Partnership Forum

The mission of Partnership Forum is to foster an exchange of professional ideas, friendship, and expertise among young real estate professionals and industry veterans. This program matches young professionals (mentees) with experienced professionals (mentors) for guidance and support, while offering mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with the young future leaders of the local real estate community and ULI.

Partnership Forum

The application process for the 2019/2020 Partnership Forum Program has now closed.  The deadline to apply was April 2016, 2019.    Applicants will be contacted mid-May with acceptance decision.  If you have any questions, please contact


Ben Geelan

Partnership Forum Co-ChairDirector, HFFEmail Me602-648-8712

Mollie Jackson

Partnership Forum Co-ChairDevelopment Coordinator, Jackson Commercial Real EstateEmail Me480.794.0142

Ashley Nye

Partnership Forum Co-Chair; Project Manager, Point BEmail Me480-258-9940

The Program

Partnership Forum is a mentorship program that connects ULI young professionals (Mentees) with established industry leaders (Mentors).  The group-style format focuses on career guidance, industry education, leadership skills, and peer-networking. This unique experience also offers our mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with the young future leaders of the local real estate community and ULI. Currently in our 14th year, we have successfully provided over 900 Young Leaders with mentorship and career support.

Critical Factors

The Partnership Forum Program is guided by 5 Critical Factors:

Commitment – It is essential that every member be committed to the Forum in order to create the type of atmosphere necessary for success. Members who place a high priority on the Forum arrive on time, are fully attentive and respectful of other members, participate with vigor, stay until the conclusion of the meeting, and arrange their busy calendars with the Forum in mind. Attendance at the monthly meetings is mandatory.

Confidentiality – Participants must have total certainty that matters discussed will remain confidential. It is essential for the Forum that members of the group do not breach confidentiality – this creates the ideal environment for sharing and learning. A breach in confidentiality will be treated as a resignation from the Program.

Leadership – A concerned, committed, and experienced Mentor is vital to the success of Partnership Forum. The Mentor serves as a strong leader and emphasizes that leadership is shared across the group. Each member is responsible for the success of the Forum.

Structure – Each Partnership Forum group consists of 10-12 members and is led by one Mentor. The program runs for one year and the meetings are monthly. Meetings include roundtable discussions, case studies, social events, project tours, guest speakers, or anything else mutually agreed upon to further the relationship among the group. To guarantee a true ULI experience, assignment of participants follows the method used for Product Councils, ensuring a cross-section of professional backgrounds in every group.

Culture – Partnership Forums mirror the cultural norms of ULI, such as openly sharing mistakes made and lessons learned. Partnership Forum allows Young Leaders to be introduced to the culture of ULI and helps set them up for a long commitment to the organization.


Tyler Anderson

Vice ChairmanCBREEmail Me602.735.5557

C. Joseph Blackbourn

Partnership Forum CaptainPresident / CEO, Everest HoldingsEmail Me480.860.6500

Pete Bolton

PresidentThe Pete Bolton CompanyEmail Me602.399.0367

Rick Collins

President/SouthwestRyan Companies, US, Inc.Email Me602.322.6142

John Divall

Email Me480.860.3162

Heidi Kimball

ULI Arizona Vice ChairSenior Vice President, Sunbelt Holdings Email Me480.609.2304

Steve Lindley

Executive DirectorCapital Markets, Cushman & WakefieldEmail Me602.682.8241

Lorenzo Perez

Principal & CEOVenue Projects, LLCEmail Me602.689.0194

Tom Roberts

Executive VP, Chief Investment OfficerVEREIT, Inc. Email Me602.778.6440

Jordan Rose

Founding PartnerRose Law Group, PC Email Me480.505.3939

Mark Stapp

Executive DirectorW.P. Carey School of Business, ASUEmail Me480.965.8517

Mentors Emeritus

Andrew Conlin

PresidentConlin & Company, Inc.Email Me602.820.2100

Charley Freericks

ULI Arizona ChairFounder and Principal, Freestone Holdings, LLCEmail Me602.421.3280

Daniel “Buzz” Gosnell

PresidentDWG Phoenix, LLCEmail Me602.524.1870

John Graham

President and CEOSunbelt HoldingsEmail Me480.609.2303

Gary M. Linhart

Managing DirectorViaWest GroupEmail Me602.957.2806

Steven La Terra

Managing DirectorMeyers Research LLC Email Me480.225.0580

Jeff Mongan

Senior Vice PresidentThe Athens GroupEmail Me602.648.6520

Heather Personne

PrincipalPoint BEmail Me602.738.0916