PHILADELPHIA, PAULIPhiladelphia, the tri-state District Council of the globalnon-profit Urban Land Institute, has appointedJay Appleton as sponsorship chair, MeganLeinart as membership chair and ThomasSmithgall as regional satellites chair. ULIPhiladelphia District Council chair Christopher M. HagerPE made the appointments.


“We are thrilled to welcome Jay, Megan and Tom to their newleadership positions. The strength of ULIPhiladelphia is directly related to the commitment of ourmembers and leadership teams. Jay, Megan and Tom will be tremendousassets in helping us expand capacity, particularly with regard toULI Philadelphia hosting the ULI Global SpringMeeting in 2016,” says Hager.


As sponsorship chair, Jay Appleton PE willdevelop and implement goals and plans to retain existing sponsorsand recruit new sponsors. Appletonrecently joined Wu & Associates, based inCherry Hill, NJ as senior project manager.


As membership chair, Megan Leinart will developand implement goals and plans to retain and increase the membershipbase. Leinart is currently director ofcorporate development at Timothy Haahs & Associates,Inc., Blue Bell, PA, where she leads the firm's marketingand business development strategy.


As Regional Satellites Chair, Thomas Smithgallwill communicate with and serve as a mentor to the co-chairs of allsatellites in the Lehigh Valley, Central Pennsylvania, South Jerseyand Delaware regions. As senior vice president of development atHigh Real Estate Group, Lancaster, PA,Smithgall leads the firm's development functionand oversees the growth and management of the expanding developmentservices market.

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