NEXT Arizona

ULI NEXT’s mission is to foster professional growth, develop strong industry relationships, build a personal brand, and promote knowledge-sharing through peer interaction for ULI’s emerging leaders.

NEXT Arizona

The application period for 2018-2019 ULI NEXT Arizona is now closed.  Applications for the 2019-2020 ULI NEXT Arizona program will be accepted in the Summer of 2019.  Additional details will be posted on this site as the 2019-2020 application period approaches.  For membership information, please e-mail Stephanie Handley (please hyperlink to s.handley@sharpconstruction.us).


ULI NEXT’s mission is to foster professional growth, develop strong industry relationships, build a personal brand, and promote knowledge-sharing through peer interaction for ULI’s emerging leaders. The focus is on how to:
•Take the lead
•Support each other in mid-career challenges
•Share best practices for effective leadership for both direct reports as well as managers

The Program

ULI NEXT Arizona consists of Peer Networking Flights of 10-12 participants that meet monthly for deep-dive discussions, professional development activities, and conversations with industry leaders. Emphasis will be placed on developing and growing strong relationships with other participants. ULI NEXT Arizona also features social events that provide the opportunity to get to know each other on an even more personal level.


NEXT members are current ULI members who are generally 35 +/- years in age with a minimum of 8 years’ experience in real estate, land use and development related industries.


Craig Krumwiede

ULI NEXT EmeritusPresident and CEO, Harvard Investments





Mathew Avrhami

ULI NEXT ChairRockridge Properties and Investments, LLCEmail Me

Denise Christensen, MRED

ULI NEXT Vice ChairProject & Transaction Associate, University RealtyEmail Me

Dustin Gaskey

ULI NEXT Vice ChairVP Builder and Commercial, Fidelity National Title Email Me

David Kinney

ULI NEXT Programs Chair & FacilitatorDirector of Underwriting, VEREITEmail Me

Stephanie Handley

Membership Committee Co-ChairSharp ConstructionEmail Me480.620.6813

Karen Gaabucayan

ULI NEXT CommunicationsEmail Me

Member Testimonials

“Entering the middle phase of your career can be daunting.  There are new responsibilities, new opportunities, and new challenges.  ULI NEXT Arizona aims to put it all in context to help continue your forward career momentum.”

-David Kinney, Director – Underwriting, VEREIT, Inc.

“NEXT helps foster new relationships on a more personal level while learning different perspectives of the business from other like-minded professionals in the industry. It is fun to get to know people outside of just “work”.”

-Kylie F. Cook, Director, Commercial Services, Thomas Title

“NEXT is the ideal vehicle for today and tomorrow’s leaders to continue to build off the strong foundation that ULI’s Young Leaders Group has created for us.”

-Dustin Gaskey – Vice President, Fidelity National Title Group

“ULI NEXT creates an environment that fosters positive interpersonal communications with peers and provides a welcome forum to discuss industry topics as well as life and career successes and challenges. It provides the opportunity to develop more personal relationships with peers that go beyond traditional networking alone.”

-Laura D. Etter, J.D., Chief of Staff – Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3, Maricopa County

“Each NEXT group is hand-picked to provide an ideal mix of experienced real estate industry professionals who are ascending in their careers and eager to establish and grow key relationships.”

-Stan Johnson, Partner, Quarles & Brady

“The NEXT program has fostered great relationships as well as insights on both common and unique challenges, opportunities and trends that we face as mid-career real estate professionals.”

-Mathew M. Avrhami, Rockridge Properties and Investments, LLC

“The ULI NEXT Arizona group is a unique opportunity to be able to network with so many like-minded and talented professionals facing similar career challenges and decisions. There is no better forum for the continued development of individuals in our industry.”

-Genine Student, VP – Senior Portfolio Manager, Commercial Real Estate, UMB Bank


Spring Training with ULI NEXT

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