Partnership Forum Program
Partnership Forum Applications are now open!
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2023 COHORT ARE NOW CLOSED!
What’s New: This year the Partnership Forum is shifting to warm weather months to increase the chances for in-person meetings, project tours and happy hours.
Learn from the best! Entering its 17th year with ULI Colorado, Partnership Forum offers Young Leaders a chance to network and learn through monthly forums with senior real estate professionals over six months.
Topics consist of land use issues, career development, and projects discussed in a confidential setting. Each Partnership Forum group consists of 12-15 YLG participants.
This mentoring and networking program is available to ULI Young Leader members (35 & under) who apply and are accepted. This is a paid development program with a fee of $275. You must be 35 and under and a current ULI member to participate.
ULI YLG co-chairs and staff select an elite group of moderators for each group. Each moderator is a leader in a specific focus of real estate and development.
Eliza Ross, Pennybacker Capital, [email protected]
Raymond Paolini, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., [email protected]
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.
Thursday, March 9th: Meet the Moderators – Register Here Now!
Friday, March 17th: Application Deadline
Wednesday, March 22nd: Announcement of Partnership Groups for 2023
March – September: Monthly Group Meeting TBD: First Group meeting (Each group will meet once a month for the six months. Scheduling will occur based on the group’s availability)
May: Mid Program Meetup – TBD – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
September: Program Graduation – TBD – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
How to apply
There are a few things to consider before applying. Applicants will also need to have their ULI membership numbers ready before applying. If selected, Partnership Forum participants will pay an affiliation fee to cover costs of programing and meetings.
Applications for the Partnership Forum are now closed.
If you have any questions about the program or application process, email [email protected].
Kevin Foltz: Chief Development Officer, Forum Investment Group
Kevin is the Chief Development Officer at Forum Investment Group with more than 25 years of experience, overseeing the Development and Investment Management groups, leading them to identify new investment opportunities and to help expand the company’s development footprint.
Prior to joining Forum, Kevin was a Development Director with Continuum Partners where he managed entitlements, land acquisition and disposition, and ground-up development of many of the company’s award-winning retail, hospitality, residential and commercial projects. He began his career working as an engineer and project manager at Swinerton Builders from 1996 to 2001.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder and an MBA from the University of Colorado – Denver. He is a triathlete and enjoys skiing, hiking, and biking with his family in his native state’s beautiful outdoors. Kevin lives in Denver with his wife, C, and their two sons.
Denise Burgess: President / CEO, Burgess Services, Inc.
Burgess Services, Inc. is a Denver, Colorado second generation 48-year-old construction firm.
Denise’s current projects including part of the City of Denver management team for the $225 million Colorado Convention Center Expansion and just awarded the Denver International Airport Baggage Handling System with PCL Construction.
She became the first African American Board Chair on the 150th anniversary of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in September 2017. She has been listed in the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Network Journal’s Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business in the U.S., and a Colorado Black Business Hall of Fame Inductee.
Adam Fenton: Principal, Narrate Companies
Adam Fenton is the Founder and Partner of Narrate Companies. Narrate is a Denver-based firm specializing in the investment and development of urban-infill multifamily and mixed-use real estate in major metropolitan markets throughout the Western U.S. Adam leads all strategic direction and growth initiatives for Narrate. In addition, he’s responsible for sourcing all new investment opportunities and securing both debt and equity for all Narrate’s projects.
Adam brings 16 years of experience in direct equity real estate investment and development, having developed over 1,500 units, valued at nearly $900 million.
Sarah Cullen: President, SideCar Public Relations
Sarah Cullen is the Founder and President of SideCar Public Relations, a full-service communications firm specializing in commercial real estate, community building and placemaking. With a passion for all aspects of the built environment, Sarah founded SideCar in 2011 with a firm belief in the power of the stories behind the people, places and projects that are elevating communities and shaping cities across the U.S.
Under Sarah’s leadership, SideCar brings a results-focused, relationship-based approach to public relations and communications that matches the fast-paced, complex nature of the commercial real estate industry. Working with developers, architects, property owners and managers, industry organizations, and business leaders, Sarah and the SideCar team drive standout results for clients and their bottom lines locally, regionally and nationally.
Sarah has been recognized among Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, the distinguished Marquis Who’s Who in America, and Bisnow Denver’s Power Women, thanks to her highly sought-after expertise and success as an industry and community leader. Sarah and SideCar received national recognition in 2021, being named one of the best PR firms in the country by Forbes.
As an influential member of Denver’s broader business community, Sarah also lends her expertise and passion for city building to industry and community organizations. Sarah serves on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Urban Exploration and ¡Viva! Streets Steering Committees; is an incoming mentor for the Urban Land Institute’s Partnership Forum program; and is a member of the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors’ (DMCAR) Investor group.
Prior to founding SideCar PR, Sarah an associate at JohnstonWells Public Relations, working on accounts in the real estate, nonprofit, telecommunications, retail and healthcare industries. Sarah graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a concentration in media relations. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, skiing, hiking with their family dogs, fly fishing or trail rides with her horse.
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
2019-2020: Chris Achenback, Urban Roots Development; Austin Kane, UNICO; Paul Washington, JLL; Becky Zimmermann, Design Workshop
2021: Bill Mosher, Trammel Crow Company; Anne Hayes, Westfield; Sandi Thomas, Newland; Logan Grizzel, Blackhorn Ventures
2022: Matt Joblon, BMC Investments, Ashley Stiles, Tribe Development, Albus Brooks, Millender White, Kourtny Garrett, Downtown Denver Partnership