When the Developer Leads the Way (Breakout Session)

Presented by Jim Leach, Linda Herman and Eric Cress

Session Description

TBD, but promises to be inspiring for communities wanting to work with developers

About the Presenter/s

Jim Leach, Wonderland Hill Development Company and Silver Sage Village
As the founding principal at Wonderland Hill Development Company, and senior adviser and consultant for CoHousing Solutions, Jim has pioneered cohousing development in the United States since he first partnered with the Nyland Community in 1991. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Jim was one of the first developers to pioneer master planned communities developed with open space, walking trails and solar access. He has developed 20 cohousing communities in Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and California. In 1997 the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver inducted Jim into the “BUILT GREEN Hall of Fame.” In 2015, he was inducted into the National Homebuilders Association Home of Fame. He lives with his wife in Silver Sage Village—one of the first cohousing developments in North America created expressly for proactive adults.

Linda Herman, Linda Herman Consulting
Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process. LHC is currently completing a 41 unit co-housing project for active adults in Oakland, CA. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator and LEED Accredited Professional.

Eric Cress, Urban Development+Partners
An engineer and designer by training, Eric is drawn to innovative new ideas that make our communities better places to live. At UD+P, Eric concentrates on acquisition, development, finance, and property management. He oversees budgets and the acquisition-to-construction phase of new projects, and he initiates loans for our private real estate funds. Before UD+P, Eric was a project manager at Pacific Bay Investments in Berkeley, California. Prior to that, Eric managed engineering projects for Cypress Semiconductor, Maple Optical Systems, Leapfrog Toys, and the National Science Foundation. Eric holds eight patents and has published several papers related to this work. He earned an MBA with a focus in real estate finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.

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