2016 FORUM SPEAKERS


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Robert S. Taubman
Taubman Centers

Robert S. Taubman is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. 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 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) and Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID). He serves on the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a member and 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 also a member and past trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Among his many civic and charitable commitments, Mr. Taubman serves as a member of the board of directors of Business Leaders for Michigan and Beaumont Hospitals and as a trustee of the Cranbrook Educational Community, where he is chairman of the audit committee. He is a member of the board of directors of SEMCOG (Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments) and an advising member of the University of Michigan Investment Committee. He is also a past trustee of The Skillman Foundation. Mr. Taubman holds a B.S. degree in economics from Boston University.

Taubman Centers (NYSE:TCO), a real estate investment trust, through its affiliates owns, develops and operates regional shopping centers nationally and internationally. Taubman Centers is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and its Asia operating platform is headquartered in Hong Kong.


Mr. Taubman will be interviewed by:

Jeff DeBoer
Real Estate Roundtable

Jeff DeBoer is the founding President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable. The Real Estate Roundtable represents the leadership of the nation’s top 150 privately owned and publicly-held real estate ownership development, lending and management firms, as well as the elected leaders of the 16 major national real estate industry trade associations. Collectively, Roundtable members’ portfolios contain over 5 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial properties valued at more than $1 trillion; over 1.5 million apartment units; and nearly 2 million hotel rooms. Mr. DeBoer has served as President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable since 1997, and through a variety of positions, he has been at the forefront of every major piece of legislation affecting the real estate industry during the last thirty years.

In addition to his position at the Roundtable, Mr. DeBoer serves as Chairman of the Real Estate Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC), an organization dedicated to enhancing the two-way communication between the industry and federal policymakers on matters relating to building security, terrorist threats, and incident reporting. He also serves as chairman of the National Real Estate Organizations, a coalition of real estate trade associations working together to enhance the coordination of the industry’s overall Washington advocacy efforts. He also served as co-chairman of the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, and was a founding member of the steering committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT). Separate from his work related to the real estate industry, Mr. DeBoer serves on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC.

Mr. DeBoer has discussed real estate and economic policy issues on FOX News, Bloomberg Television and CNBC; and his editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Mr. DeBoer was voted a “top 10 Industry Newsmaker of the Decade” by GlobeSt.com. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. DeBoer earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and an undergraduate degree from Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota.


People First Design

Jeff Risom
Gehl Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark

As managing director of Gehl Studio, Jeff strives to make thriving, dynamic public spaces in cities across the world. Driven by a passion to create real change in people's everyday lives, he views every project as an opportunity to make an equitable and diverse public realm that positively impacts our behavior and culture.

Jeff thrives working in multi-disciplinary collaborations, finding the most fulfillment when he can act as curator, advocate, and student all in one. He brings to projects the ability to simultaneously plan big strategic moves while keeping focus on the eye-level experience. With degrees in Architectural Engineering and City Design & Social Science, his diverse background and global project experience have greatly informed his holistic approach to leading projects.


Panel - What's Happening in RiNo?

Richard Schaupp
Clarion Partners

Richard Schaupp is an equity owner and Director at Clarion Partners. He is the Portfolio Manager for Clarion Ventures 4, Lion Value Fund, Clarion Partners’ value-add fund which is liquidating, and a separate account relationship. As portfolio manager, Rick has overall responsibility for the management and portfolio strategy of these relationships. From 2005-2012, Rick was the Assistant Portfolio Manager for the Clarion Development Venture Funds, Clarion’s series of closed-end opportunistic vehicles. Rick has participated in the acquisition, asset management, and development management of over $4.0 billion of real estate. He originally joined Clarion Partners in 2000 and began working in the real estate industry in 1995.


Kyle Zeppelin
Zeppelin Development

Kyle Zeppelin is President of Zeppelin Places, a recognized developer of innovative mixed use projects in the urban core of Denver. Over the last 40+ years, the company had a major role in transforming three key urban neighborhoods - LoDo, Golden Triangle and now RiNo- with catalytic projects and community involvement. Kyle and his company received recognition and multiple awards for TAXI—the re-purposed 20 acre former Yellow Cab terminal in the River North District (RiNo) of Denver.

Among Kyle's signature projects is The Source, a new generation urban market completed in 2013. Set in an 25,000 sf 1880s former iron foundry, it includes some of the most accomplished artisan culinary groups in the region and is among the highest producing retail in the city. Construction is already underway on The Source Hotel and expanded market hall, which will further expand the scale and reach of The Source. Other recent projects in RiNo include Freight Residences--a new model for urban family housing and Gauge--a modern office/retail TOD at the new rail station in RiNo. Broader efforts in the community are focused on improving bikeability, walkability, and transit. Kyle's free time is spent with his wife Andra, a food writer, and two young daughters, Louise and Greta.


