ULI Utah: Trends Conference


2022-11-09T07:30:00 - 2022-11-09T17:30:00

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    Pricing Members Non-Members
    Private $260.00 $350.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $225.00 $315.00
    Retired $225.00 N/A
    Student $225.00 $315.00
    Under Age 35 $225.00 $315.00
    Registration Deadline: November 7th, 2022
    Save the date for ULI's highly anticipated annual Trends Conference. We are thrilled to be one of the first events at the Hyatt Regency Convention Hotel, opening in October! Trends 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 full-day signature program regularly attracts over 450 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.
    7:50-8:00      WELCOME
    8:00-8:50      KEYNOTE SPEAKER
                           John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
                           Moderator: Andrew Gruber, Executive Director, WFRC
                           Megan Townsend, Community and Economic Development Director, WFRC
                           Beth Holbrook, Trustee, Utah Transit Authority
                           Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City
                           Nathan Ricks, Founder, STACK Real Estate

    9:50-10:00    BREAK

                             Maria Garciaz, CEO, Neighbor Works Salt Lake

                               Moderator: Nadia Letey, Senior Vice President, CBRE
                               Chris Payne, Vice President, Riverside Investments and Development
                               Kim Abrams, Vice President, Corporate and Workplace Solutions,
                               Head of Americas Regional Management, Goldman Sachs
                               Robert Baxter, Director & EVP Business Development, Xenter
                               Jeremy Doyle, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities, Ivanti 
                              Moderator: Shannon Ellsworth, Principal Advisor, Land & Water, Rio Tinto |
                              Provo City Council Member
                              Dave Anderson, Community Development Director, Spanish Fork City
                              Kate Bradshaw, Bountiful City Council Member
                              Troy Walker, Mayor of Draper City

    11:40-1:00       LUNCH/NETWORKING

                               Moderator: Darlene Carter, CEO, C.W. Group
                               Steve Maddox, CEO, Edge Homes
                               Brock Worthen, President, Intercap Lending
                               Lee Dial, Executive Vice President, COO/CFO, Cowboy Partners
                               Greg Barratt, Senior Managing Director, Berkadia
                               Matt Conger, Head of Sales, Sinclair Digital
                               Moderator: Theresa Foxley, CEO, EDC Utah
                               Abbey Ehman, Vice President, Lincoln Property Company, Innovation
                               Point Partners
                               Scott Cuthbertson, COO, The Point
                               Craig Lewis, Principal, Community Co-leader, CallisonRTKL
                               Moderator: Representative Jefferson Moss, Executive Director of the
                               Innovation District at The Point
                               Matt Howell, Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Company
                               Kyle Jardine, Vice President and Market Executive, Wexford Science and
                               Jeff Grasso, Managing Partner, Vesta Realty Partners
                               Geeti Silwal, Principal, Perkins&Will 
    4:00-5:30         SOCIAL & NETWORKING
    Sponsorship opportunities can be found HERE
    Thank you to our 2022 Trends Sponsors!

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    John Burns

    CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

    John founded the company to help business executives make informed housing industry investment decisions. The company’s research subscribers receive the most accurate analysis possible to inform their macro investment decisions, and the company’s consulting clients receive specific property and portfolio investment advice designed to maximize profits. The team takes great pride in enabling the profitable development of the best places to live in the world. John co-authored Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses, a book written to help make demographic trends easier to understand, quantify, and anticipate. 750,000+ people follow John’s LinkedIn Influencer column, 40,000+ subscribe to the company’s newsletter, and the media cited the firm 475+ times in 2021. Before founding John Burns Real Estate Consulting in 2001, John worked at a national consulting firm for 4 years and for 10 years at KPMG Peat Marwick—2 as a CPA and 8 in their Real Estate Consulting practice. John has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, and works in our Irvine, California office. He has attended home games for all 30 major league baseball teams, and regularly runs the hills in Southern California.


