Keynote Speakers

Renaissance   April 18-20, 2013
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Pittsburgh, PA

The rules are changing. Globalization, demographics, technology, climate change and infrastructure needs are forces re-defining cities. Those cities that understand the new rules and their effects will be the competitive 21st Century cities. There are cities that have intentionally transformed their trajectories with impressive leadership, vision, partnerships, great design and creative financing. What are the ingredients that need to come together to transform a city? Pittsburgh was forced to confront these issues earlier and more dramatically than most cities with the collapse of the steel industry. In 30 years Pittsburgh moved from a city, one of the most polluted and economically depressed, to today, ranked by "The Economist" and "Forbes" as the most livable city in the US. How did that happen?

Tom Murphy

Uli Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute since 2006. Murphy, former Mayor of Pittsburgh, joins 6 other senior resident fellows at ULI who specialize in housing, real estate finance, retail, environmental and urban development. His extensive experience in urban revitalization – what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment – is a key addition to the senior resident fellows' area of expertise. Since January, 2006 Murphy has served as ULI's Gulf Coast liaison, helping to coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public the rebuilding recommendations made by ULI Advisory Services Panel held shortly after Katrina. In addition he worked with the leadership of the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts in the wake of Katrina in rebuilding strategies.

In addition to a continuing involvement in New Orleans, Murphy has served on sixteen Advisory Panels for ULI including ones in Moscow and Hong Kong as well as in Baltimore, Chicago and other cities in the US. Murphy has published "Building on Innovation" a discussion about the economic impact that universities and hospitals have on local economies and details strategies to shape a successful 21st century city based on a private/public/university partnership.

Over the past 6 years Murphy has represented ULI in a number of cities from Baton Rouge to Baltimore in helping to shape a revitalization strategy. He is a frequent speaker at ULI and other events.

Prior to his service with UL, Murphy served three terms as the Mayor of Pittsburgh, from January, 1994 through December, 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee #1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the US. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles new riverfront trails and parks.

From 1979 through 1993 Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He focused legislative activities on changing Western Pennsylvania's economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and authored legislation requiring the State pension funds to invest in venture capital firms. In addition he authored legislation to create the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, now over 25 years old, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania's focus on early stage startup businesses and the commercialization of cutting edge technologies.

Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 -1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University's Kennedy School. He hold a master's of science in urban studies from Hunter College and a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University.

He is an honorary member of the Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of Harmony Development Inc. of New Orleans; President of the board of Wild Waterways Conversancy of PA.; a board member of Mountain Lake Inc. of Virginia.

Bob Cranmer

The combined leadership of County Commissioners Bob Cranmer, Mike Dawida, and Mayor Tom Murphy led to a building boom in Pittsburgh dubbed "Renaissance III" that was a catalyst for how the city would be viewed a decade later when it was selected to host the 2009 G-20 summit, led by President Barack Obama. The Post-Gazette commented in 1998 that Allegheny County Commissioners Bob Cranmer and Mike Dawida understand the importance of a strong urban core and, through their partnership, have helped the mayor find ways to do what lesser leadership would considerable unthinkable. It is a meeting of such focused minds and willing spirits that stands to take Pittsburgh into a new era. Call it Renaissance III or call it just a better place to live, this is the blueprint of a renewable city that more people will be proud to call home.

Bob Cranmer is the President of "Cranmer Consultants" in Pittsburgh which specializes in corporate, governmental, and non-profit government relations. He has been involved with government since 1990 as an elected official or as a government relations specialist. Bob is a native of Pittsburgh, growing up in the borough of Brentwood (a suburb of Pittsburgh) where he still resides with his wife Lesa. He attended Duquesne University in 1978, upon which he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Bob went on to serve nine years in the active army, several of which as a Company Commander in the 101st Airborne Division as well as the U.S. Army Reserves.

In politics, Bob was elected to Brentwood Council in 1991 where he initiated an economic development corporation which now serves several municipalities and is a model for other communities in the Pittsburgh areas. In 1995 he was elected Allegheny County Commissioner where he served as chairman of the board. As a Commissioner Bob ushered in sweeping changes to county government, reducing county taxes in excess of 50 million dollars per year, reducing county personnel by 18%, reorganizing county government from forty-one departments to six, creating the position of County Manager, a integrated county 911 system, and, (with Mayor Tom Murphy) forming a joint city-county economic development organization which generated several billion dollars worth of new projects and related economic development.

He led the effort to establish home rule in Allegheny County, which created the position of County Executive and County Council. His other notable accomplishments, (with Dawida and Murphy) include the construction of PNC Park, Heinz Field, and the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center. He was also a driving force behind the creation of the Allegheny County Airport Authority to manage the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Marcus Orlovsky

Marcus is passionate about creating better opportunities for young people. He and his team work nationally and globally with school leaders and students from all backgrounds. They pride themselves in helping accelerate the development of talent at all levels and across all phases.

Bryanston Square has a small team of multi disciplined professionals. It has a track record covering some £8Bn of buildings, more than 100,000 teacher training days, and numerous innovations including Unlock – a programme for raising expectations and attainment in secondary school students – through to Socrates Tree, an online decision support tool unparalleled in identifying key issues in schools and invaluable in future planning.

Marcus had a complex childhood, worked through University, joined a 'Big Four' firm and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and moved to being Director of Recruitment. He journeyed through commerce: Real Estate, Software and HR, whilst keeping up charitable commitments to education. He ended up speaking to schools and then designers, which led him and his colleagues to form Bryanston Square.

Marcus has a thought-provoking and entertaining manner of delivery which stimulates ideas and discussion in audiences. From addressing 300 Yr 11 students in one school to talking to 900 school leaders, his sessions are relevant and practical and, at the same time, far reaching. He is a now a well known figure in educational and commercial circles and in demand both as a keynote and after dinner speaker, as well as someone who can work through issues with smaller groups.
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