Ryan Birdseye has over 21 years of environmental planning experience working with both public and private sector clients developing and implementing entitlement strategies for a diverse range of land development, renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He is proficient in state and federal environmental review process and preparation of documents meeting both California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. He routinely serves in a principal role responsible for developing entitlement strategies for infrastructure development projects and directs preparation of CEQA/NEPA documents prepared as part of the entitlement process. He has a comprehensive knowledge of state and local environmental regulations and agency procedures and how both can affect the entitlement process. He is a skilled writer and accomplished speaker and experienced in making public presentations to boards, commissions and interest groups projects.
Twenty-five years after launching his own accounting firm, Dan Gatto remains actively involved as the group's senior tax specialist. Dan concentrates his expertise on real estate taxation, estate planning, trust administration, flow-through entities and related services. He also works with many high-net-worth clients, advising and guiding them on wealth-accumulation management. His broad-based experience in all facets of public accounting includes income tax examinations, as well as business planning and analysis, establishing complex accounting procedures and controls, assisting with business purchase and sale, and teaching real estate taxation at the University of San Diego.
Jeff W. Graham, M.B.A., is President of Civic San Diego. His extensive career in all facets of real estate investment and development has included master planned communities, urban infill high density mixed-use projects and innovative public-private partnerships. His current tenure with Civic San Diego, one of the most successful redevelopment organizations in the U.S., has included establishing public policy in urban planning and design, economic development, affordable housing, and homeless solutions.
Phillip Jelsma JD is a tax partner at McKenna Long and Aldrich. He has 25 years experience in tax planning for real estate transactions, with extensive experience in tax-free exchanges. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law since 1989.
Gary London is President of London Group Realty Advisors. His firm provides market analyses, economic and financial analysis, strategic advice and capital access to investors, lenders and developers. He is well known as counsel to many of the nation’s successful real estate players and entities holding real property assets. He is Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and an Instructor at the University of San Diego. He received his formal education at the University of California, Berkeley (AB) and at San Diego State University (MCP).
Nathan Moeder is a strategic consultant and real estate economist with London Group Realty Advisors, whose clients include real estate developers, investors, corporations, financial institutions, businesses and public agencies. Project assignments span all real estate sectors including residential developments, office buildings, industrial, hotels, retail and mixed-use projects. He is a real estate finance, investment and valuation expert. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on the board for the San Diego / Tijuana District Council. He is currently the Young Leaders Chair, which is a group within ULI that focuses on the networking, development and education of young professionals in the land use industry. He is a ULI Panel Advisory Services Honorary Associate and has participated in many advisory panels in the continental U.S.
Alex Perry began working in real estate as a property and project manager for a San Diego developer. Following this, he was a principal with a Bay Area development company, and managed a construction business before beginning a nine-year career as a commercial real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield (C&W). In 2010 Alex left C&W to found a national real estate consulting firm. Today, he is president of Sacco James, an executive coaching and consulting firm. Alex obtained his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of San Diego. He is a LEED accredited professional, and holds both CoreNet's MCR, and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) designations.
Daniel Phelan joined Pacific Southwest Realty Services in September 1973 after graduating with a B.S. from Creighton University and has been working in the mortgage banking industry ever since. He is both a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) and a Charter Realty Investor (CRI). He has been very active, and has held various positions in the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA), local building industry trade groups and the CRI Society Board. In recognition of his service to the industry over the past 35 years, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America in 2008, the highest award bestowed by the Association.
Jeffrey Stoke is a partner, real estate/corporate, in the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. He was selected to participate in the prestigious Coro Foundation Fellowship program (San Francisco) in 1983 before receiving his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1986. Prior to joining Procopio, Stoke served as chairman of the Zoning and Land Use Subsection of the State Bar of California, assisted with substantive review of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and was assistant general counsel for Dole Food Company. He is currently a member of the Commercial Real Estate Committee of the USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the Urban Land Institute, the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the Real Estate section of the San Diego County Bar Association.
Kurt Sullivan is head of property management for Douglas Allred Company overseeing the company’s nationwide portfolio of residential, retail, office and commercial properties. His property management experience spans over 20 years and includes regional shopping center management with The Hahn Company and TrizecHahn Development Corporation. In addition to his real estate management responsibilities, Kurt has owned and operated two family businesses and worked in commercial aviation as a flight instructor and charter pilot. His instructional activities relating to property management include: the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at The University of San Diego; the School for Professional Development for the International Council of Shopping Centers; and the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers in Dubai, UAE.
Jay Wexler, president and team principal of Discovery Group, is widely recognized as a leading real estate advisor to financial institutions, real estate developers, property owners and portfolio management firms, nationally and internationally. Wexler has been active in the conceptual planning, development feasibility, market evaluation, acquisition, financing, entitlement and permitting, design guidelines and physical improvement of several large master-planned communities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His in-depth experience focuses on strategic planning, market positioning, the pre-development planning and design direction, and performance management of entitlement processes. In addition, Wexler is a published presenter and instructor in many universities and colleges throughout the United States in the subject areas of "Development Feasibility" and "The Business of Real Estate Development". He continues as a moderator and speaker at many regional, national and international industry seminars.