    Andrew Gruber

    Executive Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council

    Andrew Gruber is Executive Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC). The Regional Council is the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), made up of local elected officials who come together to develop long-range transportation and land use plans. The WFRC provides a forum for collaboration among local jurisdictions, the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, and other public, private and community stakeholders concerning regional issues. With its partners, WFRC has developed the Wasatch Choice for 2040, a regional ‘Vision’ for growth and development. The WFRC also develops the long range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), part of Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan. Andrew is a native of New York City and a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law. He previously served as an attorney with the Chicago-based firm Mayer Brown, and as the Senior Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Governmental Affairs for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority. Andrew’s other activities and associations include: University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning – Adjunct Faculty; Envision Utah – Board of Directors; Utah Clean Air (UCAIR) Partnership – Board of Directors; Utah Joint Policy Advisory Committee (JPAC) – Chairman; Utah Foundation – Board of Directors; Millcreek Township Planning Commission – member; Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) – Policy Committee; National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) – Executive Director’s Council. He was recently named one of Utah’s “Enlightened 50” by the Community Foundation of Utah.


    Megan Townsend

    Planner, Program Manager, Wasatch Front Regional Council

    Megan Townsend is the Director of Community and Economic Development of the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Salt Lake and Ogden urbanized areas. She assists local communities with planning and policy, managing planning technical assistance activities for city centers, transit station areas, multi-modal planning, and economic development. She has a Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) from the University of Utah with a Graduate Certificate of Real Estate Development. She also serves as the Board Chair for the Seven Canyons Trust non-profit organization which she helped to found.


    Beth Holbrook

    Trustee, Utah Transit Authority

    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.


    Erin Mendenhall

    Mayor of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Corporation

    Erin J. Mendenhall is the 36th mayor of Salt Lake City. Erin came to Salt Lake with her family when she was 7 years old, and after losing her father to cancer at age 13, Erin graduated from Alta High School and enrolled at the University of Utah. It was there that her interest in the intersection of science and public policy took shape, leading to a career focused on improving Utah’s air quality and protecting our environment. Just weeks after the birth of her first son, Erin learned the air quality in Salt Lake City had become so bad that it could take two years off his life. She decided to stay and fight rather than walk away, becoming an activist and joining Utah Moms for Clean Air in 2008. Determined to bring scientific understanding to air-quality discussions in the state legislature, our schools, and our community, Erin co-founded a new non-profit organization, Breathe Utah, in 2010, and was appointed to Utah’s Air Quality Board in 2014. She has since twice been elected as its chair. Wanting to advance air-quality policy inside the city government and serve Salt Lake City on a wider range of issues, Erin was elected to represent District 5 on the City Council in 2013. During her six years on the Council, including one year as its chair, Erin worked for equitable progress across the city, driving road repairs and infrastructure maintenance, expanding access to transit and affordable housing, and making the city more equitable for women and girls. She is the first mayor in Salt Lake City history to have been publicly elected from the city council. As mayor, Erin is working hard to make Salt Lake City more environmentally and economically resilient, and to take advantage of the region’s historic period of economic opportunity. She is determined to ensure every Salt Laker — no matter their neighborhood, economic or housing status, faith, race, or sexual or gender identity — can access all the city has to offer. Erin’s love for the extraordinary people of Salt Lake City drives an unrelenting commitment to bringing people from different walks of life together in pursuit of results for the entire city. Erin was elected the 36th mayor of Salt Lake City on November 5, 2019 and took the oath of office on the steps of City Hall on January 6, 2020. She earned a bachelor’s degree in gender studies and a master’s degree in science and technology, both from the University of Utah. Erin and her husband, Kyle LaMalfa, are the proud parents of three children, Cash, Everett, and Milå.


    Nathan Ricks

    Founder, STACK Real Estate

    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.


    Shannon Ellsworth

    Senior Advisor, Government Relations, Rio Tinto

    Shannon Ellsworth was elected in 2019 and represents District 3. Shannon attended Utah State University where she earned a degree in environmental planning, and later earned an MBA at Brigham Young University. Shannon works for a global mining corporation. Prior to serving on the Council, Shannon served as a member of the Utah County Planning Commission, Provo City Planning Commission, and on the West Side Advisory Group. Se habla Español.


