Category Archives: Executive Conversations

Full Member Conversation with David Alpert Recap

David Alpert is the Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington (, an organization and platform that seeks to build informed and civically engaged communities who believe in a growing and inclusive Washington region was a facilitator for a Full Member conversation on March 29th.  Greater Greater Washington has always been a largely volunteer-driven organization since its founding in 2008. Some volunteers participate by writing and talking about ways the Washington metro region can reflect a shared vision. Others help edit, advise, moderate comments, handle social media, and more. The biggest … Read More

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Full Member Executive Conversation with Jodie McLean Recap – Authenticity, Creativity, Data and Capitalism at EDENS

On June 7, Jodie McLean, Chief Executive Officer of EDENS, spoke with a group of about 20 ULI Full Members.  Jodie discussed the history and current operations of EDENS, and the disruption in the retail industry.  EDENS was founded in 1966 as a grocery store chain in South Carolina.  Jodie joined the company in 1990 and led the growth of the company until the present time.  The original funding for the company came from State of Michigan investment funds.  From 2011 to 2013 the company’s assets grew to $5 billion, … Read More

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Recap- Executive Conversation with Bob Peck

Bob Peck opened the conversation at the breakfast by talking about his background. He said he learned the real estate business by doing pro forma spreadsheets. Bob grew up in DC, spending his early years in Congress Heights with the families of other GIs, and they were all white. In 1953 they all moved to the suburbs and Bob thought that all grown up friends moved in packs. Bob’s family moved to Wheaton where everyone had a swing set in the backyard and hung out at the Wheaton Plaza mall. … Read More

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Executive Conversation with Amer Hammour Recap (Full Member Only)

ULI members gathered for a conversation with Amer Hammour, Chairman of Madison Marquette and Managing Director of Capital Guidance Corp. where he has been focusing on real estate since 1983. The discussion began with Mr. Hammour describing Madison Marquette’s local project, The Wharf.  The Wharf is one of the biggest mixed-use projects in the country and its location on the waterfront in DC gives it a huge advantage towards success because of the views, the amenities and the location.  An original RFP in 2006 was awarded to another bidder and … Read More

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Full Member Only Executive Conversation with Ron Paul Event Recap

Approximately 20 Full Members of ULI Washington gathered at Ballard Spahr to have a conversation with Ron Paul. The discussion started with a focus on leadership and how the new generation of workers may not have the leadership qualities or the fire in the belly of previous generations. At Eagle Bank, a conscious effort is being made to focus on succession planning and mentoring. A mentoring program pairs individual employees with senior level managers and they create and they talk together on a regular basis about the person and their … Read More

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Full Member Executive Conversation with Oliver Carr, III

On April 14, Oliver Carr, III, led an informational and interesting conversation with the group of Full Member attendees. He discussed his early career leading up to his current company, Carr Properties, a vertically integrated real estate company. In 2005 he led the creation of a small office REIT investing in this region. Eighteen months later, the firm was bought by JPMorgan Chase and created a sizable return. In 2013, an Israeli firm, Alony Hertz Properties, invested in the company to provide capital for growth going forward. The company now … Read More

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