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Real Estate Lab

Hosted by the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center, Real Estate Labs are roundtable discussions with top real estate professionals from around the country. All students are invited to join.

Fall 2018 labs are held every Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. in SFEBB 3180.

Tucker White

Principle White Buffalo Partners

SFEBB 3180

Tucker White has successfully facilitated the sale or purchase of over 6.5 million sq. ft. of office, retail and industrial investment property with a transaction value of more than $1 billion. This experience has proven to be a valuable asset when determining what makes a good investment opportunity and has helped identify potential obstacles. With extensive experience in working with both institutional and private investors, Tucker brings a unique perspective and sophistication to CRE investing in Utah.

Tuckeris the founder of White Buffalo Partners, a real estate investment firm focusing on acquiring under-managed and under-leased commercial properties – office, retail, self-storage and industrial – and bring them to above-market standards with proper capital investments and leasing/management strategies that ensure long-term occupancy stability and strong rental growth.

Tucker is a CCIM designee and currently serves on the Utah chapter board along with being active in ULI, ICSC and NAIOP.

Tucker received a Master’s in Business Administration from Westminster College and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Utah.

Known as a thought leader in the industry, Tucker has participated as a NAIOP/CCIM symposium presenter, CCIM RealCon presenter and lectured at the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business.

Mark Murdock

Gardner Company

SFEBB 3180

About Mark Murdock:

400 West 90 South, Suite360 Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 915 – 1822
mark@gardnercompany.net

Experience 

Gardner Company
VP Development
2013 – Today
Salt Lake City

  •  View 72 – Two Million sq. ft. office park in Midvale, UT
  •  FLSmidth Office Park, 167,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold -$26,000,000
  •  Vivint Office Park, 227,000 sq. ft. of office in Provo Utah – $42,000,000
  •  Central 72 Townhomes, 224 units located in Midvale, UT
  •  www.gardnercompany.net

Ivory Development
Project Manager
Entitlement and Development Construction
2004 – 2007
Salt Lake City, UT

  • ° Responsible for controlling 20 million dollars in contracts
  • ° Managed a 60 million dollar bond line
  • ° Solved issues with contractors, subcontractors, engineering, and city officials
  • ° Presented new projects for city entitlements
  • ° Oversaw bid and contractor selection for new developments

 Education

2007 – 2008
Columbia University New York, NY
MSRED, Finance and Development, May 2008
Selected: Project Manager for Longwood finance case study Member: Entrepreneurs’ Club

2000 – 2005
University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
B.S., Civil Engineering
B.A., Spanish Minor
Elected: University of Utah Engineering Assembly Representative Accomplishments: Passed Fundaments of Engineering Exam – EIT

Additional Information

  • ° Member: United Way Young Leaders
  • ° Member: Guadalupe School Board
  • ° Computer Skills: Adobe Suite,AutoCAD, Excel, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Word
  • ° Volunteer: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Chile (1997 – 1999)
  • ° Interests: Road and Mountain Biking, Traveling, Wakeboarding, Architecture, Tennis

Eli Mills

CBRE

SFEBB 3180

About Eli Mills:

Eli Mills has over 24 years of real estate experience. During this time he has been involved in the successful execution of more than 350 transactions and advised on numerous others totaling several billion dollars. Eli has represented and advised many of the largest real estate investors in the United States. As a member of the CBRE Investment Sales Group, he is able to access the

world’s leading investment sales platform. This allows Eli the unique ability to connect aggressive capital sources from around the globe with investment opportunities in Utah.

Eli joined CBRE’s Investment Properties professionals in September of 2010. Prior to joining CBRE, he was one of the founding principles of NAI Utah Commercial Real Estate Inc. (now Newmark Grubb Acres) and was on the leadership board of NAI Global’s Investment Council.

In 1997 Eli received the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. Only 6% of the estimated 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide hold the CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but also why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry.

Eli earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a dual MBA from Columbia University and The University of California, Berkley. Eli and his wife Rachel have been married for

21 years and have 6 children.

Cameron Gunther

PEG Development

SFEBB 3180

Cameron Gunter graduated from Idaho State University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting emphasis.  Prior to the founding of PEG Development, Cameron worked in private and public accounting, city management, and construction and development services.  While serving as the Executive Director of the RDA for the Micron Technology Project in Lehi, Utah he was responsible for the largest tax incentive project in the western United States to that date ($125 million).