    Dave Anderson

    Community Development Director, Spanish Fork City

    Dave Anderson has been employed by Spanish Fork City since 2006 where he works as the Community and Economic Development Director. His prior professional includes time spent as the Planning Director for the City of Saratoga Springs and working as an urban planner for Hubble Engineering. Dave likes good pizza, good streets, European cars and watching good baseball. Dave resides in Provo with his wife Michelle and a few of their four children.


    Kate Bradshaw

    City Council Member, Bountiful City

    Katie provides clients with comprehensive governmental affairs services focusing on legislative, regulatory, executive office, and campaign strategies. Strategic Legislative Guidance: Clients benefit from Kate’s skills and thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory process that enables her to navigate and complete complicated political and policy matters on behalf of clients. Experienced Legislative Advisor: As a non-lawyer lobbyist, Kate draws upon her experience and relationships as a legislative staffer, campaign consultant, and trade association representative to craft strategies for energy, natural resource, healthcare, food industry, and business clients before the Utah State Legislature, Governor, state agencies, and local governments. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Kate was the Vice President of the Utah Food Industry Association and Utah Retail Merchants Association where her responsibilities including lobbying, public relations, and PAC donation strategy for the food and retail industries. She also ran her own political consulting and fundraising company that focused on the needs of Utah legislative and local government campaign clients. Kate began working in politics with the Utah Republican Party and later joined the staff of Speaker Greg Curtis at the Utah State House of Representatives. Kate frequently works with Billy Hesterman, Steven Young, and Mark Buchi. She currently serves as Councilwoman of Bountiful City Council in Utah.


    Troy Walker

    Mayor, Draper City

    Mayor Troy Walker serves Draper in several ways, including conducting council meetings, appointing key city leadership positions, and members of the many city committees and commissions. He also acts as the liaison to Draper’s Economic Development team, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Mayor’s Youth Council, Peer Court and Appeals Board. Mayor Walker works closely with other city, county and state governments, representing Draper City’s interests and serving on several integral boards, including the Advisory Board for Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Point of the Mountain Development Commission (POMDC), Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (POMSLA), POST Council (Peace Officer Standards & Training), Lone Peak Hospital Board, Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) and Active Transportation Committee (ATC). Prior to becoming Mayor, Troy served as a Draper City Council Member, Assistant District Attorney for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and Co-Chair of Draper Days park events. Troy has received the Utah Mayor “Best of State” award twice. In addition to his public service, he practices law full time, focusing on personal injury, products liability, criminal defense, and trusts and estates. He earned his J.D. degree and Dispute Resolution certification from Willamette University College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Utah, as well as a commercial pilot license. As an avid mountain biker, he supports open-space and trails in Corner Canyon. He enjoyed coaching his sons and continues sharing his love of sports by serving on the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission (PSUAC).


    Darlene Carter

    CEO, C. W. Group

    Darlene Carter serves as the CEO to C.W. Group which oversees 5 business lines: C.W. Urban, C.W. Design, C.W. Land Co., Cole West Home, and Cole West Development. Darlene Carter brings 18 years of experience in a variety of residential real estate development asset classes. Darlene is responsible for overseeing all company deliverables and has participated in over 3 billion dollars in residential and mixed use projects. Darlene started in 2005 with one of the nation’s largest private home builders and quickly became a standout in sales strategy and execution. Darlene joined Colin Wright, C.W. Group owner in 2009 when he founded Henry Walker Homes, a Utah-based home builder. Darlene played an integral role in sales/marketing, operations, and growth strategy for the Northern Utah Divisions which lead the company to become the third largest homebuilder in Utah. Darlene left traditional homebuilding in 2017 and transitioned to the C.W. Group. She is proficient in creating product that recognizes and optimizes on changing market trends and demographics, capital raising, building brand recognition, strategic planning, operations, and systems development to execute business plans and profitability, proforma budgeting, and building the self-development of people and an authentic culture. Darlene has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Utah State University, has been a licensed broker since 2005 and was named Utah Business 30 women to watch in 2018 and 40 under 40 in 2020. Darlene serves on the board of ULI Utah and Envision Utah and is currently serving as the Co-Chair for the Development Committee for the Downtown Alliance.


