ULI Northwest is pleased to announce that Tom Parsons with Holland Partner Group will Chair ULI Northwest in Washington, starting in July 2019. Tom will succeed our current Chair, Bill Pollard with Talon Private Capital (Chair 2017-2019).
ULI Northwest had a chance to talk with Tom about his role with Holland Partner Group and commercial real estate. Here are a few highlights from our conversation:
What’s your favorite thing about being in CRE?
The opportunity to work with many great people in the industry and build great projects.
What’s your favorite project you’ve done and why?
The 1521 Second Avenue condominium was special. It was the first 400′ tower, last Opus project and a very successful project that will always be a fixture of the Seattle skyline.
Do you have a favorite city (other than Seattle) that you like to visit and why?
Boston is a favorite because I have been there so many times and have many great friends and memories there.
What are some things you like to do when you’re not working in real estate?
Ride my 2016 BMW R1200GS through a national park.
Share with us one disruption that you think will change real estate in the coming years.
The tremendous housing shortage and its impact on the local and national economy. The high costs we are facing will cause a dramatic shift in the way individuals and corporate America identify new strategies for this environment.
What is your favorite thing about ULI?
The ability to meet and learn from a diverse group of industry professionals, both in the local community and on a national level.
Over your two year term as Chair, what is the one thing you’d like to accomplish?
I would like to find new ways to connect the expertise of our membership to the greatest challenges facing us today in the built environment, so that solutions can be identified that meet the needs of all stakeholders.
Share something interesting that our members might not know about you.
I was a Heisman Trophy Candidate in 1978. (P.S. All collegiate football players in all NCAA divisions are “candidates!”)