Specialties: development laws, economic development, tax incentives, special improvement districts, project management, local and federal grants, planning and zoning.

Walt Plumb

Gardner Plumb

SFEBB 3180

Dusty Harris

Hines Realty

SFEBB 3180

Mr. Harris is a senior managing director responsible for leading Hines’ investment activities in Utah and Oregon. Since joining the firm in 2005, he has supervised all phases of development, management, leasing and/or acquisition of nearly 2.5 million square feet of commercial real estate with an estimated value of approximately $650 million. In 2009, Harris led the opening of the Salt Lake City investment office and has grown Hines’ portfolio to nearly one million square feet of office space.

Harris earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

Jason & Elliot Smith

Terraform Development

SFEBB 3180

About Jason Smith:

Jason joined TerraForm at the end of 2013. He directs the initial phases of TerraForm’s net lease projects, including business development, pro-forma analysis, site selection, tenant relations, contract negotiations and leasing. He also oversees the firm’s operational strategy and TerraForm’s in-house property management company. Jason utilizes superb organizational skills to manage projects efficiently and keep them moving forward. His tenacity and dedication ensure that all options are considered and even tough deals make it to the finish line.

Prior to his time with TerraForm, Jason gained significant transactional experience working in corporate services with NAI. His advisory and consulting background was developed with Deloitte’s real estate consulting practice in Washington D.C.

Jason received his bachelor of science in accounting from Brigham Young University where he graduated in magna cum laude. He also received a master of business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Chicago.

Jason enjoys Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, mountain biking and snowboarding. He loves spending time with his wife and four children in the outdoors hiking and camping.

Fred Bruning

Center-Cal

SFEBB 3180

About Fred Bruning:

Fred Bruning began his real estate career as legal counsel for Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1977 and was responsible for their real estate portfolio in the west which consisted of over 500 assets. After leaving Sears in 1983, Mr. Bruning served as Vice-President of Development for the Torrance Company in Torrance, California, then as Vice-President of Development for the John Price Development Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1985, Mr. Bruning joined the Alexander Haagen Company as a development partner. In his 13 years there, he was the key executive in charge of the acquisition and development of over 40 retail projects. Mr. Bruning was also instrumental in taking the company public in 1993, serving as the Wall Street spokesperson. In 1998, Mr. Bruning along with his partner Mr. Wardy, formed their own development company, CenterOak Properties, LLC, and in 2004 became CenterCal Properties, LLC. In his career, he has been actively involved in over 150 major retail developments in the western United States.

Mr. Bruning is a member of the California Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served on several corporate and charitable boards. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California. His hobbies include travel, archaeology, and flying his antique Stearman biplane.

Fred is married forever to his wife Brandace, who has had a very successful career in retail marketing, fashion and modeling.

Nate Barnson

NorthMarq Capital

SFEBB 3180

Nate Barnson joined the commercial real estate industry in June of 2005 at Western Capital Realty Advisors. In June of 2017, Western Capital was acquired by Northmarq Capital and Nate was retained as a vice-president. With over 13 years of commercial real estate experience, Nate has financed various projects from nearly all commercial real estate asset classes including: office buildings, medical office buildings, grocery anchored retail, unanchored retail, industrial, apartments, acquisition and development of land, condo conversions, hospitality, mini-storage, student housing, and other special purpose properties. He works with diverse capital sources and has originated, underwritten and closed over $1 Billion of construction, permanent and bridge financing with various lenders including: banks, insurance companies, CMBS, credit unions, government sponsored agencies (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD), private capital, as well as some equity sources.

Nate is very focused on maintaining a borrower advocate attitude in his work. He prides himself on finding the very best deal for his clients, whether it is with one of his preferred correspondent lenders, or with another source of capital best suited to meet the borrower’s needs. Nate earned dual Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah in Economics and Spanish, and has an MBA from Westminster College. He is also a licensed real estate agent in the state of Utah. Prior to joining Western Capital, Nate spent 2 years working for a private developer re-mediating and developing brown-field real estate and 1 year as a co-founder of The Utah East Africa Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which built an AIDS relief clinic in Uganda, Africa. Nate enjoys outdoor activities, golf, skiing, and spending time with his wife and his four children.

