The competition, which started in 2014, provides ULI members with the opportunity to nominate young leaders in any of the land use disciplines represented by the Institute, including design, development, finance, planning, landscape architecture, sustainability, public policy, transit, urban infrastructure, and academia. From the pool of nominations, a jury of leading ULI members selects a group of 40 real estate professionals under 40 years of age.
“This elite group presents the innovators who are shaping the future of our global cities,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “They are the influential leaders who both embrace the best practices in land use and think outside the box to drive positive change in the built environment.”
The 40 Under 40 are as follows: Zaheer Allam, urban planner, Global Creative Leadership Initiative, Port Louis, Mauritius; Clarissa Alfrink, head of international business development, Bilfinger Real Estate Division, Frankfurt, Germany; Alessandro Bisagni, founder and managing director, Bisagni Environmental Enterprise, Hong Kong; Kathryn Bucklew, vice president of development, Edens, Washington, D.C.; Melissa Burch, executive general manager of New York development, New York; Joe Carrol, senior vice president, Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, Washington, D.C.; Tim Cornwell, principal, the Concord Group, San Francisco; Jim Dillavou, cofounder and principal, Paragon Commercial Group, Los Angeles; Martin Ditto, president, Ditto Residential, Washington, D.C.; Sachin Doshi, managing director, APG Asset Management N.V., Hong Kong; Ali Esmaeilzadeh, senior vice president, Forest City Ratner Companies, New York; Jose Gallego, managing director, Llanera, Valencia, Spain; Marin Gertler, design director, architect, and regional residential practice area leader, Gensler, San Diego, California; Anthony Greenberg, principal, the JBG Companies, Washington, D.C.; Javier F. Gutierrez, partner, Stuart Kane, Newport Beach, California; Marcus Hale, director, Tishman Speyer, London, United Kingdom; Anyeley Hallova, principal, project^, Portland, Oregon; Craig Hamburg, vice president, DDG, San Francisco; Trinity Hart, principal, Deylen Realty, Indianapolis; Edward Hasten, director of investments, EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, Chicago; Gregory Heller, executive director, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Philadelphia; J. Patrick Howe, attorney, JPHowe PLLC, Birmingham, Michigan; Nina James, general manager of sustainability, Investa, Sydney, Australia; Monica Jindia, vice president of business development, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Philadelphia; Ladd Keith, director of academic initiatives and student success, University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, Tucson, Arizona; Prasoon Kumar, chief executive officer, billionBricks, Singapore; Harry Lake, founder and chief executive officer, Koa Partners, Dallas; Ericka LeMaster, senior vice president, Alliance Bank of Arizona, Phoenix; Tadd Miller, chief executive officer, Milhaus, Indianapolis; Sara Neff, senior vice president of sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corp., Los Angeles; Riki Nishimura, director of urban strategies, Gensler, San Francisco; Jared Oakes, partner, Benesch Law, Cleveland; Toks Omishakin, deputy commissioner and chief of environment and planning, State of Tennessee, Nashville; Laurie Payne, vice president of development, Diamond Corp., Toronto, Canada; Billy Pettit, president, Pillar Properties, Seattle; Amanda Rhein, senior director of transit-oriented development and real estate, MARTA, Atlanta; Raymond Rufino, copresident, the Net Group, Manila, Philippines; Jeremy Sharpe, vice president of community development, Rancho Sahuarita Company, Tucson, Arizona; Brian Swett, director of cities and sustainable real estate, Arup, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Jake Wagner, co–chief executive officer, Republic Property Group, Dallas.
The winners were selected from more than 400 nominations submitted by ULI members from around the world. Jury members were Ryan Botjer, senior managing director, Tishman Speyer; Lynn Carlton, regional leader of planning for Kansas City and Columbus, HOK; Kyrus Freeman, partner, Holland Knight; Robert Lieber, executive managing director, Island Capital Group; Bert Matthews, executive vice president and partner, Colliers; Daniel Neidich, chief executive officer and partner, Dune Real Estate Partners; Kari Pitkin, managing director or real estate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Leslie Woo, chief planning officer, Metrolinx.
In addition to being recognized during a general session at the ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, the winners will be honored at an Urban Land magazine reception, and each will be profiled in a special section in the magazine’s November/December issue. Their profiles are available at 40under40.uli.org.