    Brock Worthen

    President, Intercap Lending

    Brock Worthen is an active player in many aspects of the Utah business market. After graduating from the University of Utah, Brock earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. After earning his J.D., Brock returned to Utah. Early in his career, Brock managed large litigation matters and helped negotiate distressed asset workout plans. This work provided a broad introduction to many aspects of development and finance. In 2016, Brock assisted Josh Romney in purchasing Intercap Lending. In late 2017, Brock was named President of Intercap Lending. Brock led the Intercap team from originating Intercap’s first Utah loan in early 2017, to becoming the largest mortgage lender in Utah by 2019. Since mid-2019, no other lender has originated more Utah-based mortgage loans. Since that time, Intercap has hired approximately 300 mortgage professionals and remains the top mortgage company in the state of Utah. Brock shares Intercap’s vision of building communities. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake, where he was deeply involved in merging two clubs to provide more effective and efficient service to our next generation. In addition, Brock has led Intercap’s efforts to support numerous causes, including providing over 1000 fully stocked backpacks each year to underserved elementary schools and raising tens of thousands of dollars for first responders, organizations supporting victims of sexual assault, and other important community causes. Brock prides himself on being a devoted husband and father to his wife, Nicole, and their four children.


    Lee Dial

    Executive Vice President and COO/CFO, Cowboy Partners

    Lee joined Cowboy Partners in 2010, coming from the banking industry. Lee drives the business and financial operations of Cowboy Partners. He leads, coaches, organizes, and orchestrates the development team at Cowboy Partners and has the central role in leading Cowboy Partners’ collaborative committee process to ensure that the company is consistently accessing and leveraging the depth of experience on the team. Lee has a strong hand in shaping Cowboy Partners business strategy and has a passion for process and is a force for continuous improvement throughout the company’s endeavors.


    Greg Barratt

    Senior Managing Director, Berkadia

    Since 2008, Greg has worked as the Managing Director for Berkadia Real Estate Advisors. Greg began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst with Deutsche Banc’s Biotech Group, in San Francisco, after graduating from Cornell University where he was captain of the men’s basketball team. Greg has spent the last 18 years of his career handling Utah Multi Family transactions including investment sales brokerage, equity sourcing and debt placement. Having closed over Two Billion dollars in apartment sales and having financed over 250 different apartment complexes during his career, Greg is considered one of the state’s top multi-family experts. Greg has been named the Utah CCIM Chapter Multi-family broker of the year five times.


    Steve Maddox

    CEO, Edge Homes

    Steve Maddox began his career with First American Title Company in 1990 as a VP and General Manager. He stayed with the company for ten years. In 2000 he opened a Prudential Real Estate branch with his then business partner. During his time as an owner at Prudential he was also doing land acquisitions for DR Horton’s Utah Office. With his help, DR Horton was able to develop over 2,000 units in 7 years. His time with Prudential and DR Horton came to an end when he was approached by the EDGEhomes team in 2008 to create their land development team. He has been with EDGE ever since and has gone from building subdivisions with 10 homes to master planned communities with 1,500 homes. He has since transitioned to a Managing Partner at EDGEhomes.


    Matt Conger

    Head of Sales, Sinclair Digital Services

    Matt has over 13 years of sustainable intelligent building systems experience. He has a passion for creating a better work environment that fosters occupant fulfilment, productivity, health and wellness while maximizing energy savings and minimizing maintenance. Currently, he is responsible for Sinclair Digital's multi-channel sales strategy. In his past, he has been responsible for building systems strategies, specification sales, and leading product management, field service and technical support teams for small, medium, and large enterprises. His early work in product management, marketing, and industrial & systems engineering allow him to think differently about solving today’s workplace challenges.


    Theresa Foxley

    President and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Utah

    A Utah native, Theresa is passionate about promoting the Beehive State. She has served as EDCUtah’s President and CEO since 2017 and has helped usher in a new era that is highly focused on internal team culture, driving stakeholder value, and economic development preparedness. A recovering attorney and self-described “deal junkie,” Theresa has enjoyed being part of Team Utah’s efforts to attract dozens of companies on expansion and relocation projects representing various industries throughout the state, including Goldman Sachs, Stadler Rail, and Facebook. Prior to joining EDCUtah Theresa was a senior leader at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Earlier in her career, Theresa represented a diverse set of clients in private legal practice on a multitude of general corporate and financial matters. Theresa lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and son. They love spending time outdoors together with their Bernese mountain dog.


