ULI Utah: Trends Conference


Thursday, October 29th, 2020
8:00am - 12:00pm MDT
We have significantly reduced the pricing for Trends this year because it is a virtual format.  If you would like to support ULI with an additional voluntary contribution, there is an option to do so.  We appreciate your support!

Highly anticipated each year, ULI Utah’s Trends program provides industry professionals with a deep dive into the most current state and national real estate trends, with a focus on what to expect in the future.

This signature program regularly attracts over 400 of Utah’s top leaders from business, government and the community to learn from highly-respected local, regional and national experts in real estate, business and economics. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year Trends is going to be to virtual. 

We hope to help facilitate small group networking opportunities with our sponsorship packages.  Invite eight of your colleagues to your office to view the program (while social distancing) and enjoy lunch!  Sponsorship can position your business in front of this powerful audience.  Please review the sponsorship packages and reach out to Rachel.mcillece@uli.org if you are interested in sponsoring.

8:00-8:10 a.m.                      Check-In

8:10-8:20 a.m.                      Welcome
8:20-9:05 a.m.                      Fireside Chat with Jeff Gochnour, Director of Development, Dakota Pacific & Jeff DeBoer, President & CEO, The Real Estate       
9:05-9:20 a.m.                     Quick Hit: The Bleeding Edge: How innovative uses of existing
                                              technology can improve coordination and efficiency on your next project.
                                              Speakers: John Cowan, DBIA, Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps
                                              Richard Lopez, Sr Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Hensel Phelps
9:20-9:30 a.m.                     Break

9:30-10:30 a.m.                   Panel Discussion: How COVID-19 is Transforming Commercial Real Estate
                                             Moderator:Mansoor Kazerouni, Global Director, Buildings | IBI Living
                                             Kate North, Vice President Workplace Advisory, Colliers Int.
                                             Tim Watcke, Owner/Developer, Maven District SLC
                                             Graydon Pearson, President/Chief Executive Officer, In-Group Hospitality
                                             Chris Byers, Senior VP, Leasing, CenterCal Properties, LLC
10:30-10:45 a.m.                Quick Hit: The Myths of Modular
                                            Pete Gombert, Co-Founder | Executive Chairman, indieDwell            
10:45-11:00 a.m.                 Break
11:00-12:00 p.m.                Panel Discussion: Resilient Transit-Oriented Development
                                             Moderator/Panelist: Beth Holbrook, Trustee, Utah Transit Authority
                                             Bruce Bingham, Founding Partner, Hamilton Partners
                                             Nathan Ricks, Owner, STACK Real Estate
                                             Brigham Mellor, Community and Economic Development Director,
                                             Farmington City
                                             Mark Johnson, President, Civitas







Nathan Ricks

Managing Member, Stacks Real Estate

Nathan Ricks - Founder STACK Real Estate is a full service Real Estate Development Company. “We build SMART Communities.” BUSINESS BACKGROUND Developed Millrock Park (www.millrock.net) with Steve Peterson. General Partner. Holladay Utah, Millrock Park is a 490,000 Sq. Ft. Class A office property. It is consistently rated among the top office locations in the State of Utah. Sold in 2014 to KBS Realty Investors. Thanksgiving Park (www.thanksgivingpark.com). Managing Partner. Located in Lehi, Utah, Thanksgiving Park is a 860,000 SF Class A Office Park in the heart of Utah’s Silicon Slopes Tech Region housing top Utah Tech Firms. Thanksgiving Station. A sister development of Thanksgiving Park, Thanksgiving Station is a 750,000 SF Corporate Office Campus that is home to many Utah based tech companies including Vivint Solar (VSLR), Lending Club, Digicert, Cisco and Weave. Sold in 2020 to Starwood Capital. So Jo Station. Managing Member. Located in South Jordan Utah immediately adjacent to the South Jordan Front Runner Station. Public/Private partnership with Garn Development, UTA and South Jordan City. So Jo Station is a 360,000 SF Class A Office destination with a 192 Room Embassy Suites Hotel, a true TOD development. So Jo Station North won CCIM Best Building award for 2017. Haven Park Capital Partners – Private Funds of MHC’s (Manufactured Housing Communities). Haven Park owns 16,000 MHC pads across the United States. These properties provide desperately needed affordable housing in more than 60 communities. Other Business Interests In March of 2002, Ricks sold Worldwide Nutritional Sciences to Nu Skin Enterprises. This sale resulted in NSE being the owner of worldwide license rights to the Bio-Photonic Scanner, a new device that allowed for the non-invasive testing of antioxidants in living human tissue for the first time ever. This technology has been featured in CNN/Money, on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC Asia and the Wallstreet Journal. Nathan is married to Joyce Tillotson. They have four married daughters, with thirteen grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Currant Creek, Utah.


