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