ULI Philadelphia 5th Annual Shark Tank


2021-04-29T09:30:00 - 2021-04-29T11:00:00

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    ULI Philadelphia Virtual Event


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    Private $15.00 $25.00
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    Back for its fifth year, the Young Leaders Group is proud to present ULI Philadelphia's annual Shark Tank event. Listen as two 'fish' real estate developers pitch their projects to a group of 'sharks', made up of local real estate icons and industry leaders. This year’s Shark Tank will feature projects in West Philadelphia neighborhoods and showcase developers with a demonstrated commitment to improving not just their portfolio of properties, but their communities as well.
    Presenting "Fish" Companies:
    "Shark" Panel:

    Catch up on our 4th Annual Shark Tank program here.  



    Jeremy Sunkett

    Vice President, Real Estate Services, MRA Group

    Jeremy leads the management of Elwyn’s multi-state real estate portfolio through oversight of strategy, development, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, facilities operations and capital and master planning. Prior to joining Elwyn, Jeremy served as the real estate lead for two higher education institutions in the region. As Director of Real Estate at the University of Delaware, he was responsible for all real estate issues within the University’s 8.5 million square foot portfolio. He also led the development of UD’s 272-acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus by negotiating the development of the $45M Tower at STAR as well as a $150M corporate research facility to expand it. Jeremy also served as an Associate Vice President at Rowan University, where he helped establish the University’s real estate function, developed a housing master plan and led negotiations for the Rowan’s first public-private partnership, a $133M student housing development. In addition to his higher education and healthcare real estate experience, Jeremy has worked as a real estate consultant at JLL as well as independently. Before entering the real estate industry, he held several economic development positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and in those roles focused on strategy, project management and financing of a wide variety of real estate and infrastructure projects. His diverse background has enabled Jeremy to work on projects in all of the primary real estate asset classes, in urban and suburban areas and across industries and sectors. Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Advisor with Econsult Solutions, Inc. in Philadelphia, a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia’s Advisory Board and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor for ULI Philadelphia.


    Tya Winn

    Executive Director, Community Design Collaborative

    A trained architect, Tya comes to the Collaborative after over a decade of working in affordable housing and community revitalization. She brings a deep understanding of the Philadelphia design and community development landscape and the work of the Collaborative and has a deep commitment to using design to tackle social justice issues. Ms. Winn is an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University. She sits on several Board of Directors, including, The Center for Architecture + Design, Families Forward, the National Organization of Minority Architects, Community Transformation Partners, and as public member for AIA Philadelphia. Additionally, she serves on advisory boards for StreetBoxPHL, The Institute of Community Controlled Development (B.I.G.), and the Syracuse University School of Architecture. As a citizen architect and design advocate, she supports the intersection of civic process and design. She currently holds the position of Co-Chair for the housing subcommittee of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone and was one of the founders of Jumpstart West Philly, working to increase access to affordable housing in the boundary. She serves as an active member of the Design As Protest (DAP) Collective and Dark Matter University. Ms. Winn received her BARCH from Syracuse University and an MARCH with a certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania.


    Marilyn Taylor

    Professor of Architecture & Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

    Marilyn Jordan Taylor is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. She had a distinguished tenure as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design from 2008 - 2016, having been a much admired practitioner. She is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in urban design, as well as a woman pioneer in the fields of architecture, planning, and construction. Her global stature is complemented by her down-to-earth demeanor and proven ability to interact easily with constituencies across communities, government, industry, and academia, both locally and internationally. She is a leader who exudes not only intellectual breadth, but also deep enthusiasm and compassion in her dedication to enhancing the vitality of urban communities through design. Marilyn Taylor was Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and the first woman to serve as Chairman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a 35-year career with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she led many of the firm's largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as Global Chair (2005-07) of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment. An expert in using public space and infrastructure to shape urban districts and civic places, Marilyn Taylor led Skidmore Owings & Merrill's practices in Transportation as well as Urban Design in such projects as Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus, the NYC's East River Waterfront, the reclamation of Con Ed's East River sites for mixed-use development, the new research building at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and the new urban campus for John Jay College. She also founded a


    Natalie Kostelni

    Senior Reporter, Philadephia Business Journal

    Natalie Kostelni has covered real estate and economic development for the Philadelphia Business Journal since 1999. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a masters in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Natalie is also an adjunct professor at Villanova University.


