ULI Baltimore: Richmond Bus Tour


2022-11-10T06:00:00 - 2022-11-10T21:00:00

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    Richmond, commonly known as the River City, has been rapidly transforming along the James River with a notable 11.7% regional growth rate over the past 10 years. Our local tour guides will describe the various new community and development opportunities, ranging from Richmond’s downtown and historic districts. We will start at the city’s top re-development site, the Diamond District, then make our way down the Leigh Street corridor to focus on the African American history and the Landmark District and then downtown to visit the General Assembly Building and VCU Medical Center. Our next stop will be touring the new riverfront residential tower, South Falls Tower, followed by a much-needed neighborhood bite at Hatch Local. Following lunch, we will make our way through the Old Manchester neighborhood, then stop at Brown’s Island to experience a visionary redevelopment of an urban recreational and entertainment venue. Finally, we will proceed through Richmond’s “Main Streets” then route to the famous Scott’s Addition for a snack and libation before heading home.



    Tim Klabunde

    Tim Klabunde is Principal of Timmons Group, an 850-person civil engineering firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Tim moved to Richmond after spending the first decade of his career in the DC and Baltimore regions, which included graduating as a Fellow from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Today, Tim is responsible for the strategic growth of Timmons Group and is a recognized leader in Richmond for his efforts to bring together the development community through monthly events that promote development corridors in the region.


    Bernard Harkless

    Principal, Lynx Ventures

    Bernard manages development and execution of Lynx projects, relying on his experience in architecture, construction, and urban planning. Prior to joining Lynx, Bernard developed luxury condominiums, apartments, and affordable housing in New York City and gained significant experience in construction management with Clark Construction in Washington, DC. Bernard currently serves as board chairman of Storefront for Community Design, and on the board of the Partnership for Housing Affordability. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and dual master’s degrees in real estate development and city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    Kevin Vonck

    Director, Department of Planning and Development Review, City of Richmond

    Kevin J. Vonck currently serves as the Director Department of Planning and Development Review for the City of Richmond (Virginia), which directs and regulates long-range planning, land use, zoning, historic preservation, site and building plan review, permitting, inspections, and code enforcement within the City. Prior to joining the City, Kevin served as the Director of the Department of Community and Economic Development for the City of Green Bay (Wisconsin). He has also worked as local economic development coordinator, university extension agent, independent consultant, and adjunct college lecturer. While in graduate school, Kevin became the first college student elected to the Newark (Delaware) City Council. Kevin earned a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, with a concentration in governance, planning, and management, from the University of Delaware. He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History, with a Certificate in Environmental Studies, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


    Richard Souter

    WVS Companies

    Richard grew up in South Africa and completed his Civil Engineering undergrad education in Cape Town. He worked in construction management for a number of years, overseeing large infrastructure development projects that were part of the post apartheid reconstruction and development program. He then spent 3 years at a strategy management consultancy completing assignments for companies in such industries as mobile telecom, beer, mining and manufacturing. Following business school he worked with a real estate private equity firm in London completing a few large transactions in Europe, including a $200 million sale lease back deal with a supermarket chain in Sweden and the purchase of a non-performing loan portfolio in Germany. Richard then moved to the United State and has been with the WVS Companies since 2004. He has worked extensively on a number of important regional projects including Rocketts Landing, The Locks (the former Reynolds Aluminum North Plant) and The Bridges in Roanoke. All these developments have a common thread, in that they are complex, urban, mixed-use projects that focus on conversion of former industrial areas into vibrant waterfront neighborhoods.


    John Gregory

    Lynx Ventures

    John has deep experience in the development of a variety of commercial and residential projects, ranging from affordable housing and high-end apartments to self-storage and Class A office. He orchestrates and oversees acquisitions, financing, entitlements, and legal structuring. John currently serves on the executive committee of Venture Richmond and the board of Manchester Alliance, and is involved in various civic initiatives around affordable housing and equitable development. Prior to Lynx, John spent several years as a consultant at the international strategy firm McKinsey & Company. He holds a degree in finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

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