14th 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 6, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Cox Convention Center

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks
Mayor Mick Cornett

Kick-off Keynote                                                                                                   Aaron M. Renn | Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research                             The Urban State of Mind                                                                                         Hear how the urban development trends apply to mid-sized cities, like Oklahoma City, that were built on a very different pattern from the older, bigger cities of the Northeast and how Oklahoma City’s rise compares to what is happening in other cities around the country.                                                                                                        

Lightning Rounds                                                                                                 The Garage at 800 W. Sheridan Ave. | John M. “Chip” Fudge | Chairman, Claims Management Resources The Rise at NW 23rd Street & Walker Ave. | Johnathan Russell | President, Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors                            The Steelyard | Gary Brooks | President & CEO, Cornerstone Development The Flatiron at NW 5th & Harrison | Rand Elliott, FAIA | President, Elliott + Associates Architects

Networking Break

Lightning Rounds                                                                                                 The Oklahoma City Boathouse District Update| Michael Knopp  | Executive Director, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation                                                        Oklahoma City Development Update | Kurt Foreman  |Executive Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber                                  Hotel & Residential Update | Jane Jenkins | President & CEO, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.

Keynote Presentation                                                                                                                     Carol R. Naughton | Senior Vice-President, Purpose Built Communities                 Carol Naughton will discuss the significance of neighborhoods in both the lives of people and the success of cities, and the important roles developers can play in creating neighborhoods where everyone meets their full potential. 

Super Panel Roundtable

Networking Break & Lunch

Mayor’s Keynote
Mayor Mick Cornett

Award for Outstanding Development                                                             Oklahoma City University School of Law                                                              

Comments from Award Recipient                                                                      Robert Henry | President, Oklahoma City University

Closing Remarks and Special Thanks



Mayor Mick Cornett

The son of postal worker and school teacher, Mick Cornett was born and raised in Oklahoma City. From an early age, his parents taught him the value of public service and encouraged him to keep the faith, work hard and dream big.

Today, Mayor Mick Cornett, the first four-term mayor in Oklahoma City history, is leading a thriving community that reflects the same principles. He has been honored by various organizations and publications as the top Mayor in the state and nation – and an international panel selected Mayor Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world. Newsweek magazine called him one of the “five most innovative Mayors in the United States.”

Recently elected to a leadership position in the US Conference of Mayors, he is in line to be President of that organization in 2016. He famously put the entire city on a diet to raise awareness on the national issue of obesity. His leadership helped bring the NBA to OKC. During his time in office, Oklahoma City has invested nearly $2 billion in schools and quality-of-life infrastructure through the innovative MAPS program. That investment generated nearly $6 billion in private sector investment. Today, Oklahoma City’s economy is one of the nation’s most robust.

Mayor Cornett is a popular national speaker on the topics of health and wellness, urban design, placemaking and walkable cities. His TED TALK on those topics has been viewed by more than 1 million people worldwide. He earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from New York University. He is married to Terri (Walker) Cornett and has three sons.

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


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.


Aaron M. Renn | Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Aaron M. Renn is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a Contributing Editor at its quarterly magazine City Journal. He is on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in an ever more complex, competitive, globalized, and diverse 21st century. This requires building a future that is both demographically and economically sustainable and equitable. It means creating an engine of opportunity and upward mobility, and a platform on which a broad majority of citizens can build towards achieving their aspirations.

Renn is also an economic development columnist for Governing Magazine, and has contributed to the Guardian, Forbes.com and other publications. His perspectives on urban issues are regularly cited in global media outlets which have included the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, the Economist, and the London Daily Telegraph.

His insights are rooted in a 15 year career in management and technology consulting, where he was a partner at Accenture. He’s held multiple technology strategy roles, and directed multi-million dollar global technology implementations. He also founded the urban data analytics web startup Telestrian.

No stranger to the Internet or urban issues, Renn is a long time innovator in these fields. He was co-author of an early social-networking platform at Indiana University in 1991. He created multiple widely used open source software packages, including the only program ever developed for recovering data from corrupted gzip backups. In 1998 he launched one of the nation’s first blogs, the Weekly Breakdown, to cover the Chicago Transit Authority.

A native of Laconia, Indiana, a town of 50 people along the Ohio River, Renn grew up fascinated by those larger places known as cities, and made it his life’s preoccupation to learn what makes them tick. He currently lives in New York.


Carol R. Naughton | Senior Vice-President, Purpose Built Communities

Carol Naughton helped found Purpose Built Communities in 2008. She previously served for seven years as the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, the lead non-profit organization that developed and continues to implement a bold, innovative and successful model of community revitalization that helps families break the cycle of poverty.

An expert in public/private partnerships, Carol has crafted groundbreaking alliances in housing and education. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, she was General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Nonprofit Affairs for the Atlanta Housing Authority. Before working with the AHA, Carol was engaged in the private practice of law with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan’s real estate group, where she primarily represented developers, lenders and investors.

Carol serves on the Board of the Charles R. Drew Charter. She is a former president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and a former member of the Board of Governors for that organization. She serves, or has served, on the boards of several community and national organizations.

Carol is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and was Executive Editor of the Emory Law Journal. She graduated with honors from Colgate University.


Mr. John M. “Chip” Fudge | Chairman, Claims Management Resources

Chip is the Chairman of Claims Management Resources, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City with 200 employees. 

He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he majored in pre-law and minored in philosophy. He attended the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University as well as continuing education at the London Business School and Harvard Business School.

He serves on the OSU Foundation Board of Governors, is active in Youth Leadership Exchange and Leadership OKC. Previously he has served on the Board of the Arts Council, City Arts, and Leadership OKC. He belongs to the Oklahoma City Chapter of the World President’s Organization. He is an Advisory Board Member for the National Bank of Commerce and serves as a Board Member for the Friends of the Oklahoma History Center Organization.