    Craig Lewis

    Principal, CallisonRTKL-US

    Craig is the Community Co-Leader for North America and the Global Market Leader for Planning, Landscape, and Urban Design with CallisonRTKL. For 30 years, he has used an inter-disciplinary approach to plan and implement the growth and regeneration of urban places across the globe that are more livable, equitable, and sustainable. His international, award-winning work spans the range of city building including planning, urban design, placemaking, transit/transportation, form-based codes, and smart mobility. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A), and an original signatory of the Charter of the New Urbanism. He is the Chair of the ULI Curtis Global Infrastructure Initiative, a Board member for ULI-Charlotte, and a member of the Charlotte Initiatives Council. He also serves as the vice-chair for the Design Review Board/Historic Preservation Commission of the Town of Davidson, NC.


    Abbey Ehman

    Vice President - Development, Lincoln Property Company

    Abbey Ehman is responsible for LPC West’s sustainability practices for the firm’s new construction and redevelopment activities across the west. Her background includes architecture, development, and construction management, with a primary focus on efficient project delivery and the cost-effective integration of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) measures. Throughout her career, Abbey has managed the design and construction of highprofile projects across California, covering all asset types. Some of her most notable projects include the successful delivery of a $30-million retail development in Downtown Los Angeles, and the master planning and entitlements of a 250-acre, mixed-use, healthy-living community in Bakersfield. Her work includes managing design teams, project costs, and schedules to ensure high-quality projects are delivered on time and within budget for every assignment. Abbey spearheads strategy and initiatives within LPC West’s ESG Leadership Task Force, and is championing the firm’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts. She previously worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to launch the LEED® Pilot Program, and taught a graduate course on the Affordable Integration of Sustainability Practices in Real Estate Development.


    Matthew Howell

    Senior Vice President, Head of Development, Lincoln Property Company

    As the Head of Development for LPC West, Matt Howell is responsible for the firm’s development and repositioning activities throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. His experience spans the full development process, including entitlements, master development planning and design, financing, construction management, and leasing strategies for all product types. Since 2016, Matt has initiated LPC West’s public/private partnership pursuits, resulting in 170+ acres of land, which can yield more than 6.5 million square feet of commercial and multi-family product. He has managed over 3 million square feet of ground-up development projects and over $1.6 billion in construction-related activities. He has also entitled over 1.5 million square feet of commercial assets. Prior to joining LPC West, Matt served as an Asset Manager for a leading real estate investment management services and advisory firm serving institutional investors.


    Scott Cuthbertson

    COO & Deputy Executive Director, The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority

    Scott Cuthbertson is the COO and Deputy Executive Director of The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority. He is responsible for heading all operational aspects of Utah's ground up innovation city mega project known as The Point. Cuthbertson comes from the management consulting industry where he was a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers capital projects and infrastructure group and a senior consultant at Booz Allen. While in the private sector, Cuthbertson specialized in the management of major capital investment programs as advisor to institutional investors, multi-national developers, Fortune 5 technology firms and public sector agencies on projects as large as $25B USD. His work spanned North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Cuthbertson received a B.Sc. degree from BYU, a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Georgetown University, and an M.Sc. degree from the University of Oxford’s Business School. He has served on multiple boards and is a published thought leader in the field of real estate, infrastructure and smart cities.


