30th anniversary distinguished SPEAKERS
Stephen M. Ross
Chairman & Founder, Related Companies
Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies. Mr. Ross formed Related in 1972 and today the company includes over 3,000 professionals. Related has developed over $22 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at over $20 billion made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Mr. Ross is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins.
Mr. Ross is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Equinox Holdings, Inc., serves on the Executive Committee and is a trustee of Lincoln Center, and is a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a director on the board of The Shed and the Jackie Robinson Foundation and is chairperson emeritus of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the city’s leading real estate trade association. Mr. Ross is also a director on the board of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and recently established the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
Over the years, Mr. Ross has received numerous honors for his business, civic, and philanthropic activities. Most recently, he was a New York Power Player by the New York Times, the Most Powerful Person in New York Real Estate by the New York Observer, Multi-Family Property Executive of the Year by Commercial Property News, and Housing Person of the Year by the National Housing Conference. He also received The National Building Museum Honor Award, REBNY’s Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award and the Jack D. Weiler Award from UJA. Crain’s New York named Mr. Ross one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business and he was recognized by NYC & Company with their Leadership in Tourism Award.
Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, from Wayne State University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree and from New York University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Taxation. In 2004, the University of Michigan renamed its business school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and in 2011 the University of Michigan awarded Mr. Ross an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.
Jeff T. Blau
CEO, Related Companies
Jeff T. Blau is Chief Executive Officer and a partner of Related Companies. For the past 25 years he has been responsible for directing and overseeing new developments worth over $20 billion in virtually every sector of the real estate industry. In his position as CEO, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overall management of the firm, the pursuit of new development opportunities and corporate acquisitions and financing activities across all business platforms. Mr. Blau serves on the Board of Directors of Equinox Holdings, Inc., the Central Park Conservancy, the New York City Partnership and Partnership Fund for New York City, Real Estate Roundtable, the Housing Advisory Board of Robin Hood and The Wharton Graduate Executive Board. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Urban Land Institute, Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and is a board member of the Union Square Partnership.
Over the years, Mr. Blau has received numerous honors for his business, civic and philanthropic activities and most recently he was named to Crain’s New York’s New Influentials list of 25 leaders reshaping New York. Mr. Blau is also a member of the Visiting Committee at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Mr. Blau completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Not long after joining KPF, Anthony led the firm in the expansion of its airport practice, beginning in 1993 with the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York. More than 20 years later, Anthony is Managing Principal for the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex, which is set to process around 50 million travelers each year when it opens in 2017. In addition, he also worked on the US Airways International Terminal One at the Philadelphia International Airport and the Dulles International Airport Tier 2 Midfield Concourse and AeroTrain.
Anthony is also Managing Principal for Hudson Yards, which is the centerpiece of New York City’s redevelopment of the far west side of Manhattan. Stretching between 30th and 33rd Streets, the first phase will be constructed over the 13-acre, active rail yard for the Long Island Railroad, one of the busiest commuter rail lines in the world. Also in New York City, Anthony managed the Newman Vertical Campus at Baruch College, which occupies nearly a full city block in Manhattan’s historic Gramercy Park Neighborhood and was recognized with a National Honor Award by the AIA in 2003. He also manages two residential projects in the city, Riverside Center and Pacific Park B12/B13. In the United States, Anthony was also Managing Principal for 555 Mission Street, an office building in San Francisco. At his alma mater, he is leading the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus Ferry Field project.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
J. David Heller
Co-founder and Principal, NRP Group
David is in charge of new business development, project financial structuring and day-to-day management of the company. As part of the NRP Investment Committee, he also evaluates and gives the go-ahead to all new NRP business.
Before he co-founded NRP, David was a consultant with the Townsend Group, investing more than $3.6 billion in real estate over two years. His clients included the state of Washington, the city of Milwaukee, United Mine Workers of America, Ohio Police and Fire, Los Angeles Police and Fire, the city of San Francisco and the county of San Francisco. Before that, David spent five years at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago as a manager in the real estate consulting division.
A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, David is active in many professional bodies. He is on the executive committee and is a past chairman of the Housing Credit Group for the National Association of Home Builders. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Campaign for Affordable Housing and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. And he’s an officer of the Board for New Village Capital Corporation, National Leased Housing Association and The Housing Advisory Group.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Managing Partner, The Forbes Company
Nathan Forbes is the managing partner of The Forbes Company, a nationally recognized developer, owner and manager of luxury shopping destinations throughout Michigan and Florida. These landmark retail properties include the highly acclaimed Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan, The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, and Waterside Shops in Naples.
