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Release Date: 09.13.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: ULI Atlanta


Emerging leaders in the real estate and land-use industries make up the 2018 class

ATLANTA - The Atlanta District Council of the Urban Land Institute has announced the Center for Leadership Class of 2018.

Members of this year’s class, include: Odessa Archibald, Janelle Beasley, Kirk Billings, Greg Cross, Debbie Frank, Yonina Gray, Mike Green, Hill Hardman, Inga Harmon, Ashley Jones, Brandon Jones, Clara Kwon, Sal Lalani, Bill Lynch, Jason Manners, Joe Martinez, Will Menkes, Ryan Mills, Shelby Mills, Jeff Murray, Brian Oates, Andrew Pearson, Dave Pierce, Courtney Pogue, Sheba Ross, Jarrett Sappington, Julie Secrist, Julie Sellers, Evan Shaw, Jason Snyder, TeMaya Thompkins, Chris Troutman and Paul Vranicar.

In its ninth year, the ULI Center for Leadership program is a nine-month program for emerging leaders in both the real estate and land-use sectors, to learn from industry and public-sector leaders how to navigate through the issues that impact their industries and how the Atlanta region gets built.  The 33 members of the Class of 2018 will gain firsthand experience working within a diverse group of quick-minded people to provide recommendations to selected sponsor organizations that have submitted applications with issues that require critical thinking and that relates to the Urban Land mission. Examples of projects from last year’s class include work to improve the Chosewood Park Master Plan working alongside the Chosewood Park Community Development Corporation, and the improvement of the Westside’s CID plan to create a new vision for the area’s urban values.

“Participating in the Center for Leadership provides an opportunity to get out of your ‘silo’ and learn from a curriculum, speakers, site tours and experiences that you otherwise would not have access to,” said Principal of Knox Properties, and CFL Chair of the Class of 2018, Hardman Knox. “As a CFL’er, you will have the honor of associating yourself with a select group of future leaders in the Atlanta region.”

The program is comprised of eight daylong sessions focused on the critical issues affecting Atlanta and the skills required to create an adaptable city. This year the program will include an additional program day to engage the participants in UrbanPlan, ULI’s signature learning experience designed to create a sophisticated level of discourse among local stakeholders involved in land use decisions.   

“This year’s class participants endured a rigorous and competitive application process and we are excited to welcome them to the class of 2018. Representing a diverse cross section of real estate sectors, these 33 individuals will form deep personal and professional relationships over the next nine months that they will be able to leverage for the rest of their careers,” said Knox.

About ULI Atlanta

ULI Atlanta is a District Council of the Urban Land Institute. ULI Atlanta works as a nonprofit education and research group supported by its diverse, expert membership base. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. For more information, visit

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