Robert M. Sharpe

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Robert M. Sharpe is the president of Sharpe & Associates, a real estate brokerage, investment, and land development firm. He has been a managing partner in more than 50 real estate ventures, involving thousands of acres of raw land, and he has sold over 10,000 lots in the Tucson, Arizona, area. He is currently developing Rancho Sahuarita—a 3,000-acre, master-planned community with a variety of amenities, in the town of Sahuarita, Arizona—which he helped incorporate in 1994. Over the past ten years, Rancho Sahuarita has closed on more than 5,000 homes, maintained a metropolitan area market share between 8 and 18 percent, and consistently been one of the top-selling master-planned communities in the country. Sharpe graduated from Arizona State University in 1975 and received a JD from the University of Arizona in 1982. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, currently serving as the council counselor for the Community Development Councils, a governor, and a ULI trustee. As part of his longstanding relationship with ULI, Mr. Sharpe recently published a discussion paper, Residential Futures: Thought-Provoking Ideas on What’s Next for Master-Planned Communities, in partnership with the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.