With around 100 members in the Gainesville area, this region operates as a Satellite of ULI North Florida through the Gainesville Leadership Committee. The Gainesville Leadership is Co-Chaired by Jay Nordqvist, GSE Engineering and Sarah Vidal-Finn, Gainesville CRA.


Though ULI North Florida is headquartered in Jacksonville, the region includes 38 Counties stretching through Gainesville and the Panhandle.

Gainesville is an active region for the ULI North Florida District Council with around 100 members in the surrounding area. The Gainesville Leadership committee leads the smaller region by coordinating local meetings, programs and initiatives.

Gainesville Leadership

The Gainesville Leadership is Co-Chaired by:
Jay Nordqvist, GSE Engineering & Consulting
Sarah Vidal-Finn, Gainesville CRA

Other members on the Leadership Committee are:
Laude Arnaldi, Citizens State Bank
Nick Banks
, Front Street
Tim Becker
, University of Florida
Mike Biagini, Scherer Construction
Matt Carlson, Concept Companies
Gerry Dedenbach
Jennifer Denault, D.E. Scorpio Corp.
Dan Drotos, The Bosshardt Realty Services
Sara Emmanuel, Scherer Construction
Jason Hurst, Front Street
Leslie McLendon, Alachua County
Betsy Pepine, Pepine Realty
Dave Stockman, Viking Companies
John VanDuzer, James Moore & Co. CPAs
Holly White, Concept Companies

To get involved with the Gainesville Leadership, you can contact Jay Norqvist and Sarah Vidal-Finn.

Young Leaders Group

The Gainesville Committee has an active Young Leaders Group (Members under 40) that is chaired by Holly White. To get involved with this committee, please reach out to Holly.

Signature Events

Trends in Real Estate

The Gainesville Leadership hosts the Trends in Real Estate each year. This evening event and reception brings in a speaker from ULI or Pricewaterhouse Coopers to speak to trends in the industry.
Emerging Trends in Real Estate® is an annual series of trends and forecast publications that reflect the views of leading real estate executives in three global regions—Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Undertaken jointly with PWC and the Urban Land Institute, Emerging Trends in Real Estate®provides an outlook on real estate investment and development trends, real estate finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas, and other real estate issues.

Moving Dirt

Each year, the Gainesville Leadership holds the Moving Dirt: Projects Changing the Landscape in Gainesville event where the showcase projects in the area via a rapid-fire panel. This event is a great overview of what’s new and upcoming from big players in the area.

Boardroom After Dark

Boardroom After Dark is a member-only dinner series limited to 10-12 attendees. These dinners are an exclusive opportunity to sit down with a leader in the real estate community.