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Advisory Board

An advisory board consisting of prominent real estate professionals who have demonstrated their deep commitment to the Center by their contributions of time and financial support guides the Center's activities. Membership of the board strives to be as representative as possible of the many disciplines and specializations within the industry. This diversity and board access is prized by our students.

Advisory Board Chair

John Petersen - Melvin Mark Capital Group

For the past 30 years, John Petersen has been an active community leader with a diverse background in corporate, legal, finance, credit, management and marketing of financial services at every level. He has established relationships with a majority of top-tier developers and borrowers in the region. Prior to joining Melvin Mark Capital Group, John spent nine years at CBRE Capital Markets/Debt & Equity Finance as Director and Manager or the Portland, Oregon office. He was also a Senior Vice President for Bank of America, Regional Executive, and manager for commercial real estate lending in Oregon, Idaho and southwest Washington. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics as well as the School of Law, Juris Doctor, John serves on several trade organizations and non-profit boards.

Advisory Board Members

Steve Abel - Stoel Rives

Steve Abel is a partner of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of land use, natural resources and development law. For the past 29 years he has represented private and public sector clients in the permitting and developing of major industrial, commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Steve regularly seeks approval for development projects on behalf of clients before local governments, the State of Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), and the Oregon Court of Appeals. He also assists companies with economic development opportunities in new markets. Steve has a long and distinguished record of service on behalf of the city of Portland and the Oregon State Bar, including serving two four-year terms on the Portland Planning Commission and serving for six years on the Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners. In his work on the Portland Planning Commission, he was able to promote a regulatory environment encouraging and facilitating redevelopment in the city. He is a frequent speaker on current land use legislation and case law impacting urban and rural lands in Oregon. In addition to numerous private sector clients, Steve serves as general counsel to Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland), which manages 14,000 units in the metropolitan area, with an annual budget of over $600 million.

 

Kali Bader - Rembold Properties

Ms. Bader is a Vice President with Rembold Companies. Her primary responsibilities are in acquisitions, financing, development and asset management. Ms. Bader acts as a project manager for development opportunities and assists in the oversight of the company. She also leads the investment management arm of the company with Mr. Rembold. Prior to joining Rembold Companies, Ms. Bader worked in San Francisco as an Investment Manager for the National Office Partners Fund at Hines Interests. Ms. Bader previously worked with a real estate office development firm, Chamberlin Associates, based in Pleasanton, CA and worked as a manufacturing consultant for Deloitte Consulting.

Ms. Bader is an adjunct Professor at Portland State University in the Center for Real Estate, serves as a board member and Vice President of the Board of Fruit and Flower Childcare, and is Chair of the Facilities Committee. She has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington.

 

Molly Bordonaro - Gerding Edlen

Molly Bordonaro has more than 15 years of commercial real estate experience including transactions, financing and fund management. Prior to joining GEDI, Ms. Bordonaro was a Principal in the Portland office of The Gallatin Group, securing public financing for large private-public real estate projects. Concurrently, she was a co-founding director of an investment fund specializing in the financing of real estate developments in low and moderate income areas. From 2005–2009 Ms. Bordonaro served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, becoming the first American diplomat to receive Malta’s highest medal of honor for her significant contributions to Malta and the Mediterranean region. She has also served as a member of the U.S. Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology and a director of the Fannie Mae Corporation. Ms. Bordonaro earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado.

 

John Bushnell - Fidelity National Title

With 25 years in serving commercial clients in title and escrow services, John Bushnell is responsible for client service for commercial brokers, developers, attorneys, lenders, and investors. He is a member of NAIOP, the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

Originally from Indiana, he studied finance at the University of Oregon. His community involvement includes St. Mary’s Home for Boys and the Portland State University Center for Real Estate Advisory Board. He is also a member of the University Club of Portland and Portland Golf Club. Prior to working with commercial clients, he was in sales for pharmaceutical companies.In addition to cooking and golf, he enjoys spending time with his daughter.


Abe Farkas - ECONorthwest

Abe Farkas is the development services director with ECONorthwest. Farkas has nearly three decades of experience in structuring successful public-private partnerships that have improved urban neighborhoods, business districts, and university environments.

