Small-Scale Developers Forum 2014

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March 24, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
March 25, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701 United States
(512) 439-1234
David Mulvihill, Vice President, Professional Development


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ULI Real Estate Entrepreneur Program

The Business of Building Communities

SMALL FIRM, BIG IMPACT: Deal Making, Key Decisions, and Case Studies for Adaptive Use in Emerging Neighborhoods 

Join other entrepreneurial developers who are focused on infill and smaller-scale projects for this unique ULI program. Through the ULI Executive Small Scale Development Program, you will have the opportunity to connect with peers in the industry from across the country. In addition to the in-person program, you will become part of a growing network of professionals sharing their experiences beyond the classroom.

As the first tier urban cores become highly competitive in this part of the cycle, what’s an entrepreneurial developer to do? Go to the emerging neighborhoods! Undiscovered first ring suburbs, second tier cities, core neighborhoods that are undergoing major transformation. These places may be too risky for the institutional investor, or require a more creative approach than the blue chip firms can muster. But entrepreneurial developers are on the forefront of changing the way neighborhoods look and live – making a difference and a living at the same time.

Join us in Austin, one of the country’s coolest towns and hottest markets where small developers and edgy projects are helping reshape the landscape. Hear case studies from around the country about how other small firms are reworking inner suburban assets into lively third places; creatively using temporary buildings to brand place and test markets; or re-thinking how projects are organized and financed. Specific skill trainings in marketing and finance will also be provided as part of the program curriculum.

Spend time with peers from around the country, exploring what it takes to do your own deals, and thrive in the forthcoming real estate run up.

As part of the ULI Real Estate Entrepreneur Program, this unique new course will also afford attendees the opportunity to interact with recognized industry experts drawn from ULI’s senior leadership. A thoughtful and lively panel discussion with these leaders will be followed by an informal networking reception and dinner, where attendees can engage the experts and one another in an exchange of ideas.

Principal Instructor

Jim HeidHeid_Full
San Francisco, CA

Heid is real estate developer, adviser, and author whose focus is the creation of new communities that contribute to their environment, region, and residents. In 2000, he founded UrbanGreen to act as a development partner and adviser to legacy landowners, institutions, and land development companies that embrace principles of sustainability.

With more than 20 years of experience in the design and development of new communities and urban infill and resort developments, Heid is known to effectively resolve the complex layers of community design and development using a variety of proven tools and best practices. He is motivated by the need to deliver high-quality developments to a broader market—in an increasingly complex world of entitlements and financing—without compromising environmental, economic, or place-making objectives.

Before founding UrbanGreen, Heid worked as a land planner and adviser with two of the country’s leading firms, Design Workshop (1987–1993) and EDAW (1994–2000), where he also served as chief operating officer and senior vice president. In 1994 he earned an MS degree in real estate development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The range of his experience gives him the ability to deal effectively with a multitude of issues and deliver a pragmatic, market-driven approach to innovative design solutions.

Senior ULI Leaders

These industry experts and senior ULI leaders will partake in a panel discussion, followed by an informal networking reception and dinner with program participants.

Jay Hailey
Austin, TX

John Walsh
TIG Real Estate Services, Inc
Dallas, TX

Bret Wilkerson
Managing Director
Hawkeye Partners LP
Austin, TX

Guest Speakers

Timothy Berry
Managing Partner
Pennybacker Capital, LLC

Steve Clark
Founder, Managing Director
Cypress Investors

Ryan Diepenbrock
PSW Real Estate

Jon Kitchell
Principal & Co-Founder
Venue Projects, LLC

Jeff Johnston
Cathartes Private Investments

Joshua Kahr
Kahr Real Estate Group

Howard Kozloff
Managing Partner
Agora Partners

Lorenzo Perez
Principal & Co-Founder
Venue Projects, LLC

Michael Powe
Senior Research Manager
Preservation GreenLab

Phil Sheumaker
Senior Managing Director
Hawkeye Capital Partners

Anthony Siela
PSW Real Estate

Larry Warshaw
Constructive Ventures

Brad Wiseman
Director of Planning and Development Services
City of Round Rock


ULI Members: $795
Nonmembers: $1,065

Registration fee includes tuition, course materials, reception/dinner, luncheon, and refreshments.

Cancellations, which must be made in writing or email to ULI Customer Service, will be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the start of the workshop to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be granted thereafter. You may, however, transfer your registration, without penalty, to another member of your organization.


Program Goals and Guiding Principles

  • Collegial: Participants will share problems, ideas, and solutions with people who are their professional peers and facing the same issues, joining an exclusive alliance of business peers. The program begins with registration as participants join an online community where they can begin to exchange questions and ideas.
  • Instructive: Experienced, senior-level ULI members and other professionals will present practical, experience-based operational best practices, as well as personal lessons learned in an intimate, interactive setting. Through both direct instruction and panel discussions, participants will learn strategies to take their company to the next level and enhance their own personal career fulfillment.
  • Participants will work together with their peers. They will draw on each other’s experience and build new relationships that will provide ideas for finding solutions to the business problems they face right now and will face long after the program ends.