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Partnership Forum: Meet the Moderators Kickoff

October 22, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Annex
2500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205 United States


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When: Monday, October 22nd, 5 pm – 7 pm
Where: The Annex, 2500 Larimer St., Denver

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ULI Colorado invites you to a happy hour and informational event where you will learn about the Partnership Forum program.  You will also have the opportunity to meet other program participants, this year’s organizing committee, and our 2018-2019 Moderators.  Come find out which moderator you prefer to be paired with and then rate your choices on the online application.

Based on a national model developed by ULI, Partnership Forum offers Young Leaders a chance to network and learn through year-long forums. Partnership Forum brings Young Leaders together with industry leaders to discuss land use issues, career development, and projects in a confidential setting.  Each ULI YLG Partnership Forum consists of 8-10 YLG participants, moderated by a ULI member who is a senior real estate professional.

Learn more about this year’s program here.

This year’s moderators:

Don BrandesVice President & Director of Landscape Architecture,Matrix Design Group

Liaison: Emily Felton, Kimley-Horn

As a vice president and the director of landscape architecture and urban design for Matrix, Don actively leads all multidisciplinary projects and is responsible for project programming, conceptual planning and design, and final project design review. Don’s planning and design passion continues to focus on urban design, waterfront design, resort and land development, and complex mixed-use downtown development projects.

Don is the author of several national and professional articles and publications including “Engineering Record,” “American Society of Landscape Architecture,” and “Urban Land Institute.” His book, “Developing Difficult Sites: Solutions for Developers and Builders” is published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, D.C., and continues to be a reference for the national Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE).

Don has chaired the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Developing Master-Planned Communities Conference and has been a featured speaker at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC), Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and several other national conferences. As a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in several states, Don is the recipient of a number of national and state planning and design awards.

In addition to his 30 years of professional experience, Don is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI); he is an advisory board member of the Colorado Trust for Public Lands (TPL) and has served on the board of directors of the Downtown Denver Partnership and several other academic, institutional, and non-profit boards and foundations. Don is the founder of The Brandes Scholarship at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Planning & Design.


Matt Mahoney, Director of Construction, Revesco Properties

Liaison: Justin Schwaiger, Thornton Tomasetti

Matt Mahoney has more than 20 years in the real estate development and construction management industry. Matt’s work in real estate projects has ranged from multifamily, office, mixed use, and industrial buildings. He brings to Revesco strong leadership and communication skills along with providing extensive experience in project feasibility, predevelopment and construction management.

Before joining Revesco, he served as the Director of Construction with OliverMcMillan. Primary responsibilities were to oversee the design and construction management of real estate redevelopment at Clayton Lane in Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Additionally, he led efforts on the pursuit and underwriting of future development opportunities in the Denver metro region. Prior to joining OliverMcMillan, Matt served as the Managing Partner at BuildMark Project Management and Development. Founded in August 2011, BuildMark focuses on owner’s representation/construction management consulting and real estate development. Prior to founding BuildMark, Matt was employed by East West Partner – Denver as the Vice President of Construction. While at East West, he helped lead the company in formulating development strategies and leading construction management efforts at Riverfront Park and the redevelopment of the Union Station Neighborhood.

Matt graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995 with a major in United States History and a minor in Political Science. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the board of the Cherry Creek Design Advisory Board, and volunteers his time with the CU Real Estate Council student placement committee and with the Cherry Creek Business Improvement District. An avid skier and lover of the outdoors, he lives in Greenwood Village with his wife and three children.


Bill MosherSenior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company

Liaison: Tori Tillquist, NexMetro

Bill joined Trammell Crow Company in March, 2006.  Bill oversees the Company’s development and investment activities in Colorado.  Projects include industrial, office, retail, residential and health care related uses.

Bill also serves as CEO of the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, the non-profit corporation that financed, designed, constructed, furnished and now owns the $285 million, 1100-room Hyatt Convention Center Hotel which was completed in December 2005. Bill currently oversees Hyatt’s operations on behalf of the Authority.

Bill is an expert in the planning, developing and managing of urban real estate. A native of Denver, he has more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors of urban real estate.

Bill formed Mosher Sullivan Development Partners in 2003. Projects included the Hyatt and build-to-suit offices, including the new 315,000 SF Denver Newspaper Agency building in Downtown Denver.  Bill previously was an owner, President and COO of Mile High Development (MHD). At MHD, he managed nearly $500 million in real estate projects, including the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, the Cultural Center Parking Garage and the first University Physicians, Inc. build-to-suit project at the Fitzsimons Health Sciences Center.

Bill served as President of the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) from 1990-1999. At the Partnership he helped guide Downtown Denver’s rebirth in the 1990s by advocating, planning, managing, promoting and developing central Denver, including forming the Business Improvement District (BID) and initiating a downtown housing development strategy culminating in redevelopment plans for the Central Platte Valley.

Prior to his association with the DDP, Bill served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Corporation (DDC) and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in Tucson, Arizona. Under his direction, more than $75 million in private investment dollars were attracted to DDC projects, including office, retail, parking facilities and more than 1,000 new housing units. He also managed the IDA’s issuance of more than $500 million in industrial revenue bonds for various commercial and residential projects in the City of Tucson.


Carolynne WhiteShareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Liaison: Dani Vachon, Boulder Housing

Carolynne White is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Her practice spans the Land Use, Government Relations, Real Estate and Natural Resources groups. Carolynne is an experienced land use and public policy attorney, with strong state and local government relationships, and cutting-edge expertise. Her specialty is managing complex and challenging projects and navigating multiple regulatory environments for optimal outcomes for clients. Her strong local and state relationships with elected officials and staff statewide ensure that clients always have the best information and the best opportunity to be heard. One of only twenty-three LEED-accredited attorneys in the state of Colorado, Carolynne also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, and in Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Carolynne’s practice focuses primarily on the zoning and entitlement process, with an emphasis on complex projects involving redevelopment, infill, brownfields, urban renewal, eminent domain, mixed use, transit-oriented development, PIFs and other public financing tools, and special challenges such as historic preservation. Carolynne has obtained entitlements for projects ranging from high-rise hotels to large-tenant retail to mixed use developments involving retail, office and residential components. Carolynne has also handled permitting for pipelines, compressor stations, and other mining and oil and gas related facilities. Carolynne also serves as special and general counsel to a variety of governmental and quasi-governmental entities, such as urban renewal authorities, special districts, and redevelopment authorities.

From 1999 to 2004, Carolynne was the staff attorney for the Colorado Municipal League, the nonprofit association representing the cities and towns of Colorado. In that capacity, she represented Colorado municipalities before the Colorado General Assembly, various state agencies and the courts. Focusing primarily on land use issues, Carolynne worked on state legislation dealing with growth management, comprehensive planning, impact fees, zoning, annexation, subdivision, urban renewal, condemnation and special districts. Additionally, she has also worked on legislation ranging from construction defects reform to governmental immunity.

From 1994 to 1999, Carolynne was a staff attorney in the legal department for the Denver Water Board where she handled a wide range of responsibilities that included litigation in federal, state and administrative courts; drafting policies and procedures; and handling real estate transactions dealing with Denver Water property.

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