YLG Mentor Program

Clayton (Clay) Phillips
Chair, YLG Mentor Program

Esther Lho
Co-Chair, YLG Mentor Program
Concorde Group

YLG Mentor Program


The mission of the mentor program is to foster an exchange of professional ideas, friendship, and expertise among young real estate professionals and industry veterans. This program matches young professionals (mentees) with experienced professionals (mentors) for guidance and support, while offering mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with the young future leaders of the local real estate community and ULI.


Every applicant must be committed to the Mentor Program in order to create the type of atmosphere necessary for success. Attendance and participation in each meeting for the full term of the program is expected.


Each mentor group consists of 2 YLG members with an interest or experience in similar product types or sectors. Each group is led by 1 mentor, a senior leader. Mentor groups are expected to meet over the course of 9 months, every month. Meetings can include: lessons learned from a mentor’s career, discussing career goals, case studies,  project tours, guest speakers, or anything else mutually agreed upon to further the relationship among the group.  A mentor program committee member will also be emailing articles, videos, etc. that relate to the mentor or leadership topic at the beginning of every month to assist with leading a productive discussion.

Active Participation

Mentees should have a clear idea of what they want to achieve through the Mentor Program, whether that be obtaining career advice or learning from their peers and mentor about specific issues in their sector. Each mentee must take responsibility for facilitating (help determine agendas, coordinate schedules, etc.) at least one meeting. This role is crucial to taking the scheduling work off of the mentor’s hands and keeping the group together.

Requirements/ Pre-requisites

Education: Undergraduate degree or higher.

Work Experience:  Minimum of 1 year experience in the real estate industry or related field, including development, architecture, planning, government, hospitality, transportation, engineering, finance, sustainability, and non-profits.

Current Employment: Currently employed in the industry or enrolled in a real estate focused graduate school program”.

Membership:  Must be a ULI Member.  Please contact ULI Atlanta (404) 331-1800 to discuss options if you are not a member.


Applications Due: The application for the 2019 program is now closed.  The next opportunity to apply will be November 2019.

Selected Protégés will be required to attend a cocktail reception the week of February 4, 2019 where they will meet their mentor and fellow mentee.


ULI YLG Members: $75

This fee covers the cost of two ULI organized receptions.


Thank you to the following volunteers who have agreed to be members for the 2019 program.  Without their time and dedication to this program would not be possible:

Marc Brambrut, Partner, Fairfield Residential
Christina Brynes, Design Manager, Holder Construction
Bree Caldwell, Associate Principal, DaVinci Development Collaborative, LLC
Thurston Cooke, CFO, OneStreet Residential
Greg Cross, Principal, Smith Dalia Architects
Scott Cullen, Executive Vice President, JLL
Alex Demestihas, National Director/ Senior Vice President, JLL
Todd Flaman, Director, Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group
Inga Harmon, Harmon & Harmon Realtors, Inc., Vice President/Associate Broker
Randy Holmes, Principal, Seven Oaks
Cary Horvath, Senior Property Manager, Cushman & Wakefield
Natallie Keiser, Senior Associate for Neighborhood Transformation,  Annie E. Casey Foundation
Mohamed Mohsen, Associate Principal, Niles Bolton Associates
John Moores, Associate, Gensler
Brian Oates, Director of Development, Pollack Shores Real Estate Group
James Puckhaber, Corporate Practice Leaders, SLAM
Chris Troutman, Associate,  Seyfarth Shaw
Chuck Young, Vice President Prestwick Companies,
Greg Winchester, Founder & CEO Summit Investors

2019 Mentees

Emily Aho, Jamestown LP
Robby Arrington, Jones Lang LaSalle
Peter Baron, Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc.
Melissa Bloem, HFF
JB Bowers, Voya Investment Management
Taylor S Brown, New Market Properties
Brad Chambers, New South Construction
Brian Cosgrove, Regions
Dan Cotter, Minerva Homes
Madrid Danner-Smith, Civitas Communities
Emily Estes, State Road and Tollway
Nicholas Ferran, Altus Group
Ariel Fieldman, HFF
John Fowble, North American Properties
Seth Furman, Invest Atlanta
Kristina Garcia, Cushman & Wakefield
Arjun Garg, Jamestown
John Gelzer, Equity Management Company
Chris Goldsmith, Walker & Dunlop
Meghan R. Gordon, Miller & Martin PLLC
Angela Marion Graham, Cushman & Wakefield
John Hamilton, Long Engineering
Casey Holloway, Cushing Morris Armbruster & Montgomery
Armika Jolly, Worthy Realty Group LLC.
David Russell Jones, Corcoran Ota Group Inc.
Cecilia Leal, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Esther Lho, The Concorde Group
Libby Malloy, HFF
Alisha Mccary, Cushman and Wakefield
Donnell McGhee, The Integral Group
Jenny NeSmith, Edward Andrews Homes
Alex Nunner, SunTrust
Clay Phillips, Deloitte
John Schellhase, InterContinental Hotels Group
Rachel Sproat, JLL
Nick Vinson, PGIM Real Estate Finance
Schroder Voyles, Atlanta Beltline, Inc.
John Wu, The Concord Group