ULI Florida: 2022 ULI Florida Summit Miami


2022-12-05 - 2022-12-07

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    JW Marriott Marquis Miami Will open in a new window 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131 UNITED STATES
    Join ULI this December as we examine the future of real estate and communities during a time of disruption and new opportunity. As the global business landscape continues to be reshaped, the 2022 ULI Florida Summit - Miami will provide you with new ideas and fresh insights from leading experts on what we can expect for the future of Florida.


    Standard Pricing Until December 1 Members Non-Members
    Private $500.00 $680.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $220.00 $350.00
    Student $115.00 $235.00
    Under Age 35 $290.00 $390.00
    Late Pricing Begins December 2
    Private $550.00 $750.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $240.00 $385.00
    Student $130.00 $260.00
    Under Age 35 $320.00 $430.00
    *Online Registration is now closed. Email [email protected] or [email protected] to register. Onsite registration will be available subject to availability at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami beginning on Tuesday at 7:30am


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    2022-12-05T12:00:00 - 2022-12-05T17:00:00
    Florida Product Council Meetings (FPC Members Only)
    2022-12-05T14:00:00 - 2022-12-05T16:00:00
    Elected Official & Public Sector Workshop: Understanding Density
    2022-12-05T17:30:00 - 2022-12-05T18:30:00
    Florida Product Council Reception - Invitation Only
    2022-12-06T07:00:00 - 2022-12-06T08:00:00
    2022-12-06T07:30:00 - 2022-12-06T11:30:00
    Mobile Tour: Revitalizing Miami, Transformation of Wynwood and Miami Design District
    2022-12-06T08:00:00 - 2022-12-06T10:45:00
    Mobile Tour: Coming Together for Growth, Featuring Transit Oriented Development and Large Scale Mixed-Use Projects
    2022-12-06T08:00:00 - 2022-12-06T11:30:00
    Mobile Tour: Coconut Grove Gets Its Groove Back
    2022-12-06T08:00:00 - 2022-12-06T11:30:00
    Mobile Tour: Attainable Housing in Florida's Least Affordable City
    2022-12-06T08:15:00 - 2022-12-06T11:15:00
    Mobile Tour: Creative Transformation, The Vision behind Brickell City Centre and The Underline
    2022-12-06T10:00:00 - 2022-12-06T11:30:00
    Developers Roundtable - Invite Only
    2022-12-06T12:00:00 - 2022-12-06T14:30:00
    Lunch & Programming Session 1
    2022-12-06T14:30:00 - 2022-12-06T15:00:00
    Networking Break
    2022-12-06T15:00:00 - 2022-12-06T17:00:00
    Programming Session 2
    2022-12-06T17:00:00 - 2022-12-06T18:00:00
    Main Reception
    2022-12-06T18:00:00 - 2022-12-06T20:00:00
    Young Leaders (YLG) Networking Reception at CH'I
    2022-12-07T08:15:00 - 2022-12-07T09:15:00
    Networking Breakfast
    2022-12-07T09:15:00 - 2022-12-07T11:00:00
    Programming Session 3
    2022-12-07T11:00:00 - 2022-12-07T12:00:00
    Concluding Programming Session 4
    2022-12-07T12:00:00 - 2022-12-07T13:30:00
    Women’s Leadership Luncheon

    ULI is excited to welcome you back to Miami for the ULI Florida Summit December 5 – 7, 2022. Join us as we reconvene the top land use leaders from across the state to examine the future of real estate during a time of disruption and new opportunities.

    JW Marriott Marquis Miami 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131 UNITED STATES