    Maria Garciaz

    CEO, Neighbor Works Salt Lake

    Maria Garciaz is a native of Utah, born and raised in Salt Lake City. She is the Chief Executive Officer of NeighborWorks® Salt Lake. NeighborWorks® is a private nonprofit community development corporation created in 1977 to revitalize neighborhoods experiencing blight and decline. Maria was introduced to NeighborWorks® Salt Lake in 1982 during her employment as a probation officer for third district juvenile court. She was recruited as a volunteer and later joined the organization as the Youth Project director in 1986 for their gang prevention program, she was appointed CEO in 1990. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Education from Utah State University. She received a certificate in Community Development from the Development Training Institute of Baltimore, Maryland in 1992. Maria was awarded an 18-month Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Achieving Excellence scholarship in advanced community development and completed the program in 2010. She serves as a coach and consultant for members of NeighborWorks America’s network of 250 organizations. She enjoys serving as a volunteer director on several Salt Lake nonprofits to help raise funds and build capacity. She is passionate about exploring opportunities to involve youth in community building efforts and building their leadership skills. Maria and her better half of 38 years, Dave Galvan spend free time learning lessons in life from their 25 and 28-year-old children and making time to travel the world and experience new cultures.


    Christopher Payne

    Vice President, Riverside Investment & Development Company

    Chris Payne has more than a decade of engineering, construction, development, and project management experience, spanning sectors such as commercial, residential, hospitality, mixed-use, and heavy civil. At Riverside Investment & Development, Chris serves as Vice President and leads all operations in Colorado including development, design, construction, and completion of projects. Chris recently oversaw the development of 110 North Wacker Drive / Bank of America Tower, a 1.5 million RSF and 55-story Class A office building in downtown Chicago. In 2021 he relocated to his hometown of Denver to oversee the development of 1900 Lawrence, a 700,000 RSF and 30-story Class A office building in downtown Denver. Chris received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


    Jefferson Moss

    Executive Director - Innovation District, The Point Utah

    Jefferson Moss is The Point’s Innovation District Project Director. In this capacity, he leads USHE’s involvement in the major economic development efforts at The Point. Moss is responsible for overseeing the strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations at the Innovation District. He will work in close consultation with The Point Executive Director and Operations Director to help implement practical solutions that improve Utahns’ quality of life. Formerly, Moss served as AVP of central advancement at UVU and the COO for the UVU Foundation. In these positions, he launched the UVU Wolverine Fund, a student-run venture capital fund, and the Excellence and Innovation Initiative. Prior to UVU, Moss served as a wealth strategist at Key Bank and Credit Suisse and launched several successful businesses. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He currently serves in the Utah House of Representatives and previously served on the Utah State Board of Education and the Saratoga Springs City Council and Planning Commission.


    Kyle Jardine

    Director, Development, Wexford Science & Technology, LLC

    Kyle serves as Vice President and Market Executive for Phoenix and Seattle and is responsible for new developments, marketing, leasing, community engagement, construction, and operations in those markets. The first project in Phoenix is 850 PBC, a 227,000 SF building in partnership with Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix at the Phoenix Bioscience Core. This building provides a bioscience focused innovation and research space for ASU, CEI, and private companies, resulting in the beginning of a vibrant Knowledge Community in downtown Phoenix. Prior to joining the Wexford team, Kyle was a Development Manager for PEG Companies, a full-service real estate firm based in Utah. He has completed extensive underwriting and due diligence throughout the United States and brings development experience in a variety of asset types and markets. His experience includes the development of a 1,604 bed student housing community at Utah Valley University, over 450 apartment units, and hotels in multiple states. He received his Bachelor of Science in Facility and Property Management from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate from the University of Utah. Kyle currently serves on the Downtown Phoenix Inc Board, Phoenix Community Alliance Board, ULI2D Committee, and the BYU Facility and Property Management Industry Advisory Council.


    Geeti Silwal

    Principal, Perkins & Will

    As the head of the West Coast Urban Design Practice, Geeti Silwal brings vision and design leadership to lay the foundation of transformative changes in cities. She strongly believes that urban designers hold the responsibility to inspire integrated, multi-purpose design solutions of innovation and beauty that create healthy and inclusive cities. Working with cities, institutions, regional transit agencies, and private developers her work includes delivering well-connected, mixed-use, vibrant communities around transit corridors and stations; and also focuses on visioning and planning successful innovation ecosystems. The primary focus being the interrelatedness of economic, cultural, and physical dimensions that combine to deliver a complete community and instills an authentic and lasting sense of place. She has led planning efforts for communities of innovation for the University of Utah Research Park Strategic Vision Plan, University of California Santa Cruz -MBEST Innovation District, San Carlos East Innovation District, Los Angeles Biomed/Tech Focus Area Study, and San Diego State University Innovation District visioning session. Geeti holds a Master of Urban Design degree from University of California, Berkeley. She is a Board member of Perkins&Will’s AREA Research 501c3, member of ULI San Francisco's DEI Committee, member of ULI Public Development and Infrastructure Product Council, and was a jury member of the ULI Hines International Design Competition in 2021 and 2022.


