AZ Dealmaker 2018 Speakers







CEO, Elliott D. Pollack and Company

Elliott D. Pollack is CEO of Elliott D. Pollack and Company, an economic and real estate consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona established in 1987. The firm serves a broad range of clients in both the public and private sector ranging from law firms, utilities, banks, retailers, major service firms and real estate related companies to states, counties, Native American communities, cities and universities for both business and policy issues. The firm maintains the most comprehensive economic
database in Arizona.

Mr. Pollack is widely sought after as a speaker for economic, policy, fiscal and economic impact, and real estate issues. He is also sought after by local, regional and national news media as an expert source of economic and real estate matters. Mr. Pollack has been an expert witness in litigations where
detailed information was needed on the economy and/ or its real estate markets. He has testified extensively on interest rates. Through affiliate companies, Mr. Pollack has syndicated, master planned and brought to development numerous properties in Arizona. He is recognized for his expertise in both national and local real estate trends.

Pollack is a consulting economist to Arizona State University and co-editor of the Arizona and Greater Phoenix Blue Chip economic forecasts published by ASU’s Economic Outlook Center. Background Pollack has degrees from Boston University and the University of Southern California. He has been a practicing economist for 45 years. For 14 of those years Pollack was chief economist for the largest bank in the Rocky Mountain States. For the last 29 years he has been president of an economic and real estate consulting firm that bears his name.

Over the years he has examined many facets of international, national and regional economies. While at Valley National Bank, his analysis included building econometric models of the state and local economies and asset liability models of the bank itself. He also was editor of VNB’s monthly economic publications and its annual statistical review.

Through the years he has held many professional roles including student, teacher, author, peer reviewer, consultant, expert for media and court purposes and board member. He has taught economics and has written more than a thousand articles over the years. Pollack’s job has been to help clarify how current and future economic conditions fit into the decision process, as well as to explain how past decisions relate to the present situation. He has developed models of real estate value appreciation for the Phoenix area that are devoted to analyzing alternative land use strategies for property and economic feasibility.

Affiliations, Memberships & Credentials

  • Arizona State University, Consulting Economist
  • “Arizona Blue Chip Economic Forecast”, Editor
  • “Greater Phoenix Blue Chip Economic Forecast”, Editor
  • Economic Estimates Commission, Member
  • Joint Legislative Budget Advisory Committee, Member
  • National Association of Business Economists, Member
  • Arizona Economic Round Table, Member, Former President
  • Institute for Investment Management, Member
  • Greater Phoenix Leadership, Member
  • ML Manager Board, Chairman
  • Scottsdale Waterfront Board, Director
  • Sun State Savings, Board Member
  • Founders Bank of Arizona, Board Member
  • Resolution Trust Corporation Advisory Board, Board Member
  • Mr. Pollack has also served on the Board of Directors of
    numerous civic, community and cultural organizations.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • American Society of Real Estate Counselors, Member
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Former Licensed Mortgage Broker








President & Founder, Everest Holdings

Joe Blackbourn founded Everest Holdings in 2002. In twenty-five plus years in the real estate industry, Joe has had direct involvement with the investment side of transactions with aggregate value well in excess of $1 billion, including office buildings, master-planned communities, multifamily communities, shopping centers, hotel properties, business parks, mixed-use developments, residential land, commercial land, mortgage pools, and portfolios of distressed assets. His experience includes successful outcomes for many complex underwriting, capitalization and asset management challenges. Blackbourn has been directly involved in real estate assets that include approximately 1.5 million square feet of improved office buildings, 2,500+ hotel rooms, residential communities comprised of 7,500+ approved dwelling units and several millions of square feet of commercial FAR land. He estimates that these investments have produced an aggregate, weighted internal rate of return in excess of 30 percent.
Mr. Blackbourn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and performed post-graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arizona State University. He is active in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) as a member of a national product council and a past Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Arizona District Council. He currently serves on ULI’s Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Panel (AZTAP) Committee and is its Advisor to YLG’s Partnership Forum, ULI’s model mentorship program.
Joe is a member of Lambda Alpha International and the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Place Arizona, an organization formed to develop a new residential prototype for adults with developmental disorders.
Past service includes membership on Arizona State University’s Council for Design Excellence and service on the Boards of Directors for SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center), the Advisory Board for ASU’s Master in Real Estate Development transdisciplinary program, and Kivel Campus of Care, a leading continuous care facility serving the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix.









