DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - U.S. Ann Tyler is Director of Business Development for BCT Design Group and leads the firm's business development efforts in the United States, concentrating primarily on the East Coast, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Ann focuses on mixed-use, often combined with multifamily, senior housing, office and retail; and, connects with developers and organizations that can benefit from BCT's expertise. Adept at establishing new relationships and maintaining existing relationships, Ann recently launched a speakers’ series on behalf of the firm, introducing clients to new trends and other industry experts. Today Ann chairs the Baltimore Urban Land Institute’s Programs Committee, overseeing the development of thought-leadership programming for the Council. A former member of the ULI DC Trends Conference planning committee and awards program, Ann participates in the WLI Circles program and is a board member of The Baltimore Zoo. Ann joined BCT Design Group in 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, and public relations. She derives the greatest pleasure from working with BCT’s creative team and others in the industry to see sustainable, creative projects come to life through collaboration and smart thinking. Ann received her Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Vanderbilt University and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She is also active in The Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) and The Greater Baltimore Committee.