ULI Michigan Spring Real Estate Summit

ULI Michigan Spring Real Estate Summit

Connect with the World of Real Estate: ULI Michigan Spring Summit April 29th-30th, 2019

ULI Michigan will hold the inaugural Spring Real Estate Summit on Tuesday April 29-30th, at Cobo Center in Detroit. The Conference will focus on urban regeneration, mixed-use development, and real estate market trends. The conference will feature roundtables, dynamic concurrent sessions, and keynote presentations.

On the afternoon of April 29th, we will hold several exclusive tours. The tours will focus on new and unique projects, as well as local real estate trends. Tours will be separately ticketed and available for registration in advance. We will be hosting the ULI Spring Summit Opening Reception from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Shinola Hotel.

The conference will cover a variety of important real estate focused topics and participants will include developers, investors, government officials, academics, architects, urban planners, and other service providers.

To sponsor the Spring Summit click here.

See the agenda and read about some of our featured speakers below.



Monday April 29th, 2019

3:30pm-4:30pm- Development Tours


(Tours will take place simultaneously

-Ferndale: Search Optics Campus

-New Center: The Platform

-Herman Kiefer Site

-Brush Park: Bedrock City Modern

-Corktown: The Corner

-Pullman Parc Site

5:00pm-7:00pm– Opening Reception at Shinola Hotel

Tuesday April 30th, 2019, Cobo Center 

8:30am-9:00am –Registration and Networking

9:00am-9:15am– Welcoming Remarks

9:15am-10:45am (Room 140 A-E) – Roundtables (Three 20 minute rotations)


YIMBY, NIMBY, & PHIMBY: Becoming an advocate in your own backyard with Jessica A.S. Letaw, Building Matters Ann Arbor

Matching Commercial Real Estate and Tenant Amenities with Jill Brack, Broder & Sachse Real Estate and Sam Hamburger, Bedrock Detroit

Neighborhoods: Jefferson East with Derric Scott;  Grandmont Rosedale and Live6 with Cecily King, Live6 and Sherita Smith, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation; Southwest Detroit and Corktown; North End and Midtown with James Feagin, Projects +PEOPLE; Pamela Martin-Turner, Vanguard Community Development Corporation, and Elise Fields, Midtown Detroit Inc.

Strategies to Alleviate Construction Bottleneck with Dannis Mitchell, Barton Mallow and Oscar Notz, Turner Construction

Crossing Borders: Real Estate Opportunities in Canada with Jim Williams,  RE/MAX Capital; Brittany Foley, Consulate of Canada; and Matthew Johnson, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

Women in Development with Jenifer Acosta, Acosta Development

Next Generation of Real Estate, How Young Professionals  are Changing the Industry with Monique Becker and Bre’Ann White, Shelborne Development

Sustainability with Connie Lilley, 2030 District Detroit and Joel Howrani-Heeres, City of Detroit

10:45am-11:00am– Break

11:00am-11:50am (Room 140 A-E) General Session: Capital Ideas: A Close Look at Capital Markets with John Augustine, Huntington National Bank; Dennis Bernard, Bernard Financial; Cari Easterday, Midtown Detroit, Inc.; Tosha Tabron, Invest Detroit

11:50am-1:00pm-Lunch Service

1:00pm-1:45pm (Room 142 B) Breakout Session: Budding Potential: Cannabis & Real Estate as an Emerging Asset Class with Tom Wackerman, ASTI Environmental; Michael Langnas, Langnas & Associates; Paul Weisberger, Wild Bill’s Tobacco; and Troy Feltman, City of Chesaning; Beau Parmenter, Organilife Group

1:00pm-1:45pm (Room 142 C) – Breakout Session: Turning Over a New Leaf: Climate Change and Real Estate with Marta Schantz, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance; Perry Hausman TowerPinkster; Shannon Morgan, Renovare Development

1:45pm-2:00pm– Rotation Break

2:00pm-2:45pm (Room 142 B) Breakout Session: Are You in the Zone? A Closer Look at Successful Opportunity Zone Investments with Valerie Grunduski, Plante Moran; Mark Bennett, The Enterprise Securities Company; Bryan Kieler, PNC; and Jill Ferrari, Renovare Development

2:00pm-2:45pm (Room 142 C)  Breakout Session: Unlocking the Potential of State and Federal Incentives with Stacy Esbrook, MEDC; Sarah Pavelko, DEGC; and Christopher Coes, Smart Growth America

2:45pm-3:00pm– Rotation Break

3:00pm-3:45pm (Room 142 B)  Breakout Session: Level Ground: Inclusive Growth and Equitable Development with Jess Zimbabwe, National League of Cities; Katy Trudeau, City of Detroit; Chase Cantrell, Building Community Value; and Sonya Mays, Develop Detroit

3:00pm-3:45pm (Room 142 C) Breakout Session: Business Case for Design: How to get ROI from soft cost investment with Olga Stella, Design Core;  Amy Chesterton, ROSSETTI; Julio Cedano,  City of Detroit; and Amin Irving, Ginosko Development

4:00pm-4:45pm (Room 140 A-E) Keynote Closing Session: How Ford is Reimagining Michigan Central Station

Ford’s restoration of the iconic Michigan Central Station as the centerpiece of a new innovation hub in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood continues to captivate the city. The long-abandoned train station will be returned to its original grandeur and the area will be transformed with modern, sustainable mixed-use spaces. As renovations get underway and the development plan takes shape, join us for a deep dive into the project with Mary Culler, Detroit Development Director for Ford Motor Company, and Richard Bardelli, Construction Manager for Ford Land.

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Featured Speakers:

Jenifer Acosta

John Augustine

Rich Bardelli

Monique Becker

Mark Bennett

Dennis Bernard

Jill Brack

Chase Cantrell

Julio Cedano

Amy Chesterton

Christopher Coes

Mary Culler

Cari Easterday

Stacy Esbrook

James Feagin

Jill Ferrari

Elise Fields

Warren Galloway

Valerie Grunduski

Amin Irving

Cecily King

Jessica A.S. Letaw

Pamela Martin-Turner

Sonya Mays

Dannis Mitchell

Oscar Notz

Sarah Pavelko

Marta Schantz

Sherita Smith

Olga Stella

Katy Trudeau

Jim Williams

Bre’Ann White

Jessica Zimbabwe