13th Annual Mayor's Development Roundtable

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Each spring, Mayor Mick Cornett hosts the Mayor’s Development Roundtable. This event highlights the public and private sectors’ commitment to developing a great community by bringing together experts, local panel members and attendees to discuss topics relevant to Oklahoma City’s growth and development.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Cox Convention Center

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Leslie Batchelor | Founder & Attorney, Center for Economic Development Law

Opening Remarks
Mayor Mick Cornett

Kick-off Keynote
Larry Beasley | Chief Planner, City of Vancouver (ret.)
Livability and Sustainability—The Fundamental Shapers of Tomorrow’s Successful Cities

Lightning Round
Next Generation of Development: Four young developers share their entrepreneurial spirit, development success and use of retail to create space, each 6 minutes-40 seconds long.
Ben Sellers | Wayne Property Advisors
Andy Burnett | Investment Advisor, Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort
David Wanzer | 308 Design Collaborative LLC
Allison Bailey | BartaBailey

Session 1
Jennifer Bradley | Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy details the most important attributes of America’s next economy. Jennifer Bradley explains how cities and metros can help build the foundation of the new economy, and a big part of that is adequately supporting their metropolitan economic engines.


Lightning Presentations
Two local presentations focus on unique projects resulting in economic, social, and property development.

GE Global Research Center
Michael Ming | General Manager, General Electric’s Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center

MLK Development
Susan Binkowski | Esperanza Real Estate Investments

Session 2
Larry Beasley | Chief Planner, City of Vancouver (ret.)
Bringing People Home—Regeneration Through Repopulation: The Example of Vancouver’s “Living First Strategy”

Super Panel Roundtable


Lunch and Networking

Mayor’s Keynote

Award for Outstanding Development

Comments from Award Recipient

Closing Remarks and Special Thanks


Mayor Mick Cornett

In March, Mick Cornett became the first four-term Mayor in Oklahoma City history.

Cornett’s growing list of individual awards and honors include nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. He was named the State of Oklahoma’s Mayor of the Year in 2013. In 2012, Newsweek named him one of the five most innovative Mayors in the United States. Governing Magazine named him the 2010 Public Official of the Year and a London-based organization, which studies Mayors and their work, listed him as the second-best Mayor in the world, second only to the Mayor of Mexico City.

Best known for his leadership role in bringing the NBA to Oklahoma City and for famously putting the entire city “on a diet,” Mayor Cornett has also guided the city to one of the nation’s most robust economies. The Kauffman Foundation named Oklahoma City as the most entrepreneurial city in the country with the most start-ups per capita.

Mayor Cornett is a popular national speaker on the topics of health and wellness, urban design, placemaking and walkable cities. He earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from New York University.

For more information on Mayor Cornett's current policies, read or watch his 2014 State of the City Address here.

Larry Beasley | Chief Planner, City of Vancouver (ret.)

Larry Beasley is the retired Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver. He is now the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy.

In his civic service, Mr. Beasley led the transformation of Vancouver’s inner city and neighborhoods and managed heritage, urban design, and development approvals. Since leaving government, among his special commitments, he chairs the ‘National Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty’ of Ottawa’s National Capital Commission and he is on the International Economic Development Advisory Board of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. He founded the planning agency in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and continues to serve as Special Advisor for specific projects. He founded an urban design studio in Dallas, Texas, and continues as Special Advisor on urban design and planning to the City of Dallas. For three years he was the vice-president for planning of a major Canadian development company, Aquilini Development. He advises and provides comprehensive planning services to governments and the private sector around the world and he lectures extensively. Among his recent primary projects, he has completed an award-winning plan for the City of Moscow in Russia and an influential strategic plan for the City of Toronto Planning Department in Canada.

Mr. Beasley has studied architecture and has degrees in geography and political science (B.A.) and planning (M.A.). He has also been awarded two Honorary Doctorate Degrees (Hon. L.L.D.), from Simon Fraser University and from Dalhousie University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has been recognized as an “Advocate for Architecture” by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2007, he received the Kevin Lynch Prize from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute and a Board Member of the Canadian Urban Institute.