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    Laura Cole

    Senior Vice President, LWR Communities, LLC

    Laura Cole Senior Vice President LWR Communities, LLC Laura leads the residential program and strategic marketing efforts for Lakewood Ranch, a 31,000-acre master-planned community located on the west coast of Florida and ranked the second “Best Selling Community in the US” by RCLCO and John Burns in 2018 and 2019. Home to more than 35,000 residents and 16,000 jobs, Lakewood Ranch features A-rated schools, medical and education institutions, the Sarasota Polo Club, 22-field Premier Sports Campus, Main Street shopping and dining, and 10 million square feet of commercial property. Prior to Lakewood Ranch, Laura was vice president of marketing for Willowsford, a 4,000-acre community in Northern Virginia, awarded “National Community of the Year" by NAHB in 2013 for its conservation efforts, design, and integration of agriculture. From 2002 to 2007 Laura served as vice president of corporate development for RCLCO in Washington, DC, and before that held positions with the Urban Land Institute, Greater Houston Partnership, and IBM/CB Commercial. She was a founding member of the Houston Technology Center, named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World,” and has contributed to ULI publications and advisory reports on workforce housing, downtown redevelopment, and the privatization of land markets in Central Europe. Laura serves as programming co-chair for ULI’s Community Development Council (Gold). She is a native of Madrid, Spain, and received a B.S. in Urban Development from the University of Arizona. Laura and her family reside in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.


    Patrick Krechowski

    Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP

    Patrick W. Krechowski has over 20 years of experience in real estate, land use, environmental, governmental, administrative litigation, appeals and title insurance law. Patrick is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law. His practice focuses on all aspects of zoning and land use law, real estate due diligence, environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands and riparian rights), environmental remediation, water use permitting and planning, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation. Patrick has represented various state agency boards and local governments, including serving as the City Attorney for Neptune Beach, Florida and as Port Attorney for the Ocean Highway & Port Authority, Nassau County, Florida. This experience not only allows him to assist local governments with virtually any aspect of their operations, it also gives Patrick a unique insight into how best to navigate challenges that his private clients often encounter in seeking local and state approvals for their real estate projects. Patrick has extensive public speaking and teaching experience and is a published contributing author to a book focused on international climate change.


    Jeffrey Reader

    Managing Partner, Reader Communities

    Jeff is responsible for sourcing new opportunities at Reader Communities. His day-to-day activities are primarily focused on land acquisition, capital structuring, due diligence, land development, and entitlements. With over 10 years of experience in master planned communities, Jeff has directed the development and disposition of well over 5,000 residential lots in addition to improved commercial land for apartments, retail, and senior housing totaling well over $500M in value. He has consulted on behalf of institutional funds, lenders, and private landowners providing guidance on development strategy and residual land value. Jeff is a licensed Real Estate Sales Associate in the State of Florida. He is highly involved with the Urban Land Institute currently serving as the Chair of ULI Central Florida and as a member of ULI Americas Community Development Council Silver Flight. Jeff is also a member of the Bergstrom Council at the University of Florida and the Greater Orlando Builders Association. Prior to joining Reader Communities, Jeff worked for Central Florida Investments/Westgate Resorts for 4 years in a development and project management capacity. Education: M.S. Real Estate, University of Florida; B.S. Marketing, University of Florida