Andrew Feinstein
EXDO Management

A fifth-generation Denverite, Andrew has over 20 years experience in entertainment, communications, event production, hospitality and real estate management. Andrew’s ancestors arrived in Denver's historic Curtis Park neighborhood in the 1860s and he has continued the family tradition by running and developing businesses in the Curtis Park and Five Points neighborhoods.

Currently, Andrew is a managing partner in the EXDO Event Center, Tracks nightclub and Jake’s Sports & Spirits sports bar / restaurant, as well as the EXDO Management property group which oversees nearly two million square feet of commercial property in the Denver metropolitan area.

Prior to returning to Denver in 2009 to join the EXDO family, Andrew spent 10 years in Los Angeles as an animation, television and new media producer and nationally syndicated cartoonist developing content for global entertainment companies including Fox Sports, Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon. Andrew is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta where he received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Andrew now resides in the River North (RiNo) Art District where the EXDO Event Center is located and he participates as co-chairman of the RiNo Art District board as well as on the board of the RiNo Business Improvement District, the Anti-Defamation League Rocky Mountain Region and Engage Denver, a local non-profit that serves the RiNo / Five Points / Curtis Park communities and surrounding areas.

An avid traveler, Andrew participated with Denver Sister Cities International on a diplomatic mission to Nairobi, Kenya in 2014 and Takayama, Japan in 2015 and has twice joined the NBA for their Basketball Without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011 and 2015.

Andrew is also a die-hard Denver Nuggets fan and is the founder and proprietor of DenverStiffs.com, the most read blog devoted to the Nuggets and their fan base worldwide.


Moderator: Eliot Hoyt
ValleyCrest Design Group

Eliot Hoyt is a senior associate at ValleyCrest Design Group, with expertise in project management, urban design, and planning for resort and new community developments. In addition to his planning experience, Eliot has an MBA from University of Colorado Denver (UCD), and has worked as a market and financial analyst for real estate projects across the country. He brings many perspectives to bear on every new project with his project management skills, abilities as an interpreter of complex content, and understanding of the business of real estate development.

As a part of ValleyCrest Companies, a $1 billion landscape services company, the ValleyCrest Design Group has access to expertise in construction, maintenance, tree propagation and care, golf course design and more; enabling the design team to provide unparalleled services to its clients. With projects across the U.S. and in select foreign markets, Eliot has worked on master planned communities, warm and cold weather resorts, industrial parks, mixed use centers, and urban redevelopments. In each case, he has applied a quadruple bottom-line perspective to achieve a market feasible, environmentally sound, socially engaging, and aesthetically pleasing results for his clients. The most satisfying projects are those that continue from feasibility, through planning and design, into brand identity and marketing, and ultimately construction and implementation.

Eliot has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Harvard University, and has been a frequent lecturer at the Leeds School of Business and UCD’s College of Architecture and Planning.


Panel - Infrastructure Challenges of Corporate Relocations

Herman Stockinger
Colorado Department of Transportation

Herman Stockinger has been the Director of the Office of Policy & Government Relations for CDOT for eight years, where he and his staff manage relationships between CDOT and Colorado’s local, state and federal elected officials. Prior to his current position he served as CDOT’s Legislative Liaison for six years, where he promoted CDOT’s position on state legislation. Herman has been with CDOT for 15 years, has served as the Department’s Deputy Executive Director, and also serves as the Secretary to the Transportation Commission.

Prior to joining CDOT Herman was a Legislative Assistant for his local Colorado Congressman for ten years, where he handled a variety of legislative issues in Washington, D.C., including transportation.


Tom Clark
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Tom Clark is Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Executive Vice President of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He has more than 30 years of economic development experience at the state, regional, county and city levels. Tom's career spans four decades from Director of Commercial and Industrial Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, through positions with the Fort Collins, Colorado Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Denver Corporation, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Economic Council, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He holds bachelors degrees in speech and psychology from Minnesota State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois. Tom was the founder and first president of the Metro Denver Network, the Metro Denver region's first economic development program, for which he received the Arthur D. Little Award for Excellence in Economic Development. He was chosen as one of the nation's top economic development professionals by the Council on Urban Economic Development.


Moderator: Kim Koehn
K2 Ventures

Kim Koehn is an instructor teaching the RMREC Competition class for MBA real estate students in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Most recently, Mr. Koehn has focused his energies on identifying investment and development opportunities for his own account and for the benefit of an East Coast investment group. In addition, throughout his career, he has been an advocate for, beneficiary of, and practitioner within, professional training programs for all aspects of his firms’ business interests as well as his own personal growth.