    Nadia Letey

    Senior Vice President, CBRE

    Nadia Letey joined CBRE in 2007 following a 10 year career in marketing. Ms. Letey specializes in the office market in Salt Lake City, representing both tenants and landlords in office leasing. Nadia seeks to understand the needs of her prospective tenants and then presents them with the right opportunities. Her sales and marketing background helps her not only understand what clients want, but provide input on how to improve the marketability of their properties. Ms. Letey is best known for her meticulous attention to detail and her flawless follow through on client assignments. She started her real estate career as a Client Services Specialist and has expanded on that role to work with many high profile real estate owners, including KBS Realty, Nuveen, Patrinely Group, Hines, The Boyer Company, Westport Capital Partners, and Security National Life. She has also represented numerous tenants, such as Myriad Genetics, Ivanti, Progrexion, LendingClub, Dealertrack and Yardi.


    Robert Baxter

    Director & EVP Business Development, Xenter

    Robert Baxter is a significant early investor in Xenter, has played an instrumental role in Xenter’s financing strategy and has been serving as an independent Director on the Company’s board of directors since October 2020. While attending Utah State University, Robert founded a technology company called Arrow America Media. He is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of numerous technology, real estate and restaurant businesses. He formed a partnership with the world’s largest privately held company, Cargill, to fund real estate developers throughout the Western United States. Robert is Co-Founder/Chairman of Cypress Five Star, which owns and operates 84 Five Guys and Blaze Pizza franchises in North America.


    Kim Abrams

    Head of the America’s Regional Offices, Goldman Sachs

    Kim Abrams is Head of the America’s Regional Offices for Goldman Sachs. She oversees the corporate and workplace functions for the firm’s offices outside of the New York/New Jersey campus including locations in Canada and South America. Prior to relocating to Salt Lake City, Kim held hospitality roles at the firm in event management and food services based in New York and New Jersey. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Kim held positions at JP Morgan and the AICPA in event development and management. Kim is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance. Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently an Executive MBA student at the University of Utah with an expected graduation in 2024.


    Jeff Grasso

    Managing Partner, Vesta Realty Partners

    Jeff is the Managing Partner of Vesta Realty Partners where he is responsible for the overall strategy, investment activity and management of the firm. Prior to founding Vesta in 2020, Jeff was a Senior Vice President, Head of Acquisitions and Investment Committee member for Silverstein Properties, an owner/developer headquartered in New York City with holdings exceeding 20 million square feet globally. In this role, he completed over $10 billion of real estate acquisitions, development, and loan originations throughout the United States, Europe, and China. Jeff was actively involved in all areas of the firm’s investment, capital markets and new development activities. Prior to joining Silverstein in 2010, Jeff was an Analyst in the Portfolio Management Group of ING Clarion Capital – a $5 billion AUM real estate credit fund. Jeff holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Syracuse University. He is a member of ULI’s Global Exchange Council, the Pension Real Estate Association, and a Board Member of the James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center at Syracuse University.


    Jeremy Doyle

    Director of Global Facilities & Real Estate, Ivanti

    Jeremy Doyle is a graduate of both BYU and later the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business where he received his MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. He started his career in real estate development before transitioning to corporate real estate with Adobe. While at Adobe for over 7 years, he handled global construction and delivered over 1 million square feet of office space. Jeremy is currently the VP of Real Estate and Facilities at Ivanti, headquartered in South Jordan and manages a global team of 30. Ivanti has over 3,500 employees in 40 offices in 16 different countries. He holds real estate broker’s licenses in both Utah and Washington as well as the CCIM designation. Some little known things about Jeremy: he plays way too much pickleball, he owned a sailboat and a car before he had a driver’s license, and no one has ever guessed his high school mascot.