ULI Michigan 2023 Spring Real Estate Summit


2023-06-05 - 2023-06-06

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    Ross School of Business Will open in a new window 701 Tappan Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States


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    2023-06-05T15:30:00 - 2023-06-05T17:00:00
    Depot Town Development
    2023-06-05T15:30:00 - 2023-06-05T17:00:00
    KLA Ann Arbor Development Tour
    2023-06-05T15:30:00 - 2023-06-05T17:00:00
    1140 Broadway Development Tour


    ULI Michigan is proud to announce our annual Spring Real Estate Summit to take place Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th. This two-day event will kick off with limited-capacity in-person  development tours on day 1, followed by a full day conference on day 2. This year’s Summit dive into topics such as housing, construction, sustainability and the future of mobility. Mark your calendar for this event, it is one you will surely not want to miss!


    June 5th

    3:30pm-5:00pm - Development Tours
    Beekman on Broadway, Depot Town, and KLA Development. Registration to tours is limited and adds an additional $25 to registration.
    5:00pm-6:30pm - Opening Reception at Casa Dominick's

    June 6th
    8:30am- Registration and Check in

    9:15am- Roundtables
    Evolution of Coworking, Heidi Porscher, Prentice 4M; Corridor Improvement Districts, Wonwoo Lee, Oxford Co.; De-Malling, Denise Murray, Ann Arbor SPARK; Wetlabs (Environmental testing and analysis) Mark Smith, MIHQ; Construction Supply Chain Issues and Costs, Oscar Notz, Turner Construction; Women's Sustainable Development Initiative (WSDI); Bosch: Sustainable Technology, Frank Sgambati; Workforce Development & Housings, Ann Lean, SER Metro Detroit

    10:45am- Break

    11:00am- Opening Keynote: Michigan Matters
    Quentin Messer (MEDC) & Kevin Johnson (DEGC)
    11:50am- Lunch Service

    1:00pm- Breakout Session One: Sustainability Best Practices in Development
    Sara Hammerschmidt, THRIVE Collaborative; Missy Stults, City of Ann Arbor; Kara Kokernak, ULI GreenPrint; Jamie McCarthy, City of Kalamazoo

    1:00pm- Breakout Session Two: Development Opportunities in Housing
    Emery Matthews, Real Estate Interests, LLC; Jill Ferrari, Renovare Development; Tony Lentych, MSHDA; Melissa Milton-Pung, Michigan Municipal League 

    2:00pm- Rotation Break

    2:20pm- Breakout Session Three: The Future of Mobility
    Sarah Cicotte, Ann Arbor SPARK; Melanie Piana, Regional Transit Authority of SE Michigan; Lisa Nuszkowski, M-1 Rail
    2:20pm- Breakout Session Four: Construction Innovations & Materials
    Kara Kokernak, ULI Greenprint; Carol Menassa, University of Michigan

    3:20pm- Rotation Break

    3:40pm- Closing Keynote: Future Development in The District Detroit
    Ryan Friedrichs, Related Companies; Rian English Barnhill, Olympia Development

    4:30pm- Closing Reception



    Ross School of Business 701 Tappan Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

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    Lisa Berden

    Linchpin Legal PLLC

    *Complex deal financing, including new markets tax credits (NMTC), historic tax credits (HTC) and low income housing tax credits (LIHTC), tax increment finance (TIF), grants and traditional lending *Negotiate commercial contracts including commercial leases, construction contracts, architect agreements, economic development agreements (tax incentives/grants/infrastructure improvement funds, tax increment finance reimbursement agreements), and purchase agreements *Public Private Partnerships (PPP) - work with municipalities and developers on projects involving catalytic community change. Ex: improvements to local wastewater treatment facility to accommodate new user; develop financing structure for large projects.


    Carol Menassa

    Professor, University of Michigan

    My research focuses on understanding and modeling the interconnections between the human and the built environment. In this context, my research group focuses on two main research thrusts. In the first, we study the impact of human behaviors and actions on the built environment. For example, we use modeling and simulation to understand the impact of occupants on energy use in buildings and develop decision frameworks to sustainably retrofit existing buildings. In the second thrust, we focus on understanding the effect of the built environment on human comfort, well-being and accessibility issues. For example, we use non-intrusive methods such as low cost thermal cameras to provide personalized thermal comfort settings in single and multi-occupancy space. We also develop personalized localization and path planning methods to assist people with physical disabilities in navigating unknown building environments. My research group has expertise in energy simulation, complex adaptive systems modeling, high-level architecture and informatics, computer vision and robotics.


    W. Emery Matthews

    Real Estate Interests, LLC

    Experienced real estate consultant, scholar and visionary, Emery Matthews founded and serves as the principal of Detroit-based Real Estate Interests, LLC. The company provides specialized consulting services designed to help guide companies through major changes and complex deals, managing assets and property, and advising decision makers. A Detroit native, Matthews earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and simultaneously earned a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University. Matthews has been a major player in the Detroit and national real estate landscape for more than a decade, regularly managing millions of dollars worth of projects and investments.


    Jill Ferrari

    Renovare Development

    Jill Ferrari has 27 years of experience in urban redevelopment. Her background includes private real estate acquisition and development, legal practice, consulting, and community development. As the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Renovare Development, she has successfully built a majority woman-owned commercial real estate development company focused on transformational mixed-use real estate development projects in urban neighborhoods and rural main streets, with a pipeline of over 80 million dollars currently in development. Jill has been active throughout her entire career in the advancement of women in commercial real estate and is a founding Board Member of the Women’s Sustainable Development Initiative, a nonprofit with a mission to empower emerging female commercial real estate developers, primarily women of color. Jill is an owner of the prop-tech start-up DVerse, a professional marketplace and networking platform that connects commercial real estate talent with projects committed to diversity, equity and ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles. Jill is the current Co-Chair of the ULI Michigan District Council, founder of both the ULI Michigan Women’s Leadership Initiative and the District Council’s Young Leader Group. Jill serves on numerous boards and has received several honors, including: • 2021 Crain’s Detroit News “Notable Executives in Real Estate” • 2021 ‘Woman of Influence” - GlobeST Real Estate Magazine • 2017 “Woman of Distinction” – Wayne State University Council on the Status of Woman • 2016 - Melvin Simon Award Winner - International Council for Shopping Centers (ICSC) • Former Director of Community Development for Wayne County, MI • Former Vice President of Real Estate Acquisitions for Real Estate Interests Group, Inc. • Financed over two hundred million in community development projects • Former CEO of affordable housing development company • Current Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Michigan District Coun


    Brinda Devine

    P8 Real Estate Solutions

    Brinda is a commercial real estate professional with +20 years managing commerical real estate portfolios and development. P8 Real Estate Solutions focuses on small scale neighborhood development. * M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Wayne State Univeristy in Detroit, MI . * Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with concentration in Finance, Wayne State Univeristy in Detroit, MI . * State of Michigan Real Estate Broker’s license Brinda is an active committee member of ULI's Local Small Product Council and Pathway to Inclusion. Accomplishments: * Larson Leader alumni *2020 cohort, Capital Impact Partner minority developer program, Equitable Diversity Initiative (EDI) * A co-founding member of Women's Sustainable Development Initiative (WSDI), www.womendevelop.org * Owner, P8 Real Estate Solutions, www.p8realestatesolutions.com *Owner, Kornr Store, www.kornrstore.com