Trends Day 2017

ULI continues to innovate this sought after event ensuring that we provide the most relevant and timely information for Arizona decision-makers as they contemplate ways to ensure vibrant and competitive communities statewide – the 2017 event promises to be unrivaled.

Trends Day 2017

Trends Day 2017 Speaker PowerPoints
Paving the Way: Economist, Kevin Thorpe, Global Chief Economist, Cushman & Wakefield
Quick Hit- Phoenix Beyond the Tipping Point: More Than Sunshine and Cheap Labor, Chris Camacho, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Build Outside the Lines: Office Revolution, Experiential Retail, and Advanced Industrial, Rick Collins, Regional President, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
 Trends Day 2017 Quick Hit Audio
Quick Hit- The Future is Now,
Brian David Johnson, Futurist in Residence, Center for Science and the Imagination, and Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Quick Hit- Phoenix Beyond the Tipping Point: More Than Sunshine and Cheap Labor, 
Chris Camacho, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council



February 23, 2017

J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Grand Canyon Ballroom
5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Thank you to our Title Sponsor:


Thank you to our Media Sponsor:



Thank you to our VIP Dinner Sponsor:


Thank you to our Green Room Sponsor:


Thank you to our Breakfast Sponsors:

Raza Development Fund

Snell and Wilmer

Adapt.  Disrupt.  Create.

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.


Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by: Raza Development Fund and Snell & Wilmer

Steve LaTerra, Managing Director, Meyers Research, LLC, and Chair, ULI Arizona District Council
Jim Pierson, Senior Vice President, Walker & Dunlop, and Chair, Trends Day 2017

Paving the Way: Economist
Session Sponsor: Cushman & Wakefield
Gain Insight into the forward-thinking dynamics moving our economy from a local, regional, and national perspective as Kevin Thorpe, past recipient of the National Association of Business Economics Outlook Award for the most accurate economic forecast, addresses studies and statistics on topics ranging from employment to treasuries impacting the supply-demand fundamentals of our ever-adaptive economy and commercial real estate industry.
Kevin Thorpe, Global Chief Economist, Cushman & Wakefield

Quick Hit – The Future is Now
Session Sponsor: Gammage & Burnham
What if the cutting-edge technology we are all looking to utilize in our homes, businesses and developments is completely obsolete in three years? How do we know as employers and consumers what to design, purchase and invest in? Brian David Johnson will share key insights on the future of disruptive technology, highlighting trends we can expect to see in the coming years.
Brian David Johnson, Futurist in Residence, Center for Science and the Imagination, and Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Disruptive Technologies and Real Estate: De-Mystifying the Details
Session Sponsor: CBRE
Block Chain Technologies, Smart Building and Mesh Networks, Future-Casting, Autonomic Vehicles. Hear from the experts at the forefront of these emerging and disruptive technologies that are reshaping the commercial real estate industry. This panel will delve into how different aspects of these technologies are impacting investment strategy, transportation and the built environment in unexpected and innovative ways.
Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA, Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University – Moderator
Ryan Abbott, Senior Vice President and Southwest Area Manager, Sundt Construction
Brian David Johnson, Futurist in Residence, Center for Science and the Imagination, and Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Peter Kirby, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Factom

Unlocking the Value: The ROI of Building Healthy Communities
Session Sponsor: Vitalyst Foundation
Does designing to promote healthy choices result in an ROI for developers? Researchers have shown that the built environment – the way we design not only communities, but individual properties – affects the lifestyle decisions people make, which, in turn, affect health. From what we eat to how we commute, community design impacts choices. Is there a business case for private developers to intentionally build healthier communities and address change at the local level?
Charley Freericks, President, Freestone Holdings, LLC – Moderator
Jeremy Hudson, Partner and CEO, Specialized Real Estate Group
Doug Jutte, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health
Marilee Utter, CRE, FRICS, Founder and President, Citiventure Associates LLC