Farkas is the former Development Director for the Portland Development Commission; Planning and Development Director for the City of Eugene, OR; Economic Development Manager for the City of Seattle; Director of Community Development and Planning for the City of Fort Wayne, IN; and Assistant Professor of Housing and Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.

Most recently Farkas was President of the Farkas Group, a development services company in Portland, OR. Several mixed-use, public-private partnerships projects, which Farkas helped structure, have been transit-oriented developments, achieved LEED certification (silver to platinum) for sustainability, and were recipients of regional or national awards.

 

Mark Fisher - StanCorp Mortgage Investors

Mark Fisher joined Standard Insurance Company as a real estate specialist in 1984. In 1996, Mark was elected vice president of StanCorp Mortgage Investors, LLC, a subsidiary of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. the holding company of Standard Insurance Company. He was appointed vice president and managing director in June of 2004. In this role he leads StanCorp Mortgage Investors, LLC in their origination of over $1 billion in new commercial real estate loans annually and the management their portfolio of commercial real estate loans exceeding $6 billion.

Mark is a member of the Life Officers and Managers Association Investment Committee and currently serves on the Commercial Board of Governors of the MBA. He is a past President of the Board of Governors of the Chartered Realty Investor Society and a past Chairman of the Life Mortgage and Real Estate O$cer’s Council. Mark currently serves as the Chairperson of the PSU Center for Real Estate Advisory Board.

 

Fred Gast - Polygon Northwest Company

 

Jamie Gaylord - Affinity Property Management

Jamie has been in the commercial real estate business for over 14 years, first starting as a commercial appraiser for Palmer, Groth and Pietka in Portland, OR. His career path turned towards commercial real estate lending as a loan and bank officer for M&T Real Estate, Inc. a subsidiary of M&T Bank based in New York. In 2002, Mr. Gaylord began his career as an apartment broker with Tilbury, Ferguson and Neuburg, Inc., specializing in multifamily sales ranging from 40 to 300 units where he closed in excess of $200,000,000 in transactions. Mr. Gaylord holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Portland State University and is a licensed Principal Broker in the State of Oregon.

 

Dave Girt - Moss Adams

Dave has practiced public accounting since 1981. He works primarily with real estate and construction organizations on taxation issues, including like-kind exchanges, involuntary conversions, tenancy-in-common arrangements, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and low-income housing tax credits. His practice includes transaction planning and analysis, IRS controversy, and income tax compliance and reporting.

Dave also consults with closely held companies on business acquisitions and mergers, business succession planning, partnership and LLC technical tax issues, and entity structural tax planning. Dave leads the firm’s Real Estate & Hospitality Practice in Oregon.

 

Ken Griggs - Norris, Beggs & Simpson

Ken Griggs has been in the real estate investment industry since 1984. Since joining Norris, Beggs & Simpson in 1993, Ken has originated over $1 billion in finance transactions throughout the Northwest. The completed transactions encompass a variety of property types including industrial, office, retail, multifamily, senior housing, and mobile home parks. Ken became President of NBS Financial in 2011, and serves on the Management Team for Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies. Ken has achieved recognition as the company’s Top Producer and received the Finance Officer of the Year Award multiple times. He also received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service from OMLA. Ken is a board member and past president of the Oregon Mortgage Lenders Association, a trustee on the Oregon State University Foundation Board and a member of its Finance Committee, sits on the State Farm Correspondent Advisory Council and the Woodmen Correspondent Advisory Council, and is active in numerous committees at Our Lady of the Lake School and Parish.

Ken holds his real estate license in Oregon and is the Oregon Chapter President of the Counselors of Real Estate. He earned his degree from Oregon State University with an emphasis in Finance and Computer Science.

 

Dan Kavanaugh - Turner Construction

Dan Kavanaugh is a Vice President of Turner Construction Company and the General Manager of Turner's Portland office. After nearly a decade in this role, Dan has grown Turner's northwest presence and reputation by guiding the successful completion of numerous landmark projects including, Providence Cancer Center, Salem Hospital Patient Care Tower, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Solarworld SA7 Building, University of Portland's Shiley Hall Renovation and the Portland Timber's Jeld-Wen Field. Additionally, Dan serves as a board member for PSU's Center for Real Estate, OSU's Construction Education Foundation and the AGC's Oregon Chapter.

