The local leadership for ULI Northwest is made up a diverse group of leading real estate and land use professionals who volunteer their time to advance the ULI mission throughout the Pacific Northwest region.
Bill Pollard, District Council Chair
Bill Pollard is the co-founder and Managing Principal of Talon Private Capital (Talon), LLC. Talon is a Seattle- based private equity company focused on commercial real estate investments on the West Coast. Talon has current total investments exceeding $800 million.
Before co-founding Talon in late 2009, Bill was a Principal and co-founder of Pacific Real Estate Partners, Inc. (PREP), a regional commercial real estate brokerage. Over his 17 years at PREP, he was instrumental in growing the brokerage to market dominance in the Pacific Northwest. Bill was consistently recognized as one of the leading brokers in the Pacific Northwest. He earned the prestigious Seattle Broker of the Year award four times, and was a finalist three additional times. The national industry research firm Costar recognized Bill as a “Power Broker” for seven consecutive years.
Talon’s 25 professionals work in asset, investment, and development management. Talon is active in the major metropolitan areas of Seattle, Portland, Dallas, and Austin. Talon has a significant private equity capital balance which it utilizes to fund both wholly owned assets as well as numerous larger scale joint venture value add and development opportunities with its multiple institutional equity partners. Talon has active co-investments with partners such as Prudential (PGIM), Cerberus, PCCP, Lionstone, and Walton Street Capital.
Eric Cress, District Council Vice Chair for Portland Activities
An engineer and designer by training, Eric is drawn to innovative new ideas that make our communities better places to live. At UD+P, Eric concentrates on acquisition, development, and finance. He oversees budgets and the acquisition-to-construction phase of new projects.Before UD+P, Eric was a project manager at Pacific Bay Investments in Berkeley, California. Prior to that, Eric managed engineering projects for Cypress Semiconductor, Maple Optical Systems, Leapfrog Toys, and the National Science Foundation. Eric holds eight patents and has published several papers related to this work. He earned an MBA with a focus in real estate finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.