    Scott Mingonet

    Principal, Kimley-Horn

    Scott Mingonet has a broad range of experience as an urban planner and landscape architect. Throughout his 32 plus years with Kimley-Horn, he has been integral in developing the firm’s land planning and landscape architecture practice. Because of the firm’s foundation in transportation and land development, Mr. Mingonet has been able to apply that knowledge base to creatively affect both public and private sector projects ranging from mixed-use master plans to municipal redevelopment strategies. His unique skill set includes his ability to balance creating a pleasing visual master plan and distinctive sense of place with an understanding of implementation issues such as transportation network and infrastructure demands. Scott returns to Florida after opening the firm’s Miami Beach office in 1995. From 2003 to 2008, he assisted the firm in establishing a new office in the greater DC metropolitan area and most recently was serving clients from Kimley-Horn’s Charlotte, NC location. He has relocated back to Orlando, Florida, to lead their planning and landscape architecture practice. Professional Credentials Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, 1989 Associate of Arts, Computer Science, Lake Sumter Community College, 1985 Registered Landscape Architect in North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Council of Landscape Architecture Review Board Certified (CLARB) 2019-2022 ULI District Chair, Full Member and Public/Private Partnerships Council Relevant Experience: Pulse Memorial and Museum- Orlando FL, Sebring Waterfront Master Plan, Hilton Grand Vacation Las Palmeras, Orlando, FL; O-Town West, Orlando, FL; Society, Orlando, FL; Radius, Orlando, FL; Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Venue, Orlando, FL; Greenjackets Ballpark, North Augusta SC; BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte, NC; Stallings Downtown Master Plan, Town of Stallings, NC; Vision 2020 Plan, Charlotte Center City Partners; Crescent District Master Plan, Leesburg, VA; Planning and Design for Transit and Passenger Facilities (CATS), Charlotte, NC; City of Virginia Beach Strategic Action Plan, Virginia Beach VA; On-call Planning Services for Dulles and Reagan National Airports, Washington, DC; Tree Hill Community Plan, Richmond, VA; Westchester Community Plan, Chesterfield County, VA; Albemarle County, Crozet Avenue Streetscape and Master Plan, Crozet, VA; Empowerment Zone Neighborhood Strategic Plan, Miami, FL; Coral Way Beautification Master Plan and Design Guidelines, Miami, FL; Business District Revitalization, Bay Harbor Islands, FL ; Planning/Regional Planning Military Growth Task Force (MGTF) (NC Eastern Region), Regional Growth Management Plan, Jacksonville, NC; Various Crescent Resources Land Holdings, North and South Carolina ; ITE, Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities, nationwide ; Midtown Miami, Miami, FL; City of Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Plan, FL; EDS Legacy Development, Plano, TX; Streetscape/Urban Design Commonwealth/The Plaza Streetscape, Charlotte, NC; Pentagon Library and Conference Center, Arlington County, VA (Silver LEED Certified) ; UNG-Greensboro Spring Garden Street Streetscape, NC ; Boush Street Improvements (Phases I, II, and III), Virginia Beach, VA; Design District Streetscape, Miami, FL; North Shore Area Roadway Improvements, Miami Beach, FL; Freemont Street Beautification, Las Vegas, NV ; South Pointe Streetscape Master Plan, Miami Beach, FL; 4th Street Improvements, Las Vegas, NV;


    Kristine Smale

    Zonda Advisory

    Kristine is an experienced Residential and Commercial Real Estate professional. She is a Senior Vice President with Meyers Research and leads consulting projects throughout the Southeast and Florida. Prior to joining Meyers in 2019, Kristine managed projects with another national consulting firm for several years. Kristine also worked for two large home builders providing feasibility guidance for land acquisitions and community development. Her experience in commercial real estate includes asset management, due diligence and acquisitions with a large Real Estate Investment Trust, a 1031 exchange company and a publicly traded apartment REIT. Kristine has a BBA from the University of Iowa with majors in Finance and Marketing and a minor in English. She also earned a certificate in Urban Real Estate from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Kristine is currently the Chair of the ULI Community Housing and Development Council in Florida, as well as a member of the Southwest Florida Executive Committee and former chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She is also a member of the RNDC-Gold National Product Council. Kristine serves on the Local Planning Agency for Lee County, Florida, a resident advisory board that works with the Board of County Commissioners.


    Leroy Moore

    Senior Vice President/COO, Tampa Housing Authority

    ID# 202521 January, 2005 Leroy Moore is a seasoned real estate development professional who has spearheaded some of the more complex and celebrated mixed-income/mixed-use sustainable residential master planned developments across the U.S. He has directly spearheaded the development of over 7,300 units of housing across the U.S. His most recent successes include the redevelopment of severely distressed public housing communities in Tampa, Florida in his role with the Housing Authority of the City of Tampa. Encore Tampa is a nationally recognized best practice in master planned urban redevelopment where he led the transformation of a 28-acre downtown site into a 12-city block 1800+ unit sustainable mixed-income/mixed-use jewel that is touted today as Tampa’s coolest, most economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood. West River is a 17-phase master planned community transforming West Tampa into a walkable community of choice for thousands of families and local businesses. Along with his real estate development responsibilities he oversees all aspects of the Authority's long range capital planning, assisted housing programs, asset management, facilities maintenance, contracting, public safety, client programs and services, public relations and communications, as well as strategic business planning and corporate vision management. Prior to joining the Housing Authority of the City of Tampa in 1998, he operated his own consulting firm providing national training and professional organizational management and analysis to Public and Indian Housing Authorities throughout the United States. He has held Director level positions in a number of housing authorities including Memphis, Peoria, Oakland, and Atlanta; and from 1994-1996 was contracted through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to serve the Court-appointed Receiver for the District of Columbia Housing Authority in Washington DC which at the time was the Nation’s most troubled housing authority. He is a ULI Daniel Rose Fellow, current Chair of ULI Tampa-Bay and serves on numerous local and National Boards including Florida Housing Coalition, Tampa’s Downtown Partnership, Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough, HuddleTouch Ministries, among others. He is recognized as an expert in redevelopment of distressed assets and creating healthy sustainable communities, affordable housing strategies, and is regularly called on to speak at local and national conferences and industry meetings. Leroy is an avid photographer and gardener. He and his wife, Remi, reside north of Tampa, Florida; are both active in their Church and local ministries, and love to travel, having a special desire to travel more throughout the continent of Africa.