He is a native Portlander and graduate of Oregon State University's Construction Engineering Management program. Beyond the buildings, Dan enjoys spending time at Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast with his wife Jenifer and their four children, Taylor, Connor, Katie and Kimmy.

 

Sue Kerns - ZGF Architects

Sue Kerns, a Principal in the Portland office, was drawn to interior design for the opportunity to solve problems and to create exciting interior environments for a building’s occupants. With 35 years of experience, Sue’s body of work includes establishing the detailing, color palette, furnishings, materials, and finishes for corporate offices, higher education buildings, healthcare facilities, libraries, conference centers, and athletic clubs. She works closely with clients to understand their goals and to provide them with original and imaginative environments that foster collaboration and increase efficiency, while enhancing user satisfaction. Inspired by creative and motivated individuals, Sue seeks them out in her travels, endeavoring to gain new perspectives in different environments. Her recent work with the Port of Portland Headquarters and Twelve | West Building, both LEED-Platinum certified projects, has resulted in multiple national honors, including the American Institute of Architects COTE Top Ten Green Project Award and the International Interior Design Association / Metropolis Magazine Smart Environments Award. Sue received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Steven Klein - Kidder Matthews

Steven has over 32 years of experience in commercial real estate sales and leasing, development, and property management. Steven primarily specializes in industrial and flex properties.

Prior to joining Kidder Mathews, Steven was a Principal at Trammell Crow Company for nearly 15 years and later served as Executive Director of Insignia/ESG, Inc., managing all lines of business for all product types in the Oregon and Southwest Washington region. During his tenure at Trammell Crow Company, Steven was responsible for overseeing the Industrial Properties Group.

Steven has completed over 2.6 million square feet of industrial and business park development and redevelopment projects in the Portland Metro Area Market. Steven’s extensive experience enables him to work with owners and property managers to position their assets to increase the renewal and occupancy levels, in turn, increasing the value of the assets. He also has gained a thorough understanding of what is required to manage the transaction, while representing his clients’ best interest.

Steven has served as the President of the Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) and is currently a member of the Commercial Association of Brokers (CAB) and NAIOP. He is also a board member of the Riverdale School District Foundation and Kidder Mathews. Steven is a native Oregonian.

 

Senka Lenn - Cambia Health Solutions

Senka is the Director of Real Estate and Facilities Management for Cambia Health Solutions, the parent company of the Regence Blues Plans in Washington, Oregon, Utah and Idaho. After leaving a legal practice in Cleveland, Ohio, Senka started her career in commercial real estate as a tenant rep broker.

From there, she became head of real estate for a Cleveland headquartered global corporation – Figgie International - and then moved to South Florida to join Office Depot as a Regional Real Estate Manager. Senka joined Trammell Crow Company in South Florida as a Vice President in their Corporate Services Division and was promoted to a Sr Vice President position when she moved to Seattle. She moved to Portland after leaving Trammell Crow’s San Francisco office and joined her husband who is with OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

 

Victor Merced - Hacienda Community Development Corporation

Victor comes to Hacienda CDC as a seasoned leader of social justice issues in a variety of government, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the ghetto of South Bronx, New York, Victor developed an early passion for Latino and housing advocacy. He first embarked on his journey as a leader in housing and community development at just 21 when he served as the Director of the People’s Development Corporation in South Bronx. Since then, Merced has held a number of relevant leadership positions, including Executive Director of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; Deputy Administrator of the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Adult and Family Services Division; and as the Senior Program Officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Most recently he served as the state’s Director of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department where he led the department in the development of over 8,000 low-income, multi-family housing units and the preservation of 3,000 expiring low-income units in vulnerable population groups.

Victor’s academic degrees include: Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law (1985) and Bachelor of Science in Housing and Urban Development from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York (1982).

 

Tim Mitchell - Norris & Stevens, Inc.

