ULI Orange County/Inland Empire What’s New?

A Peek into a Mentorship Meeting

By Erica Congelliere, Marketing Coordinator, LSA

ULI Mentor John Leehey, with Danielian Associates, brought his Mentorship Group to SWA Group’s office in Laguna Beach, last month.  This meeting was organized by Protégé Pavel Petrov, an Associate with SWA.  The group was treated to an office tour and a special presentation by Sean O’Malley, Senior Principal with SWA. 

O’Malley’s engaging presentation highlighted the effects of water supply on Master-Planned Communities and SWA’s practices for incorporating water system planning into their Master-Planning strategies.  O’Malley’s presentation encompassed the varied SWA master-plan community projects around the world that reflect both state-of-the-art and highly sustainable planning and design solutions.  Following, Petrov offered the group a very interesting overview of the many distinguished projects in which SWA is involved.


Being part of an active Mentorship Group has been extremely rewarding. 

Previously, the group met at the Brookfield Homes’ office in Costa Mesa, which included an office tour and a meeting with Derek Barbour, Director of Land Entitlement.  Brookfield’s office was impressive, as were the projects in which they are involved.

Leehey’s first mentorship group meeting took place at the Danielian Associates’ office in Irvine, which also included an office tour and an overview of the diverse projects they are working on, today.

Leehey, who is a seasoned planner with local and international expertise, presented an imformative overview of “New Trends in Master Planned Communities” that was created for formal panel presentations at ULI and other real estate organizations.  

While ULI Mentorship Groups are only required to meet at least every other month, Leehey’s group has been meeting more regularly.  Future meetings will include a tour of the Forma and the LSA local offices, taking full advantage of the Protégés’ work locations. 

“We expect to share in further educational and enjoyable meeting opportunities.  Participating in the ULI Mentorship Program has been valuable and educational.”


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