    James Sanders

    Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending , Univest Bank and Trust Co.

    James Sanders is a leader and business professional with over 20 years of experience in banking, finance, and economic development. Currently, he serves as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Univest Bank. Prior to Univest Bank, James was Vice President of Commercial Lending at Customers Bank with responsibilities to grow the brand into the greater Philadelphia market. He also worked for other financial institutions such as, Cape Bank, Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), and Vanguard. In 2008, James expanded his expertise and knowledge base to work for a public-private-partnership between The Enterprise Center (TEC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). He began his tenure as director of business development and finished a senior director reporting directly to the President of The Enterprise Center. James established working relationships/partnerships with supplier diversity experts and procurement executives, small and medium-sized businesses, federal, state, local government agencies, and private sector corporation. Currently, James is serving on the boards of directors at the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority, The Enterprise Center, Fox School of Business Alumni Association, and the Montgomery County Community College Foundation Board. James and his family reside in Glenside, Pa. He is a native Philadelphian where he graduated from Olney High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia State University, receiving a B.S. Economics. James also earned an Executive MBA from Temple University, Fox School of Business. James and his wife are parents of two young adults, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter, and a dog.


    Leon Caldwell

    Founder and CEO, Ujima Developers

    Dr. Leon D. Caldwell is an award-winning community-based-researcher, social entrepreneur and transformational leader. Ujima Developers was founded on the premise that communities can be transformed with intentional investments to improve the life outcomes of residents. Leon has been involved in real estate as a developer, builder, investor, and property manager since 1999. A West Philadelphia native, Leon graduated from Our Mother of Sorrows, the William Penn Charter School, then received a BA in Economics and M.Ed. in School Counseling from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Penn State. Following earning his doctorate, he was a staff psychologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has held rank and tenure as an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; the University of Memphis and directed a community research center at Rhodes College. After a successful career as an Associate Professor, award-winning community-based researcher, national thought leader on Black men and boys health, social entrepreneur and Senior Leader in the Philanthropic sector and author with over 50 national and international publications, he established Ujima Developers, LLC as a public health intervention for blighted neighborhoods. His recent work has been published by SAMHSA, the National League of Cities and the Association of Black Foundation Executives. Excited to return to his home, Philadelphia, Leon seeks to contribute his unique approach to holistic equitable development in re-designing neighborhoods for the optimal wellbeing of residents. Housing is health! Leon understands the influence of real estate developers on the health and economic mobility of a zip code. Ujima Developers’ approach to social innovation is re-designing neighborhoods for the optimal health of residents.


    Daniel Harvey

    President, DMH Investment

    Daniel Harvey is married to Erika Harvey and two kids Danni and Eric Harvey. He is originally from Philadelphia but now resides in Delaware County. Daniel Harvey is a graduate of Dobbin Vocational High School, where he studied electronics. While attending Dobbins, Daniel was chosen to participate in co-op program working with SEPTA. After graduation Daniel stayed with SEPTA 18yrs until 2014 when he quit to become a full time real estate investor. In 2008 Daniel started a real estate investment company named DMH Investments LLC to take advantage of declining real estate prices. Since then DMH Investments LLC has grown into multi-million-dollar business. The business focuses on acquiring distressed properties and rehabbing them for rentals and resale. Most recently Daniel has become a sought-after speaker discussing the benefits of real estate investing. Here are some personal highlights: Stays in touch with the Real Estate market and trends by attending numerous educational seminars throughout the region on Real Estate Management, Real Estate Investing, and Creative Real Estate Techniques. Popular speaker at community events on the topic of “Multifamily Conversions” and “Transitioning to full time business owner”

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