As President of Norris & Stevens, Inc., Tim oversees the firm’s commercial sales, leasing, and marketing activities, as well as being a member of the newly formed Executive Committee.Tim has spent the majority of his professional career in commercial real estate, with over 27 years of industry success. He has spent the last three-and-a-half years at Norris & Stevens as the company’s Senior Vice President, Director of Sales & Leasing, overseeing a 92% increase in brokerage revenues.

Prior to joining Norris & Stevens, Tim was at Harsch Investment Properties, LLC in the position of Senior Vice President, Acquisitions overseeing Harsch’s acquisition and disposition operations on the west coast. During Tim’s 10 year tenure, he completed over 150 acquisition and disposition transactions totaling nearly $2 Billion encompassing all investment product types including office, retail, industrial, R&D, multi-family, hotels and development land.

 

Tom Moisan - Ankrom Moisan Architects

 

Chris Nelson - Capstone Partners

Chris is a co-founder of Capstone Partners LLC a Northwest focused commercial real estate development and advisory firm with offices in Portland and Seattle. Prior to founding Capstone in July 2002, Chris was Managing Director of Trammell Crow Company's Portland office from 1999 - 2002.

Chris has personally sourced and directed the development, investment and management of over 6.5 million square feet of industrial, retail, office and multi-family properties in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Nevada for corporate, pension and individual clients including Morrison Street Capital, PCCP, Washington Capital Management, The Stanley Works, United Parcel Service, Utah Retirement Systems and several family investment offices.

He is on the Advisory Board for the PSU Center for Real Estate and a founding Board Member of KairosPDX. He is also a member of The Oregon Forum, the Urban Land Institute and The Forest Park Conservancy.

Chris received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Davis in 1989 where he also served as its Student Body President. Chris lives in Portland with his wife Barbara and two teenage children Nikki (16) and Conner (14). Chris is an Eagle Scout.

 

Brian Pearce - Unico Properties LLC

Brian Pearce is Unico's Senior Vice President of Property Management. With twenty years of experience in commercial real estate, Brian is responsible for the performance of nearly 13 million square feet of commercial properties in the Western Unites States and a management and leasing team of more than 100 professionals. In addition, Brian is responsible for identifying opportunities to grow the Unico management platform throughout Unico's ten western U.S. markets.

Previously, Brian was Vice President and General Manager for the Portland area portfolio. Under Brian's leadership, the Unico portfolio in Portland more than doubled to 2.7 million square feet under ownership and management since 2002.

Brian has held positions in real estate brokerage, facility and property management, and real estate development nationwide. Brian received his bachelor's degree in architecture from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is actively involved with BOMA, serving as the Portland Chapter's President in 2011 and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Portland State University Center for Real Estate and the Operating Committee for ULI Oregon. Brian serves the local community as a board member of Portland Mall Management, Inc. an organization that provides services and promote livability in downtown Portland.

 

Bryan Powell - Lane Powell PC

Bryan Powell is a shareholder at law firm Lane Powell, where he chairs the Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group.  He focuses his practice on retail, office and mixed-use development, private/public redevelopment and seniors housing projects.  In addition, Bryan has broad experience in real estate finance, secured lending, workouts and loan restructuring, having represented numerous lenders and borrowers over the years.

 

 

Barbara Radler - Radler White Parks Alexander

Barbara Radler has been practicing law in Portland since 1982.  She joined Ball Janik LLP in 1985 and became a partner in 1989.  Barbara’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions.  She represents developers, landlords, lenders, borrowers, tenants, and brokers.  Barbara is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and she has served as the Chair of the Real Estate and Land Use Section of the Oregon State Bar.  She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and she has been top-ranked in real estate by Chambers USA each year since 2003.

 

Coni Rathbone - Zupancic Rathbone Law Group

Coni is an Attorney and Shareholder of Zupancic Rathbone Law Group in Lake Oswego. She has practiced exclusively in Real Estate and Corporate law for over 23 years, 20 years of that at Davis Wright Tremaine. Coni’s practice focuses on real estate, corporate, LLC and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general business transactions. She has extensive expertise in representing tenant-in-common (TIC) sponsors and investors, having represented over 100 Tenant-in-Common Owner groups in commercial real property workouts with sponsors, managers and lenders to salvage owners’ investments in troubled markets. Coni is national leasing counsel for two nationally known telecommunications companies.