In June 2002, Forbes was part of a small group of investors that purchased Quicken Loans from Intuit Inc.
In 2005, Forbes was part of an investor group that acquired the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball club of the National Basketball Association. Forbes is the Vice-Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In June 2016 the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, coming back from a 3-1 deficit for the first time in NBA finals history and ending a 52 year championship drought for the City of Cleveland.
In November 2009, Forbes was part of a group that successfully backed a state constitutional amendment bringing casino gaming to Ohio.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of JACK Entertainment LLC, a portfolio of gaming and entertainment offerings includes JACK Cleveland Casino, JACK Thistledown Racino, JACK Cincinnati Casino, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit.
Forbes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and serves as its Chair on the Greater Detroit Campaign Leadership Council for the Victors for Michigan Campaign. Forbes and the company’s respective properties are actively involved in numerous charitable endeavors and organizations. Forbes is honored to serve on the College for Creative Studies Board of Trustees. Forbes also serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts and is a member of their Executive Committee.
President, Midtown detroit, inc.
Susan T. Mosey is President of Midtown Detroit, Inc. This non-profit organization is responsible for community development, marketing, public space maintenance, security services, real estate and small business development and arts programming within Detroit’s University Cultural Center and New Center districts – an area now known as Midtown. Projects that have been undertaken by the organization under her direction include public improvements such as new streetscapes and park development, greenway planning and construction, and residential and commercial real estate development and management. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events for the district, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night.
Since 2000, Midtown Detroit, Inc. has raised over $100 million in direct support for a variety of initiatives. Initiatives include the restoration and conversion of six historic homes into a boutique hotel, the Inn on Ferry Street; a Façade Matching Grant Program which has provided over $1,000,000 in matching grants to local business owners; a Security Program which has developed community policing programs with anchor institutions as well as a Security Matching Grant Program for Midtown property owners; the development of community gardens, “green” alleys and pedestrian corridors; and the completion of a non-motorized transportation plan with numerous two-way conversions completed in 2012.
Currently, Midtown Detroit, Inc. is completing a number of comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment initiatives including the creation of a walkable arts district and the renovation of numerous historic structures for market-rate and mixed-income housing. Most recently, the organization is administering the national Living Cities Integration Initiative which is providing commercial debt and low-interest loans, mixed-use development and charter school financing. The organization is also spearheading a small business development initiative which supports the growing number of locally owned businesses in Midtown with financing, marketing and technical assistance. Midtown Detroit, Inc.’s newest initiative is the Live Midtown Residential Incentive Program that is funded by local philanthropy, anchor institutions and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to encourage employees of the anchors to move to Midtown.
Ms. Mosey is a graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in Urban Planning.
President & CEO, Olympia Entertainment
Thomas S. “Tom” Wilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia Entertainment, Detroit’s premier marketer of sports and entertainment events. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League, and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies. Tom will be speaking on the topic of The District Detroit - a $1.2 billion+ development project transforming 50 blocks around Comerica Park and the new Little Caesars Arena into new restaurants, shops, bars, parks, offices and places to live. The project will create five unique neighborhoods around six theaters and three professional sports venues to connect Midtown to Downtown Detroit in one vibrant, walkable area.
As president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, Wilson has identified opportunities for innovative ways to package and promote the substantial assets of the organization through multi-venue offerings and creative promotions. As one of the most diverse and leading sports and entertainment organizations in the country, Olympia owns and operates Detroit’s Fox Theatre, the intimate City Theatre, and also books and operates Joe Louis Arena and books Comerica Park. Wilson is also responsible for guiding and growing these venues as well as looking for opportunities to expand the portfolio.
Wilson had an illustrious 32-year career with the Detroit Pistons, including the last 22 years as president and CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (PS&E). Wilson oversaw the Detroit Pistons and the organization’s three venues: The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival. The Palace of Auburn Hills is home to the Detroit Pistons, members of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Palace was designed largely around Wilson's input and he was responsible for staffing and developing the operational philosophies of the new arena. Under his direction, The Palace earned Arena of the Year awards nine times by Performance magazine, beginning with New Venue of the Year in 1988. His direction was instrumental in the renovation of DTE Energy Music Theatre. The facility was named the nation’s busiest, top grossing or highest attended outdoor venue in year-end lists of entertainment in trade publications in each of its 19 seasons under Wilson’s guidance. It was named Best Outdoor Concert Venue in Pollstar’s 2000 Readers’ Poll and was nominated Amphitheatre of the Year each summer of PS&E ownership. In 1994, PS&E assumed management of Meadow Brook Music Festival on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
Wilson, a graduate of Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, began his career working for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and The Forum.
