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ULI-Atlanta selects members of its 2015 Center for Leadership class

By Maria Saporta

The Urban Land Institute of Atlanta on Tuesday announced the members of its “Center for Leadership Class of 2015” – the largest class since the program was launched in 2009.

The mission of the Center is to “cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industries how the Atlanta region gets built.”

New logo for CFL - ULI thanks Michael Phillips, co-chair of CFL

New logo for CFL – ULI thanks Michael Phillips, co-chair of CFL

The program helps professionals collaborate with their peers as well as gain insights and life management skills.

The program is organized around eight full-day seminars over nine months that include presentations, panel discussions, property tours and small group activiites.

“ULI’s Center for Leadership is an amazing opportunity to meet real estate professionals from almost every facet of the industry,” according to Matt Mason of Legacy Partners, who is chair of the 2015 Center for Leadership and an alumni of the 2011 class. “Government, nonprofit, legal, construction, design, development, operations and brokerage disciplines are all represented.”

The members of the 2015 class are as follows:

James Alexander, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Andrew Allman, Regent Partners

Dee Dee Beaty, Atlanta Housing Authority

Jason Braga, Mercy Housing Southeast

Caleb Brenneman, LaSalle Investment Management

David Burch, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

John Crocker, MARTA

Patrick Davis, JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle)

Alex Demestihas, Jamestown, L.P.

Alison Fossyl, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

Shawn Garland, The Integral Group

Randy Gibbs, Engel & Volkers:  Intown Atlanta

Rob Haley, CohnReznick

Michele Harry, The Macallan Group

Liz Heath, tvsdesign

Jack Hinrichs, Oxford Properties

Brian Holmes, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Ryan Horne, The Beck Group

Hank Houser, Houser Walker Architecture

Wyatt Kendall, Morris, Manning & Martin

Julie Ketner, FirstService Residential

Hardman Knox, Knox Properties, LLP

Jessica Lenze, Century Lenze

Chris Leutzinger, Invest Atlanta

Odetta MacLeish-White, Enterprise Community Partners

Beth Malone, Dashboard Co-op

Mohamed Mohsen, Niles Bolton Associates, Inc.

Kristin Olson, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Carey Owens, Jr., Portman Holdings

Lee Pollock, Jacobs

Magd Riad, Marmi Natural Stone

Matt Scofield, Jackson Spalding

Mike Service, Cooper Carry, Inc.

Ben Skidmore, Kimley-Horn

Robyn Stokes, Stratford Land

Angela Ulrich, Novare Group

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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