Development of Distinction Awards

Development of Distinction Awards

The ULI Houston Distinction Awards follow The Urban Land Institute’s tradition of honoring developments and green spaces that uphold the ULI mission. At ULI Houston, we seek to inspire land use that fuels the creation of a flourishing global city.

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2018 Finalists

In the For-Profit – Large category:
River Oaks District, by JPMorgan Chase, OliverMcMillan
Sawyer Yards, by The Deal Company, Western General, Lovett Commercial, j5 Equities

In the For-Profit – Small category:
Dillon Kyle Architects’ Office, by Dillon Kyle Architects
Headquarters, by TPC Real Estate and Goldking Realty

In the Not-For-Profit category:
Avenida Houston, by Houston First, Griffin Partners Development
Carnegie Vanguard High School, by Houston Independent School District
SEARCH Foshee Family House of Tiny Treasures, by SEARCH Employment Services & Care Hub

In the Urban Open Space category:
Levy Park, by Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority

There were two honorable mentions noted by the committee in the Not-for-Profit CategoryHouston Police Officer Memorial Guard Post and Visitor’s Entrance by the City of Houston and in the Urban Open Space category: Broadway Corridor Redevelopment by Scenic Houston and Hobby Area Management District.

Finalists were selected by a nomination panel of Houston real estate leaders that included Dan Gilbane, Gilbane Building Company; Drew Mengwasser, TBG Partners; Lisa Nickel, Genesis Collaborative; Greg Patch, LJA Engineers; Julie Peak, FirstSouthwest; and Jennifer Raymond, JPR Commercial Real Estate.

A jury of three national real estate experts will travel to Houston to tour all finalists’ projects on Nov. 7 and 8, 2017, to select the 2018 Development of Distinction winners. The national jury includes:

Pamela Kraft is the head of property, planning and development/engineering, construction and expansion for the Toronto Transit Commission in Ontario, Canada;

Pamela Kraft graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and Urban and Regional Planning in 1982.  Since then, she has worked for the private and public sectors and has held various senior level positions including, Managing Director for a Brownfield developer, Vice President of Planning and Development for a residential developer/builder and is presently holding the position of Head – Property, Planning and Development at the Toronto Transit Commission.

Debra Stark is a councilwoman at the City of Phoenix Council District 3 in Arizona

Debra Stark has spent her entire career as a public servant in local government. Her first career position was a planner for the city of Phoenix after receiving her Master’s in Planning from Arizona State University. She then went to work for Maricopa County as the Planning Manager where she supervised the Planning Division and worked on the Maricopa County Comprehensive Plan. She then took her knowledge to the city of Peoria as Community Development Director where she managed the operations of the Community Development Department and worked with the Mayor and Council to implement the first design review ordinance for the city of Peoria.

Following her tenure at the city of Peoria, Stark returned to the city of Phoenix as the Planning and Development Director, serving 7 years as Director before retiring from the city of Phoenix in 2012.  Never a woman to stay idle, she returned to Maricopa County and  served as the Planning and Development Director until resigning in May 2016.

Stark also remains active in the planning industry and her community.  She is President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves as a Board Member for the Arizona Council of the Urban Land Institute and Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.  She is also a former member of the Maricopa County Trial Court Selection Commission and past board member of Valley Partnership.

Stark is married to Brian and they are proud parents of a son and daughter.

Greg West is chief development officer for ZOM Living in Florida;

Greg T. West is Chief Development Officer of ZOM Holding Inc. and is responsible for all of the Company’s real estate activities.  He joined ZOM in 1997 and has since been involved with all aspects of the development process including identifying new opportunities, compiling due diligence and underwriting parameters. He is also responsible for project design, permitting, and construction.  Through his career at ZOM Mr. West has been directly responsible for over $3.5B of development.

Since the financial crisis ZOM has initiated 28 development projects nationally in markets such as South Florida, Artlington, VA, Baltimore, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Charlotte. All of ZOM’s work is centered on mulitfamily rental housting including urban mixed use with retail components.   Currently ZOM has 5,200 units in varios stages of development across all markets with total capitalizaton of over $1.5B.

Prior to joining ZOM, Mr. West worked in a development capacity for Paragon Group, a REIT specializing in multifamily properties. He was involved in the implementation of new multifamily developments and the repositioning of existing projects in both the Midwest and Florida.

Mr. West received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Southern Methodist University and has received two Masters of Science degrees from Texas A&M University in Land Development and Construction Management.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Multifamily Housing Council, is the current Chair of the ULI Southeast Florida and Caribbean District Council, and is a Miami Downtown Development Authority Board Member.

Finalists and winners will be honored on Jan. 30, 2018 at a reception at The Astorian.