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Women in Real Estate 2019: Vulcan’s Ada Healey Pushes Innovation, Integration Across Pacific Northwest

Ada Healey directs all real estate strategies for Vulcan Inc., the engine behind philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s network of organizations and initiatives. In her role as Chief Real Estate Officer, she guides all real estate strategy for the company, overseeing $2 billion in real estate assets. Under her direction, the company has developed nine million square feet, including 3,400 residential units, delivering an average of more than 500,000 square feet annually since 2004. Her approach has been to push an innovative and integrative development agenda, while remaining committed to sustainability.

When Healey joined Vulcan in 2001, she was just one of three in the real estate group and was tasked with developing the South Lake Union neighborhood. She has led Vulcan’s redevelopment of 60 acres in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and oversees the company’s additional real estate investment activities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Healey as one of the 2019 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.

Healey was inducted into NAIOP Washington State’s Hall of Fame 2018, which recognizes the people who laid the groundwork for the CRE industry today, and have helped shape the character of the region and cities in Washington. Included among her favorite projects are Amazon Phase VI in South Lake Union; Batik, an apartment building in Yesler; and Stack House, a residential development that encompassed the adaptive reuse of the historic Supply Laundry Building in South Lake Union.

Prior to joining Vulcan, Healey worked for nearly 10 years at ING Clarion in asset management, acquisitions and portfolio management. She’s also worked at NYNEX Properties (now Verizon Communications), Sedgwick Group and London and Metropolitan Reinsurance Company.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.