Partnership Forums

Partnership Forums support ULI’s Core Purpose: to make “better executives through education and idea exchange.”

Why join a Partnership Forum?

The opportunity to be in a Partnership Forum is one of the most coveted privileges of your ULI membership as a Young Leader. You will learn from your peers and moderators new concepts, cutting edge theories, and obtain professional growth that can be duplicated nowhere else.

Partnership Forums

The Partnership Forum is a mentoring program where YLG members and Triangle real estate veterans meet to discuss professional ideas and relevant real estate issues in a confidential and intimate setting. Each Partnership Forum consists of 8-12 participants (YLG members only) and an established senior member of ULI Triangle (the mentor).  These groups meet on a regular basis for a year in an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust, and openness to share in each other’s business and personal experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about Partnership Forums, please contact Richard Cox.

How to apply:

Recruitment for the 2018 Partnership Forum is closed. Applications for the next Partnership Forum will be accepted early in 2019.

Open to members only.  YLG Alumni of the Partnership Forum are eligible to apply again.

If you are not a ULI member but are interested in joining and applying for the Partnership Forum (you must be 35 or younger), please see ULI’s Membership page.

2018 Mentor

Bret Batchelder
Managing Director

Bret Batchelder is a Managing Director of Cherokee. Since joining Cherokee in 2001, Mr. Batchelder has directly overseen the closing and management of numerous brownfield investments. Previously, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions division of First Union Securities (formerly Bowles Hollowell Conner) where, among other accomplishments, he assisted in the establishment of the Technology Investment Banking Group. Mr. Batchelder has previously worked as an Associate in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and was a fixed income Portfolio Manager with Bank South, N.A. Mr. Batchelder received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst and holds his North Carolina Real Estate License. Mr. Batchelder is also active in several non-profit groups and service organizations throughout North Carolina. He and his wife Virginia have three children.