Coni has written numerous articles for various local and national publications on the subjects of TIC workouts and real estate transactions. She regularly makes presentations to real estate groups and is certified by the State of Oregon to provide continuing education credits for brokers. Coni has also been named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Real Estate (Oregon) by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers, for several years running. She is a member and 2011 President of the Oregon Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), member of the Portland Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and serves on the board of the Oregon chapter of CCIM.

Coni is a native Oregonian and is married to Dr. Gail F. Ott. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren and relaxing at their lake house.

 

Gary Reynolds - Perkins & Co

When you work with Gary, you get the benefit of 35+ years of leadership in public accounting. A founding shareholder (1986), Gary was Director of Assurance for 19 years before stepping up as President in 2005.

In addition to his leadership and management duties, Gary continues to handle client responsibilities for a variety of large, closely held businesses throughout the West Coast. Gary specializes in working with clients in the real estate, manufacturing and distribution and service industries.

Gary has over 30 years of experience providing assurance and tax services in all phases of real estate development and property management. Gary serves as the lead audit shareholder in our firm’s real estate practice group.

Gary received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from the University of Oregon. He is active in local and national accounting organizations, including the Oregon Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs where he serves on the board of directors, and holds leadership positions in various civic organizations. Gary currently serves as treasurer and board member of the Oregon Business Association, board member of the Portland Business Alliance, trustee of the OHSU Foundation and board member of the Arlington Club. He also serves on the advisory committee for Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate and Greater Portland, Inc. A strong advocate of the arts, Gary has served on the boards of directors for the Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts and Oregon College of Art & Craft.

 

Josh Schlesinger - Schlesinger Companies

An attentive steward, Josh manages the financial performance of the Schlesinger real estate portfolio. His supervision of approximately one and a half million square feet of commercial real estate in the Pacific Northwest includes leas ing, financial negotiations, underwriting and extensive work on new acquisitions and debt financing. Career highlights include playing a pivotal role in the acquisition, capitalization and master lease negotiation of the Unitus Building to Portland State University, Metropolitan Portland’s second largest lease transaction in 2006. In 2007, Josh led Schlesinger’s acquisition of its Fortune 500 partner’s interest in the Bank of America Financial Center and its successful property conversion from single to multi-tenant. In 2009, Josh was a team member on a joint venture acquisition of one of Portland's largest available urban infill developable sites. This site, known as the Convention District, is a 4 acre location with the potential for over $500 million of development.

Josh graduated with honors in Political Studies from Pitzer College and received his Specialization Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University in 2006. As a member of the executive committee of the Urban Land Institute, he assisted in expanding the Young Leaders Group membership. Josh has also provided Pro Bono Real Estate Consulting to Oregon’s Department of Education. Currently Josh is actively involved in Urban Land Institute, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Ralph and Bunny Schlesinger Foundation. In 2010, Josh accepted a Board position at the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University.

 

Sarah Stevenson - Innovative Housing

Sarah Stevenson joined Innovative Housing as its Executive Director in 2002. Prior to that, she was an attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York where she represented nonprofit developers of low-income and special needs housing and specialized in nonprofit law and affordable housing development. Sarah's community development work experience includes positions with California Literacy Inc. in Los Angeles, CA and Jobs for Homeless People in Washington, DC. Sarah has a BA from Stanford University and a JD from New York University Law School.

 

 

Greg Specht - CEO, Specht Development Inc.

Greg Specht's entire professional career has been in real estate development and construction. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Greg attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship, where he received first team All Pac-8 and All West Coast honors in 1972 as a wide receiver. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance, in 1973.

After a short stint playing football for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973, and the Portland Storm in the World Football League in 1974, Greg worked for Pioneer National Title Company (now Ticor Title) in Salem, Oregon. While there he began developing residential duplexes, which eventually led him to leave the firm in 1975, to pursue full-time development activities.