    Gary Goldfarb

    Chief Strategy Officer, Interport Logistics

    Gary M. Goldfarb-is Chief Strategy Officer or Interport Group of Companies, a leading Supply Chain Management providing Foreign Trade Zones & Customs bonded warehousing, inventory control, Transportation, Distribution services and fulfillment and Duty Drawback expertise. With Interport, Gary has developed several key business units including “Compra Fora” Brasil Customs Clearance Center in Miami, GPS Tracking and Location Technology, Foreign Trade Zone and Trade Facilitation Consulting (Over 280 FTZ activations in the past 6 years) as well as Supply Chain Engineering. Recently created the only Luxury Marine Industry Foreign Trade Zone in the US in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Gary is also a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Team at Vanguard Tactical Systems, LLC, a company dedicated to Armor and Tactical Products for Government Purchases. Additionally, Gary is also a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Team and New Day Food Company, a company dedicated to feeding large scale population at risk (such as refugees or famine stricken regions) Goldfarb helped bring The Miami Free Zone back to its glory days, with over 96% occupancy, reaching almost $ 1 billion in trade in 2006. Prior to the Miami Free Zone, Goldfarb developed and obtained patents for software solutions for International Logistics. (From2.com). He built and took public Golden Eagle Group (NASDAQ:GEGP) , which became one of the largest Third Party Logistics (3PL) Companies is the United States, specializing in Inventory Control and Just in Time (JIT) programs. He has more than 44 years in International Trade and Supply Chain Management. Goldfarb is actively involved in South Florida community and professional associations, serving in many Board of Directors and Executive Boards and Chairs International Trade & Logistics Committees. Is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official Economic Development Organization, Served as Chair of One Community One Goal-Trade and Logistics Committee. Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of The World Trade Center-Miami, Former Member of the Board of Directors of the International Trade Consortium of Miami Dade County, Board of Advisors of FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation), Chairman of the Board of Advisors of FIU (Florida International University) Engineering and Computing Master’s Program, Chairman of the Advisory Committee at Miami- Dade College School of Global Business. Chairman of US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program at Miami Dade College, Former Member of the Board of Advisors of First Horizon Bank and Board of Advisors to one of the largest Hedge Funds. Goldfarb is an inductee into the FCBF Hall of Fame (Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association).


    Ernie Cox

    Family Lands Remembered, LLC

    Ernie Cox is President of Family Lands Remembered, LLC, a strategic consulting company focused on the protection of Florida’s environmental, cultural and agricultural resources, using creative conservation, land planning and market-based incentive strategies. Ernie works with landowners, progressive community developers, government, conservation organizations and others to create and implement plans for large-scale conservation planning and appropriate sustainable development. Prior to founding Family Lands Remembered, Ernie was a practicing attorney for more than 15 years with the Gunster law firm. He was a shareholder and chaired the firms Conservation, Stewardship and Rural Development group.


