Monthly Archives: June 2016

Trends & Psychographics in the Hotel and Resort Industry

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By Jenna Figueroa, Vice President of Operations, Wave Hospitality Advisors Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the Urban Land Institute’s Hotel and Resort Conference in Carlsbad, California.  As a hospitality consultant for both hotels and resorts across the world, I was excited to find a hotel themed conference right in my backyard.  This conference was also significant, as it was the first hotel and resort based conference that ULI has hosted in the past seven years! Topics during the conference ranged from hotel asset management, to capital … Read More

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Mindset – The Psychology of Success

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By Bryant Brislin, The Hoffman Company and Vice Chair Outreach ULI NEXT Council The NEXT Council (professionals aged 35-45 years old) met on May 12th at the offices of Manatt Phelps for their third council meeting. The Council’s membership represents a wide sector of the real estate industry from lawyers, developers/builders, property managers, consultants, brokers and public sector employees. New members Oscar Graham from Foremost Communities and Tunde Ogunwole from Trammell Crow Company were welcomed and they shared with the council what their roles are at their companies as well … Read More

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Tri Pointe Homes Division President Thomas Grable Speaks About Leadership


Thomas Grable, Division President for TRI Pointe Homes Southern California, recently spoke at the popular Urban Land Institute Leaders and Managers Spring Program 2016 on Planned Communities, Urban Infill and Residential Design. Tom is responsible for all aspects of planning and implementing the company’s business plans including land acquisition, forward planning, entitlements, site planning, engineering, product development, landscape design, land development, new home construction, and sales and marketing. Prior to joining the TRI Pointe Homes team, Tom was with William Lyon Homes, Inc. from September 1998 to April 2009.  He … Read More

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Secret Ingredients for Redevelopment: PPPs & Environmental Efficiency

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By Audrey Young, City of Lake Elsinore and Student Representative, Public Realm Initiative Council With the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agencies in California, efficient infrastructure and public-private partnerships are the key to financing redevelopment projects. At the ULI Public Realm Initiative/Public-Private Partnership Council meeting on June 2, 2016, several leaders in the field shared their stories for navigating the new rules. Pete Carmichael, the Director of Great Park Planning and Development, presented two different projects with alternative financing strategies that have achieved successful outcomes. The historic Redondo Beach Waterfront redevelopment … Read More

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Dana Point Harbor Revitalization

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By Cayla J. McDonell, UCI Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate (2016) and Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council Student Representative. ULI Member Scott Mayer, Senior Real Estate Officer with the County of Orange, along with input from Heather Johnston from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, presented the Dana Harbor Revitalization at the June 8, 2016 ULI Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council meeting. The project has involved input and approvals from the state, county, the California Coastal Commission (CCC), city merchants and boat owners. As the Harbor currently stands, there are … Read More

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Looking into the Future of Reality

Greg Anderson with Goggles MHIC

By Emily Ware, USC MRED Graduate (2016) and Multi-Housing Initiative Council Student Representative What peeks the interest of a group of seasoned professionals in the multi-housing development sector at a ULI meeting?  Leaders of the ULI Initiative Council that focuses on multi-family housing put to this question to the test when they created the agenda for a recent Initiative Council meeting. Leading the discussions about apartment design trends, market demographics and technology in real estate were Charles Halladay, HFF; Greg Anderson, Shea Properties; and Aram Chahbazian, TCA, Inc.  The Multi-Housing Initiative Council (MHIC) … Read More

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