Greg is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Jesuit High School, is on the Multomah Athletic Foundation Board, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University. Greg lives in Southwest Portland with his wife Roxanne, and twins Mathew and Madeline.

 

Liam Thornton - Langley Investment Properties

Mr. Thornton joined Langley Investment Properties in 2012 and has over 30 years of industry experience.Prior to joining Langley, Liam held senior positions with primary investment and development responsibilities at House of Blues Entertainment, Universal Studios and the Walt Disney Company, as well as being a partner and owner of Thinkwell Development and Playa Associates. He has acquired and developed properties across much of the US and has also managed international development projects and transactions with a concentrated focus in South East Asia (Singapore) and Southern Europe (Barcelona, Spain). His portfolio of projects includes signature designs from Cesar Pelli and Associates, Frank Gehry, Venturi-Scott Brown, Populous and others.

Mr. Thornton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University’s School of Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning (Center for Real Estate). Liam is active in Portland area business and civic organizations and is currently a board member for the Portland State University Center For Real Estate, Portland Streetcar, Inc., Catholic Charities Oregon and the OES Board of Trustees. He is also a corporate board member for Cedar Bay Entertainment.

Professional memberships and affiliations include Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Design Management Institute (DMI) and the MIT Center for Real Estate and the MIT Media Lab. Liam is also a sponsor of the $1K House Project, an MIT joint-research initiative between the Department of Architecture and the Center for Real Estate.

 

Bashar Wali - Provenance Hotels

A hotel is just a building. It can't run itself. That's what Bashar Wali does. For more than 20 years, Wali has been driving innovation in all facets of the hospitality industry at companies like Wyndham International, Sheraton and Grand Heritage Hotels. As President of Provenance Hotels, he has crafted an assertive growth plan and developed strategic partnerships that have led to marquee collaborations with James Beard Award-winning chefs and alliances with preeminent developers like Woodbine Development Corporation and Bolour and Associates to expand the company's national presence.

Wali artfully balances this active focus on growth with maximizing the financial performance and market prominence of Provenance Hotels' award-winning lifestyle properties in the Western United States. He is widely recognized for developing playful guest amenities like the company's industry-leading spiritual menu and for inspiring the company's partnerships with companies like Sub Pop Records and Salt & Straw. Based on the philosophy that it is personality, passion, sense of humor and sense of drama that differentiates Provenance Hotels from its competitors, Wali has perfected a creative approach to the art of hospitality that is as successful at creating memorable guest experiences as it is at putting heads in beds.

Bashar Wali graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management. Officially he resides with his family in Portland, Ore. but can often be found jetting to new markets and kicking the tires on potential Provenance Hotels.

 

Mike Wells - CB Richard Ellis

Mike Wells joined CB Richard Ellis in  March 2011 as Managing Director for Portland Operations.  Mike has long been regarded as a leader in industrial real estate, construction and development over his 25-year career.  Mike joins us from CresaPartners where his focus was on advising local, national and international businesses on industrial real estate; both in the Portland area and throughout the country. Before CresaPartners, Mike was a partner at both Wells Otis Development and Panattoni Development Company.  In the last ten years, he has developed over 1,800,000 sq. ft. of primarily industrial and office buildings in Portland and Seattle.  Prior to development, Mike focused on corporate services and industrial brokerage in Oregon and SW  Washington at Cushman & Wakefield.  His track record of success, active leadership roles in the business and non-profit communities, and focus on client-centric solutions to business makes him a great leader for CBRE’s Portland office.

 

Steve Wells - Trammell Crow Company

​Steve Wells serves as the Senior Managing Director for Trammell Crow Company’s Portland Business Unit. With Trammell Crow Company from 1988-2002 and 2004 to the present, Steve has assumed a wide variety of responsibilities, including profit and loss responsibility from 1995 forward. In his area leader role (Portland, OR 1997-1999, 2006, and Chicago, IL 1999-2002), he directed all development, acquisition, brokerage, property management and construction management activities for organizations with 35-160 employees, annual revenues of $10-25 million and, at times, multiple metropolitan areas (Chicago, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis). Steve directed Portland development and investment activity from 2004-Present.