He was the youngest member ever of the Committee of 100 of the American Collector’s Association and has been awarded the Beacon Award by the American Collectors Association and the Unit Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Collector’s Association.  He was a nominee for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996.

Johnathan Russell | President, Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors

Johnathan Russell is the President of Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors based in Oklahoma City.  Land Run Commercial is a full service commercial development firm and parent company to a number of related subsidiary entities such as Land Run Management, Land Run Brokerage, LR Construction Services, and Land Run Development. Over the past 13 years, Land Run Commercial and its related companies have become a leading developer of tertiary markets in our state and region. Land Run Commercial has developed and renovated buildings in markets ranging from metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Texas to small and remote markets such as Boswell, Oklahoma and Show Low, Arizona. 

Locally, Johnathan and his team are working on several urban infill developments. The Rise, located at 23rd and Walker, is the latest of these to be completed. The project, occupying an entire city block, has brought renewed excitement to the once thriving Uptown District of Oklahoma City. 


Kurt Foreman | Executive Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Kurt Foreman joined the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as Executive Vice President of economic development in 2012.  Kurt leads the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 15-member economic development team focused on job creation and capital investment by attracting new businesses, growing and retaining existing businesses, supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development, and attracting destination retail businesses. 

Kurt has over 23 years of experience as an economic developer, site selection consultant and executive recruiter.  Kurt received his bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Michael Knopp | Executive Director, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation

A passion for rowing and paddling and a vision for bringing national and international sports to the Oklahoma River have been the driving force behind Mike Knopp’s leadership in developing the Oklahoma City rowing community, the Chesapeake Boathouse, national and international sporting events, and ultimately, the master plan development of the Oklahoma River.

Originally a practicing attorney, Mike left his legal career in 2003 to establish the Oklahoma City University varsity rowing program and assume the position of executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. Bringing corporate, civic and community leaders together, Mike has led multiple Oklahoma River initiatives.  

Originally from Minnesota, Mike discovered rowing as a high school student in Annapolis, Maryland, watching the crew from the U.S. Naval Academy. He began pursuing his passion as an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University where he met his wife, Tempe, a fellow rower, and helped re-establish OSU’s club rowing program. Mike went on to earn a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma where he founded OU’s club crew. While in law school, Mike had the opportunity to row at Oxford, United Kingdom, further fueling his passion for the sport and it’s potential in the United States.

Gary Brooks | President & CEO, Cornerstone Development

Gary Brooks has been in the commercial real estate market for over 25 years, beginning his career as a broker with CB Commercial in 1988. In 1996, Gary and Mark Beffort formed Beffort Brooks Property Company. They partnered with the national firm of Grubb & Ellis in 1998. Gary serves as President and CEO for Cornerstone Development and CS Property Management which he formed in 2008. Cornerstone’s sole focus is multi-family housing development and acquisition. Today, Cornerstone and its affiliated entities own and manage over 3,000 apartment units in the Oklahoma City metro area and Lawton.  Current developments include the recently completed Edge at Midtown and the Steelyard in Bricktown.

Gary has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma City Urban Land Institute. He has previously served in various board and leadership positions including President of the Commercial Real Estate Council in Oklahoma City. 

Rand Elliott, FAIA | President, Elliott + Associates Architects

“Architectural Portraits” best describes the design approach of Rand Elliott, FAIA. Each project is conceived as a direct reflection of the client personality or business goals. Since the inception of the firm in 1976, the firm has received 319 international, national, regional and local awards including ten National AIA Honor Awards.

 Rand graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University in 1973 where he was the Alpha Rho Chi Medalist. Rand is a member of the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Other associations include the Architectural League of New York, Dallas Architecture Forum, and Oklahoma Contemporary with locations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Marfa, Texas. Exhibitions of furniture designs in Los Angeles, New York and Germany, as well as curatorial projects, have created an exceptional experience level as artist, exhibitor, curator, architectural and furniture designer. 

In Oklahoma, Rand was president of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (1990-91), and Elliott + Associates Architects received the award for Firm of the Year in 1988. Rand also served as the Chapter’s Program Chairman from 1995 to 2002, securing nationally recognized speakers to lecture the chapter and others in Oklahoma City interested in architecture and the arts. In 2002 Rand was the first Oklahoman invited to participate in the prestigious Bruce Goff Fellowship lecture series at the University of Oklahoma. Rand was awarded the Central Oklahoma Chapter AIA William Wayne Caudill Award in 2005, which recognizes an individual member who has displayed a long-standing commitment to the betterment of the architectural profession. On the national level, Rand was inducted into the 22nd Hall of Fame for Interior Design Magazine in November 2006. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design field. In October 2007, Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology inducted Rand into the school’s Hall of Fame. In 2009 Rand was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from OKC Beautiful, and the Arts Council of Oklahoma recognized Rand with the Business in the Arts Award as part of the annual Governor’s Arts Awards program.

Jane Jenkins | President & CEO, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.

Jane Jenkins has been the President and CEO of Downtown Oklahoma City, Incorporated since 2009.  With close to 30 years of experience in downtown revitalization and management, most recently in Boulder, CO., Jane is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on urban issues. She is a former Chairman for the International Downtown Association Board of Directors and is also active in the International Economic Development Council, Urban Land Institute, and the American Institute of Architects. In 2014, Jane earned accreditation from the Congress for New Urbanism.  She has been honored three times by the Oklahoma Journal-Record as one of “50 Women Making a Difference” in Oklahoma, and has twice been listed by Friday Magazine as one of the most powerful women in Oklahoma.  Jane is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and is a board member of HPI in Heritage Hills.   A former high school educator, Jane was named 1982 Teacher of the Year at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton.



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