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2018 TRENDS: Emerging Trends in Real Estate featuring Patrick Phillips

December 12, 2017
8:00 am - 10:00 am
The Fairmont Hotel
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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(412) 773-8800
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What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2018? What do industry leaders say about the outlook for U.S. real estate property sectors, metro areas, finance and capital markets, and other real estate issues? The 39th Annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate is based on insights from hundreds of industry leaders and is the most highly regarded and widely read forecast report in the real estate industry. Join the discussion, and hear how national economic and real estate trends are playing out in the Pittsburgh area from our panel of local experts.

Our morning program will include a time of networking and breakfast followed by a keynote presentation by Patrick Phillips, Global CEO of the Urban Land Institute. The balance of the morning will showcase regional experts discussing how these national trends directly impact Pittsburgh.

Our Keynote Speaker:

Patrick L. Phillips, Global Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute

Since taking the chief executive position in 2009, Phillips has overseen an expansion of ULI’s global reach, particularly throughout Asia, guiding the Institute’s focus on creating thriving communities in rapidly urbanizing countries. Under his leadership, ULI’s program of work has grown steadily to encompass a variety of economic, demographic, societal, and environmental issues that are reshaping urban development worldwide in the 21st century. To reinforce the Institute’s delivery of high-quality services for members around the globe, Phillips guided the restructuring of ULI’s district and national council system and worked with ULI’s volunteer leadership to overhaul ULI’s governance.

Phillips has a career in the economic analysis of real estate and land use that spans more than 20 years. Prior to his service at ULI, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of ERA AECOM (formerly Economics Research Associates). In that role, he coordinated all aspects of ERA’s organization, strategy, business development, and service delivery. His own consulting practice focused specifically on the intersection of private investment and public policy. Phillips is a frequent speaker on urban development issues and is the author or coauthor of eight books and numerous articles.

Meet the Panelists:

Ray Gastil

Ray Gastil is City Planning Director for Pittsburgh, where he leads initiatives to improve neighborhood planning, resilient communities, comprehensive planning, complete streets, and riverfront planning. His ongoing responsibilities include following through on the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Task Force that he co-chaired, as well as advancing the comprehensive plan, Eco innovation district, and downtown design and planning. The Department has responsibilities for the City Planning Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Review Commission.

He has served as planning director, Seattle, and Manhattan planning director, NYC, and as founding director of Van Alen Institute, where he led exhibitions, publications, and design competitions, including Open: New Designs for Public Space. Earlier, he served as transit-oriented design director for Regional Plan Association. He was 2011-2013 Visiting Professor and Chair in Design Innovation at Penn State and serves as Adjunct Professor, Architecture, at Carnegie Mellon University.

Sean C. Luther

Sean Luther is the Executive Director of InnovatePGH – a public/private partnership accelerating Pittsburgh into a position as a global innovation city. InnovatePGH is implementing recommendations from the recently published Brookings Institution, “Capturing the next economy,” report including developing a Pittsburgh Innovation District, centered on Oakland, building and supporting Pittsburgh’s innovation clusters, improving the pipeline of high-growth entrepreneurs, and developing related workforce opportunities.

Sean has spent the past decade integrating advanced economic development, sustainability, mobility and real estate fundamentals into urban place management. Prior to launching InnovatePGH, Sean was at the helm of Envision Downtown, a next generation public/private partnership between City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Sean also previously directed Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District and served as President & CEO of Downtown Roanoke, Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia.

A Pittsburgh native, Sean earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Real Estate Development from (reigning national college football champion) Clemson University. Sean also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a LEED AP ND. He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association and Uptown Partners.

Diamonte Walker

Diamonte Walker currently serves as the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program Officer for The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. In her role as the MWBE Program Officer, Diamonte is committed to advancing equitable development by ensuring Minority and Women owned firms are equipped to face the new realities of Pittsburgh’s transforming economy. With a career span of more than 15 years in the for-profit education sector and having recently served as a business development program manager in the non-profit sector, Diamonte understands the complex challenges we face as a region when trying to effectuate meaningful change in neighborhoods.

Diamonte offers a sobering look at what can happen when we expand the work of economic development beyond metrics, goals, and buzzwords to create impactful experiences that can empower people while transforming place.

Diamonte holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. Diamonte is a Mayoral appointee to Pittsburgh’s Land Bank Board, serves as an Advisory Board Member on the Mayor’s Commission for Entrepreneurship and Start Ups, a 2016 New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 Under 40 awardee, 2017 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40 honoree, and currently sits on the board of Avenu, the city’s first co-working space of its kind.

She is committed to helping entrepreneurs, from all diverse backgrounds, take full advantage of today’s marketplace innovations to cost-effectively operationalize their ideas and better position them to have an equitable stake in Pittsburgh’s economic resurgence.

Moderated by Kristi Woolsey

Kristi Woolsey is a recognized expert in the connections between behavior and digital/physical space, in particular identifying behavior trends coming out of new technologies.  She has spoken at conferences from New York to San Francisco and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, and others.  She has only been in Pittsburgh for two years (but loves it) and was one of the leaders of the team that responded to the Amazon HQ2 RFP for Pittsburgh.  Kristi heads up the environments practice at MAYA design, a strategic design innovation company that was acquired last summer by BCG.  Her team provides workstyle, real estate, and change strategy for organizations going through digital transformation.



Interested in Reserving a Corporate Table? 

Reserve Corporate Tables – $750 for table of 8 + 1/2 page program ad – size: 3.875″ x 5″

To reserve a corporate table, click here.

Don’t miss the pre-TRENDS Gathering and meet our keynote speaker – Patrick Phillips!  Members attend for free, but must RSVP.


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