnerships that encourage positive community development.”

The expected outcome is a community-wide understanding of public-private opportunities between the City of Phoenix and anchor institutions. “Reinvent PHX” is targeting key decision-makers representing Gateway Community College, Arizona State University, St. Joseph’s Hospital, University of Phoenix and many others.

In addition, the ULI Arizona District Council will lead a series of ongoing expert facilitated forum(s) on public-private partnership opportunities. Discussions will surround district parking facilities, employee/student housing and real estate development to encourage strategic and mutually beneficial industry clusters.

The money received for the program will support ULI priorities such as considerable relevancy and focus on the “Creation of Resilient Communities,” and “Connecting Capital and the Built Environment Through Value,” goals.

Interested parties should contact Sydenham (602-449-7921) to find out more about the grant ULI received or about “Reinvent PHX.”

For more information on ULI Arizona visit arizona.uli.org.