YPG Update

2019 continues to be a great year for the YPG Alumni and current class.

Since the class kick-off in April, the Curriculum Committee, led by Jamie Kline, has pulled together some great industry speakers including Robert Brunswick of Buchanan Street Partners, Barbara Emmons Perrier & Kurt Strasmann of CBRE, and Larry Casey of Donahue Schriber.

As for the YPG Alumni, the Continuing Education Committee, led by Kelsey Stuart, kicked off its “Site Tour Series” in June at the FLYTE in El Segundo. Approximately 30 YPG alumni attended the site currently under construction for a 582,000 RSF high rise creative office repositioning in the transforming El Segundo market. Additionally, a YPG Alumni Entrepreneur Panel took place in conjunction with the July YPG Alumni Committee meeting which included a Q&A session with John Drachman of Waterford Property Company, Ryan Gallagher of Space Investment Partners, G. Ryan Smith of George Urban Properties and Justin Loiacono of Harbor Associates.

In July, the Social Committee, led by Karen Okerlund, pulled together the highest attended yet YPG / ULI / CREW-OC Summer Soiree with over 200 in attendance. The theme “7-Eleven,” since it was hosted on July 11th, provided the true taste of summer with a Slurpee machine, music, networking and games.

Finally, the LA Committee, led by Chris Yamashita, has hosted two “LA Meet Ups” – one in Downtown and the second on the Westside. These Meet Ups have proven to be a significant value add for those YPG Alumni who work and/or live in the LA area, keeping their network and relationships strong.

Brooke Birtcher Gustafson
YPG Alumni Chair