Panelist Bios

Chair

John M. Walsh, III
President, TIG Real Estate Services, Inc., Dallas, TX  

John M. Walsh, III is the President and founder of TIG Real Estate Services, Inc. (TIG).   TIG has developed and redeveloped over two and a half million square feet. of office and industrial buildings.   TIG manages and leases a portfolio of almost ten million square feet of office, industrial and retail buildings on behalf of its institutional clients in four states.  Prior to starting TIG, John spent 17 years with Trammell Crow Company in various leasing, development and senior management roles. During his tenure as development partner for the Northwest Dallas area market at Trammell Crow, Mr. Walsh was involved in the development of almost five million square feet, including leasing over eight million square feet of office, industrial and service center space. 

A Dallas native, John has served as Chairman, Director and Trustee of various business and charitable organizations including: Trammell Crow Employees Profit Sharing Trust, Valwood Improvement Authority, Carrollton Zoning Ordinance Board, Texas Commerce Bank, Valwood Park Federal Credit Union and Sky Ranch Youth Camp.  He has also served on working committees and boards for the City of Carrollton, the City of University Park, Highland Park Independent School District and the City of Farmers Branch.

Mr. Walsh was an instructor at Brookhaven College for ten years and at the University of Texas at Arlington for two years teaching Business Law to undergraduate students.  He is currently a graduate school visiting instructor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture.

Mr. Walsh has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Vision North Texas initiative since its inception in 2004.  He currently serves as a member of the Management Committee of North Texas 2050.  He has been involved in numerous activities related to VNT as a speaker, sponsor and participant. 

Mr. Walsh is a leader and active participant in the 30,000 member Urban Land Institute.  John has served as a volunteer member of numerous ULI Advisory Services Panels including panels in Hengelo, The Netherlands, St. Joseph, MO, Richmond, VA and Portsmouth, VA., Las Vegas, NV, Cedar Rapids, IA, Cleantech Corridor in Los Angeles, CA and the Research Triangle Park, NC.   John has participated as a Speaker and presenter for ULI at both the national, regional and local level. John has acted as a Product Council Chair at ULI, a Council Counselor, Vice Chair of Programs, numerous committees and is currently the Treasurer of the North Texas District Council of ULI, and recently completed four and one half years as its Chair.   In addition to his many other activities in ULI, he is currently serving as a Trustee and serves on various committees, including Membership and Programs.

Mr. Walsh has made presentations to organizations throughout the country including the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Office and Industrial Parks (NAIOP), The Commercial Property News, Vision North Texas, the North Texas Commercial Area Brokers (NTCAR), NACREIF and numerous other real estate related organizations.  His presentations have included such topics as underwriting, development techniques, financing obstacles and opportunities, marketing strategies, legal challenges, contracts, transactions, community development standards and real estate evaluation.

John has been a member of the Texas State Bar since 1978, with a Law Degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Texas, Arlington.

 

Panel

Michael Berne
President, MJB Consulting, New York, NY / Berkeley, CA

Michael J. Berne is the President of MJB Consulting (MJB), a national retail planning and real estate consulting concern with offices in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.  

MJB has been retained by a wide range of clients, including municipalities, BID’s and quasi-public/non-profit development corporations as well as private developers, landlords and retailers, to conduct market analyses, advise on site planning, devise tenanting strategies and undertake/guide recruitment efforts.

Michael is a frequent speaker at the conferences of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and sits on its Board of Directors, and he has also presented at the annual gatherings of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), National Main Street Center, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the California Downtown Association, among others.  

Michael has written numerous articles for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Urban Land magazine and served on expert advisory panels for the ULI and the IEDC.  He has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and City University of New York (CUNY), and appeared in high-profile publications such as The Washington Post and The Financial Times.

Michael received a B.A. degree from Columbia University (Columbia College) in New York City and an M.Phil degree from Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius College) in the United Kingdom.  He splits his time between residences/offices in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood and New York City’s Union Square.  
 

