Managing Director of Development
Holualoa Companies

Steven A. Betts is Managing Director of Development for the Holualoa Companies. He is also Founder/President of Betts Real Estate Advisors, Director to the Tejon Ranch Company, Development Director to Helios Education Foundation and the Chairman of the University Realty (ASU) Board of Directors. Mr. Betts is the retired President and CEO of the SunCor Development Company. He served as President for the year of 2005, and President and CEO from 2006 through May of 2010. During his five-year tenure leading SunCor, the company experienced unprecedented growth, and Mr. Betts was named Developer of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Park Developers (2008), as well as a Most Admired CEO by the Phoenix Business Journal (2009), and his company was awarded Developer of the Year by Southwest Contractor Magazine (2007). After the asset sale of SunCor, Mr. Betts signed on to assist the ASU Foundation to be more strategic in real estate acquisition and development as its Senior VP and Managing Director of Assets. He has also served as Co- Chair of Governor Ducey’s Transition Committee for State Lands and Parks, Chairman and current Trustee to the Nature Conservancy, chaired the ULI Arizona District Council and serving on its Advisory Board, served as Chairman and board member for the Teach for America AZ Board, serves on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee, appointed by the Governor to the Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance, Chaired the Interstate-11 Coalition, Vice Chaired the AZ Town Hall and served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor for Senator John McCain. Steve has served in lead roles on several landmark legislative enactments in Arizona, including the Growing Smarter Acts, the Tourism and Sports Authority Act and the Community Facilities District Act. He was the recipient of the 1989 and 1999 Planning Recognition Award from the American Planning Association and is a frequent speaker locally, regionally and nationally on development and policy issues. Prior to joining SunCor, Steve was a shareholder with Phoenix law firm Gallagher & Kennedy and headed the firm’s land use/governmental affairs practice group. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Augustana College and his law degree with honors from the De Paul University School of Law. Mr. Betts has served as a Strategic/Senior Advisor to several organizations, including The Holualoa Companies and Hines Development, and serves as an advisor and director of development, part time, for Chanen Development Company, assisting development projects get to the start line in Arizona and markets across the U.S. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the publicly traded Tejon Ranch Company, the largest private landowner in California, with 270,000 acres north of Los Angeles, encompassing three multi-thousand acre master planned communities and numerous commercial projects. He is the retired President and CEO of SunCor Development Company, a half-billion dollar plus asset base subsidiary of the Fortune 500 holding company Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, and developer of master planned communities throughout the Mountainwest and large-scale office, industrial, retail and mixed use urban projects in metropolitan Phoenix. He served as President for the year of 2005, and President and CEO from 2006 through his retirement in May of 2010. During his five-year tenure leading SunCor, the company experienced unprecedented growth, and Mr. Betts was named Developer of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Park Developers (2008), as well as a Most Admired CEO by the Phoenix Business Journal (2009, inaugural year for the award), and his company was awarded Developer of the Year by Southwest Contractor Magazine (2007). Prior to taking the helm of SunCor, Mr. Betts was a prominent land use and governmental affairs attorney for almost two decades. He was a partner at the Phoenix and Tucson firm of Streich, Lang P.A. from 1983 to 1994, where he served on the Management Committee, headed the practice group and served as the Marketing Partner. Subsequently he became a partner at Gallagher and Kennedy from 1994 through 2004, where he also served as the practice group head and Marketing Partner. He was the architect and/or champion for landmark Arizona land use legislation such as the Growing Smarter Acts and the Arizona Preserve Initiative, and key economic development legislation such as the Tourism and Sports Authority Act, the Community Facilities District Act and the Military Airport Authority Act. For his public policy work he was recognized with a Governor’s Proclamation in 2000, and with two Planning Recognition Awards from the Arizona Planning Association in 1989 and 1998 In March of 2012, Mr. Betts became the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Assets for the Arizona State University Foundation. In that capacity, he provides the strategic oversight, community positioning, and deal structuring for the entrepreneurial real estate assets of the Foundation, promotes the philanthropic gifting of RE assets, and directs the opportunistic investment in strategic RE assets for the Foundation, all to the benefit and in furtherance of the University mission. Mr. Betts is the past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute-Arizona District Council, Immediate Past Chairman of the Teach for America Phoenix Board and a member of the TFA National Council, on the Executive Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Vice-Chair of the Arizona Town Hall, Chairman of the Interstate 11 Coalition, Trustee of The Nature Conservancy, on the Board of the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone, and a member of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee. In 2010, he served as Senior Advisor and Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator McCain’s campaign committee, and previously he has served as pro bono campaign legal counsel for each of Senator McCain’s campaigns since his first in 1982, and for the campaigns of Governor Symington, Congressmen Salmon and Hayworth, Attorney General Woods, Mayors Rimsza and Gordon, and Supervisor Bayless. In 2008 he was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention. He has also served as the Chairman of Valley Partnership, as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, as Honorary Base Commander of Luke Air Force Base, and was appointed by Governor Hull as a member of the Growing Smarter Commission, and then by Governor Napolitano to the Growing Smarter Oversight Council. He received his law degree with honors from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 1983, where he was awarded and served on the Law Review, and a B.A. with honors from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 1980, where he double majored in Philosophy and Political Science, and Pre-Law, and he served as Student Body President and received the Lincoln Academy Laureate Award from the Governor, awarded to one outstanding senior from each college or university in Illinois for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Speaking at the Following:

Mar 28

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Transformations in Arizona

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Explore the transformations of three major malls to mixed-uses that include housing: Park Central Mall, Paradise Valley Mall, and MetroCenter. Each one is in a different place on the development continuum – each location is highly impactful to the region.