Valley Partnership prides itself on being the premier organization for responsible development. One important facet of that role is developing the industry’s up-and-comers.
In 2014, Valley Partnership launched its Advocates program for its young professional members who are under the age of 35. Over nine months, the group of 20 advocates meet with mentors from various sectors of commercial real estate. The inaugural program began last August and has included sessions hosted by prominent figures from DMB Associates, Inc., Vestar, Arizona State Land Department, Ryan Companies, Sunbelt Holdings, Evergreen Development, ASU and Macerich/WDP Partners. As AZRE reported last June, many of the sessions are hosted by Valley Partnership board members and other industry experts.

Valley Partnership is accepting applications for the 2015-16 class, which can be submitted here. The deadline is August 31 and the fee is $350.

“As someone who didn’t know much about real estate development, I found the program especially interesting and educational. I would highly recommend it to others. You also get to meet and interact with high level development professionals in the Valley,” says 2014 advocate Alex Walton of First/Bank.