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35 members of the Center for Leadership Class of 2016 Announced

Saporta Report, July 20. 2015

Now in its seventh year, the ULI Center for Leadership (CFL) is a nine-month program for emerging leaders in the real estate and land-use industries. Individuals will leave the program with the understanding that by bringing together smart people with diverse background and expertise, there is no problem the region can’t tackle.

“The Center for Leadership is an invaluable program for any emerging leader in Atlanta real estate. It brings together the best-of-the-best from every aspect of the industry in an environment of collaboration and honesty.” Michael Phillips, co-chair this year’s class says, “We learn from others experiences in a productive way to not only further our own career goals and aspirations, but also develop Atlanta into a competitive twenty-first century city by adhering to ULI’s commitment to the responsible use of land.”

The program is comprised of eight day-long sessions focused on the issues and leadership required to creating a sustainable Atlanta region. In addition to featured speakers from private, public and non-profit sectors, participants have an opportunity to provide leadership on a critical Atlanta regional issue. Working in teams, participants are responsible for sharing their expertise and advice to develop recommendations for a public sector or non-profit organization. If your organization is interested in being involved with this program in the future, please contact ULI Atlanta.

The applications this year were amongst the strongest the program has ever received and the selection committee had the arduous task of selecting the final 35 candidates that would receive an offer to be included in the class. Thank you to all of the dedicated program alumni who took the time to review the applications and interview the candidates, this program would not be possible without their diligent efforts.

The 35 members of the class include:

Kevin Bacon Jr, Perkins+Will
Johnson Bazzel, Wood Partners
Sarah Butler, Praxis3
Hadley Creekmuir, The Wilbert Group
Randall Dragon, JLL
Alison Drane, Alston & Bird LLP
Boone DuPree, Cousins Properties, Inc.
Alan Ferguson, Invest Atlanta
Matt Friesen, Jacobs
Pat Gilroy, RPG Holdings, LLC
Quinn Green, Century 21 Connect Realty
John Hardman, Internative Investment Group
Erin Hewitt, Thompson Hine LLP
Ben Hudgins, Lord Aeck Sargent Architecture
Heather Hussey-Coker, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Chenee Joseph, The Atlanta Housing Authority
Geoff Koski, Bleakly Advisory Group
Will Lambe, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Justin Long, North American Properties
Laura Moody, Midtown Alliance
Brent Nitschke, Lusk & Company, Inc.
James Norris, The Beck Group
Rob O’Keefe, tvsdesign
Lou Papera, Pursley Friese Torgrimson, LLP
Tony Peters, Buckhead Community Improvement District
Amy Phuong, City of Atlanta
Kyle Reis, Cooper Carry
Ade Sanusi, The Integral Group
Jim Schroder, Tribridge Residential
Jeffrey Smith, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Anne Michael Sustman, Smith Dalia Architects
Matthew Tester, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors
Brian Thomas, Isakson Living
Martha Vega, Winter Construction
K.B. Yabuku II, Stan Johnson Company

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