Roundtable Discussion Events
Get Space, Co-Founder & Principal
2014 – Present
Self-Storage Consulting Group, Development Director
2013 – 2014
Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce Real Estate Solutions, Self Storage Specialist
2012 – 2013
University of Utah, Utah Real Estate Challenge Director
2011 – 2012
Gardner Company, Development Intern
Mark is an expert in entitlement, government, and municipal relations. He has developed and managed over 2,000,000 SF of office projects for the Gardner Company such as Vista Station, Highline mixed-use Development, Overstock.com, 1800 Contacts, Progressive Finance, Storage Craft, Vivint Phase 1 and 2, and the View 72 Business Park.
Mark completed a master’s degree in commercial real estate at Columbia University and has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah. Mark worked for many years at Ivory Homes, on their development and planning team before joining the Gardner Company.
Mark will be primarily responsible for working with the U of U and DFCM as they reduce project costs for general conditions, insurances, 3rd party inspections, soft costs, and other owner costs.
Masters of Real Estate and Development, Columbia University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Utah
– Overstock.com: 240,000 SF Midvale, UT
– Executive Business Education Building: 150,000 SF, U of U campus
– Orson Spencer Hall: 200,000 SF, U of U campus
– Progressive Finance – 150,000 SF – Draper Utah
– Storage Craft – 125,000 SF – Draper, UT
– 1800 Contacts – 125,000 SF – Draper, UT
– Adobe – 270,000 SF – Lehi, UT
– View 72 – 200 acre mixed-use project, Midvale, UT
– Savage Companies Corporate Campus, 80,000 SF, Midvale UT
– FLSmidth Headquarters – Buildings 1-3 – office campus, Midvale, UT
– Highbury Retail – 138,000 SF retail center, West Valley, UT
– Central 72 Townhomes, 100 unit townhome project, Midvale, UT
Bill & Hooper Knowlton
William Raymond “Bill” Knowlton is the founder and managing partner of W.R. Knowlton.
Bill devotes the majority of his law practice to federal and state regulatory compliance, corporate governance, planning and zoning, government relations, employment law, commercial real estate, intellectual property, class action litigation, personal injury, and all aspects of dispute resolution – from initial demand to jury/bench disposition.
Bill is an active member, in good standing, of both the Utah State Bar and Arizona State Bar, and is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Courts and Federal Courts of Utah and Arizona, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has published multiple law journal articles in the Arizona Bar’s law journal and the Utah Bar’s law journal. Also, for the 2016-18 term, Mr. Knowlton was the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Electronic Retailing Association in Washington, D.C.
In 2014, 2018, and 2019, selected in the Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in the Corporate Law category. In 2018, Bill was awarded the prestigious “40 Under 40” award by Utah Business Magazine.
Bill graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2008 with a juris doctrate, and the W.P. Carey School of Business with a Masters in Real Estate Development. Bill graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 2002 with dual degrees in English and Economics.
Hooper Knowlton is a Managing Director at DPRE and a member of the DPRE Investment Committee. He is a 42-year veteran of the real estate development industry. He has extensive experience in site identification and acquisition, planning, zoning, municipal approvals and entitlements, and the financing of real estate projects.
Hooper has expertise in repositioning and the development of environmentally impaired “Brownfield” real estate and has remediated and repositioned in excess of $450 million of Brownfield projects in Utah and California – encompassing 7.8 million square feet of industrial and multifamily developments. Mr. Knowlton’s experience ranges from high density, TOD multifamily development, National Historic Register nominated properties, office and industrial parks, neighborhood retail shopping centers, and residential single-family homes and condominiums. Mr. Knowlton’s projects have won both national and regional design awards from the NAHB, Professional Builder Magazine, PCBC Golden Nugget Award, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award, the ABC Excellence in Construction Award, and the Green Partners in Urban Design Award.
Mr. Knowlton attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was awarded a National Foreign Defense Scholarship at Stanford University in Japanese. He graduated from the University of Utah’s Honors Program with a degree in U.S. History, and a minor in Finance.
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 over 2 billion dollars in sales. Eli has represented and advised many of the largest real estate investors in the United States. As a member of the CBRE’s Institutional 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 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, Berkeley. Eli and his wife Rachel have been married for 22 years and have 8 children.
Jason joined TerraForm at the end of 2013. He directs the initial phases of TerraForm’s net lease projects, including business development, proforma 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 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.
