To quote Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Our very own Troy Hansen has been actively involved in the Valley Partnership Advocates program since last September, and he is learning a lot! Valley Partnership Advocates provides young professionals involved in the real estate development industry the opportunity and environment to interact with a variety of senior commercial executives from local and national developers. Within the small setting of twenty-five peers, Advocates are taught about the development process, network with industry leaders, tour development projects, and create business relationships among the class. We are very proud of Troy for being selected for this program as the application process is highly competitive and candidates are selected by the Advocates Advisory Group, which is made up of Valley Partnership Board members and alumni Advocates.
The program will run until May, with Advocates participating in once-a-month events that feature different presenters and a variety of topics. Troy already has had the opportunity to learn from events led by the program:
- SRP provided a briefing of significant development projects, as well as an exciting helicopter tour, that provided an overview of water and electrical management
- Governor Doug Ducey took time out of his busy schedule in November to talk about the importance of the State’s role in development
- Developers that are focused on creative urban redevelopment projects led a discussion of the Where, What, and Why of Infill Development
- In February, land use attorneys and the City of Phoenix Planner gathered with the Advocates to talk about the Zoning and Entitlements Process
- Coming up in March is a discussion centered around debt equity and the development deal – financing a project
To quote Troy Hansen: “I am excited for the opportunity to be involved in the Valley Partnership Advocates program to learn from industry leaders and facilitate personal and professional growth and development that I wouldn’t regularly receive, helping guide and further my career. The alternate perspective I will gain on the development industry would expand my knowledge and provide me the ability to better understand a developer’s process and goals, enabling myself to deliver a better product.”
We are thrilled to have Troy continue his journey and growth with the Valley Partnership Advocates program!