Category Archives: Fireside Chat

In the Dugout with Jon Knorpp

Jon Knorpp, SF Giants, fireside chat, peer to peer

On August 11th, CBRE hosted the ULIsf Young Leaders Group (YLG) for an intimate round table Fireside Chat with Jon Knorpp, Managing Director of Giants Development Services. The San Francisco Giants are a professional baseball franchise based in Mission Bay, San Francisco. Although the Giants are most known for winning three championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, they have now embarked in an effort to transform Mission Bay through their in-house real estate development team with the help of Mr. Knorpp. Approximately 35 young leaders sat around the large table … Read More

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John Protopappas Talks the Beauty of Real Estate with YLG

On March 18th, the Impact HUB of Oakland hosted the ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG) for a Fireside Chat with John Protopappas, President and CEO of Madison Park Financial.  Madison Park Financial is a real estate investor, developer, operator and asset manager, and was formed to create value through the development and management of real estate across all asset classes, ranging from multi-family and mixed-use to office, retail and industrial. After a round of introductions, John took us back in time and explained from where his interest in real estate … Read More

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Be the Captain of Your Ship: Glenn Shannon Offers Career Advice to YLG

Upon entering the Shorenstein office on the 19th floor in the Financial District, one thing became strikingly obvious: these are professionals who know what they’re doing. At the helm of the nearly 100 year old company is Glenn Shannon, a former real estate attorney whose relationship with the company’s principal, Doug Shorenstein, eventually brought him to San Francisco to lead their national expansion efforts as president. Below are some of the takeaways from the sold out event. You’re the Captain Glenn’s first piece of advice to the aspiring crowd of … Read More

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Behind the Scenes with an Entrepreneur

On Tuesday, January 15, at Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips in Palo Alto, the Silicon Valley committee of ULIsf hosted a Fireside Chat with acclaimed developer David Dollinger of Dollinger Properties. Designed to foster an interactive conversation between established industry leaders and those hoping to reach a similar position within the field, Fireside Chats provide members a unique opportunity to learn directly from experienced professionals. Tuesday’s program with Dollinger was no exception. To start, the moderator, Charles Strouss of CBRE, outlined some highlights from Dollinger’s career and asked several preliminary questions. … Read More

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Young Leaders Chat with Amy Neches

Amy Neches, who recently moved from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to TMG Partners, shared stories and insights from her career with the ULI Young Leaders Group on May 22.  YLG members were eager to hear her guidance on leadership in real estate, as well as what to expect in the aftermath of the Redevelopment Agency’s closure. Amy brings a passion for “society coming together to create great places” and her 17 years at Redevelopment clearly illustrate that. She served as the chief project manager for Yerba Buena, and then … Read More

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Lessons From Seasoned Real Estate Professional Barry Swenson

ULI YLG members came together Tuesday night for an intimate gathering with Barry Swenson for the first exclusive YLG event in the South Bay. Barry shared light-hearted stories that correlated with essential lessons learned from his 50-year career in the real estate industry – starting from his humble beginnings in the early 60’s to his success in creating a sustainable competitive advantage that carried the company through the lowest point of the recession. Many young professionals are uncertain of the best way to jumpstart their career with limited resources and … Read More

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