    Stephen Ross

    Chairman & Founder, Related Companies

    Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies and a devoted philanthropist. Mr. Ross formed Related in 1972 and today the company includes approximately 3,500 professionals. Related has over $60 billion in real estate assets owned or under development, including mixed-use, residential, retail and office properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. The company is also one of the largest owners and preservationists of affordable housing in the country. Related was recently named one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World by Fast Company Magazine. Mr. Ross is an investor in Equinox® Fitness Clubs, Equinox Hotels and SoulCycle. Mr. Ross is the owner of the Miami Dolphins, an NFL franchise that has become one of the most fan-friendly in sports under his leadership. Mr. Ross is also Chairman and co-founder of RSE Ventures, a multi-national technology, sports and entertainment venture firm. RSE has invested in and incubated a number of diverse businesses and has also created and launched the International Champions Cup, a global pre-season soccer tournament. Mr. Ross has always sought opportunities to give back in meaningful ways. His philanthropic efforts have broadly focused on the areas of education, the arts, racial equality, healthcare and the creation of more sustainable cities throughout the world. Mr. Ross proudly serves on the Executive Committee as a trustee of Lincoln Center, as a trustee of New York - Presbyterian Hospital, a director on the board of Cornell Tech, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) where he established the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, an innovative new initiative to integrate urban planning, sustainable transport, energy and climate change, water resources, and governance. Furthermore, he has used his platform to harness the unifying power of sport to advance race relations across the country through the establishment of the nonprofit Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). The organization’s efforts have been so impactful that RISE was recognized in 2017 by ESPN’s Humanitarian Awards with the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award. He is the largest single donor to the University of Michigan supporting the Ross School of Business, critical athletic facilities, scholarships, career development programs and faculty recruitment and establishing the Detroit Center for Innovation. In 2013, Mr. Ross pledged to give more than half of his estate to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations through the Giving Pledge, a long-term global initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates that aims to inspire deeper engagement in philanthropy and increase charitable giving globally. Over the years, Mr. Ross has received numerous honors for his business, civic, and philanthropic activities. Most recently, he was inducted into the Nation Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame, and received the Jackie Robinson Foundation ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received The National Building Museum Honor Award, was the National Housing Conference’s Housing Person of the Year and award. REBNY’s Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award and the Jack D. Weiler Award from UJA. Crain’s New York named Mr. Ross one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business and he was recognized by NYC & Company with their Leadership in Tourism Award. Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, from Wayne State University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree and from New York University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Taxation. In 2004, the University of Michigan renamed its business school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and in 2011 the University of Michigan awarded Mr. Ross an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.


    Camilo Miguel

    Mast Capital

    Camilo Miguel founded Mast Capital in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer, focused on investment strategy and risk management. He has an extensive real estate, financial and political network, with expertise in investment structuring, complex debt and equity products, execution and development. Mr. Miguel has built the firm into a leading investor and developer of high-end residential, hospitality, office and retail projects, with a particular focus in high barriers-to-entry markets. Prior to founding Mast, he founded and served as President of Vertica Group, a land investment and repositioning company, where he oversaw all aspects of the businesses, including acquisitions, entitlements, operations and asset management. Before this, he co-founded Clear Title Group, a boutique real estate title insurance company focused on offering closing services to luxury condominium and home developers, buyers and sellers, which quickly grew into a distinguished market leader in its segment. Mr. Miguel graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.


    Warren de Haan

    Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer, ACORE Capital

    Warren de Haan is a founder, Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer at ACORE Capital, LP, one of the largest credit managers focused on commercial real estate lending, with approximately $20 billion of assets under management. Through their offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Dallas, ACORE originates, acquires and manages first mortgages, B-notes, mezzanine debt and preferred equity throughout the United States. Since inception in 2015, ACORE has closed over $35 billion in more than 453 transactions. Mr. de Haan held C-Suite leadership positions in the commercial real estate finance industry and capital markets from 2001 through 2014, with Starwood Property Trust, Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance, and Coastal Capital Partners. Mr. de Haan began his career as a member of a large loan group in Nomura’s NYC commercial real estate finance division. The Commercial Observer has honored Mr. de Haan during his tenure with ACORE Capital in their annual listing 'The 50 Most Important Figures of Commercial Real Estate Finance', ranking him in the top 15 for the past 6 years. Mr. de Haan's charitable focus is in service to children, and in recognition of his record of service and his long-time support of their mission to help children with special needs, The Help Group named Mr. de Haan their honoree in 2016. Mr. de Haan received a B.S. degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. He also graduated from Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland, where he obtained his Swiss Hotel Diploma and American Hotel and Motel Association Diplomas.