Ryan Ritchie is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Ritchie Group (TRG). He has been instrumental in setting the direction and vision for the company. His primary roles at TRG include deal sourcing, project entitlements, design development, market feasibility, construction management, and overall project management of a design and construction team.
Ryan has a passion for creating great real estate. He believes strongly in the philosophy that the highest quality of real estate yields the best returns for the greatest public and private benefit.
Ryan received a bachelor of arts from Brigham Young University.
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 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.
Nate Boyer’s experience has included leasing, development, and build-to-suit leaseback work. As President of The Boyer Company, he has managed and developed over 2.5 million square feet of office and related commercial space in various markets in and out of Utah. Nate has worked closely with private and public-sector tenants on build-to-suit office buildings totaling over $500 million. As a result of this experience, Nate has a deep understanding of the development cycle from site selection, entitlement, design, construction, and occupancy.
Nate received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Finance at Brigham Young University.
John A. (“Johnny”) Clawson, III, CCIM is the President and CEO of The Clawson Group, Inc., a commercial mortgage lending company specializing in commercial real estate financing and related services. Johnny directs the efforts of loan officers, processors, closers, and servicing personnel to meet the needs of borrowers and lenders. Despite these management duties, Johnny is consistently the top producer for the company having built up a large client base that relies on Johnny for his financing expertise.
Johnny holds the CCIM real estate designation, is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and has a finance degree from the University of Utah. Johnny affiliated with The Clawson Group in August of 1997 working in the operations/servicing areas of the company. Johnny commenced loan production shortly thereafter working closely with his father. Johnny’s sharp aptitude for the business quickly led to his own accounts and relationships wherein Johnny has become a consistent top producer.
In 2006, Johnny was elevated to President of the company and he works closely with JR in the growth and development of all aspects of the company. Johnny graduated in 2001 from the University of Utah with a degree in Business Finance. In April 2005, Johnny earned the CCIM designation further enhancing his training and understanding of the commercial real estate industry and markets.
Dejan Eskic is a senior research fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
Eskic is involved in housing, construction and real estate research, fiscal impact studies, and economic and demographic analysis. His professional career has focused on providing the best information to key decision-makers, whether they’d be local or state officials, executives of national retailers, or publicly listed REITs. Prior to joining the Gardner Policy Institute, Eskic worked in the retail research industry, where he evaluated current and future sales performance for retail sites through statistical gravity modeling reflecting market demographics throughout the Country. Additionally, he has worked on a number of public-private-partnerships relating to Tax Increment Financing, along with numerous real estate market studies and economic development plans.
Before earning a Master’s in Real Estate Development, Eskic earned a B.S. in Urban Planning, both from the University of Utah. He also serves as an adjunct professor of Real Estate Market Analysis at the University of Utah.
Mr. Jackson is a Principal at Keystone and is focused on creating value for investors within Keystone’s real estate-focused transactions. He serves as Co-Portfolio Manager of KREIT and is a voting member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Keystone, Mr. Jackson most recently worked for 14 years in the real estate group of Nearon Enterprises located in the San Francisco Bay Area. There Mr. Jackson was responsible for all aspects of real estate investment, including acquisitions, debt sourcing, investment due diligence, leasing, asset management, and asset disposition.
Mr. Jackson was also directly responsible for the investment and development of a 1.5 million square foot portfolio of Industrial, Office, Retail, and Multifamily assets in the San Francisco Bay Area and Salt Lake City markets. Mr. Jackson earned his B.S. in Accounting at Brigham Young University and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Etherington oversees underwriting and originations for Taylor Derrick Capital (TDC). Mr. Etherington identifies and cultivates borrower, broker, bank, and other relationships to promote deal flow, diversification, and overall firm growth. With over 12 years of commercial and residential real estate experience, Mr. Etherington is responsible for the strict evaluation and vetting of potential loan opportunities through in-depth financial market analysis, property analysis, site visits, and deal strength evaluation and exit strategies.
Prior to joining TDC, Mr. Etherington served as Portfolio Manager at Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he performed an in-depth analysis of commercial real estate transactions and managed approximately $400MM in real estate assets. He also worked for Leucadia National Corporation on three large-scale development projects in Florida and Utah. Mr. Etherington started his real estate career as an agent with Re/Max Associates in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Etherington holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah.
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.
Tucker is 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.