Executive Vice President, Ghafari Associates | President, AIA Michigan
With over 30 years of industry experience, Mike has always been a strong proponent of collaborative project delivery methods and technologies, especially for the complex industrial projects in which he specializes. As Executive Vice President, he serves as principal on some of Ghafari’s biggest manufacturing-sector projects and manages client relationships along with new business development opportunities.
Mike’s extensive portfolio includes a number of groundbreaking design-build projects in the industrial space that employed cutting-edge technologies to achieve significant cost and time savings. A leading advocate of collaborative delivery systems, he has lectured on the topic at a variety of industry forums and events.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Lawrence Technological University. An active and longstanding member of the American Institute of Architects, he is the 2016 President of AIA Michigan and serves as a director of the AIA Detroit Chapter. He is also affiliated with the Design-Build Institute of America and the Engineering Society of Detroit. A committed educator, he regularly mentors Ghafari’s junior team members as well as students at the University of Michigan and his alma mater Lawrence Tech.
Senior Managing Director, Berkadia
Peter Benedetto is a Senior Managing Director in the Mortgage Banking division of Berkadia with responsibilities in loan origination and management of the Detroit office. Mr. Benedetto was one of Berkadia’s top 10 mortgage originators in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
With over 20 years of mortgage banking experience, Mr. Benedetto has been with Berkadia and its predecessor companies since 1999. Since that time, he has been responsible for the debt placement of more than $5 billion nationally, in multiple product types with over 35 different lenders, including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA, life insurance companies, CMBS, pension funds and banks.
Mr. Benedetto also has specialized in student housing for over 15 years and has financed over 25,000 beds at more than 25 campuses with over a dozen different lenders. He has closed transactions on behalf of pension funds, REITs as well as private investors in the student sector.
Mr. Benedetto is a graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a licensed Michigan real estate broker and holds a CPA license (inactive). He has spoken on numerous panels as a member of the MBA, NMHC and ICSC.
Principal, The Platform
Peter is responsible for developing new business, setting strategic direction, and managing investor and community relations for The Platform. With his son Casey, he built a successful real estate development company, RAM Realty Services, over the last 40 years, with a primary focus on residential and retail development in the Southeast U.S.
He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is active in various aspects of Detroit’s revival. He successfully completed the $225 million, six-year Orchestra Place project, which included the restoration of historic Orchestra Hall, the construction of the 175,000-square foot Orchestra Place office building, the development of two new music venues in the Max M. Fisher Music Center, and the creation of the new Detroit School of the Arts.
Peter was educated at Yale University and the University of Toronto and completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE TAUBMAN COMPANY
Robert S. Taubman is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO). He joined the Taubman organization in 1976, was elected executive vice president in 1984, chief operating officer in 1988, president and chief executive officer in 1990 and chairman in 2001. He has headed Taubman Centers and has served on its board of directors since the company's initial public offering in 1992.
Mr. Taubman is a member of the board of directors of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA). He serves on the executive board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a member and immediate past chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C. He is a member and past trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and founding chairman of ULI’s Detroit Regional District Council. He is on the executive committee of Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and is a member and past trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is also a past board member of Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BID).
Also among his many civic and charitable commitments, Mr. Taubman serves as a member of the board of directors of Business Leaders for Michigan, is a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community where he is chairman of the audit committee and serves on the University of Michigan Investment Advisory Committee. He is also a past trustee and member of the Investment Committee of The Skillman Foundation. Mr. Taubman holds a B.S. degree in economics from Boston University.
President, Transwestern (Midwest)
Mike Watts serves as president of Transwestern’s Midwest team, headquartered in Chicago. In this role, he provides leadership to all of the team’s service lines in the Midwest, with a particular focus on establishing strategies to maximize client satisfaction, develop new business, and expand the region. Mike is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management, financial planning and marketing of the firm’s Chicago and Midwest offices.
Mike has a distinguished 25-plus year career in real estate, where he has established deep relationships with owners, occupiers and real estate professionals active in the Midwest real estate community. He has significant experience in new business development, establishing and implementing targeted client-centric strategies and adding value to some of Chicago’s most recognizable real estate.