    Tere Blanca

    Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc

    Tere Blanca is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, Inc., the leading independently owned commercial real estate services firm in Florida. She founded the firm in 2009 after identifying a need in the marketplace for a local advisory and brokerage firm built on a culture of giving clients a highly personalized approach to service. Blanca Commercial Real Estate now has a dynamic team of more than 35 top professionals that embrace a culture of collaboration and caring for each other, the firm’s clients and the community. It is recognized as one of the top commercial real estate brokerage services companies in Florida, ranked by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the top ten firms in South Florida, maintaining more than 32% market share of all office lease transactions executed in Class A and B office space in Miami; the firm’s home base. Expanding across South Florida, the firm now has 3 offices across the region and has grown its services to include property management, tenant engagement services and development consulting. Throughout her 35-year career, Tere has participated and led many significant lease transactions and new development projects from land acquisition to the master planning, design, construction, marketing, lease-up, and sale of office and mixed-use assets. Clients of the firm include Nuveen Real Estate, Allianz, Hines, Agave Holdings, Lincoln Property Company, Blackstone, TA Realty, Federal Realty, Shorenstein, Stiles, Related Group, AIMCO, and the law firms of Akerman LLP, and White & Case, LLP; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Herald Media Company; WeWork; Coastal Construction, Quirch Foods, Inc.; Insigneo; Inktel, DASI, Neutralogistics, Mexican Consulate and the University of Miami, to name a few.


    Knox White

    Mayor, City of Greenville

    Mayor White has served on City Council since 1983 and as mayor since December 1995. A native of Greenville, Mayor White is a graduate of Christ Church Episcopal School and Greenville High School and attended Wake Forest University and the University of South Carolina Law School. He is a partner in the law His tenure as mayor has been defined by neighborhood revitalization, economic development and transformational projects for downtown. Over the past two decades, Greenville has earned national acclaim for its livability and pro-business environment and has become an award-winning destination. If you ask Mayor White what makes Greenville so unique, he’ll tell you that it’s due in large part to good planning and even greater partnerships. Key projects and initiatives that have occurred under his leadership include the removal of the Camperdown Bridge, the creation of Falls Park and the Liberty Bridge, development along the Reedy River, construction of a baseball stadium downtown, development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, installation of public art and record annexations. The City has also invested in its neighborhoods with initiatives such as sidewalk expansion and street resurfacing programs, reinvestment in neighborhood parks, traffic calming, master plans for commercial corridors and an affordable housing strategy. Mayor White and his wife, Marsha, have two children.


    Lauren Hochfelder

    Co-CEO & Head of Americas, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing

    Lauren Hochfelder is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (“MSREI”) and Head of MSREI Americas. Prior to her role as Co-Chief Executive Officer of MSREI, Lauren served as Deputy Chief Investment Officer of MSREI from 2019 until early 2022, and was named Head of MSREI Americas in 2016. Lauren joined MSREI in 2000 and has been focused on investing on behalf of MSREI’s global value-add / opportunistic and regional core funds since then. She has over 20 years of investing experience. Lauren graduated magna cum laude and with distinction from Yale University with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics & Economics.


    Christina Villa

    Principal, Stantec

    Christina Villa serves as a principal and dedicated leader to Stantec’s Miami design studio. Her well-rounded perspective is built on more than 16 years of project management and design expertise. She has worked on many of Miami’s iconic structures that span multiple sectors including residential, mixed-use and hospitality. Her passion for architecture and sustainable design ensures that developments positively impact their community.


