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John Rahaim | The Challenge of Planning for a Growing San Francisco

6/11/2018
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John Rahaim grew up in Detroit. His high school day of community service inspired him to understand the city more, and he went on to receive his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Architecture with an emphasis on Urban Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Urban Design program focused on man-environment systems which especially fascinated John. It’s all about the interaction of human behavior and the environment and how each one affects...

Duration:01:19:02

Fred Tuomi | Technology, Strategy, and Growth

5/28/2018
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A Technology Foundation Fred Tuomi was born in Minnesota, and went on to attend high school and college in Georgia, receiving a B.A. in Business Information Systems from Georgia State University. While working for the Computer Sciences Corporation doing consulting, Fred connected with John Nelson of Consolidated Capital. This opportunity led to Fred creating the very first automated, apartment management system. “The idea was, let’s use these things called computers that make everything...

Duration:01:05:45

Gerald Hines | Industry Legend, Developer, and Visionary

5/14/2018
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Gerald Hines founded his business in 1957 as a developer of office properties. His namesake company now has a presence in 201 cities and 24 countries, and manages over $110 billion in property. Hines is renowned for not only creating the highest quality buildings in the market, but for partnering with the world’s best architects. The Beginning: Born in Gary, IN in 1925, Hines was the child of parents who came on a boat from Nova Scotia. Growing up, he ran cross country and track and is...

Duration:02:21:31

Dar Williams | Community Building From a Folk Singer’s POV

5/7/2018
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Community Building Music was everywhere. We played music, we were encouraged to play music, we sang in the car. But that was also the 70’s. Dar grew up in Chappaqua, NY during the 70’s. It was developing and becoming more progressive as a commuter city to New York City. Her parents were involved in city politics but also enjoyed art, gardening, and music. Through volunteering and fundraising, her parents exemplified community building, her father specifically holding an instrumental role...

Duration:01:09:10

Jim Ketai | Revitalizing CBD Detroit

4/30/2018
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Jim was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs. He has positive memories of the dynamic neighborhood full of families raising their kids and a strong public school environment. Also clear in his memory is a downtown visited on special occasions or to shop at Hudson’s, once America’s largest department store. Transit: Jim attributes Detroit’s early lack of public transportation to the fact that it was the hub for automotive companies, making car ownership king. He wonders how different...

Duration:01:01:32

Keith Oden | Creating the Ultimate Company Culture

4/16/2018
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Creating and Building: Born in McComb, MS, Keith says he could have written the book “Hillbilly Elegy,” about his own life. Since his parents weren’t really in the picture, his grandmother raised him from a young age in Pasadena, TX. He went on to graduate from the University of Texas, receiving his MBA with a concentration in real estate shortly thereafter. “I was just intrigued always with the idea of creating and building things.” After working as a management consultant at Deloitte, he...

Duration:03:57:40

Leading Voices Transitions

11/13/2017
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While we prepare the next season of Leading Voices for you, we wanted to let you know about some changes behind the scenes. Look for new episodes in early 2018!

Duration:00:06:22

Leading Voices Transitions

11/12/2017
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While we prepare the next season of Leading Voices for you, we wanted to let you know about some changes behind the scenes. Look for new episodes in early 2018!

Duration:00:06:22

Sam Zell

9/5/2017
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Sam Zell has always had an entrepreneurial mind-set, attributing his real estate success to it. After getting his start flipping apartments as a law school student, he grew his businesses and helped transform what we know as the modern REIT.

Duration:00:53:31

A-P Hurd

8/22/2017
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A-P Hurd was not planning on going into the real estate industry. After working in journalism and on the trading floor, she then landed a leadership role at Touchstone. Her unique perspective on business encourages people to use their skillsets to allow them to do their best work.

Duration:00:46:18

Gadi Kaufmann

8/8/2017
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After growing up in Israel and serving in the army, Gadi Kaufmann came to the U.S. on a scholarship to Brigham Young University. His drive led him to an interview with RCLCO during college; and now, after 38 years and four careers at RCLCO, he has transitioned to the current managing director and CEO.

Duration:00:45:07

Ellen Winkler

7/25/2017
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Ellen Winkler became an accidental developer when she moved her video production firm to Denver and failed to find a fun, yet collaborative work environment. Now she is creating coworking spaces all around the city.

Duration:00:46:42

Jonathan Rose

7/11/2017
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Jonathan Rose left his family’s multigenerational real estate company to start his own for-profit mission-driven development firm. His passion for creating communities of opportunity is strengthened through the belief that we all share a compassion that makes the world a better place.

Duration:00:27:43

Phil Freelon

6/27/2017
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Leaving a legacy is easy for Phil Freelon, who founded one of the largest African American–owned architecture firms. With numerous cultural institutions under his belt, including the newest Smithsonian museum, he is motivated to design places where the public can convene.

Duration:00:44:17

Mary Ann Tighe

6/13/2017
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Mary Ann Tighe didn’t know what commercial real estate was until she was 36 years old. With a successful career in the Carter/Mondale White House before launching the A&E network, she recognized her knack for deal making and is now one of the country’s most prolific brokers.

Duration:00:45:52

Chip Conley

5/30/2017
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Chip Conley started one of the country’s first boutique hotel chains, Joie de Vivre, when he was just 26 years old. After selling the company, he joined the startup Airbnb at age 52, despite the fact that the young founders were primed to disrupt his industry.

Duration:00:59:36

Tom Geddes

5/16/2017
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A chance meeting on a playground led Kevin Plank, Under Armour’s founder, to ask Tom Geddes to oversee his private investments. Tom’s leadership is enhancing Baltimore's waterfront and how the public experiences the city.

Duration:00:38:48

Janet Marie Smith

5/2/2017
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Janet Marie Smith had a homerun vision for Camden Yards, the first baseball stadium in 70 years that was built within the existing urban fabric of any U.S. city. With stadium work in Boston and Atlanta also under her belt, she is now enhancing 55-year-old Dodger Stadium.

Duration:00:39:00

Andres Duany

4/18/2017
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Following the advice of his grandfather, Andrés Duany knows he can either be popular or indispensable, and he’s chosen the latter. Made famous by his traditional neighborhood design of Seaside, Florida, Duany has led the charge in creating new urbanist communities.

Duration:00:40:35

Scott Cowen

4/4/2017
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How does one prepare for an unexpected crisis? Scott Cowen managed to lead Tulane University through Hurricane Katrina, strengthening the student body and city of New Orleans in the process by strategically integrating the two.

Duration:00:41:04