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Recap: Career Evolution Program – Development Session

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By: Frank Futia On May 10th, 2017, ULI New York hosted Career Evolution: Insights from Across the Industry, where real estate professionals from across the industry gathered at K & L Gates LLP in Midtown to hear valuable career insights from leaders across the industry. During the dual-panel event attendees were given the opportunity to hear from leaders in the development or institutional investment worlds about how the professionals decided where they fit in the industry and when they expanded or changed their roles. The development panel, moderated by Daniel … Read More

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Recap: Career Evolution Program – Investment Session

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By: Moritz Rothacker On May 10th, 2017, ULI New York hosted a professional development program with speakers from the development and institutional investment worlds. Margaret Blakey (Russell Reynolds Associates) moderated the investment session with speakers Jenna Gerstenlauer (Sound Mark Partners) and Andrew Holm (Ares Management). The panel examined the question of how professionals decide where they fit within the industry and when to expand or change roles. There were several key takeaways from this program. It is very common for professionals to dislike certain aspects of their role, but a … Read More

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Gowanus TAP Recap

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On April 24 and 25, 2017 ULI New York members completed a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. This ULI New York TAP was made possible through generous grant funding from The New York Community Trust. The Urban Land Institute was awarded a $100,000 grant in July 2016 to raise awareness and encourage the use of resilient building practices in New York City, and to foster a greater understanding among the public and private sector nationwide regarding the many benefits of building for resilience. Through this … Read More

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2017 ULI Spring Meeting Roundup

The 2017 ULI Spring Meeting was held in Seattle, Washington, May 2-4. The ULI Spring Meeting provided an exclusive opportunity for Full Members to connect with every sector of real estate, building relationships by bringing together top decision-makers and industry experts from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. A series of seminars and candid discussions with thought leaders on the most important topics and trends in real estate took place; with a special keynote address from former Vice President, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 2017 Spring Meeting Roundup HIGHLIGHTS ULI is its Members … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Michael Montante – Uniland

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“Five Minutes With…” Michael Montante, Vice President at Uniland – developer of the Delaware North Building in Buffalo, winner of the 2017 ULI NY Awards for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development. What features of your project are you most proud of, and why? The Delaware North Building and its entire campus is a project dedicated to improving a neighborhood due to its strategic location in the Central Business District (CBD) of Buffalo, NY. We are most proud that we took an underutilized, contaminated site and a distressed building and transformed them into … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Jon Cicconi – SOM

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“Five Minutes With…” Jon Cicconi, Associate Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – architects of The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground, winner of the 2017 ULI NY Awards for Excellence in Institutional Development. In your opinion, what distinguishing features contributed to your project’s selection? The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground is a net-zero-energy facility that serves as a prototype for future New York City public school buildings. In order to achieve this new standard for energy performance, we had to invent … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Matthew Rosenbloom – GFI

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“Five Minutes With…” Matthew Rosenbloom, Senior Development Associate at GFI Development Company – developer of The Beekman Hotel & Residences, winner of the 2017 ULI NY Awards for Excellence in Hotel Development. In your opinion, what distinguishing features contributed to your project’s selection? The Beekman is truly a special project. The uniqueness of the architecture of the historic building including The Beekman’s signature turrets and character-defining atrium set the building apart from its peers. The ability to repair and restore the Landmarked structure and marry it to the neighboring 51 story ground … Read More

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ULI Health Leaders Program – Applications Open Until June 2

The ULI Health Leaders Network will facilitate creative collaborations within the fields of public health, planning and design, and development, and empower participants with actionable knowledge on development and design strategies that improve health. Participants in the first cohort will be expected to participate in two in-person forums, one of which will be held in conjunction with ULI’s Fall Meeting in Los Angeles (October 24-27, 2017) and one to be held in May 2018. These forums will focus on leadership development and network building. Health Leaders are also expected to participate … Read More

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Recap: YLG Peer to Peer w/ ULI NEXT New York

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ULI New York’s Young Leaders hosted a special panel – YLG Peer to Peer: Navigating the Next Stage of Your Career – featuring members of the esteemed ULI NEXT New York group. This discussion enabled those in attendance to hear from industry leaders that were not too long ago in the audience themselves. The panelists, Carolee Fink (NYC EDC), Michael Ferry (DDG) and Ruth Ann Blankenheim (Harbor Road Holdings), shared their individual ‘paths’ to where they are today. With Mehul Patel (Midwood Investment & Development), as moderator, the conversation was enlightening. Right … Read More

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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Paul Travis – Washington Square Partners

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This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ features Washington Square Partners’ founder and managing partner Paul Travis. He talks about his mentor, favorite NY building, and what makes him proud of City Point – an Awards for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development finalist. Who was the most influential person who left a mark on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you? Bruce Ratner. He always told me not to be satisfied with the same answers everyone else is getting, but rather to think out of the box … Read More

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