Jeff DeBoer

President, Chief Executive Officer, The Real Estate Roundtable

Jeff DeBoer has been at the forefront of national policy affecting the real estate industry for the past thirty-five years. He is the founding President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable. The Real Estate Roundtable represents the leadership of the nation’s top 150 privately owned and publicly-held real estate ownership, development, lending and management firms, as well as the elected leaders of the 17 major national real estate industry trade associations. Roundtable member portfolios contain over 12 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial properties valued at nearly $2 trillion; over 2 million apartment units; and in excess of 2.5 million hotel rooms. Participating trade associations represent nearly than 2 million people directly employed in the real estate industry. Mr. DeBoer also chairs the National Real Estate Organization, a 20 member real estate trade association coalition focused on industry communication, advocacy and diversity efforts. He also serves as Chairman of the Real Estate Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC), an organization dedicated to enhancing communication between the industry and federal policymakers terrorism threats, building security, and major incident reporting. He is a founding member of the steering committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT) and he co-chaired the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy. Mr. DeBoer also served on the Advisory Board of Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute. Jeff has discussed real estate and economic policy issues on FOX News, Bloomberg Television, MSNBC and CNBC; and his editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In 2010, Globest.com named Mr. DeBoer a “top 10 Industry Newsmaker of the Decade”; in 2013 Commercial Property Executive named him one of the “30 most influential people in real estate”; in 2016 Real Estate Forum honored him as the “Voice of the Industry” and one of the nation’s top CRE bosses; in 2017 Washington Life Magazine included Mr. DeBoer in its “Power 100” list of Washington DC’s most influential unelected, non-governmental people; and, in 2018, The Hill placed Mr. DeBoer on its list of the top lobbyists in Washington DC, a list it called: “the players at the top of their game, known for their ability to successfully navigate the byzantine and competitive world of federal policymaking.” Mr. DeBoer holds degrees from Washington and Lee University School of Law (JD) and from Yankton College (BA). He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the Historic Georgetown Club; the City Club of Washington; Belle Haven Country Club and Old Dominion Boat Club.


Mansoor Kazerouni

IBI Group, Inc

Mansoor Kazerouni Global Director, Buildings | IBI Living+Toronto, ON “Every building has its own idiosyncratic constraints of context, site, program, budget, and vocabulary. The challenge is to successfully resolve them into a gracefully crafted architectural composition. Our role as designers is to ensure that each building has its own personality and responds appropriately to its urban context. This is what we do best.” Mr. Kazerouni is the Global Director of Buildings at IBI. Mr. Kazerouni graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s degree, in 1991. With over 25 years of experience, he has a significant portfolio of projects completed or underway across Canada, the United States, the UK, UAE, Jordan and India. These include high density high-rise residential buildings, hotels, office, retail, institutional, and complex urban mixed-use developments. A number of these projects have been nominated for and received Urban Design and Architectural Design awards. Mr. Kazerouni has been a guest lecturer on the subject of architecture and mixed-use design at universities, conferences and various panels. He has also been interviewed on the subject by architectural publications, newspapers, television and other media. Mr. Kazerouni’s abilities and expertise in his field have been recognized by his appointment to the City of Mississauga’s Urban Design Advisory Panel, the City of Markham’s Urban Design Advisory Panel and the City of Vaughan’s Urban Design Advisory Panel. He is also a past Advisory Board Member of the Urban Land Institute, and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.


