ULI Northwest & UW | Activating Change Symposium


2024-02-14T08:30:00 - 2024-02-14T11:45:00

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    Founders Hall 4215 E Stevens Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 United States


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    Please join us for Activating Change: Solutions for Downtown's Comeback. This symposium is the first event of our monthly Second Wednesday events, designed to offer consistent programming for ULI Northwest members and non-members on a reoccurring schedule.

    We are hosting this symposium in collaboration with the University of Washington Foster School of Business and Runstad Department of Real Estate. It is a free event and open to the public.
    Downtown Seattle has faced significant speed bumps to recovery post-Pandemic. What it largely boils down to is a "people" problem. How do we turn downtown back into a place where everyone wants to be? In this event, the 9th UW Commercial Real Estate Symposium, we bring together a diverse group of individuals with their fingers on the pulse of downtown -- landlords, tenants, brokers, capital markets players, downtown advocacy representatives, and policy experts -- to offer some perspective on what can be done in the short- to medium-term to rebuild confidence and vibrancy in the area.

    8:30 - 9:00am | Check In, Networking & Breakfast
    9:00 am | Keynote
    Panel #1
    Panel #2



    Owen Rice

    Hughes Marino

    Owen Rice is an executive vice president at Hughes Marino, a global corporate real estate advisory firm that specializes in representing tenants and buyers. Owen has been recognized as one of the most successful and trusted leasing real estate advisors in the Puget Sound. He has helped his clients with all aspects of corporate real estate activities including strategic planning and needs assessment, lease and purchase negotiations, dispositions, lease renewals and renegotiations, facility purchases and build-to-suits. From Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, Owen has assisted clients of all sizes. With over 16 years of experience, Owen has orchestrated over 750 real estate transactions for both office and industrial tenants. He supports each transaction with market leading research and both quantitative and qualitative analysis. He’s best known for developing complicated, strategic real estate tactics to achieve his client’s business objectives while maximizing their profitability. Owen has also been responsible for managing both domestic and international real estate portfolios in excess of $600 million dollars in transaction volume for major companies headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. Client service is what drives Owen to succeed. His clients love his approach as a strategic planner and creative thinker. Owen seeks to understand and serve his clients with exceptionally high integrity and honesty. His clients admire his consistent demonstration of commitment and loyalty to their organization. As an advisor, Owen believes that corporate real estate is meant to support the operational and cultural goals for each of his clients. His approach combines a focus on understanding the organizational values of his clients with a unique forecasting platform that enables him to advise on a variety of possible futures. Owen believes and lives by Hughes Marino’s core values, which guide everything he does. His enthusiasm is infectious and the philosophy by which he runs his business is what makes him such a valuable asset to those he serves. Owen resides in West Seattle with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys running ultramarathons, mountaineering and spending time outdoors with his family.


    Rico Quirindongo

    Acting Director, City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development

    Driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both the urban and natural landscape, Rico works with community organizations to have a positive influence in their own neighborhoods through design. In 23 years of professional experience, Rico believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that maintenance of this building stock is the ultimate expression of a sustainable architecture and a critical component of a new green economy. In addition to being in his fifth year of service on AIA Seattle’s board of directors, Rico is a mayoral appointment to the Historic Seattle Council, a board member for Pike Place Market PDA, and a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter. Rico sat on the AIA+2030 national steering committee, a committee born out of AIA Seattle that has seen to it that 24 cities nationally are providing curriculum to help design teams and owners meet the 2030 Challenge. Rico was recognized in 2011 by AIA National as a Citizen Architects on the Move, just completed a term as a member of the AIA National Communications Committee, was an Advisory Group member for AIA’s National Sustainability Scan, and was just awarded the AIA Seattle Young Architect Award in 2014.


