The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance Advisory Board is composed of senior real estate professionals who work together to seek innovative solutions and advocate carbon emission reduction.
Ronald P. Weidner
Founder, ULI Greenprint Center
Founder & CEO, PLB Capital Partners
Ronald Weidner is the former chief investment officer and a member of the board of Allianz Real Estate. Weidner has more than 30 years of experience in real estate lending, investment management, and operations, as well as corporate banking in Europe and the United States. Throughout his career, he has focused on building new businesses for German- and U.S.-based firms expanding into markets outside their home countries.
Prior to joining Allianz, Weidner held the position of CEO, international, for the Mills Corporation, a U.S.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) engaged in the development, leasing, and management of regional shopping centers in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
From 1999 through 2004, Weidner was a member of the board of KanAm International and founding partner of WestWind Capital Partners, an affiliate of the KanAm Group. WestWind Capital was an investment adviser and asset manager focused on acquiring and managing large Class A office properties and regional shopping centers in the United States and Europe.
Charles B. Leitner III
Chairman, ULI Greenprint Center
President, Berkshire Property Advisors
Charles Leitner is chairman of the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, a nonprofit organization created by a global alliance of leading real estate investors to spearhead the industry’s drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating value in property portfolios.
Prior to his involvement with Greenprint, Leitner served as chairman and global head of RREEF, the global real estate investment management business currently owned by Deutsche Bank. He joined RREEF in August 1988 after seven years of investment industry experience and became a partner in the firm in 1996. In 2001, Leitner assumed overall responsibility for RREEF’s U.S. real estate acquisition business. Deutsche Bank acquired RREEF in 2002 and, in 2004, Leitner became the global head of RREEF. In that capacity, Leitner led the globalization of the real estate and infrastructure businesses of Deutsche Asset Management under the RREEF brand. Prior to joining RREEF, he was associated with TIAA and GE Capital in real estate finance.
Leitner has served as a director for a variety of real estate entities including Dexus, a listed property trust in Australia, and DB Real Estate Investment GmbH, a Germany-based manager of global real estate funds. He is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute, on the board of directors of the Pension Real Estate Association, a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable.
Leitner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he serves as a trustee and a member of the Athletic Board of Overseers.
Kenneth W. Hubbard
Vice Chairman, ULI Greenprint Center
Executive Vice President, Hines
Kenneth Hubbard is a 30-year veteran of all phases of real estate development, management, and acquisition activities. He transitioned recently from his EVP/CEO position to become an entrepreneurial partner with Hines, currently working on various initiatives for the East Coast and the firm.
As a board member of Duke University, Hubbard serves on the Facilities and Environment Committee. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Urban Land Institute, where he cochairs the Climate, Land Use, and Energy Committee. Hubbard remains active on the National Real Estate Council of the Trust for Public Land and the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Real Estate for the World Economic Forum.
Managing Director & Co-Head of European Business, Pramerica Real Estate Investors
Raimondo Amabile is Co-Head of Pramerica’s European business and
serves on Pramerica’s Global Investment and Management Committee.
Before joining Pramerica, Raimondo was Managing Director and Head of European Business Development in addition to Head of Southern and Eastern Europe at Tishman Speyer. Earlier Raimondo was a Founding Partner at Realty Partners, an independent fund and asset management company in Italy. He was also a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing Group and was a Senior Associate with GE Capital Real Estate’s European Acquisitions Team.
Raimondo has a degree in Civil Engineering from Facolta’ di Ingegneria diNapoli and a PhD in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Facolta’ di Ingegneria di Padova.
Albert P. Behler
President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Group
Albert Behler spent the majority of his early career at Thyssen Handelsunion AG, where he held leading positions in the Middle East and the United States. Since October 1991, he has been president and chief executive officer of New York−based Paramount Group Inc. Established in 1968, Paramount remains one of the largest foreign full-service real estate organizations, with a solid track record in investment acumen. Behler is an active member of seven boards.
Chief Executive Officer, Jones Lang LaSalle
Colin Dyer has overall responsibility for guiding Jones Lang LaSalle’s strategic direction and growth, and for chairing the firm’s global executive committee. He is a member of the board of directors for this leading integrated global real estate services and investment management firm. Under his leadership, the firm’s revenues have more than doubled through organic growth and 33 strategic acquisitions. Dyer began his career as a client manager at McKinsey & Company.
Scott M. Kelley
Founder & CEO, Aetos Capital Real Estate, LP
Mr. Kelley is the founder and CEO of Aetos Capital Real Estate, LP and has led each of the ACA funds. He has been responsible for making more than 50 investments in Japan, China and Korea totaling more than $10 billion in asset value. He has built a team of approximately 75 employees and a fund portfolio with companies that employ approximately 900 people in Japan and China. Mr. Kelley is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, McIntire School of Commerce Advisory Board, Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute and The Executive Committee of Greenprint Foundation, and is a former director of the National Multi-Family Housing Council and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Prior to launching the ACRE business in 2001, Mr. Kelley was at Morgan Stanley for 14 years where he led a number of the most innovative and important real estate transactions globally and was responsible for all international client matters. He was also a member of the Investment Committees for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) I, II and III and the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Special Situations Fund. Mr. Kelley received a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Masters in Management with Distinction from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Principal, GLL Real Estate
A founding partner of GLL Real Estate Partners, Gerd Kremer has been both a principal and managing director since its inception. For the 11 years prior to creating GLL, Kremer was a senior manager with HypoVereinsbank, Germany´s then-second-largest bank, where he worked in international banking and finance focused on the institutional sector.
Kremer is widely credited as being one of the first to introduce international real estate funds to the German institutional market in the early 1990s, managing the structuring and formation of a range of commingled real estate funds representing approximately €2 billion in assets. He was a board member of one of the first funds dedicated to central and eastern European property investing.
Portfolio Manager, CalPERS
Eric Schlenker is a portfolio manager within the real estate unit of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). He oversees the management of the strategic domestic portfolio and the urban portfolio, valued at over $27 billion.
Prior to joining CalPERS over five years ago, Schlenker was a project developer in the Sacramento office of SARES Regis, a west coast development and management firm. He has 25 years of real estate experience, earned his master’s degree in planning and development studies from USC, and has been a member of ULI for the last 15 years.
Chairman, LaSalle Investment Management
In her role as chairman at LaSalle Investment Management, a global real estate money management firm investing in private real estate as well as publicly traded real estate companies on behalf of institutional and individual investors, Lynn Thurber advises the firm’s senior management team and serves as a member of several investment committees and advisory boards. She also chairs the Jones Lang LaSalle committee for the firm’s co-investment activity.
Thurber is a member of the board of Duke Realty Corporation, a U.S. publicly traded REIT; an adviser to Clerestory Capital Partners LLC, a global real estate fund of funds investment manager; a member of the board of Investa Property Group, an Australia-based real estate owner, developer, and fund manager; and a member of the Real Estate Information Standards Board. She is serving as the 2013−2015 chairman of the Urban Land Institute. Thurber formerly chaired the Pension Real Estate Association, and is also a past member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and the board of the Toigo Foundation. She is a member of the Chicago Network and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.
Thurber earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Wellesley College.