    Nitin Motwani

    Managing Partner, Merrimac Ventures

    As Managing Partner for Miami Worldcenter Associates, Mr. Motwani has overseen the development of Downtown Miami’s $4 billion Miami Worldcenter mixed-use real estate project since 2006. Mr. Motwani is responsible for every facet of the project, including land acquisition, zoning and entitlements, financing (public and private), joint ventures and development. Mr. Motwani is currently overseeing $1.5 billion of development at Miami Worldcenter. Nitin Motwani is also Managing Partner of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate investment and development firm based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The firm’s portfolio primarily focuses on prime resort and mixed-use development, but also includes extensive investments in multifamily residential, condominium, retail, and office developments. In this role, Mr. Motwani is involved in all aspects of acquisitions, development, and capital markets for mixed-use projects as well as hotel, office, retail, and residential assets on a national scale. Prior to joining Miami Worldcenter, Mr. Motwani was an equity derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Motwani was also involved in the creation of Encore Housing Opportunity Fund (Encore), a private equity fund focused on opportunistic real estate investments and development. He has overseen investments totaling more than $1 billion in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona through his work with Encore. An active member of the greater South Florida business community, Mr. Motwani serves on the board of the Miami Downtown Development Authority where he is the co-chair of the enterprise committee. He also served as Board Chair of the University of Miami’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program and is currently on the board. He has also served as Co-Chair for One Community One Goal, Miami Dade County’s long term strategic plan for economic development. Nationally, he is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He is also a member of City Year’s Red Jacket Society. Mr. Motwani is actively involved in the R. Motwani Family Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Broward College. Mr. Motwani earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Duke University and holds a Master of Science in Estate Development from Columbia University. He lives in Miami with his wife and three sons.


    Jaha Cummings

    Blanchard House Institute

    Jaha is a proud 5th generation Punta Gordian and 8th generation Floridian. He graduated from Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he did a homestay in Japan, which inspired him to move to Tokyo after graduation where he lived and worked throughout Asia for 20 years. He founded a technical college in Micronesia which evolved into a healthcare consultancy that specialized in market entry for international healthcare companies and improving healthcare delivery in small countries. He also worked as a consultant in international business development and cross-cultural communications. In Tokyo, Jaha founded a think tank with a focus on youth and values formation. This evolved into a publishing house that specializes in creating works for film, TV, gaming, and AR/VR adaptation. In 2016, Jaha was elected as a Councilman for the City of Punta Gorda. He serves on numerous governmental and non-profit boards and is a member of Leadership Florida. Upon election to the City Council, Jaha completed every level of certification offered by the Florida League of Cities University’s Institute of Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). He feels that it is vital for elected officials to have as much functional knowledge on the mechanics of governance at their level of government so that they can provide the very best representation for the public-at-large. Some courses include: * Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials: “Effective Council Techniques: Decision-Making Models and Media Relations” * Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials: “Growth Management in Florida, Advanced Revenue and Finances for Cities, Building Your City’s Team: Personnel & Labor Issues” * Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III: “The Leadership Challenge” * Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials IV: “Municipal Leadership” Following are county, regional, and state organizations that Jaha is involved with: Regional & State Boards: * Member, Florida Freight Advisory Committee, Florida Department of Transportation * Member, Governor’s Taskforce on Abandoned African American Cemeteries, Florida Department of State * Historian, FBC-LEO, Florida League of Cities * Treasurer, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council * Charlotte County Trustee, Residential Options for Florida (ROOF) City & County Boards: * Vice-Chair, Charlotte County Tourism Development Council * City Liaison, Drug Free Punta Gorda/Charlotte County * Board Member, Peace River Community Housing Partners Civic Organizations: * Board Member, Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association * Member, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce * Member, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce * Member, DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce * Member, Punta Gorda - Port Charlotte - North Port - DeSoto Board of Realtors * Member, Charlotte County Veterans Council * Member, Rotary Club of Sarasota * Member, Leadership Florida, Cornerstone XXXVII Non-Governmental Boards: * Trustee, ShorePoint Hospital Punta Gorda * Vice-President, Cooper Street Recreation Center * Member, YMCA Community Action Board * Board Member, Freedom & Virtue Institute * Board Member, Ronald McDonald CareMobile Advisory Board Heritage, Culture, & Academia: * Board Member, Blanchard House Museum * Board Member, Dartmouth Club of Sarasota * President, Cultural Heritage Center of Southwest Florida. Jaha is the Manager of Coldwell Banker Sunstar Punta Gorda Office, and is Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).