 

Bruce Wood - Portland Development Commission

Bruce Wood is the Principal owner of Foundation Real Estate Development, a northwest development company. Prior to starting his own development firm, Mr. Wood served as Managing Director of Real Estate Development for Opus Northwest, LLC. Mr. Wood's real estate career also includes working/consulting for Harsch Investments, Trammell Crow Company, and Booz, Allen & Hamilton Consultants. Mr. Wood is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. 

 

 

Ann Young - SVP and Oregon/SW Washington Market Manager, U.S. Bank – Commercial Real Estate

Ann is Senior Vice President and Market Manager at U.S. Bank in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Ann is responsible for overseeing and managing the Commercial Real Estate lending team at U.S. Bank.  She also serves on U.S. Bank’s local Management Committee.  Ann joined US Bank in April 2009.  Her commercial real estate and banking career began in 1984 with Oregon Bank, Security Pacific Bank of Oregon and Bank of America.

Ann is involved in various commercial real estate trade organizations and currently serves as Advisory Board Member of Portland State University Center for Real Estate and the NAIOP Board. Ann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State University. Ann resides in Wilsonville, OR with her husband and two boys.

 

Honorary Members

Bruce Korter - Washington Capital Management, Inc.

Bruce Korter is the Managing Director for the Portland, Oregon, branch office and a voting member of Washington Capital Management’s real estate investment committee.

In 1998, Mr. Korter was recruited to join Washington Capital Management and open the Portland branch office where he is responsible for client development and the origination of new loans and equity investments.

Bruce’s career in real estate began in Portland, Oregon, in 1972 in the mortgage banking business. Shortly thereafter, he joined a regional commercial real estate brokerage firm, and formed his own brokerage firm in 1978. He sold to Grubb and Ellis in 1983 at which time he became the District Manager and a member of the Executive Committee. Since 1992, he has been involved in the Taft-Hartley real estate consulting and advisory business.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in real estate from Portland State University. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Oregon and is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).

Bruce has been a featured speaker at the Investment Institute of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and has also appeared before the Dept. of Labor ERISA Advisory Council – Work Group on Real Estate Investments. He authored the article “Why Invest in Real Estate Today”, Employee Benefits Journal, March 1997.

Over the years he has been active in the local chapters of BOMA and CRE. He has been a member of the Portland State University Foundation and the Providence/St. Vincent Medical Foundation boards, and is currently serving on various committees of both.

 

Scott Langley - Langley Investments

Mr. Langley is the President and CEO of Langley Investment Properties. As Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and profitability of the company and its partnerships. Mr. Langley oversees all business development activities, client relations, departmental and project teams in support of their investment, development and management activities. His career now spans over 35 years of diversified real estate experience.

Prior to founding Langley, Scott was the President and CEO of its predecessor company, Ashforth Pacific, for 11 years. Mr. Langley previously served as Senior Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield responsible for institutional markets and The Boeing Company relationship.

A frequent speaker to business and industry, Mr. Langley is active in the community and has served on numerous business, community and non-profit Boards.

 

Larry Remmers - Wells Fargo and PSU Center for Real Estate

Larry Remmers served as Executive Director of PSU's Center Larry Remmers served as Executive Director of PSU's Center for Real Estate during 2013.

For 17 years, Larry served as regional manager for Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Banking Group Pacific Northwest offices in Portland and Seattle, both of which he opened.  He came to Portland in 1991 to manage First Interstate Bank’s real estate problem loan team and in 1993 assumed managerial responsibility for First Interstate’s commercial real estate lending operation for the Pacific Northwest.  Larry’s commercial real estate experience dates to 1986 when he transferred to First Interstate’s Real Estate Group in Los Angeles, joining the mortgage warehouse lending team before moving on to the Developer Banking unit.  Larry began his banking career with First Interstate in 1980 in the correspondent banking unit.

Prior to pursuing his career in banking, Larry spent 10 years in academia earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Larry has served on the boards of several non-profits, including member and president for the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation, PSU School of Business Administration Business Advisory Counsel, Marylhurst University Board of Trustees, and member and chair of the University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board.  Real Estate during 2013.