Alan Billingsley
Owner, Peter M. Hasselman, FAIA, Orinda, CA

Mr. Billingsley holds an M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA. He has 20 years of experience in all forms of real estate development and investment analysis, including work for both public and private sector clients. He manages research for office, apartment and retail property sectors for RREEF, and is the firm's specialist in retail properties. Before joining RREEF, Mr. Billingsley was a Managing Partner with Sedway Group, a real estate and urban economics consulting firm with a staff of approximately 30 people, and with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. During his eight years at the firm, he helped to grow the practice substantially in size and reputation.  Prior to this, Mr. Billingsley served as a Principal with Economics Research Associates where he served for nearly 10 years in its Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco offices. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute serving on its local Executive Board; is President of the local chapter of Lambda Alpha; serves as President of the local chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate; is a member of the Research Task Force at ICSC; and is active in several civic and educational organizations.
 

Peter Hasselman
President, DMG Consulting Services, Inc., Miami, FL

Peter Hasselman is an architect, urban designer and perspectivist providing consulting services to clients across the United States.  He began an unusual career after graduation from the University of Illinois and completion of military service: his first “client” was President Lyndon B. Johnson for whom he designed the 1964 inaugural pavilion (by competition).  Then as a designer with several leading firms, he was associated with such projects as: the Pennsylvania Avenue master plan; the new town of Reston, Virginia; the Baltimore Interstate Highway system; and the rehabilitation of the Amtrak stations and the design of new maintenance facilities between Washington and Boston.

As a design principal, he designed numerous mixed-used, office, residential, industrial and educational projects on both coasts.  To organize his professional life around the areas of his particular expertise, he now provides consulting services in planning, architectural design and presentation drawings.  Representative consulting projects include the development of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor; urban developments in Australia and Malaysia; resorts in southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain and Japan; a state-of-the-art theme park in Dubai; development of Long Beach Harbor; numerous town centers in the U.S.; illustrating the future uses of the Presidio of San Francisco; mixed-use projects in historic Prague and Utrecht; and the master plan for the transportation system of Izmir, Turkey.

As a frequent member of the American Institute of Architects and Urban Land Institute panels, he has participated in studies of sixteen cities in the United States.  He was also a member of a small group of American architects that traveled to the Soviet Union to redesign the Armenian city of Spitak (which was destroyed in the 1988 earthquake) in the first such collaboration between American and Soviet architects.  In addition he was a member of an AIA multi-disciplinary team that advised Atlanta on how that city should respond to the planning opportunities raised by the Olympics in 1996, and a ULI team that advised New Orleans after Katrina.

A number of projects have been recognized by competition award, design award or design citation.  Peter Hasselman is generally known for his ability to integrate many viewpoints and interests into his work, the active character of his drawings, and a high rate of productivity.  He is a member of the Urban Planning and Design Committee of the AIA, a periodic visiting critic at architectural schools and an editorial cartoonist on architectural subjects.  He was elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1983.

 

Charles Johnson, IV
President, C. H. Johnson Consulting, Inc., Chicago, IL

President and Chief Executive Officer, ISHC, is a nationally recognized consultant with over 30 years of experience in convention, sports, hospitality, and general real estate consulting. Prior to forming Johnson Consulting, he worked for the Chicago-based real estate development firm, Stein and Company, which was design builder for the expansion at McCormick Place in Chicago. Prior to that, he was National Director of KPMG Peat Marwick's Convention, Sports, and Leisure Consulting practice. He served as program manager for the Puerto Rico Convention Center District project in San Juan, Puerto Rico for four years, and successfully guided that project from an idea to a highly regarded 110-acre urban redevelopment project. He has worked on numerous projects in western New York including the expansion analysis of the Buffalo Convention Center. . 

Johnson has worked on over 600 public assembly and urban development consulting assignments in the U.S. and abroad.  He is a member of ULI and he has served on four Advisory Services panels.
 

Jan Minami
Principal, AMI Concepts, Fresno, CA

Jan Minami has focused on business growth and development for over 20 years. She began in the agriculture industry where she managed finances for the family farms and packing shed. She founded Jasmin Printing and operated it for 11 years, getting involved in the businesses for which she printed, advising on marketing and sound business practices. She also was extensively involved in Downtown issues as a volunteer leader of both the Downtown Association board and the Streetscape Commission board.