Mark Johnson

President, Civitas

Mark Johnson, FASLA, President Mark brings over 35 years of experience as a landscape architect and his creative leadership guides designers, project teams, and clients to push the edges of how we work to realize new ways to deliver project value. He worked at Maas and Grassi, an Ogden Utah design firm, where he learned how to transform ideas into built work for residences, campuses and the design of retail streets. After a brief time with Roy Mann Associates in Cambridge, Mark landed his first dream job with Jones & Jones of Seattle. There he worked on several zoo exhibits, urban plazas and streets, parks and several major river plans. He left Seattle to earn an MLA in Urban Design at Harvard, where he found important mentors in Peter Walker, Moshe Safdie, and Jose Luis Sert. These great designers and thinkers fueled Mark’s passion to make a real difference in how cities work for both people and the environment. His Harvard thesis, chaired by Moshe Safdie, focused specifically on how urban form responds to dramatic cultural, economic and environmental change, establishing Mark’s commitment to adaptable + resilient urbanism fully 30 years ahead of today’s focus on these issues. Since co-founding Civitas in 1984 Mark has led major public space projects, urban design plans and strategies, and has become widely known for his impact on several cities, on education, and on the role that landscape architects can play in leading complex projects to successful results. He is a natural communicator who has led many communities through challenging programming and design conditions and he has established Civitas as a leading firm on a national and international level. Mark is a regular lecturer at AIA, ASLA, APA, ULI events and a participant in many issue driven symposia around the world, notably the International Academy of Design and Health, with whom he has lectured in North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia on the role of community design in promoting public health. He has been on many design juries for national awards and competitions, was Chair of the Editorial Committee of Landscape Architecture Magazine, and is a founder of the CEO Roundtable, an independent association of the leaders of the top landscape firms in the world that has met bi-annually for more than 15 years to assess impacts and trends in the profession


Jeff Gochnour

President, Development Services, Dakota Pacific Real Estate

April 08 JEFFREY L. GOCHNOUR (801) 365-6210 jgochnour@dakotapacific.com Education: MBA, Duke University Fuqua School of Business; BA, Journalism, University of Utah Professional Experience Mr. Gochnour has been in the real estate development and investment business for 23 years. He has been responsible for the acquisition, development, financing, construction and leasing of more than $500 million of institutional grade real estate development projects throughout the United States. Projects include planned unit developments, business parks, mixed use urban developments, historic rehabilitation/renovation projects, residential golf communities and hospital development. " President of Development Services for Cottonwood Partners in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Gochnour is currently directing the construction of a $68 million hospital in Dallas, Texas. He is also managing the master planning process for a 35 acre mixed use development project in downtown Salt Lake City. " Partner of the Boyer Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Gochnour directed the public/private mixed use redevelopment of the downtown mall district in Ogden, Utah. " Director of the Division of Business and Economic Development for the State of Utah. Programs included incentive funds, national and international business development, statewide business expansion and retention, rural economic development, Utah Film Commission and Utah Technology Alliance. Worked with constituents and the legislature to pass innovative economic development legislation. Directed the Governors Olympic trade missions to national and international destinations promoting Utah businesses. " Director of Real Estate Development for Gastronomy Properties in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Gochnour directed the acquisition, development, renovation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and other properties. Responsibilities included leasing, construction management, arranging construction and permanent financing, raising equity capital and managing investor relationships. Also responsible for working with the United States Department of the Interior to obtain certification and placement of the properties on the National Historic register. " President of the Land Group for Montrose Capital Corporation in Durham, North Carolina. Directed the development, marketing, leasing, financing and operations of an 8,000-acre real estate investment portfolio. Projects included residential, office, retail, industrial and private golf clubs in Durham, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington, DC. Responsible for ongoing entitlement work, negotiating purchase and sales contracts, infrastructure planning and design, implementing sales and marketing strategies, developing community design guidelines and restrictive covenants, interviewing and selecting homebuilders, managing banking relationships and investor reporting and relations.


Chris Byers

Senior Vice President, Leasing, CenterCal Properties, LLC

Chris Byers, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, LEASING, Centercal Chris Byers joined CenterCal in 2010 with more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Ms. Byers oversees leasing of the growing portfolio of mixed-use centers and development projects for the Intermountain Region. Prior to joining CenterCal, Chris worked as Director of Real Estate and was responsible for the strategic development and growth for national retailers such as Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma, and Coldwater Creek. Her valuable relationships and experience from the retail side of the business has given her a unique view and perspective into the successful merchandising and leasing strategies across the CenterCal portfolio. Ms. Byers attended the University of Utah and has been a member of ICSC for over 25 years. Chris was born and raised in Salt Lake City and is married with two children.