    Maria Royer

    Principal, Real Retail

    Maria has over 30 years of diverse commercial real estate experience in disciplines ranging from development, sales and leasing, to asset management and ?nance. Maria and the Real Retail team exclusively represent over three-quarters of a million square feet of urban mixed-use centers and new community and lifestyle centers in the greater Seattle area including past and present notable projects such as Amazon’s World Headquarters, Rainier Square, Kirkland Urban, Ballard Blocks I & II, Everett Riverfront, The Meridian, 7th & Pine and TwoPine. Maria’s past experience also includes the successful lease-up of ground up developments including of Green Lake Village, Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah, Kent Station in Kent, and Bella Bottega in Redmond where she played a leadership role in pre-development, pre-marketing and transaction phase of the development cycle on each project. Maria’s present and past experience is also comprised of facilitating several specialty retailers and restaurants in their expansion strategies in the Paci?c Northwest including: Equinox, Soul Cycle, Shake Shack, Sephora, Athleta, Old Navy, William Sonoma, West Elm, Trader Joe’s and The Container Store. Using the knowledge and expertise she acquired while working on a wide range of projects of all sizes throughout the region, Maria provides her clients with extensive information and awareness about the unique retail environment in the Paci?c Northwest. Maria approaches each assignment as a partnership to ensure long-term project and tenant success. While working at Wright Runstad & Company Maria provided retail leasing, operations and property management services for their Class A office portfolio. This experience gives Maria valuable insight and lends a holistic approach to the challenges of leasing. While at Teranomics Retail Services, Maria was a strong contributor to the Seattle Office’s overall success and helped instigate the Teranomics merger with Federal Realty. Maria later acquired the rights to the Seattle Office of Teranomics which she parlayed into a partnership with Blatteis Realty for several years. In 2004 Maria formed Real Retail and has since maintained a dominant role in the retail landscape in the Greater Seattle Region. Prior positions include a Sales & Marketing Associate with Colliers - The Seeley Company in Los Angeles. While earning a degree in Business Administration, with a dual emphasis in Finance & Marketing at the University of Southern California, Maria also held a variety of internship positions including an advertising and marketing internship at New World Pictures in Los Angeles, an industrial brokerage internship at Grubb & Ellis Brokerage ?rm in Torrance, and also worked as a retail sales associate at Ann Taylor in Century City where she was a top producer selling to entertainment industry wardrobers. Maria is a past member of the Board of Directors for Plymouth Housing Group, where she served as Co-Chair for three years for Seattle Dances, a high-pro?le event where local celebrities and professional dancers perform in support of Plymouth Housing Group. She is on the President’s Round Table of the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Maria grew up in Seattle where she attended Forest Ridge Girls School and Seattle Preparatory School.

    Keynote Speaker

    Egon Terplan

    ITS Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

    Egon Terplan is a leading expert in place-based economic development, competitiveness strategy, regional planning, land use, and transportation policy, as well as fiscal policy and government reform. He consults, teaches, writes, lectures, and advises numerous government, civic, philanthropic, and private sector organizations on infrastructure, land use, climate, and economic development. In 2023 he helped the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development draft their Roadmap to San Francisco’s Future, the revitalization strategy for downtown San Francisco. Terplan is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California, Berkeley, and previously held the Robert S. Cornish Endowed Chair of Regional Planning in the Department of City & Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley. For five years he was an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and affiliated with the Bill Lane Center for the American West. From 2019 to 2022, Terplan was a California Governor appointee serving as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Transportation within the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the California Strategic Growth Council. In that role, he helped launch and manage “Regions Rise Together,” a statewide inclusive economic development and sustainable growth initiative. Through that effort, Terplan helped design and create two innovative regional implementation programs – the $600 million Community Economic Resilience Fund and the $600 million Regional Early Action Planning Grants of 2022. He was also the project director for the California Transportation Assessment (AB 285), a review of the state transportation planning and funding system developed, working in collaboration with UC ITS. He also led and participated in several interagency and external working groups and partnerships focused on land use and transportation, freight and logistics. Egon relaunched and coordinated a working group of the 18 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) with senior state staff across eight state agencies. He also provided strategic advice on economic development, regional planning, land use, transportation, and station area planning to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Strategic Growth Council, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the California High Speed Rail Authority and other state agencies. Prior to his appointment with the Governor’s Office, Terplan was the Regional Planning Director for SPUR, a nonprofit civic organization and public policy think tank focused on good planning and good government in the Bay Area. At SPUR he led research, education and advocacy campaigns including authoring or co-authoring dozens of reports and policy studies such as a statewide strategy for how to use high-speed rail to reshape urban development and economic opportunity in California, a Bay Area-wide strategy to lift lower-wage workers to middle-wage jobs, a strategy to prepare for a shift towards an urban future of work, an analysis of environmental tax shifting in San Francisco, and the first-ever analysis of the Northern California megaregion. Prior to SPUR, he was a Senior Associate and Project Manager for ICF International where he led regional economic strategy projects and cluster-based economic initiatives for public and private sector clients throughout the world. He has also worked for the Mayor of New York, was a teacher on Riker’s Island, and a union organizer and researcher for several labor unions. Education Terplan is a frequent public speaker and university lecturer and instructor. In addition to teaching at UC Berkeley and Stanford, Egon was previously an instructor in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of San Francisco and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University. Terplan graduated from University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design with a Master of City and Regional Planning and holds an undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College.

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