In late 2005, Minami sold her printing company and moved into the Downtown leadership field, serving as Executive Director of the Downtown Visalia Alliance. While there, accomplishments included a strategic plan for business and property owners, a popular new music festival and improved business practices.

In late 2007, Minami joined the Downtown movement in Fresno. She served as Executive Director of the Downtown Association of Fresno and interim President and CEO of PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno. She rescued the dying business organization, improved business services and developed strong foundations for events and community involvement. She spearheaded the formation of the business improvement district, with its successful launch in January 2011.

After establishing the PBID programs in Downtown Fresno, Minami founded AMI Concepts to provide economic development services to local and regional governments and organizations. She is committed to the support and development of the small business community. Her specialties include business retention and expansion, Downtown revitalization, grant funding services and public/private engagement.

Minami has a BS in Business Administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She believes in continuing education through industry seminars and workshops. Over the years, these cover urban planning, Downtown revitalization, nonprofit management, marketing, business development, fundraising, and event planning through the International Downtown Association, the International Economic Development Council, the International Council of Shopping Centers and others.  She is certified in Business Retention and Expansion through the International Council on Economic Development and in Grantwriting through CSU Fresno.
 

Ross Tilghman
Director, Tilghman Group, Seattle, WA 

Ross Tilghman heads up the Tilghman Group providing transportation planning services.   Tilghman brings over 25 years of urban planning experience, including serving as executive director of a downtown business improvement district.  He provides transportation-related revenue projections, market studies, planning and development strategies to government, not-for-profit, and private sector clients facing real estate development challenges.

Frequently working with nationally recognized planning teams, Tilghman’s recent work includes master plans detailing transportation requirements for Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, UAE, Iowa’s State Capitol Complex, The Evergreen State College, and Gallisteo Basin Preserve, New Mexico, as well as for downtowns throughout the US.  Central to these efforts are parking studies identifying future demands and space needs from which he develops parking management plans to support planned development.  Tilghman has provided transportation planning for state capitol campuses working with Washington, Iowa and Minnesota to improve their access and parking programs.  Additionally, he has undertaken transit market studies to identify ridership potential for new services in Denver and Los Angeles.  Ross has also completed numerous special event and recreation area transportation plans including those for San Diego’s Balboa Park, Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida, the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and Stones’ River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

Since 2000, Tilghman has been working with the City of Tacoma to address its downtown parking needs including the parking plan for the City’s new convention center.  Ross provided the revenue forecasts used to issue parking revenue debt.

Tilghman also served three years as director of a downtown business improvement district in Illinois.  He oversaw maintenance, facade improvements, parking, and upper story redevelopment efforts in concert with Main Street redevelopment principles.  Ross successfully authored a $1.9 million grant to fund a streetscape construction project completed in 2002.

Tilghman frequently participates in national resource panels assisting communities with development questions, including Urban Land Institute Advisory Service Panels and Mayor’s Institute on City Design teams. He received an undergraduate degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle.

 

ULI Project Staff

Thomas Eitler, AICP
Vice President, Advisory Services,
ULI-the Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC

Tom Eitler is the Vice President of Advisory Services for the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research institute that focuses on issues of land use, real estate and urban development.  The mission on the Institute is to providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Since 1947, ULI has been conducting panels that provide strategic advice to communities and organizations on a wide variety of real estate, planning, urban design and public policy subjects.  

Mr. Eitler is an urban planner and land use professional with more than 20 years of experience in comprehensive planning, revitalization, historical preservation, transportation systems, military installation master planning, and sustainable design.   He is an expert on zoning law, municipal codes, and urban design and government operations. He has prepared and conducted dozens of community engagement plans, charettes, advisory groups, workshops and panels.  Mr. Eitler has authored numerous plans, studies, strategies and reports on urban planning, design, land economics, public administration and real estate development.  He has directed projects in both the public and private sector in a variety of locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  

Prior to joining the Urban Land Institute Mr. Eitler was a principal with Community Planning Associates LLC, a land planning consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.  Before that he was Director of Operations for the Onyx Group, a planning and architectural firm with offices in Virginia, California, and Hawaii.  Prior to that, he was a principal planner with local governments around the Washington DC area, including Chief of the Long Range Planning for Prince William County Virginia where he established the County’s first urban growth boundary initiative, Traditional Neighborhood Design ordinance and financial guidance for its impact fee system.  

