Valley Partnership Elects New Board of Directors and Officers for 2018

Todd Chester, Chairman

Phoenix, Arizona –  Valley Partnership, the Valley’s leading voice for responsible development, recently elected their 2018 Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  The organization has continued to cultivate leadership throughout its membership, focused on those strong voices and employers who understand the need for thoughtful development in the Valley.

“Our Valley Partnership directors are leading some of the most exciting developments and redevelopment projects around Metro Phoenix. Their expertise will directly support Valley Partnership and our mission to work collaboratively with regulators and policymakers to continue to thoughtfully grow our region and its economic base,” said Cheryl Lombard, President/CEO of Valley Partnership.

On December 1, 2017, the Valley Partnership Board of Directors unanimously approved its Board Officers for 2018 and its Board of Director Nominees for their terms as voting and ex-officio members.

Board Officers for 2018:
Todd Chester, WDP Partners – Chair
Jill Hegardt, DMB – Vice Chair
Tim Brislin, Harvard Investments – Treasurer
Jim Kenny, El Dorado Holdings – Secretary
Brett Hopper, The OPUS Group – Past Chair
Jay Kramer, Fennemore Craig, P.C. – General Counsel

Board of Directors:
Chris Anaradian, Town of Queen Creek
Lisa Atkins, Arizona State Land Department
Bob Bambauer, Sunbelt Holdings
Rob Bassett, Pederson Group
Chapin Bell, P.B. Bell Companies
Molly Ryan Carson, RYAN Companies
John Creer, ASU
Brandon Dillingham, HINES
Mari Flynn, Ashton Woods
Molly Greene, Salt River Project
Dena Jones, Fidelity National Title
Bryce Lloyd, FirstBank
Nicole Maas, Kitchell
Michael Martin, APS
Rusty Mitchell, Luke Air Force Base
Jeff Moloznik, RED Development
Carolyn Oberholtzer, Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer
Garrett Newland, Macerich
Laura Ortiz, Evergreen DevCo
Michele Pino, Land Advisors
Paul Rhodes, Vestar
Alan Stephenson, City of Phoenix
Pat Williams, JLL

Valley Partnership is the Valley of the Sun’s premier advocacy group for responsible development. For more than 30 years, Valley Partnership has represented the commercial, industrial and master-planned community industries and presented a balanced, pro-development perspective. Valley Partnership provides the best education and networking opportunities for commercial real estate professionals.

Valley Partnership Presents Discussion on Economic Development – How We Got Here and Where We Build From Here

Phoenix, Arizona – Economic development leaders around the Valley have been working to create the next wave of economic development for Arizona, focused on leveraging the strengths of our existing economy and building a path to the future. This month, the Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast will bring together Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and John Graham, president of Sunbelt Holdings, to discuss how Arizona is working to position itself as a regional and global leader.

Both Chris Camacho and John Graham serve on the board of directors for the Partnership for Economic Innovation (PEI), which Graham chairs. PEI is a passionate collective of community, business and opinion leaders, dedicated to the mission of fulfilling the economic opportunities of Greater Phoenix. The intent of PEI is to present a vision, identify opportunities for action, and guide resources for producing real solutions. The success of PEI is measured by the advancement of our economic presence, beyond being a more competitive region and toward being recognized as a world-class economy.

“The development community works in concert with the business and education communities to build a stronger economy here. This legislative session saw leadership focused on investing in infrastructure and education, two key elements of building a stronger economic base for the long-term future. This month, our program will focus on how these interests are coming together to create a more dynamic climate for high quality employers, those who are here in Arizona and those looking to relocate,” said Cheryl Lombard, president of Valley Partnership.

  • What/When: Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast on Friday, June 16 at 7:30am (Program begins)
  • Where: Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St, Phoenix
  • Registration: Members: $50 / Non-Members $75 / Onsite add $10
  • Program and moderator:  The New Economy: Building our Future featuring panelists:  Chris Camacho, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and John Graham, President of Sunbelt Holdings


Valley Partnership Announces New Chair, Board Members for 2017

Brett Hopper, of The OPUS Group, Valley Partnership’s 2017 Chairman

Phoenix, Ariz. – Valley Partnership named Brett Hopper, Development Consultant at The OPUS Group, as its 2017 Chair. The commercial real estate industry group also named new board members representing Pederson Group, Land Advisors, Hines, City of Phoenix, and Macerich .

“Valley Partnership’s mission is powered by the collaboration of some of the best minds in our industry,” Hopper said. “As Valley Partnership’s 2017 Chair, I look forward to drawing from the expertise and experience of my peers on the Board to help guide our mission of advocating for responsible development.”

“Valley Partnership’s mission of creating stronger, viable communities and economic growth through responsible development is only as good as our leadership team,” said Valley Partnership CEO and President Cheryl Lombard. “Under Brett’s leadership and the guidance provided by our Board members, 2017 will be an exciting year for Valley Partnership as we continue to create opportunities for our industry and the community at large.”

2017 Valley Partnership Officers:

  • Brett Hopper, The OPUS Group, Chair;
  • Todd Chester, WDP Partners, Vice Chair;
  • Jill Hegardt, DMB Associates, Treasurer;
  • Tim Brislin, Harvard Investments, Secretary;
  • Jay Kramer, Fennemore Craig, General Councel;
  • Molly Ryan Carson, Ryan Companies US, Past Chair.

2017 Valley Partnership Board of Directors:

Chris Anaradian Town of Queen Creek
Lisa Atkins Arizona State Land Department
Rob Bassett Pederson Group
R. Chapin Bell The P.B. Bell Companies
Ryan Cochran Kitchell
John Creer ASU University Real Estate Development
Brandon Dillingham Hines
John DiVall Liberty Property Trust
Mari Flynn Ashton Woods
Andrew Gasparro Evergreen Devco
Molly Greene SRP
Dean Jones Fidelity National Title
Jim Kenny El Dorado Holdings, Inc.
Heidi Kimball Sunbelt Holdings
Bryce Lloyd First/Bank
Mike Martin APS
Rusty Mitchell Luke Air Force Base
Garrett Newland Macerich
Carolyn Oberholtzer Bergin, Frakes, Smalley & Oberholtzer
Michele Pino Land Advisors
Paul Rhodes Vestar
Derek Sorenson Quarles & Brady
Alan Stephenson City of Phoenix