Graydon Pearson

President, In-Group Hospitality Inc

Graydon Pearson President/Chief Executive Officer With a deep passion for hospitality and rich family history in the hotel industry, Graydon Pearson has nurtured and grown a multi-generational family business into the high-performance hospitality management company that is In-Group Hospitality: A PEG Company is today. As the President of IGH, Graydon’s mission is to cultivate a best-in-class hospitality management company by delivering on its foundations core values of inspiration, respect, and diligence. These are demonstrated in his service of team members, guests, and vendors – always with an eye to investor returns and satisfaction. Graydon spent his entire upbringing and youth honing his guest service skills in a variety of service positions at properties across the Intermountain West. Originally known as Pearson Enterprises, the family business Graydon’s father and grandfather built eventually reached an important crossroads when an opportunity emerged to partner with local developers in a joint-venture agreement, and that is how In-Group Hospitality: A PEG Company was born. Today, IGH and its hundreds of employees deliver tremendous value to guests while bringing top-notch management solutions to hotel owners like PEG Companies. Graydon’s 20-plus years handling acquisition, new construction, renovation, and operations with major hotel brands including Hilton Hotels Group, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, and Intercontinental Hotels Group has uniquely positioned IGH to execute the highest level of service with a versatile network of partners. Despite attracting national recognition and winning major awards including CCIM 2018 Property Manager of the Year, Graydon finds his greatest fulfillment in inspiring valued team members at IGH’s 25-plus properties with opportunities to grow and progress professionally. “At its core, hospitality is about taking care of people,” Graydon says. “That has to start internally with our own company, and being able to influence and help others grow their careers is the real reward for me,” he says. Graydon received his BS in Exercise Science from The University of Utah. He also serves on many volunteer and non-profit boards including Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, PDG Foundation, Utah Valley Tax Advisory Board, and more.


Kate North

Kate North, Vice President, Workplace Advisory, Colliers I believe in the “power of place” and know how the workplace can be an incredible strategic asset when aligned with business objectives, culture and the people of an organization. I have spent my entire career exploring the “future of work” globally and understanding the implications of emerging disruptors stemming from new technologies and workforce. The workplace landscape continues to rapidly change as we strive to create environments that support “how we work best.” Successful companies now think about the workplace as an integrated set of actions and designs that together create a productive and engaging employee experience. I combine my passion – workplace strategy – and 25 years’ global experience to help leading organizations understand the impact the workplace can have on their overall business strategy. My expertise lies in workplace strategy, research, design and transformational change. By aligning workplace and business strategy, I have seen first-hand companies realize a workplace that fosters collaboration, innovation and sparks creativity. The profession of a Workplace Strategist is emerging, and for more than a decade, I have been actively involved (globally) in creating two Workplace Communities of Practices. In 2012, I co-founded “Workplace Evolutionaries (WE),” a vibrant community within the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Today, I serve as Global Chair of WE, comprised of 1,500+ members globally and growing. I frequently speak at industry events across the world and have co-authored the IFMA Foundation best-selling book “Work on the Move” in 2011, which is used extensively by IFMA members and associated academic institutions. In 2016, we co-authored a new version, “Work on the Move 2.” In 2014, I was honored to receive the prestigious International Associate Award for my contributions within IFMA. In 2017, I was awarded the IFMA Global Chair Citation from the Chairman of the Board for the impact the Workplace Evolutionaries has had on IFMA and the profession. I was a founding leader of the CoreNet Workplace Community of Practice, the CoreNet Chapter Chair for New Zealand, and served as an Advisory Board Member for New Ways of Working and the New Zealand Green Building Council. I am also an active member of the Executive Women in Corporate Real Estate and speak at numerous workplace and human capital conferences globally. Prior to joining Colliers International, I led global development for e-Work.com, helping organizations prepare their workforces for “new ways of working” using highly interactive e-learning. I was also the director of Ideation, a workplace consultancy and research group within Haworth Inc.; and vice president of the Strategic Business Group within Herman Miller Inc., supporting organizational workplace transformation. Education • BS, Design, Utah State University (ASID accredidated) • Numerous ongoing educational courses specific to Organizational Design, Change Management, Positive Psychology and Well-Being Memberships & Involvements • Global Chair, Workplace Evolutionaries, IFMA • Chicago Workplace Evolutionaries Hub • CoreNet Global • DisruptHR • WorkTech • Future Workplace • WorkShift • Work Design Magazine • World@Work • Society of Human Resources


John Cowan

Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps

With 30 years of industry experience, John has delivered more than $5 billion of completed projects for various clients nationwide. As the Hensel Phelps Executive responsible for Hensel Phelps’ business unit in Utah and the Salt Lake Valley, John is responsible to all clients providing the leadership and vision crucial to the success of each project as well as the pursuit of future opportunities.