He has a Masters in Urban & Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and undergraduate degrees in political science, public administration and urban studies.  Mr. Eitler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the land economics society Lambda Alpha International.
 

Caroline Dietrich
Logistics Manager, Education and Advisory Group,
ULI-the Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC  

Caroline Dietrich is the Logistics Manager for the Education and Advisory Group at the Urban Land Institute.  In this capacity, she coordinates the logistics for all of ULI’s advisory panels and advisory service functions, all Professional Development workshops and a variety of other events within the group. In addition, she works closely with the Daniel Rose Center, assisting them with logistics for retreats, forums and fellowship events.   Before joining ULI, Dietrich worked for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as a gala assistant where she oversaw the planning and production of the annual “Night of Hope” Gala and silent auction.  She worked closely with the Gala committee and JDRF staff to help raise over 1.7 million for research.  Prior to her work with JDRF, Dietrich spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher in Fairfax, Virginia, teaching social studies and language arts to 5th and 6th graders.  

Dietrich has a B.A. of Science from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and has completed the Event Management certificate program from The George Washington University.  She is currently working to become a CMP –  Certified Meeting Professional.  She grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and occasionally travels home to visit her family.  When not working, Carrie enjoys seeing the sights in D.C., training for half marathons, and traveling all over the globe. She is an active member of ISES DC, planning special events for groups in the DC area.
 

Natasha Hilton
Associate, Education & Advisory Services,
ULI – the Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC

Natasha Hilton is the Associate for Education and Advisory Services at the Urban Land Institute. At ULI, Natasha works with the advisory services team to recruit and conduct advisory panels, while also developing content and authoring reports. In addition, she also helps coordinate ULI’s professional development programs, guiding content and marketing efforts for workshops, webinars, and certificate programs.

Her professional background includes research, policy-making, and strategic marketing efforts focused on the built environment. Her first exposure to urban policy began while working at Renewable Energy Foundation and Global Cities Ltd in London. Along with the Global Cities advisory team, Natasha developed place-based marketing and brand positioning strategies for clients and provided analysis on urbanization issues, such as city livability & economic competitiveness, regional demographics, and technological change. For the London 2012 Olympic Games, she helped deliver associated events including the London Global Debate series alongside Mayor Boris Johnson’s Olympic team. 

On the local level, Natasha interned for the Transportation & Research team at the Downtown Denver Partnership where she conducted transit, investment and development analyses, and co-authored Denver’s first Downtown Development Map. More recently, Natasha was involved with communications efforts at both Americans for Responsible Solutions, and the press office of Senator M. Udall in Washington, D.C. 

Natasha graduated with Honors from the University of Denver and has a B.A Public Policy and B.A International Studies, with concentrations in the global political economy and sustainable development. In addition, Natasha spent roughly two years studying and working abroad, where she attended: University of Westminster in London, Stockholm University, and Universidad Menéndez Pelayo in Spain. She takes particular interest on the economic impact of Millennials in urban development.
 

Nicholas Lalla
Analyst to the CEO & Chief Content Officer,
ULI – the Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC 

Nicholas Lalla is the Analyst to the CEO and Chief Content Officer at the Urban Land Institute. There, he provides data-driven guidance to the executive leadership on a range of strategic planning issues. Working at the intersection of analysis and communications, he conducts feasibility studies, measures impact, creates presentations for various audiences, and helps design and implement programs that foster sustainable communities.

Mr. Lalla previously worked at ULI's Rose Center for Public Leadership, where he researched and analyzed candidates for a fellowship program that provides U.S. mayors with technical assistance on a local land use development challenge. Before joining ULI, he conducted applied policy research and analysis for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Notably, he helped design an innovative program that builds federal, philanthropic, and private-sector partners to help solve policy challenges such as workforce development, education, and healthcare.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and a certificate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Lalla was awarded a Sage Fellowship to Cornell University and earned a master’s degree in African and African American Studies. His interdisciplinary urban affairs research focused on post-Katrina revitalization and its impact on minority communities. He examined, in particular, the ways in which planning, policy, political, and social issues function in his hometown of New Orleans.