Evolution of the American Suburb – A Panel Discussion
Join ULI Kansas City for a panel of experts in discussing ULI’s recently published report “Housing in the Evolving American Suburb”. Suburban housing markets are ever expanding as new generations look for areas to meet their needs all while urban revitalizations are also spurring economic growth in housing for both baby boomers and millennials. ULI engaged RCLCO (formerly Robert Charles Lesser & Co), an organization providing strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning and development for developers, investors and the public sector to develop a report which reveals significant differentiation between cities and suburbs and how those difference influence future residential and development demand. Adam Ducker, Managing Director of Urban Real Estate for RCLCO, will lead our local experts in a discussion of this report and how it affects the Kansas City market.
Adam joined RCLCO in the mid-1990s as an associate directly after graduate school and learned the trade with the firm. He is a recognized expert in economic development, market and financial analysis; positioning, repositioning, and marketing of real estate assets; consumer research; and corporate strategy development. He has particular depth of expertise in high-density housing, retail/entertainment and hotel development. Adam directs the Urban Real Estate Advisory Group at RCLCO, which is distinguished by: sophistication in forecasting housing, retail/commercial and hospitality demand in revitalizing cities and development corridors; in understanding the unique set of circumstances that create vibrant mixed-use environments; and in the financing mechanisms and public/private partnerships that are relied upon to achieve them.
Frank Lenk, director of MARC’s Research Services Department, is recognized regionally and nationally for his work on economic forecasting and analysis. He oversees MARC’s work in social, economic and geographic data collection and analysis, as well as MARC’s IT systems. Dr. Lenk has led numerous research projects and provides leadership in their design and implementation. He has had a lead role in supporting KC Rising, a regional economic development initiative, in defining metrics to measure the region’s performance in increasing its economic competitiveness. Dr. Lenk prepares short-range economic forecasts and long-range land-use forecasts. Dr. Lenk holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UMKC. Dr. Lenk joined MARC in 1979.
Scott has a degree in Construction Science and Management from Kansas State University. He has experience working for a large commercial construction company and has brought his experience to the residential market. Scott has the ability to ensure a project is completed on time and within budget.
Aaron M. Mesmer joined Block Real Estate Services in 2005 as an investment sales specialist focused on achieving maximum returns for his clients through the acquisition or disposition of real estate assets. Since joining Block, Aaron has been involved in real estate transactions valued at more than $1 billion. He is proud to have served local, regional and institutional clients, with the sale of industrial, multi-family, office and retail properties.