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Walker Consultants: Moser, Bustamante, Froemming , and Warner named Vice President

January 18, 2019




Moser, Bustamante, Froemming , and Warner named Vice President




WALKER Consultants is proud to announce the appointments of four new Vice President to the firm.



Dan Moser, PE, SE (Chicago) serves as the Senior Director of Restoration and oversees the firm’s forensic restoration work in the Midwest.  Dan has over 30 years of experience with specialized expertise in structural evaluations, engineering design, and restoration on a wide variety of structures ranging from 800′ tall reinforced concrete chimneys to buildings and bridges, as well as facades and parking structures.


Al Bustamante, PE (Houston) is the national Director of Forensic Restoration and is responsible for coordinating the firm’s activities in this arena.  Al is an expert in the evaluation, testing, and design repairs of a variety of structural, architectural, and material distress related projects, his experience includes nondestructive testing of concrete structures, computer modeling and analysis of steel and masonry structures, design of repairs for steel structures, and building envelope assessments, and investigation and repair of parking structures.


Scott Froemming, PE (Minneapolis) has been with WALKER since 1998 as a Project Manager and Parking Consultant.  In addition to his current position as Managing Principal, Scott has been the Project Manager for the 2200 space carpark at Eppley Air Field in Omaha, NE.


James Warner, PE (Houston) is currently serving as Director of WALKER’s Resources Group as well as Director of Operations for WALKER’s three offices in Texas (Houston East and West, Dallas).  Jim has been with WALKER since 2002 and has been involved in numerous aspects of parking structure design, including structural design, detailing, specification writing, functional layouts, budgeting, and cost estimating.



About Walker Consultants

Walker Consultants is a global consulting firm, with 20 domestic offices and one international office, providing Forensics/Restoration, Building Envelope, Parking Design & Consulting, and Mobility/Planning services across all market sectors. Walker continues to focus on developing solutions that are realistic, implementable, and cost-effective by utilizing cutting edge technology and the creativity of our outstanding people. The firm can be found online at www.walkerconsultants.com.




IDA’s 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions

April 23, 2018



IDA’s 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program Attracts Top Urban Champions



Fellows to learn essential leadership and place management skills in New York City




WASHINGTON, DC – The International Downtown Association selected 30 of the industry’s brightest professionals for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship program. These senior staff members hail from 3 countries and 21 provinces or states, including Cape Town (South Africa), Calgary (Alberta), Honolulu, New York City, Anchorage, Sioux Falls, Sacramento, Houston and Denver.


Alumni of the IDA Emerging Leaders Fellowship program are fast becoming sought-after leaders for the future of city building around worldwide. In just two years, the IDA program has resulted in at least 20% of its graduates receiving promotions and significant pay increases, including one Fellow who became Chief Executive Officer of his organization. “The success of our Fellowship program, launched in 2016, underscores how critical this training is to our growing industry,” said David Downey, President and CEO of IDA. “This is the only program of its kind created specifically for urban place management professionals. IDA is looking to further illustrate the importance of our industry by elevating leaders with the necessary skills to champion inclusive city building.”


The Emerging Leader Fellowship is a week-long experiential program bringing together a cohort of IDA professionals from within the urban district management industry. The fellows learn essential leadership and place management skills and gain practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships.


“The International Downtown Association is looking to build the future of our industry, and these accomplished executives are the rising stars of our profession,” said Downey. “With this program, we’re educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders.”


The program takes place June 17-22, 2018 in New York City featuring intensive instruction delivered by IDA partners at Baruch College, City University of New York, Times Square Alliance and Coro New York Leadership Center. Professionals from several business improvement district organizations across the city provide technical in-the-field training. The event takes place at various locations throughout Manhattan with field visits provided by several local BID leaders.


Congratulations to the 2018 cohort!


For a list of other upcoming IDA events, please visit downtown.org.



About the International Downtown Association

The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit www.downtown.org.


About the Coro New York Leadership Center

Coro New York Leadership Center is New York’s premier leadership training organization and a community of over 2,300 alumni across business, government, schools, and non-profits that is shaping our city’s future. Coro training helps individuals hone their visions for change and learn how to exercise leadership with greater self-awareness, intention, and effectiveness. We work with leaders, both seasoned and emerging, from many different fields who come to Coro to discover how cities really work and how policy is shaped, while also learning how to collaborate across differences, build culture and community, and make progress on shared challenges. From commissioners and city councilmembers to activists, executives, and entrepreneurs, those who come to Coro build the skills, knowledge, and networks to help them pursue their visions for change with greater effectiveness and impact.


Through a series of three leadership training sessions, Coro will provide participants in IDA’s Fellowship with a set of frameworks and strategies to help them develop best practices for leading change. Focusing on the personal, interpersonal and systems-level, each session will examine change-making from a different lens and provide new tools, along with experiential activities to test out these new ideas in action.


Ventana Ventures and Atwater Infrastructure  have officially launched their first development in the City of Bell, California.

February 14, 2018


Ventana Ventures and Atwater Infrastructure  have officially launched their first development in the City of Bell, California.





The development site consists of two properties, totaling 0.7 acres, located at 4400 and 4410 Gage Avenue. The project is expected to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the city’s retail and restaurant core.  Construction is scheduled to commence in May of 2018. “We’ve assembled a great team for this project. We’re excited to be a part of the revitalization of Bell. I also want to send a special thank you to Brett Harwood, an industry legend, for his belief and investment in our project.” says Diego Torres-Palma, Managing Partner of Ventana Ventures.


The building located at 4400 Gage Avenue will become the second home to Border X, a 100% Latino owned brewery with roots in San Diego, which was recently listed as one of the “Five places to go in San Diego” by the New York Times. “Border X Brewing was started with the intention of breaking down borders and building communities with Latino craft beer, delicious food and cultural events. We look forward to joining the thriving community of Bell and working together!” says David Favela, owner of Border X.


Rendering of BorderX Brewery at 4410 Gage Avenue, expected to open fall 2018.

Several tenants are currently being considered for the 4410 Gave Ave building. The location, given its proximity to the brewery, is ideal for any coffee shop, bakery, or quick service restaurant.


Rendering of 4410 Gave Avenue Building

CHBC Office Group has been selected as the construction company and TSArchitects as the architectural firm.


About Ventana Ventures:
Ventana Ventures is a new real estate investment and development company committed to finding windows of opportunity that lead to meaningful investor returns while providing much needed revitalization to communities across the United States.


About Atwater Infrastructure:
Atwater Infrastructure is a minority-owned investment and development firm that sources and structures private capital for social infrastructure projects for governmental and institutional clients throughout the United States.


For more information please contact:


Diego Torres-Palma

Managing Partner

Ventana Ventures


(e) info@ventanaventures.io

(o) 626.872.3313

(ig) @diego_ventures