Barry Karpay, one of the Tampa Bay area’s leading experts in land acquisition and development with 42 years of experience, has been appointed Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Tampa Bay District Council for 2017-19.
Barry is Vice President of Land Acquisition for Lennar Homes in the Tampa Bay Division. His responsibilities include pursuing diverse land and lot positions throughout the Tampa Bay area.
His work includes land acquisition and development for residential communities from large master planned communities to in-fill sites. He joined Westfield Homes in 2001 which was acquired by Standard Pacific in 2002. In 2010 the company changed course to pursue the move up market with both home and community design. Some notable acquisitions include Estancia at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Arbor Grande in Lakewood Ranch, and Promenade at Lake Park in northwest Hillsborough County.
As Chair of ULI’s Tampa Bay District Council, Karpay helps facilitate programs and initiatives that support ULI’s mission of promoting responsible land development and the creation of livable communities. With 500 local members, ULI Tampa Bay hosts advisory panels, networking events, conferences and forums, all designed to share best practices and to help address industry issues. The organization’s overall goal is to help Tampa Bay real estate professionals make a positive impact in their communities.
Karpay has been a member of ULI since 2001 and has served on the Tampa Bay District Council’s Management Committee and Governance Committee. He also currently serves on ULI’s national Master Planned Community Developer Council.
“The Tampa Bay area is experiencing an exciting period of growth, and with recent events like Hurricane Irma, it’s more important than ever that we recognize our area’s vulnerabilities and take a mindful, proactive approach to land use,” Karpay said. “Our District Council has played a significant role in promoting resiliency against storms and climate change, and that will remain a key focus for our organization going forward. Our immediate past chair, Jim Cloar, did great work spearheading a workshop on resiliency strategies for the City of St. Petersburg, and I look forward to working with the City to put ULI’s recommendations into action.”
During Cloar’s tenure, ULI continued growing its membership and built a significant following for its monthly “StimULI” breakfast programs, which now regularly draw over 100 local real estate industry leaders. And in June, the District Council hosted the 2017 ULI Florida Summit, which was attended by over 600 professionals from around the state.
Karpay will continue the successful efforts Cloar initiated, while also increasing focus on ULI’s Advisory Services, which provide strategic advice to public agencies and nonprofit organizations on a range of issues, from growth management to redevelopment to affordable housing. Most recently, the group held a Technical Assistance Panel to develop revitalization strategies for the Skyway Plaza retail center in St. Petersburg’s Skyway Marina District.
Karpay will also focus on holding quality informational programs, and growing ULI’s subgroups for young professionals (Young Leaders Group) and women industry leaders (Women’s Leadership Initiative).
A Tampa resident, Karpay and his wife Joyce enjoy travelling and practicing Mysore yoga. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Studies from the University of Florida.