Hal Scudder

Pine Tree, LLC

SFEBB 3180

About Hal Scudder:

Hal Scudder has over 40 years of experience in retail real estate, private equity and retailing. He is Managing Principal of Halstead Companies, a Utah-based advisory and investment group, as well as Chief Investment Officer for Pine Tree Commercial Realty, LLC, a Chicago-based shopping center investor and operating company with close to $1 billion of assets under management.  Prior to joining the Pine Tree, he served as Chief Investment Officer for Phillips Edison, during which time his team acquired and sold over 300 properties, comprising close to $5 billion in transactions. At Phillips Edison he also directed asset management, institutional equity raising and other investment management functions. Prior to Phillips Edison, he was a Principal with The Anderson Group, a Michigan-based private equity group, and served in a variety of roles with The Taubman Company. With Taubman, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Taubman Investment Company, which oversaw Taubman’s investments in Sotheby’s, Macy’s, Woodward & Lothrop, John Wanamaker, A & W Restaurants, United Artists Theatres, and other private partnerships, as well as Vice Presidents of Development and Finance in charge of over 3 mm sf of value-mall projects, and over $1.5 billion of financing and sale transactions, respectively. He started his professional career with the New York City Department of City Planning. Mr. Scudder holds a B.A. in History from Yale University, an MBA from the Wharton School and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Colin Wright

CW Land

SFEBB 3180

About Colin Wright:

Colin Wright initially worked as a land acquisition manager and area manager for a large private homebuilder based in Salt Lake City.   As Area Manager, Colin Wright opened the Southern Utah market for this builder and quickly grew the division while overseeing the acquisition, entitlement and development of a large 1,000 home master plan.

Emerging from the great recession Colin identified the opportunity to start a homebuilding company and started Henry Walker Homes where he served as CEO.   Henry Walker Homes quickly grew by acquiring distressed land and lots and operated divisions in Northern Utah, Southern Utah and Colorado.   At its peak, Henry Walker Homes was building over 400 homes per year with nearly $150 M of yearly revenue.  A large regional builder acquired Henry Walker Homes Northern Utah Division and a large portion of its 3,500 residential lots in 2014.   In 2015 Colin oversaw the disposition of the Colorado assets of the company to a publicly traded homebuilder.

While serving as the CEO of Henry Walker Homes, Colin was a partner in a real estate private equity firm that developed over 1,000 luxury apartments, acquired existing assisted living communities and owned a commercial general contractor.

Colin is the Founder and Owner of CW Group.  CW Group currently operates under the following business lines:

  • Cole West Home – Southern Utah’s largest homebuilder.

Cole West Home currently controls over 3,000 residential lots and is the master developer and builder of

  • Coral Canyon – 2,000-unit master plan with a golf course, commercial and residential housing.
  • Brio – 600-unit master plan with a 14,000 sf clubhouse and a mix of housing types
  • Escapes at the Ledges – 150 unit nightly rental townhome project
  • Cole West Development – Commercial General Contractor in Southern Utah this is currently contracted to build and own 600 plus apartments and 150 for sale condos.

CW Urban – Boutique design and development firm that is focused on infill opportunities in the Salt Lake market.   CW Urban is under construction on over 70 for sale townhomes in the downtown Salt Lake City market and controls the land for what will be over 400 podium style units which will include for sale and for rent units.

CW Land Co – CW Land Co is the master developer of four master planned communities along the Wasatch front consisting of over 1,300 lots.   These lots will be sold to public and private homebuilders operating in the Utah Market.

Colin was named to Utah Business’ and Professional Builders’ 40 under 40 list.   Colin received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah and his Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

Tucker White

Principal-White Buffalo Partners

SFEBB 3180

Tucker White has successfully facilitated the sale or purchase of over 6.5 million sq. ft. of office, retail and industrial investment property with a transaction value of more than $1 billion. This experience has proven to be a valuable asset when determining what makes a good investment opportunity and has helped identify potential obstacles. With extensive experience in working with both institutional and private investors, Tucker brings a unique perspective and sophistication to CRE investing in Utah.

Tuckeris the founder of White Buffalo Partners, a real estate investment firm focusing on acquiring under-managed and under-leased commercial properties – office, retail, self-storage and industrial – and bring them to above-market standards with proper capital investments and leasing/management strategies that ensure long-term occupancy stability and strong rental growth.

Tucker is a CCIM designee and currently serves on the Utah chapter board along with being active in ULI, ICSC and NAIOP.

Tucker received a Master’s in Business Administration from Westminster College and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Utah.

Known as a thought leader in the industry, Tucker has participated as a NAIOP/CCIM symposium presenter, CCIM RealCon presenter and lectured at the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business.