He joined Transwestern from J.F. McKinney and Associates, where he served on the firm’s management committee and was responsible for new business development and client service. While there, Mike oversaw the leasing and marketing of the 1.5 million square foot Hyatt Center development, and the repositioning of several large projects for clients including Bank of America, BP Amoco, Bank One, G.E. Investments and Lehman Brothers. He led many large downtown transactions including those for Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, Aon and Morningstar. Previously, Mike served at LaSalle Partners (now JLL) as the downtown regional leasing director where he led a team responsible for leasing urban office projects.
Mike received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business
Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. Mr. Leinberger is President of Locus Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transitoriented development firm.
His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. He is the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has contributed chapters to 12 other books. He is an Op-Ed Contributor to the The New York Times, and writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines. Leinberger was voted one of the “Top 100 Urban Thinkers” in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website. He was the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities. Leinberger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
Principal & CFO, Phillips Edison & Company
Mr. Murphy is a Principal and Chief Financial Officer of Phillips Edison & Company, a real estate investment management firm with over $7 billion in assets under management. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. He began his real estate career in 1986 when he joined the real estate group at Morgan Stanley as an Associate.
Prior to rejoining Morgan Stanley in June 2009, Mr. Murphy was a managing partner of Coventry Real Estate Advisors, a real estate private equity firm which sponsors institutional investment funds that acquire and develop retail properties. Since its inception, Coventry has invested over $2.5 billion in retail assets. Prior to joining Coventry, Mr. Murphy served as global head of real estate investment banking for Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. At Deutsche Bank, Mr. Murphy ran a team of over 100 professionals located in eight offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Mr. Murphy’s Deutsche Bank team was recognized as an industry leader and under his management executed over 500 separate transactions on behalf of clients representing total transaction volume exceeding $400 billion.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Murphy was with Morgan Stanley for 15 years. He held a number of senior positions at Morgan Stanley including co-head of U.S. real estate investment banking and head of the private capital markets group, or PCM. PCM is the team at Morgan Stanley responsible for raising equity capital for Morgan Stanley’s real estate private equity funds as well as private equity capital on behalf of clients. During the time that Mr. Murphy ran PCM, the team raised in excess of $5 billion of equity capital. Mr. Murphy served on the investment committee of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds from 1994 until his departure in 2004. During his tenure on the investment committee, the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds invested over $6.5 billion of equity capital globally in transactions with a total transaction value in excess of $35 billion.
Mr. Murphy is an advisory director of Hawkeye Partners, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Austin, Texas, and of Trigate Capital, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Pension Real Estate Association and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”). He received a bachelor of arts with Honors from the College of William and Mary and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan.
FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, and former Dean, Taubman College
Douglas Kelbaugh is Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning in Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. After serving as dean of the college from 1998 to 2008, he took a two year leave and served as the Executive Director of Design and Planning at Limitless LLC, a public Dubai real estate development company where he oversaw the planning and design of large, mixed use, walkable, transit-oriented projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Professor Kelbaugh is the 2016 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architecture Education, the highest award that the AIA and ACSA give in the field. Given for his unparalleled work to bridge architecture, urbanism and sustainability over four decades, he is the first UM faculty member to win the award. He is currently teaching graduate studios in architecture and urban design, and the graduate lecture course "Sustainable Urbanism and Architecture" and an undergraduate lecture course "Architecture, Sustainability and the City." At the University of Michigan, Professor Kelbaugh started the urban design program and a real estate development program, as well as a community design center in Detroit. He oversaw the recruitment 40 new faculty members, and served on many university, state, and national boards and committees. In 2007, he was selected as one of the top seven Architecture Educators of the Year.
He received his BA degree Magna Cum Laude and Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. Between degrees, he co-founded a community design center in Trenton, New Jersey, and later worked for five years there as an architect and urban designer for the city. His 1975 solar house in Princeton was the first in the country to use a Trombe Wall and it became a well-known icon of the passive solar movement. In 1978, he founded Kelbaugh + Lee, a firm that won several competitions and a dozen regional and national design awards and in half as many years. The firm completed many passive solar buildings, including a number of pioneering designs that were published in over 100 books and magazines and featured in exhibitions in the USA and abroad. In the late 1990s after moving to Seattle, his firm Kelbaugh & Calthorpe won several local and national design awards. In 1996, he was nominated for the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and AIA Michigan gave Dean Kelbaugh its 2001 President's Award for his leadership and contributions to architectural education and the profession. In 2008, the Canadian Centre of Architecture selected Kelbaugh + Lee's body of work for their collection, the first solar buildings to be included in this world famous architectural archive.
