Last year, ULI Austin began a new initiative called ULI NEXT. Aimed at engaging leaders in the 35-45 age range, the program seeks to provide educational and network-building opportunities for members as they rise to leadership positions within the industry. Each flight of participants includes 15-18 people working as a group to facilitate guest speakers, roundtable discussions, and other programs that promote candid discussion from multiple perspectives.

RVi’s Chip Mills is serving as Chair of Austin’s ULI NEXT council, and he and Seth Mearig with BGE Engineers were the first flight leaders in 2016. As the program has grown in popularity, new flights have been added. “Due to expressed interest in the Austin ULI community, two additional flights were launched in Spring 2017. These flights are proving to be a great benefit to the members of ULI,” Chip said.

RVi’s Dennis Tonsor is co-chairing one of the new 2017 flights along with fellow industry leader Janki DePalma of DCI Engineers. “ULI Next is a great opportunity to further develop working knowledge and relationships within the real estate community. I am looking forward to working with Janki and collaborating with our flight this year,” Dennis said.

ULI Austin is still actively accepting applications for 2017 flights. For more information about the program, visit