Partnership Forum is now closed for applications!
Applicants will be notified by November 22nd
Learn from the best! Based on a national model developed by ULI, Partnership Forum offers Young Leaders a chance to network and learn through monthly forums over the course of six months. Partnership Forum brings Young Leaders together with industry leaders to discuss land use issues, career development, and projects in a confidential setting. Each Partnership Forum group consists of 12-15 YLG participants, moderated by a ULI member who is a senior real estate professional.
This mentoring program is available to Young Leader members (under 35) who apply and are accepted. Participants must also pay a small activity fee to cover the cost of meetings. You must be under 35 and a current ULI member to participate.
YLGs select an elite group of moderators for each group. Each moderator is a leader in a specific focus of real estate and development.
Dani Vachon, MGL Partners, DVachon@MGLPartners.com
Emily Felton, Kimley-Horn, firstname.lastname@example.org
What to expect
Monthly meetings with moderator groups are planned in advance by moderators, liaisons, and participants. These meetings may include site tours, presentations by guest speakers, and roundtable discussions about land use issues and career development.
How to apply
There are a few things to consider before applying. First, the application includes an optional letter of recommendation. While not required, applicants that submit a letter of recommendation will be more strongly considered. Applicants will also need to have their ULI membership numbers ready before applying. If selected, Partnership Forum participants will pay a $50 affiliation fee to cover costs of meetings.
If you have any questions about the program or application process, email Elise Martinez at email@example.com.
2019 – 2020 Moderators
Chris Achenbach, Founder, Urban Roots Development
Chris Achenbach is founder of Urban Roots Development, Inc and is committed to crafting sustainable, profitable, outside-of-the-box, mixed-use development projects. As a licensed Architect and Class A General Contractor, Chris brings technical know-how together with extensive experience developing some of the most sustainable and successful projects in the Denver region.
Before Urban Roots, Chris co-founded Zocalo Community Development, Inc where he served as Principal for 12 years, overseeing the design, development, and construction of numerous signature mixed-use and residential projects throughout the area. These projects helped shape the character of Denver’s redeveloping neighborhoods, and delivered record breaking financial returns while redefining the role of sustainability in large scale, institutional sized development projects.
Chris’s project experience includes Solera, downtown Denver’s first LEED Gold high-rise apartments; 2020 Lawrence, 231 units and LEED Gold in the ballpark neighborhood; Cadence, a pioneering 13 story LEED Gold apartment building in the heart of Denver Union Station; Coda Cherry Creek, 12 stories and 182 units of LEED Gold high-style living in Denver’s finest urban neighborhood, and The Grove Stapleton, 160 LEED Gold apartments for residents 55 and older.
Austin Kane, Vice President & Regional Director, UNICO
Austin Kane is Vice President, Regional Director working out of Denver, Colorado. He oversees Unico’s real estate investments in Colorado and Utah. Austin co-directs and executes asset strategies on more than 3.6M rentable square feet of class A office and retail space and is Unico’s point of contact for new business opportunities in his region.
Prior to joining Unico in 2013, Austin was a broker with the Frederick Ross Company for more than 10 years. In this role, he worked with institutional landlords from across the country. During his tenure with Frederick Ross, Austin completed more than 250 lease transactions. He also worked closely with management to mentor young brokers and connect with the larger Denver community.
While with Unico, Austin has overseen multiple successful leasing efforts on repositioned properties, setting a bar within individual competitive sets in multiple markets and submarkets.
Paul Washington, Market Director, JLL
As Market Director, Paul oversees day-to-day operations for JLL’s Rocky Mountain Region, including managing a team of more than 265 professionals and ensuring integrated business development opportunities for JLL business lines, which include Tenant Representation, Corporate Accounts, Capital Markets, Project Development Services, Public Institutions, and Agency Leasing.
Prior to joining JLL, Paul held the role of Exectuive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development. Prior to that, he was the president of LJS Holdings LLC, a leading finance advisory firm that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions and investment banking. Most notably, Paul was the lead investment banking advisor to GHCL Ltd. (a conglomerate firm based in India) on its successful acquisition of Dan River, Inc., the second largest textile company in the United States.
Paul began his professional career as a corporate attorney, and practiced law at Hogan Lovells, where he specialized in large merger and acquisition transactions. Paul is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations.
In 1991 Paul earned his B.S. in business (finance) from the University of California at Berkeley and in 1996 received his JD from that institution’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was elected president of the graduate student body. He also earned his L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver in 2012. Paul currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Nadia and son Ragaei.
Paul is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he teaches a graduate course in Business Planning.
Becky Zimmermann, President, Design Workshop
Becky has devoted her career to solving complex issues in the areas of community planning, market and economics, and resorts and tourism. She is recognized for her work in leading communities, companies and organizations in strategic and business planning, market definition and strategy, development entitlements, real estate economics, facilitation and advisory services. She has also been integrally involved in leading community participation processes and facilitation for projects.
Her work has been published in Metropolis magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Urban Land, and a variety of local periodicals. She has served on the Denver Mayor’s Commission for Disabilities and the Leadership Advisory Council for the Colorado Nonprofit Association.
2008: Julie Bender; Stuart Miner, Brownfield Partners; Susan Powers, Urban Ventures, LLC; George Thorn, Mile High Development
2009: Cal Fulenwider, L. C. Fulenwider, Inc. ; Mike Komppa, Corum Real Estate Group; James Mulligan, Snell & Wilmer; Marilee Utter, Citiventure Associates
2010: Gregg Bradbury, Church Ranch; Bruce Heitler, Heitler Development; Larry Stark, National Valuation ; Consultants; Rick Stone, Alliance Commercial Partners; Mary Sullivan, CB Richard Ellis
2011: Chris Achenbach, Zocalo Community Development; Patricia Gage, Colorado Business Bank; Tracy Huggins, Denver Urban Renewal Authority; Peter Park, City and County of Denver; Mike Zoellner, RedPeak Properties
2012: Cathy Gale, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP;Don McKenzie, UDR; Randy Nichols, Nichols Partnership; Randy Zisler, Zisler Capital
2013: Don Provost, Alberta Development Partners LLC; Amy Cara, East West Partners; Becky Stone, OZ Architecture; Kim Koehn K2 Ventures LLC
2014-2015: Andy Rockmore, Shears Adkins Rockmore; Maureen Phair, Arvada Urban Renewal Authority; Mitch Black, Norris Design; Cal Fulenwider; LC Fulenwider Inc.
2015-2016: Kirk Monroe, Vectra Bank; Chuck J. Perry, Perry Rose LLC; Julie Underdahl, Cherry Creek Business Improvement District; Kenneth Ho, Lennar Multifamily Communities
2016-2017: Bill James, James Real Estate Services, Brian Levitt, NAVA Real Estate Development; Molly Urbina, Governor’s Resiliency and Recovery Office; Charlie Woolley, St. Charles Town Co.
2017-2018: Jaime Gomez, Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Mary Sullivan, Former Senior Managing Director, HFF; David Tryba, Founding Principal, Tryba Architects; Chris Waggett, Principal and CEO, D4 Urban
2018-2019: Don Brandes, Matrix Design, Matt Mahoney, Revesco Properties, Cal Fulenwider, LC Fulenwider, Carolynne White, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck