FrontDoor Communities announced today that Michael Phillips, FrontDoor marketing manager, has been chosen to participate in the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership. The nine-month program provides resources and skills for emerging leaders in the Atlanta real estate and land use industries.

“This honor demonstrates that Michael is a rising star in our industry,” said Terry Russell, CEO and partner of FrontDoor. “The prestigious Center for Leadership is an important and valuable resource in the real estate community, and we are excited that Michael will participate in this way. He no doubt will be an asset to the group and also learn a great deal.”

As part of the program, Phillips, who has a background in both marketing and architecture, will participate in panel discussions, property tours and presentations. Through the Center for Leadership’s mini Technical Assistance Panel, he will provide leadership on an Atlanta regional issue. Phillips will be responsible for sharing expertise and advice to develop recommendations for a sponsor organization.

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with fellow members of the Atlanta real estate industry,” said Phillips. “I expect the insights I gain from the program not only will enrich me personally, but also will empower me to make a difference in our community.”

Phillips has served as FrontDoor’s marketing manager for nearly one year. Prior to his current position, Phillips was marketing specialist at tvsdesign. He also was architect and project manager at Gerding Collaborative from 2005 to 2012. Phillips has served on the American Institute of Architecture of Atlanta Board of Directors and is LEED AP BD+C certified. He is an award-winning screenwriter.

Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University of Maryland and a master’s degree in architecture from Georgia Tech.

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