Brigham Mellor

Econ Dev Director, farmington city

Brigham is the Economic Development Director for Farmington City. In the past he proudly worked as an Econ Dev Director in both Syracuse City and Salt Lake County. He has been an executive director over 15 different active redevelopment tax increment financing areas. He has served as a planning commissioner and was elected twice as a city councilmember. He started his career at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) after graduating with both Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees in Economics from the University of Utah. Brigham and his wife Emily have 3 kids they can all be found regularly shredding the sweet powdery goodness of Snowbasin.


Richard Lopez

Senior Virtual Design & Construction Manager, Hensel Phelps

As a Senior Virtual Design and Construction Manager at Hensel Phelps with a background in architecture, Richard has 28 years of industry experience on development and construction projects nationwide. Richard is a highly respected AEC industry thought leader in the use of technology and drones on development and construction projects, and routinely presents at various conferences as well as participating in technology councils and boards throughout the industry.


Bruce Bingham

Hamilton Partners

Bruce is a founding partner of Hamilton Partners, Inc., who heads the Salt Lake City office and is a managing partner that directs all aspects of development including: office, industrial, retail and multi-family, marketing, leasing, acquisition and all management activities in Utah. During the past 36-years, Bruce has been responsible for the development of approximately 5.5 million square feet of office and industrial properties with a value of approximately $350 million dollars. Bruce has had extensive experience in land planning, zoning, entitlement and the development of vacant land and the subsequent use of the property for commercial development. Prior to joining Hamilton Partners, Bruce was a partner with the Trammell Crow Company. While at the Trammell Crow Company in Chicago, he was responsible for the development, leasing and management of suburban industrial properties. Since moving to Salt Lake City, Utah to open an office of Hamilton Partners, Bruce has been involved in the construction of the first Gold LEED certified office tower at 222 South Main Street, located in the heart of the Central Business District. Hamilton Partners also purchased several downtown landmarks including the Broadway Centre at 300 South State Street, the Lollin & Karrick Buildings on Main Street, and the Newhouse and Boston Buildings on Exchange Place. In addition, Mr. Bingham oversaw the completion of the $10 million renovation to the Boston Building, a 100 year old tower that is considered one of Salt Lake City’s first skyscrapers.


Tim Watcke


Tim is a professional real estate investor, broker and general contractor residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his companies own and operate a 406 unit, 460,000 square feet commercial and residential real estate portfolio valued at over $9 0 ,000,000 . With over 28 years’ experience, Tim specializes in buying, selling, leasing, construction and value add renovations. Tim has personally purchased and sold over 400 properties. He and his companies excel in the acquisition and development of multifamily apartments and mixed use projects. He recently finished a brand new 86 unit apartment building and has 30 new apartment units and 10,000 sf of office and retail space currently under construction along with another 35 units under remodel in Salt Lake City. Notable Project: The Maven District , 100 200 E, 900 S SLC 84111 A 71,000 square foot mixed use new construction and adaptive reuse project with rental luxury townhomes, office and retail.


Beth Holbrook

Trustee, Utah Transit Authority

Beth Holbrook Representing Davis, Weber & Box Elder Counties boardoftrustees@rideuta.com Trustee Holbrook brings a wealth of experience to UTA. She began her career in the financial sector, established a real estate firm in 2002 and in 2010 went to work for Zion’s Bank as the Director of the Business Resource Center in Salt Lake City. Trustee Holbrook would go on to become the Public Sector Solutions Manager for Waste Management of Utah. Trustee Holbrook was first elected to the Bountiful City Council in 2007 and has served on several boards including the Bountiful Power Commission, Planning Commission and the Utility Facility Review Board. She is the outgoing President of the Utah League of Cities and Towns; having served there since 2011. Trustee Holbrook joined the Utah Transit Authority on November 1, 2018.

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