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June 2005 Newsletter


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 Letter from the YLG Chair

A group of 20 meet in December of 2004 to discuss forming a Young Leaders Group (YLG) in the ULI Charlotte district counsel.  The energy and excitement of the group was obvious.  Through a series of meetings and discussions a Steering Committee was developed to organize and direct the YLG.  On January 11, 2005 the Charlotte District Counsel of ULI accepted YLG’s presentation to form under the ULI banner.  Since then, the YLG has been extraordinarily successful.  At its creation in January, the YLG membership consisted of 25 persons with creative opportunities and ideas of how the YLG should interact within the ULI organization and the professionals of Charlotte.

The Charlotte community is fortunate in its ability to attract young professionals with drive and purpose.  It is those persons who share the YLG mission statement, “to create a unique setting for leaders of tomorrow’s real estate related companies to interact, both professionally and socially with the leaders of today, while providing responsible leadership and transferring knowledge in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment,” that allowed for the quick success of Charlotte’s YLG.

The YLG membership based has grown significantly to 100 members in less than six months.  The YLG events have exceeded attendance expectations.  The first event in January was a meet and greet social for YLG and ULI members at Southend Brewery.  A speaker event was held in April where Moira Quinn of the Charlotte Center City Partners presented the many new development projects planned for the Center City, followed by a cocktail reception.  Both of these events have been well attended with approximately 75 persons per event.  A very popular venue for YLG members to interact with more seasoned real estate professionals is through the Friday Morning breakfasts.  The Friday Morning breakfasts are exclusive YLG events where 6-10 YLG members have breakfast with a real estate professional allowing for educational and professional opportunities.  All of these events have been “sold out” and will continue to be held on a monthly basis in the upcoming months.

The creation and quick success of YLG has been energizing to everyone involved.  I want to thank everyone who has joined the group and made an effort to understand land use practices.  A special thank you to the YLG Steering Committee, who has made this year a complete success:

Guy Pearlman  –  Vice Chairman Programs
William Siler  –  Vice Chairman Membership
John Schwaller  –  Vice Chairman Communications
Bobby Pittenger  –  Vice Chairman Mentor Program

I hope these members will consider another term with the YLG Steering Committee.  As for me, I have “come of age” and no longer able to qualify under the YLG age parameters.  Throughout the past year, Austin Williams and I have work together closely and he will be the new Chair person for the YLG.  As the YLG matures, there are many new ideas and initiatives to be discussed and implemented.  The new leadership will be meeting this month to discuss such plans and I encourage each of you to contact Austin for information on how to get engaged in the YLG – ULI community.  Thank you for an energetic and fun start to YLG Charlotte.


Garland Hughes

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Future of Center City Meeting Summary
The Charlotte District Council’s Young Leaders Group convened on May 4 for “The Future of Center City.”  Moira Quinn, Senior Vice President of Communications & Chief Operating Officer of Charlotte Center City Partners was the featured speaker.

The raison d'ętre for Charlotte Center City Partners is the support of existing and new businesses, cultural facilities, and residents located in Uptown and South End.  The group is contracted by the city, and has coordinated ventures from the Gold Rush public transit system to Movies on the Green.  Additional initiatives relate to public safety, neighborhood enhancement, and other forms of mass transit.

Enthusiastically reviewing economic development in Uptown and South End, Ms. Quinn credited the new Charlotte Arena as the biggest single catalyst of growth in the past decade.  Pointing to the multitude of high-rise condominiums being constructed, Ms. Quinn noted that each project is individually “interesting” and that the aggregate is “amazing.”  Several innovations coming to Charlotte through high-rise living include a sixth-floor pet park (at The Avenue) and a hotel condominium (in a second phase of EpiCentre).

Ms. Quinn summarized her group’s efforts studying potential relocation sites for the Charlotte Knights in or near Uptown Charlotte.  Inextricable from this discussion is the public park promised to the Third Ward neighborhood, which was once considered a possible site for the Knights.  Since the city has decided to make the public park a reality, a new idea has manifested: To integrate a baseball stadium into a “stroll district,” linking First and Second Wards with the light rail line, ImaginOn, and the Charlotte Arena.

 “The Future of Center City” was self-sponsored by the Young Leaders Group.  Stantec Consulting Services donated a membership to ULI, won by Randy Russell of First Colony.  Tickets to the Wachovia Championship were donated by Holly Hough of Skanska and awarded to Lesley Williams of SouthEast Commercial.