President, Maracay Homes

Mr. Warren is President of Maracay Homes, a member of the TRI Pointe Group (NYSE: TPH) family of homebuilders. Maracay Homes is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder that focuses exclusively on the Arizona market, building communities in the greater Phoenix and Tucson areas.
Before joining Maracay Homes in 2009, Mr. Warren devoted five years as Partner and Chief Operating Officer of EYA, LLC, a private, urban-infill homebuilder and developer based in Bethesda, Maryland, servicing the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to that, Mr. Warren spent 16 years in various capacities with Bethesda Maryland-based Winchester Homes, ultimately serving as the company’s Executive Vice President.
Mr. Warren is an Executive Committee Board Member and serves as Vice Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC); he received GPEC’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Mr. Warren is also a Board Member with the Homebuilder’s Association of Central Arizona (HBACA), and serves on the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona Advisory Board. Mr. Warren holds an MBA degree in Finance from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University.








President and Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation

Sheryl Palmer is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a leading national homebuilder and developer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since 2007, Ms. Palmer has overseen a highly experienced leadership team in several key national homebuilding markets. With more than 25 years of hands-on building experience, including leadership in land acquisition, sales and marketing, development and operations management, Ms. Palmer has been able to lead Taylor Morrison into the top ranks of American’s largest public homebuilders, following the company’s IPO in 2013.

Currently, Ms. Palmer is implementing a new business strategy focused on expanding the company’s U.S. footprint. As part this initiative, Taylor Morrison sold its Canadian business to Mattamy Homes in late 2014. In 2015, Taylor Morrison successfully acquired JEH Homes in Atlanta, Georgia and the Chicago, Charlotte and Raleigh divisions of Orleans homes, marking the company’s entrance into four new major metropolitan markets. Earlier this year, Taylor Morrison also acquired Acadia Homes another homebuilder in Atlanta.

Ms. Palmer has spent most of her career in the Arizona, California and Nevada real estate markets. Prior to Taylor Morrison, Ms. Palmer was a division president at Blackhawk Corporation, a builder of active adult communities based in northern California. In addition, she served with Pulte Homes for more than five years, beginning in the Phoenix market and ultimately serving as Nevada area president, supervising all aspects of operations for its Del Webb and Pulte communities.

Ms. Palmer and her husband split their time between Scottsdale and Las Vegas. When she’s not working or travelling between Taylor Morrison’s divisions, she loves spending time with her three children and grandchildren.








President & CEO, Rose Law Group

Jordan Rose started Rose Law Group pc leasing space for just herself in another lawyer’s storage room and has, in seventeen years, grown the firm to the largest woman owned Law Firm in Arizona history. Jordan’s passion is adding value to her clients business propositions – her goal being “to make my clients more money”.

Of her ability to come up with creative solutions to complex problems, Arizona Supreme Court justice, Clint Bolick, says “It’s very instinctive for her, and that’s unique. It’s not something they don’t teach you in law school.” In December 2014, Governor Elect Doug Ducey named Jordan to serve, along with Michael Bidwill, Don Brandt, Jim Click and Angela Ducey, as a Co-Chair for the Inauguration Committee. Most recently, Governor Ducey appointed Jordan to serve on the state-wide Groundwater Work Group to help draft legislation to continue Arizona’s responsible use of water resources. Jordan enjoys her representation of major landowners, developers and homebuilders in their zoning and land use issues throughout the state. The Phoenix Business Journal once dubbed her the “Queen of Pinal County” and she currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Pinal Partnership.

