ULI Taps Development Executive Rummell as 2011-13 Chairman

The 40-year industry veteran has served as chairman & CEO of the St. Joe Co., noted for incorporating nature-sensitive elements into its projects, and as Disney Development Co.'s president.

By Paul Rosta, Senior Editor

Veteran development executive Peter Rummell will take the chairman’s gavel at the Urban Land Institute for a two-year term on July 1, the research and educational organization said Wednesday afternoon.

During a 40-year commercial real estate career, Rummell has served as chairman and CEO of the St. Joe Company, noted for incorporating nature-sensitive elements into projects on the Gulf Coast of Florida and other locations.  Other senior positions include president of Disney Development Co. and chairman of Walt Disney Imagineering.  At Disney, he directed major developments like Celebration, Fla., characterized for its pedestrian-oriented design.

A long-time ULI trustee, Rummell is a former chairman of the ULI Foundation board and has served the organization in numerous other roles. He is on the advisory board of the ULI Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use and is a member of ULI Recreational Development Council and the group’s policy and practice committee. As co-chair of the ULI Florida Initiative on Regional Collaboration, he helped lead an effort by the state’s four district councils to foster collaboration among Florida’s regions.

In a statement yesterday, Rummell cited the 75-year-old organization’s role in bringing professionals worldwide together for exchanging ideas. “This is a time when everyone is open to change, because everyone has had to change the way they do business,” he said. “We’re in a flexible environment right now, so we have some space to make real, positive, substantive changes in community building.”