YLG Membership Roll
The ULI Charlotte Young Leaders Group is newly formed but our numbers are strong.  The following is a list of Young Leaders that have joined ULI Charlotte since February 16, 2005:

Benjamin R. Baldwin, Bunker Land Group, LLC
Lauren Bilotta, Robert Pittenger Company
Lauren Christman, Bank of America
Joshua I. Davis, Laureate Capital
David A. Dorsch, Colliers Pinkard
Michelle Doss, Omni Architecture
Gabe J. Ebner, Centrex Homes
Michael Foess, McAlpine Company
Jeremy Kent Grant, Kimley-Horn & Associates
Samuel Latham Grimes, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Holly F. Hough, Skanska USA Building Inc.
Parker O. Huitt, Huitt Investment Properties
Anand Jayant Jobanputra, Banc of America Securities
Lee Johnson, Cox & Schepp Construction
Nick Mazzella, Rhein Interests of Charlotte
Nathaniel Lee Medlin, Greer and Walker LLP
Frank Joseph Nesseler, Citiline, LLC
Matthew H. Nurkin, Cogdell Spencer Advisors
Philip M. Payonk, Jr., Laureate Capital
Christopher Perri, Trammell Crow Company
Randy Russell, First Coloby Corporation
Jennifer Gwendolyn Shelden, UNCC
Ryan Alan Smigiel, Centex Homes
Michael D. Spensieri, P.E., Centex Homes
Stephen Michael Stansbery, Kimley-Horn and Associates
David W. Stewart, Harris Associates Development
Monica Thomas, CPA, ABV, Greer and Walker LLP
Ashleigh Suzanne Thornhill, Wachovia Securities
Christopher Middleton Turner
Matthew Vinten, HNTB
Mary Lindsay Weatherly, Helms Mulliss & Wicker, PLLC

For more information on getting involved with the ULI Charlotte Young Leaders Group, please contact Cindy Savage at (704) 940-7388.

Membership: How to Join
To those of you who have not yet joined the Young Leaders Group (YLG), we would like to encourage you to do so today. The benefits of the YLG include member discounts for ULI Charlotte and ULI events, books and education, networking opportunities, and regular communication from ULI and ULI Charlotte. And don't forget the Friday Morning Club - an opportunity to sit down with some of the leaders of Charlotte's real estate community, including Bob Clay of Heritage Equities, Chris Branch of The Boulevard Company, Henry Faison of FAISON, Mike Burnett of Crescent Resources, to name only a few. This is an opportunity open only to YLG members.

ULI is an organization open to anyone involved in the land use industry: developers, builders, engineers, attorneys, planners, investors, financial advisors, academics, architects and public officials. To qualify for the YLG you must be younger than 35 years of age. The YLG offers significant discounts: you can join as a Young Leader for only $150, a savings of more than 50% over the typical membership fee of $350!

To join, visit www.uli.org for an application.  If you are already a member of ULI, call ULI at 800-321-5011 for more information on reclassifying as a Young Leader.

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 Upcoming Events

In the Friday Morning Club
ULI Charlotte's Young Leaders Group proudly presents the "Friday Morning Club," available to ULI members only (join at www.uli.org).

On many Friday mornings this year, we will be blessed with the time and presence of true leaders in the real estate industry.  Each meeting is an intimate conversation with the guest of honor and a small group of ULI young leaders.

Here's a quick look into what has happened / is happening at the Friday Morning Club meetings:

  March 4th Meeting
    Chris Branch of The Boulevard Company described how Charlotte has turned towards infill, especially "organic development."
  April 15th Meeting
    Robert McMillan of Cambridge Partners spoke on the tremendous impact Ayrsley is having on the Southwest submarket of Charlotte.
  May 6th Meeting
    Henry Faison of FAISON remembered developing Eastland Mall with a staff of only six people, giving further insight on how careers in Real Estate have changed.
  May 20th Meeting
    Ron Curtis of Bank of America explained the need for constant economic development and summarized Bank of America's development financing in Florida.
  June 10th Meeting
    Charles Teal of Pappas Properties discussed originating more than $600 million of construction in his 20 years of experience.
  June 17th Meeting - Pre-Registration Required
8:00am at the Pancake House (1300 South Blvd.)
    Dr. Steven Ott of UNC-Charlotte's Center for Real Estate will share his experiences in academia and private industry.
  July 22nd Meeting - Pre-Registration Required
8:00am at the Pancake House (1300 South Blvd.)
    Brian Jenest of ColeJenest & Stone will converse with us about his involvement in land planning.

In order to register for upcoming Friday Morning Club meetings, please complete the attached form at least 3 business days prior to the breakfast and fax it to 704-365-3678 or call 704-940-7388 to register by phone.  Please include your member number on your registration form.  Remember, the registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a registration form, please click here.

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YLG Leadership

Garland Hughes, Jr.
Harris, Murr & Vermillion, LLC

Vice Chair - Programs
Guy Pearlman

Vice Chair - Membership
William Siler
ColeJenest & Stone

Vice Chair - Communications
John Schwaller
Freeman White, Inc.

Vice Chair - Leadership Development
Bobby Pittenger
Robert Pittenger Company

Senior Advisor
Lat W. Purser, III
GVA Lat Purser & Associates, Inc.

ULI Charlotte Sponsors

The following companies have generously contributed to ULI - Charlotte coffers to ensure outstanding programming for our members this year.  To view their website, click on their company name:

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212 S. Tryon Street, Suite 1150
Charlotte, NC 28281
Ph 704-940-7388
Fx 704-365-3678
Email coordinator@charlotte.uli.org
Web http://charlotte.uli.org


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