Rose Law Group pc is a full service business and real estate Law Firm, providing services ranging from trusts and estates and family law to employment, business litigation, class actions, renewable energy, business and real estate transactions, Cannabis, zoning/land use and lobbying. It is the only Law Firm in Arizona (and possibly the nation) to combine attorneys with an array of urban planners, LEED certified consultants, project managers, energy consultants, and construction managers so that the firm can take a project from due diligence and acquisition through planning and project management on to actual construction. Jordan practices in the areas of government relations (focusing on local governments and State Agencies such as ADOT, ASLD, ADEQ, the AG, and DHS), municipal issues, land use, zoning, administrative law and lobbying.







Vice President, Brookfield Residential

John Bradley is Senior Vice President of Brookfield Residential Arizona (“BRA”). BRA is focused on large scale community development and, since entering the market in May 2012, has initiated three significant investment/development projects and is currently working on a fourth:
• Acquired a 50% ownership in Eastmark with DMB
• Acquired a 50% interest in Vista Verde (Verde River Ranch) with Jen Partners/Terra West
• Acquired 160 acres at San Tan Heights
• Contracted to purchase the 1100 acre Lakin Ranch in Avondale








Division President, Woodside Homes

Roger Gannon is the Division President of Woodside Homes of AZ, LLC (“Woodside”), the Arizona division or Woodside Group, LLC. He aggressively pursues the best opportunities for well positioned growth for Woodside in Arizona. Woodside is on track for significant expansion in 2018 and beyond.

For almost 40 years, Woodside and its affiliated divisions have designed, constructed and sold more than 40,000 homes, earning it the trust and confidence of families seeking the very most from their home-buying dollars. Woodside builds homes in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

Woodside’s success is a testament to its commitment to build homes that are Better by Design…Homes that are personalized to meet the needs, desires and dreams of its individual homebuyers. Better by Design means providing great spaces that become filled with life as each buyer’s style emerges against a backdrop of quality, superb craftsmanship and money saving energy efficiency.

Roger Gannon is a 31-year veteran of homebuilding with experience in all aspects of homebuilding and development. He works every day with a passion for his customers and a focus on continuous improvement. Prior to joining Woodside Homes, Roger held various leadership positions with Centex Homes, including a Division President position in Florida and a Region President position in the Midwest. Before his transition to Woodside, he was most recently serving as Zone VP of Operations for Pulte Homes.

Outside of homebuilding Roger and his wife are very busy raising five very active children.








President, Mandalay Homes

David Everson is a long time resident of the state of Arizona with family roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The construction industry was a natural fit for Dave as his grandfather, father and uncle were all home builders. Dave recently relocated his family and company headquarters to the welcoming community of Prescott as CEO of Mandalay Homes (est. 1999) with operations in the Phoenix MSA and Northern Arizona. With encouragement from the City of Phoenix and a HUD subsidy program, Dave has led the company down a path of innovation that brought Mandalay recognition as a national industry leader in energy conservation, indoor air quality and water sustainability.









Chief Operating Officer, Sunbelt Holdings

Sean Walters joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1998 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2009. Sean’s expertise spans the gamut of development operations: due diligence, acquisition, entitlement, engineering, sales and construction.

Sean holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and is a registered Civil Engineer. Additionally, he is a licensed general contractor for Commercial and Residential Engineering Contracting in the State of Arizona.

Sean served in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps/Seabees from 1991-1995, earning the rank of Lieutenant.


Del Webb
Land Development Manager
Surprise, AZ 1996-1998
US Navy Civil Engineer Corps/Seabees
Port Hueneme/Point Mugu, CA 1991-1995


Stanford University – BS Civil Engineering 1991


Registered Professional Civil Engineer
Registered General Contractor (KA– Dual Engineering)


Valley Partnership – Past President
Luke Air Force Base – Honorary Squadron Commander
All Saints Episcopal Day School – Executive Committee/Treasurer
Urban Land Institute