Bisnow: The Future Of Uptown Houston 2019

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Bisnow: The Future Of Uptown Houston 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am


Uptown has seen some pretty amazing developments in the past few years. Not only has it scored billionaire Tilman Fertitta's The Post Oak Hotel, but McNair Interests is bringing a $500 million mixed-use development to the south end of Uptown. The Uptown Houston District is pushing initiatives that are positioning uptown as a true urban lifestyle environment where millennials and baby boomers are coming to live, shop, work, and enjoy walkable 12-foot sidewalks, bike lanes, and public transit. Join us in April to talk big trends Uptown, new tenants, residential developments, Memorial Park renovations, transit improvements, and more. You won't want to miss this one!

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David Hagy Regional VP, External Affairs Texas Central
David Hagy has over 20 years of experience managing projects, formulating policy, conducting strategic planning and leading outreach for state and local governments and federal agencies. His experience includes a wide range of issue areas, and work on the federal budget and grants. Most recently, David was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm based in McLean, Virginia. His assignments included work at the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence focused on creating policy to facilitate information sharing among federal, state and local governments and the private sector. Prior to Booz Allen, David spent over four years in the U.S. Department of Justice. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate as Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ); the office conducts research and develops technology for the criminal justice community. Previous to NIJ, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), where he was responsible for policy and budget coordination in support of OJP's mission to improve public safety through federal, state and local partnerships.From 2003 - 2005, David was Director for Local Coordination at DHS in the Office of the Secretary, serving as liaison to the nation's cities and counties. Before leaving for Washington, David spent nine years working in local government in Harris County and Houston, Texas. He served as Chief of Staff to County Judge Robert Eckels, managing and promoting policy initiatives in the areas of economic development, transportation, emergency management, education and social services. He oversaw the Judge's legislative agenda, community affairs and press relations. He also served as Senior Aide to a Houston City Council Member and City Controller. David holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Tulane University and a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University. He lives in Houston with his wife Sarah and their four children.
Jim Mastandrea Chairman & CEO Whitestone REIT
Founded in 1998, Whitestone now has a market cap of $363M and properties around Texas and Arizona under James' command. James also has a past of being a Military Police Officer with the US Army, but nowadays spends his free time flying with his private pilot's license. In fact, aviation is so important to him that in 1999, James formed and served as CEO for Eagle's Wings Aviation, which purchased troubled aviation services businesses.
John Breeding President Uptown Houston District
For more than 20 years John Breeding, in his capacities as President and CEO of the Uptown Houston District and as Administrator of the Uptown Development Authority, has set the standards in creating the archetype for successful mixed use urban centers in the United States. With the vision and support of the Boards he serves, Mr. Breeding has led efforts in planning, funding, management and governance to turn Uptown Houston, 500 acres located in the heart of Houston, into one of the most economically viable, iconic destinations in the country. View Profile
Rebecca Luks VP of Development Martin Fein Interests
Rebecca Luks spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs in New York in several groups, including Equity Capital Markets, where she worked on equity underwriting; Firm Strategy, where she focused on new business development and firm acquisitions; and, most recently, Reinsurance, where she worked on block acquisitions of life insurance and annuities, business strategy, and new product development. Rebecca graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in 1997.
Rodney Lerner VP, Real Estate Landry's, Inc.
Shellye Arnold President & CEO Memorial Park Conservancy
Shellye joined the Conservancy in 2013 and has led the creation and adoption of the 2015 Memorial Park Master Plan, launched its associated Capital Campaign, initiated project execution and transitioned the management and operations of 1,100 acres of Memorial Park to the Conservancy. Shellye and the leadership team she established grew the organization from 3 employees to 25 and from a $500K annual budget to $17M. In 2018 the Conservancy announced a $70 million donation to Memorial Park, the largest private donation in the history of the Houston parks system which established a $205 million public-private partnership commitment for Memorial Park's capital campaign and secured maintenance and operations funding for the Park. This was done in close partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Houston and Uptown Development Authority as well as the Conservancy board and staff, advisors, and community partners. She and her team have also delivered multiple Park improvements including the planting of over 100,000 trees/seedlings, ecological restoration work applied to 600 acres of Park space, amenity upgrades, and enhanced user experience. Shellye brings a background in executive leadership and change management from her nearly 20 years at Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Having studied public policy, Shellye spent the first part of her career with the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She previously worked as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru delivering public health programs and speaks Spanish fluently. Shellye holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. As a native Houstonian, Shellye cares deeply about our parks, bayous, green spaces and the wildlife that inhabit them. Shellye served as a volunteer with the Houston Park's Board on the Bayou Greenways Initiative; is a leader for Girl Scout Troop 21, the nation's only special needs Girl Scout troop; and volunteers in animal rescue.
Timothy Haskin Partner & Senior Managing Director AECOM Capital
Timothy Haskin is a Partner and Senior Managing Director of AECOM Capital and is on the investments team, joining the firm in 2013. He focuses on all AECOM Capital investments and identifying, structuring, and negotiating complex development and value-add projects. He has an extensive background in real estate finance, with over 39 years of experience and expertise in developing, financing and repositioning large-scale real estate projects. Previously, Haskin was the Founder and President of Peninsula Real Estate LLC, a New York City based real estate investment fund focused on value add investments. Prior to Peninsula, Haskin was a Partner and Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Tishman Hotel and Realty Corporation for 13 years. He was responsible for acquisitions and capital raising for the company's substantial principal investments, including the Westin New York Hotel at Times Square and E-Walk Retail on 42nd Street, and was involved in closing over $5 billion of transactions. Haskin holds a Bachelor in Business Administration with certificates in Real Estate and Finance from Southern Methodist University, Edwin L. Cox School of Business. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and has been a guest lecturer at various academic institutions.
Tom Kiler Managing Director EDENS
Tom Kiler serves as Managing Director for EDENS, where he oversees the acquisition, development and operations of EDENS' properties within the Denver, Houston, Dallas and Austin markets. From 2006-14, Kiler was a Vice President of Development with EDENS in its Washington, D.C. office, where he led the day-to-day development responsibilities of Mosaic, a 31-acre, 2.0M square foot neighborhood in Fairfax, Va. Kiler and the Mosaic team transformed the community from a dilapitated movie theater, salvage yards and disjointed parking lots into walkable streets, parks, an arthouse movie theater, local restaurants and shops, tech office and housing for over 1,200 residents. From 2014-16, Kiler was a Senior Development Manager with Continuum Partners LLC, a mixed-used development firm based in Denver, Co., where he led the entitlement, planning and sale of multifamily residential connected to the Yorktown Center Mall in suburban Chicago, as well as development capacities on the 9th & Colorado redevelopment in Denver. Kiler holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Economics from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Real Estate, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a LEED AP with the U.S. Green Building Council and an active member in the Downtown Denver Partnership, Urban Land Institute and The Nature Conservancy. Kiler lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters. Born outside of Baltimore, Md., he is a 2013 inductee to the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame. An aspiring outdoorsman, Kiler loves hiking and mountaineering and has summited both Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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