Director of Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League
Luke Forrest is the director of Civic Innovations for the Michigan Municipal League, focusing on issues related to community planning, walkability, public transportation and environmental sustainability. He represents the League on a number of committees and boards, including the Michigan Green Communities Steering Committee, MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities Advisory Council, the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Board of Directors and the Michigan Association of Planning’s Government Relations Committee.
Luke joined the League in 2010 as a program manager. Previously, he worked for the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, SMITHGROUPJJR
Lori has over 18 years’ experience working with clients to develop vital community places. With extensive experience in public open spaces, downtown environments, higher education, and natural system corridors, she fosters consensus-based solutions that address the spectrum of issues impacting outdoor spaces and their uses. She facilitates a seamless integration of public space infrastructure, both green and gray, to maximize performance and flexibility, allowing spaces to adapt to ever-changing needs and demands.
President, Koman Group
As Koman’s President, Jason oversees all aspects of firm operations. He has led half a billion dollars in transactions for the company, including CityPlace, the firm’s flagship mixed-use office campus, Clayton on the Park, a 206-unit luxury apartment high-rise, and Centene Plaza, a 485,000 square foot Class A office development in Clayton. Most recently, Jason has helped guide Koman into downtown St. Louis with its 700 Market and Cupples 9 office developments. Each feature historic tax credit, tax increment financing and New Markets Tax Credit structures and total 280,000 square feet of adaptive reuse/historic rehabilitation.
Prior to joining Koman, Jason was Vice President of private equity fund Strength Property Partners, specializing in urban real estate development investments throughout the greater Midwest. Jason also served as Chief Financial Officer for Connektiv Companies, an urban development firm specializing in mixed-use brownfield projects, and was Financial Associate for Royal Oak, Michigan-based Milestone Realty Services.
Jason received his BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and earned his MS in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND URBAN DESIGNER, SMITHGROUPJJR
Michael is a principal with SmithGroupJJR and a leading multidisciplinary specialist in campus planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. As coleader of the firm’s Urban Design Practice, he has the ability to understand and distill complex urban challenges, and has developed cross-discipline problem-solving skills that span a wide range of market and geographies, from cities to corporations to research universities to destinations.
Community Coordinator and Development Manager, The Platform
Monique Becker was recently hired as a Community Coordinator and Development Manager at The Platform. While acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of development work at the firm, she will engage the community through The Platform’s developments. Monique is an avid Detroit supporter who foresees tremendous, unique growth in the City. Her first investment is a lovely 1922 brick duplex in the LaSalle Gardens neighborhood. Monique is dedicated to uplifting the area—through collaboration with existing residents and organizations—one space at a time. She provides a fresh perspective and will articulate an inspired, ambitious vision of Detroit to be shared with the UM/ULI Forum attendees.
Monique graduated from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts Honors Program with a dual degree in International Studies and Spanish. She spent the past year working as a Second Grade Teacher in Detroit through the AmeriCorps program, Teach For America.
Architect and Urban Designer, SmithGroupJJR
Dan has nearly 20 years of experience in urban design and research and is a co-leader of SmithGroupJJR’s Urban Design practice. As an architect and urban designer, Dan has a portfolio that includes transformative projects for the City of Detroit, Columbia University and Michigan State University, as well as urban district designs in continental Europe and China. Previously with Detroit Future City, Dan led urban planning, design, policy and systems experts, as well architects, engineers, planning and economic consultants to contribute to Detroit’s transformation through research, thought leadership and innovative pilot projects.
Dean, Ross School of Business
Scott DeRue is the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is also the Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business. DeRue joined Michigan Ross in 2007, taking on multiple leadership roles across the school over time. Prior to his deanship, DeRue served as the associate dean for Executive Education, professor of management, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program.
With a background in private equity, management consulting, and academia, DeRue believes that business is the most powerful force for economic and social impact -- and it is the responsibility of Michigan Ross to develop the next generation of business leaders. He is an award-winning researcher and instructor, and is widely considered a thought leader in business education and action-based learning. Driven by the Ross mission to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world, DeRue is committed to creating transformative student experiences.
During his tenure as associate dean of Executive Education, DeRue led the program to its best performance in a decade; expanding its portfolio to more than 30 open enrollment and dozens of custom programs. The Financial Times recently ranked Michigan Ross among the top five global executive education providers. He also led the creation and launch of Alumni Advantage, a new initiative connecting Ross alumni to the school and university. Offerings include free tuition for executive education programming, access to livestreamed school events, and the opportunity to attend #ROSSTALKS, a series of global events where faculty present TED-style talks on hot-button business topics.
Prior to joining Ross, DeRue worked at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He received his PhD in management from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.