ULI Colorado - Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2023


2023-01-19T10:30:00 - 2023-01-19T13:00:00

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    Denver Performing Arts Center - Seawell Ballroom 1350 Arapahoe St Denver, CO 80204 United States
    The ULI & PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate is an annual event where the industry's top experts present the most relevant economic factors, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations impacting the land-use opportunities in Colorado. These trends are based on the report released in Fall of 2022. More info below.


    Late Pricing Begins January 18 Members Non-Members
    Private $85.00 $115.00
    Private $95.00 $130.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $75.00 $105.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $85.00 $120.00
    Retired $85.00 N/A
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    Student $45.00 $45.00
    Student $55.00 $55.00
    Under Age 35 $85.00 $115.00
    Under Age 35 $95.00 $130.00
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    Online Registration is Closed.
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    The ULI & PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate is an annual event where the industry's top experts present the most relevant economic factors, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations impacting the land-use opportunities in Colorado. These trends are based on the report released in Fall of 2022. You can download a copy of the report here.

    Keynote Speaker:

    Wendy McCray-Benoit
    Assurance Partner, PwC

    Moderated by Kevin McCabe, Newmark 
    Laura Aldrete, City and County of Denver
    Amy Cara, East West Partners
    Kourtny Garrett, Downtown Denver Partnership
    Cyndi Thomas, RCLCO
    Eric Tupler, JLL 
    Doug Wells, Broe Real Estate Group 

    Thursday, January 19th

    10:30am - 1:00pm

    Seawell Ballroom at the DCPA
    1350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80204

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    Cyndi Thomas

    Managing Director, RCLCO

    Cyndi is a Managing Director at RCLCO Fund Advisors, an affiliate business of RCLCO, and a leading consultant to institutional advisors, where she focuses on driving the performance of asset plans for an extensive portfolio on behalf of various pension fund clients. She is also a member of the investment committee and leads ESG initiatives for the company. Previously, Cyndi was a partner and executive vice president at Etkin Johnson and oversaw the real estate investment strategy and portfolio performance. Other experience includes real estate acquisitions, financing, restructurings, and asset management at CenterSquare Investment Management, Buchanan Street Partners, and Clarion Partners. Outside of RFA, Cyndi is a member of the Urban Land Institute – Small Scale Development Product Council, a member of the University of Colorado Real Estate Center Advisory Board, and a member of PREA serving on the environment committee. Ms. Thomas is a frequent speaker in Colorado and nationally and was awarded the CREW Denver Woman of Influence and the Bisnow Denver Power Woman awards. She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she received a BBA, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, and the University of Colorado, where she received an MBA and MS, Finance.


    Amy Cara

    Managing Partner, East West Partners

    Amy believes that what makes a place great is encouraging connection and fostering opportunities for experiences. She currently oversees the team creating The Coloradan, at 334-unit condominium project, and 16 Chestnut, a 430,000-sf office building anchored by DaVita, among other projects, as well as identification of new opportunities in Denver. She has most recently been responsible for the revitalization of The Landmark, a mixed-use community with 271 condominiums and 180,000 square feet of entertainment-based retail development. Prior to this role, Amy was the Chief Financial Officer for East West Partners in Denver, starting with the purchase and development of the Riverfront Park master-planned community and culminating with the completion Denver Union Station redevelopment. Amy joined East West Partners in 1999 when the company formed a team for the development of Riverfront Park, where she was responsible for debt and equity relations and financial oversight of the Denver operations. She was also integral to the entitlement, development planning, land acquisition and sales, and contractual oversight of residential sales and office and retail leasing for Denver development. In addition to these roles, Amy actively participated on the management team of the Union Station Neighborhood Company, the joint venture that facilitated the redevelopment of Denver’s Union Station. Amy is the immediate past Chair of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) Colorado, Vice Chair for the Urban Development/Mixed Use Bronze Council of ULI and a member of the Steering Committee for the Women’s Leadership Initiative at ULI nationally. She is the President of the Central Platte Valley Metropolitan District, a board member of the Denver Union Station Metropolitan Districts, the immediate past chair of PlatteForum, an arts-based youth organization, and is an active member of the Young Associates of the Denver Art Museum.


    Laura Aldrete

    Executive Director, City and County of Denver

    Laura is the executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development, where she oversees Denver’s citywide and neighborhood planning efforts and the implementation of regulations for land use and design. In short, she is a city builder. She previously served as senior vice president for real estate at Denver International Airport, where she was responsible for implementing a strategic development plan across 16,000 acres of airport land. Throughout her career, she has focused on planning and development in both the public and private sectors, including serving as an assistant director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, serving as a project manager with the Mayor’s Office for the Central Park (Stapleton Airport) redevelopment, and guiding strategy for various redevelopment and TOD projects across the U.S. She is a member the Urban Land Institute, Biennial of the Americas, International Women’s Forum and was previously vice-chair of the Denver Planning Board. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and masters’ degrees in urban and regional planning and Latin American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.