Tom Toomey and Michael Spies reflect on ULI's impact on their careers and a new initiative to engage corporate members.

“One of the things as global chair I’m always concerned about is not to lose our culture of openness and transparency, and how to continue to just listening to members and making the model work for them.”

– Tom Toomey, ULI Global Chairman

“Much of my journey has been an international journey, and it’s been in parallel with ULI’s international journey, and that’s been very gratifying for me.”

– Michael Spies, ULI Global Governing Trustee

“We’re actually tackling the social aspects, the economic aspects [of cities]. We’re making better cities around the globe. And that’s exciting at this stage in my career.”

– Tom Toomey, ULI Global Chairman
Michael Spies
ULI Global Governing Trustee

Michael Spies is senior managing director at Tishman Speyer, based in New York. He is a ULI Global Governing Trustee, a member of the Global Exchange Council and is a ULI Foundation Governor. He is a former member of the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance Advisory Board, and has been a ULI member since 1994.

Tom Toomey
ULI Global Chairman

Tom Toomey is the CEO and president of UDR, Inc., based in Littleton, Colorado. Tom chairs the ULI Global Board of Directors and the ULI Global Governing Trustees. He is a ULI Foundation Governor and serves on the ULI Foundation Board of Directors. He is the former chair of the Urban Innovation Grants Review Committee, and is an ex officio member of the Multifamily Housing Council.