Mr. Beasley is a Member of the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor for lifetime achievement. In recognition of his national service, he has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Michael Ming | General Manager, General Electric’s Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center

C. Michael Ming currently serves as General Manager of General Electric’s Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City.  He formerly served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor Mary Fallin, the President of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, RPSEA, and as an independent natural gas producer as a Managing Member and principal of K. Stewart Energy Group and K. Stewart Petroleum Corp.  He holds a BS degree with distinction in Petroleum Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. At Stanford Mr. Ming is an emeritus member and past Chairman of the Petroleum Investments Committee, currently serves on the Earth Science Advisory Board, and co-sponsored the MAP/Ming Visiting Professorship on Energy and the Environment.  He also currently serves on advisory boards at the University of Texas BEG and Tulsa University.  He formerly served on the MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission, as an adjunct professor in Energy Management at the University of Oklahoma, and as an oil & gas strategic planning advisor to the Department of Energy.

Leslie Batchelor │ President, Center for Economic Development Law

Leslie Batchelor is President and Co-founder of the Center for Economic Development Law, which represents cities and towns throughout Oklahoma in economic development and urban redevelopment activities.  Ms. Batchelor is nationally recognized for her expertise in public-private partnerships, tax increment financing techniques, and other redevelopment and financing strategies.

A native of Oklahoma City, Ms. Batchelor served as a senior official in the U.S. Justice Department from 1997-2000, including as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno.  Ms. Batchelor graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in International Relations and received her Master’s and Law Degrees from the University of Virginia.  Since returning to Oklahoma, Leslie has served in the leadership role of a number of civic and professional organizations, including Chair of the Urban Land Institute for Oklahoma, President of the Oklahoma County Bar Foundation, President of Oklahoma City Housing Services Redevelopment Corporation (Positively Paseo), and President of Historic Preservation, Inc. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma Honors College and the Board of Directors of i2E.

Andy Burnett │ President, Burnett Equities, LLC and Investment Advisor, Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort

Andy is the president of Burnett Equities, LLC and is a member of the Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort Multifamily and Retail teams and the National Capital Markets group. He is also a member of the ICSC, CCIM and Bricktown Association and serves as a board member of Oklahoma’s Commercial Real Estate Council.

Andy Burnett, CCIM, serves as Senior Vice President at Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort specializing in the sale, site selection, and underwriting of institutional multifamily and urban mixed-use properties. Over the past nine years, Burnett brokered over $1 billion in commercial real estate transactions including $500 million in HUD multifamily transactions. In 2013 Burnett brokered the $155 million Legacy portfolio. This transaction marks the largest price ever achieved for apartments in the Oklahoma City area. Burnett has brokered the largest apartment transaction in five of the previous six years.

Burnett has also negotiated three public private partnership deals in downtown OKC with various public entities including the City of Oklahoma City, HUD, Brownfields, DEQ, ODEQ, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, COTPA and OCURA. Burnett has been honored as a “Forty Under Forty” business achiever by OKC Biz Magazine, has been awarded the Sperry Van Ness Rookie of the Year award and is a multiple winner of the Partner’s Circle Award, given annually to the top commercial real estate brokers in the country.

He also serves as a board member of City Care, a faith-based nonprofit organization serving Oklahoma City's homeless and low income population. Burnett has also served as a board member of Urban Neighbors, downtown Oklahoma City's neighborhood alliance.

David Wanzer │ Founding Principal & Partner, 308 Design Collaborative and D.Build

David Wanzer is a founding principal and partner of 308 Design Collaborative and D.Build, and brings with him over 10 years of design, development, historic renovation and construction business experience. David’s experience and working knowledge benefits his partners and associates where specialty development opportunities are sought.

He graduated in 1992 with a B.S.BA in Finance from Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business. In 2000, David returned to academia and received a Master of Architecture and an Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 2006, David received the prestigious AIA Oklahoma Honor Award for his Masters’ thesis project, the design and construction of the 1105 Modern Bungalows project located in the Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood.