Quick Hit – Phoenix Beyond the Tipping Point: More Than Sunshine and Cheap Labor
Session Sponsor: Communities Southwest
Nationwide, cities that attract leading-edge companies and educated, creative-class workers – including sunbelt metros like Austin and Denver – offer more than just Greater Phoenix’s traditional advantages of quality of life, low operating costs, and a large, talented workforce. The most successful cities have thriving innovation ecosystems, authentic arts, culture, restaurant and bar scenes, and vibrant mobility options. Chris Camacho will discuss why Greater Phoenix is now experiencing an influx of new-economy companies from other cities – notably Silicon Valley – like never before, with other companies being launched here seemingly every week.
Chris Camacho, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Phoenix Beyond the Tipping Point: Leading-Edge Employers Speak Out
Session Sponsor: Holualoa Companies
The influx of innovative employers growing in Greater Phoenix has generated national attention, with recent feature articles in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine. Leading-edge companies are taking advantage of a wealth of talent, proximity to West Coast innovation hubs, and an innovative ecosystem of entrepreneurs and community leaders, combined with quality of life for employees to build their careers and personal lives. Hear from executives of these companies about the unique advantages that attracted them to move to and grow in our city.
Chris Camacho, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Phoenix Economic Council – Moderator
Ori EisenFounder and Chief Executive Officer, Trusona
Brenda Schmidt, MS MBA, Founder & CEO, Solera Health, Inc.
Alexi Venneri, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Air Strike

Build Outside the Lines: Office Revolution, Experiential Retail and Advanced Industrial
Session Sponsor: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
The office revolution, experiential retail and advanced industrial segments continue to change the face of commercial real estate. Going beyond just a discussion of creative office spaces, learn about new technologies and methodologies being adopted by office users. With the continued growth of e-commerce and the speed by which product needs to be handled, learn how industrial buildings are becoming smarter, faster and stronger. With the recent success of experiential retail and the continued growth of online shopping, listen to key insights into the new face of retail and how e-commerce and brick and mortar locations are no longer being viewed as mutually exclusive.
Rick Collins, Regional President, Ryan Companies US, Inc. – Moderator
Mark Detmer, SIOR, CCIM, Managing Director, Industrial, JLL
Heather Personne, Principal, Point B
Mark Stratz, Vice President, Office Group, Cushman & Wakefield

Networking Lunch
Sponsored by:  Colliers International and DAVIS

Keynote: Reimagining Community in the Age of Empowerment
Session Sponsor: The Grand at Papago Park
We are in the midst of a period of great change at work, in the marketplace and in our communities. Hierarchies are flattening, the traditional “American Dream” is being re-examined, and unprecedented access has created a culture of empowerment. With information at our fingertips and platforms to share opinions, people can create their own niche communities. The time has come to challenge conventional thinking and explore bold new approaches to relationship building and community formation. Supported with cutting-edge research and category-leading case studies, Kim Lear will decode trends, shifts and disrupters that can be used to create a roadmap in building standout experiences in the marketplace, workplace and in our communities.

Kim Lear, Founder, Inlay Insights

Pro or Con: The Trends Debate
Topic: The Great Divide – Supply-Side vs. Invest to Grow, Arizona Libertarianism and The Wild, Wild West of Tax Policy
Session Sponsor: Ryan Companies
Arizonans must determine the most effective way to increase the state’s prosperity and economic growth. This lively conversation will explore the philosophical debate around public investment, the likely outcomes of a failure to invest, and what we can do to assure that Arizona will prosper. And don’t be surprised if there is a curve ball or two…
Steven A. Betts, Senior Advisor, Holualoa Companies
Grady Gammage, Jr., Partner, Gammage & Burnham
Grant Woods, Attorney, Grant Woods Law and former Arizona Attorney General

Developing Multifamily: A Multifaceted, Multidisciplinary and Multigenerational Enterprise
Session Sponsor: Alliance Residential Company
The Multifamily Rental Market remains strong nationally and in Metro Phoenix. Listen to local and national multifamily experts discuss the factors impacting inventory demand, what consumers are expecting from today’s multifamily product, how the debt and equity markets are evaluating deals and what the future looks like on the multifamily landscape.

John Cunningham,
Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, JLL – Moderator
Katie Bloom, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Jeff Thompson, Chief Financial Officer, P.B. Bell Companies
Jonathan A. Watson, Director, AEW Capital Management, L.P.
Bob Weston, Chief Financial Officer, Alliance Residential

Building the Future: What’s on the Housing Horizon?
Session Sponsor: Alliance Bank
Three CEOs of major homebuilding companies will discuss the residential land market in Arizona and how we expect to compete nationally going forward. They will share their perspectives on growth and geographic targets as well as discuss how they are adapting their business models to reflect the impact of industry hurdles and market conditions.
Nate Nathan, President, Nathan & Associates, Inc. – Moderator
Steve Hilton, Chairman and CEO, Co-Founder, Meritage Homes Corporation
Sheryl Palmer, President and CEO, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation
Larry Webb, Founder and CEO, The New Home Company

Closing Remarks

Networking Reception
Sponsored by: Nathan & Associates, Inc. and Shea Homes

Thank you to all of our Trends Day Sponsors.  View the entire list of sponsors here.