David has a history of design and entrepreneurship. Prior to forming 308 Design Collaborative and D.Build, he was a partner for a small design firm that was actively engrained in the revitalization of the historic Film Row District. In 2007, he became a founding partner of 308 Design Collaborative, a multi-faceted design firm; and in 2011, of D.Build, a full scale construction company. He has been involved in several visible projects including FOUR, a modern micro-community located in Meadowbrook Acres, adjacent to the Classen Curve; two modern residences in the downtown urban core; and six soon to be complete modern residences, also in the Meadowbrook neighborhood. David also has recently acquired ownership and development interests in, amongst others, the SLIVR Building on West Sheridan Avenue; the Main Street Arcade building in downtown Oklahoma City; and Blair’s Upholstery building in the Plaza District.

He is proud to call Oklahoma City home and has been living there with his wife, Dara, for the past 15 years. He is actively engaged in the community as a member of the Board of Directors of Historic Film Row; a member of Downtown OKC’s Business Improvement District Board of Directors; and the Board of Trustees of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville.

Allison Bailey │ Owner, BaileyBarta

Allison Bailey began consulting for local shops and districts in 2010 after a series of shopping website ventures directed her interest toward the independent retail community. She specializes in generating shopper interest through events, creative promotion and short-term installations. Allison is member of the ULI Oklahoma leadership team and a co-founder of Better Block OKC.

Ben Sellers │ Founding Principal, Wayne Property Advisors; and Development Advisor, NE Development

Ben Sellers is the founding Principal and Partner with Wayne Property Advisors, and a member of NE Development’s multifamily team. Ben formed Wayne Property Advisors in 2012 as a small development and brokerage firm focused on creating and facilitating urban-infill development projects in Oklahoma City.

Ben was a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser for 11 years before transitioning into development. His appraisal practice specialized in Multifamily housing, and he was the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development’s multifamily review appraiser for the State of Oklahoma. He served a key role in the financing of several downtown OKC housing developments. Ben is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, and is on the board of Uptown 23rd District.

Susan Binkowski │ CEO, Esperanza Real Estate Investments, LLC

Susan Binkowski is the CEO of Esperanza Real Estate Investments, LLC. She is also co-owner, with her husband, Hank Binkowski, founder of the Buy For Less/Uptown Grocery Co./Super Mercado, local retail grocery stores in the Oklahoma City metro area that just celebrated it’s 25th year in business.

Susan has spent the last 10 years in residential and multi-family real estate development and construction and interior design. She expanded this expertise with the cross-over into retail with the Award-winning design of the Uptown Grocery Co. Development in Edmond, OK in 2012.

Susan holds a RN, BSN in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma, and continues to parlay this background into the marriage of the grocery industry by passionately seeking ways to demolish income and geographic barriers that can prevent healthy eating and education.

She actively serves on the Oklahoma Christian School Foundation board, and after being a graduate of the S.A.L.L.T. (Salt and Light Leadership Training) in 2013, was asked to join the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Count Me in 4 Kids collaboration of community leaders, providers, and legislators working on behalf of children in foster care.

Susan is the proud mother of four, and she and her husband also serve as foster parents, and actively engage in the promotion and support of the community and the church meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our city. She and her family attend and serve at the Edmond LifeChurch campus. Susan and Hank, believe that while the grocery business is their vocation, it is also their ministry and the platform that God has given them to have a positive influence in the diverse communities they serve.

Jennifer Bradley | Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Jennifer Bradley is a fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013). The book, and her work in general, explain the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics. At Brookings, Bradley has worked extensively on the challenges and opportunities of older industrial cities and has co-authored major economic turnaround strategies for Ohio and Michigan. She has also written for Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and Next American City.

A former attorney, Bradley co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments and secured greater environmental protections, including the landmark case, Massachusetts v. EPA. Bradley has a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, an MPhil from Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from the University of Texas.

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