    Carrie Smith

    Senior Vice President, Franklin Street Financial

    Carrie Smith specializes in retail tenant and landlord representation, assisting in the expansion of local, regional, and national retailers and overseeing a portfolio of more than 4 million square feet in retail space throughout North Florida. She has represented a variety of national and regional clients including Panda Express, Jimmy Johns, Dollar Tree, Great Clips, Save a Lot, First Watch, Newk’s, Kimco Realty, Kite Realty Group, and Equity One. Joining Franklin Street in 2010, Mrs. Smith served as the Regional Managing Partner handling the growth of the Jacksonville office and playing a key role in the recruitment of agents and personnel. Since the opening of the office, she has helped grow the office from a team of two to a team of ten offering services in leasing, investment sales, and management in the retail, multifamily, office, and industrial sectors. Today, Mrs. Smith serves as a Senior Vice President of Retail Leasing and Tenant Services, where she is responsible for overseeing the direction of the division and its agents, while also supporting business development efforts across all Franklin Street offices. Mrs. Smith is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving on the Next Generation Committee for four years, the North Florida Idea Exchange Committee for five years, and as the 2013 Program Committee Chair. She has won several Franklin Street awards including the company’s highly-regarded Franklin Street Award in 2015, the Sales Achievement Award eight years in a row, the 2012 and 2014 Leadership Award, and the Top Earner Award from 2011-2018. Mrs. Smith contributes her expertise to several publications and was recognized in 2014 as a Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum as well as the Jacksonville Business Journal. She was also recognized in 2012 as a Jacksonville Business Journal top 40 Under 40 professional. The Jacksonville Junior Chamber (Jaycees) presented its 2017 Economic Achievement Award to Mrs. Smith as part of the organization’s annual Jacksonville Outstanding Young Professionals Awards. Mrs. Smith graduated from Florida State University with a degree in International Affairs.


    Nick Kittredge

    President, U.S. East Region, Prologis

    Nick Kittredge is responsible for all operations and capital deployment in the eastern United States. Key markets include Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and South Florida. Previously, Nick was senior vice president/country manager for Prologis’ business in Brazil. He joined Prologis in 2004 and has served in a variety of positions in the U.S. and abroad, including as senior vice president/general manager, Brazil; vice president, Acquisitions, Mexico; transactions officer, Mexico; and transactions associate, Southwest region. Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Lauder Institute. He is a member of NAIOP, YPO and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).


    Stephanie Rodriguez

    National Director, Industrial Services, Colliers International

    Stephanie Rodriguez was recently named the National Director of Industrial Services at Colliers U.S. In this role, Rodriguez will focus on overall growth of the company’s industrial business, including the establishment of new and expansion of existing client relationships as well as talent recruitment and retention. She will also work to strengthen the company’s industrial platform, including thought leadership, research and marketing. Prior to joining Colliers, Rodriguez spent nearly 15 years at Duke Realty Corporation, rising to oversee leasing for a multi-market, multi-million-square-foot portfolio in Central and South Florida in addition to leading property management, development and marketing of the firm’s industrial portfolio in the region. Prior to her time at Duke, she held progressively more senior roles at Trammell Crow Company and CBRE. Rodriguez is a member of NAIOP and served as president of the organization’s South Florida chapter in 2020. She volunteers with several local charities, including Kids in Distress, Hope South FL and SOS Children’s Village.


    Jonathan Pollack

    Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

    Jonathan Pollack is the Global Head of Blackstone Structured Finance, which includes Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies and Asset Based Finance. Structured Finance originates loans and invests in securities across a variety of asset finance markets, including commercial and residential real estate, consumer finance, transportation and digital infrastructure. Mr. Pollack joined Blackstone in 2015, and previously served as the Global Head of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Pollack was a Managing Director and Global Head of Commercial Real Estate at Deutsche Bank, which he joined in 1999. Mr. Pollack received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program.


    Lara Marrero

    Principal | Global Retail Practice Leader, Gensler

    As Strategy Director and Leader for Gensler’s Global Retail Practice, Lara informs the design process through research, trend analysis, and her knowledge of business, marketing and consumer needs. Lara is focused on how users engage with brands, helping to deliver an experience that considers the roles that brand, service, storytelling, experience and environments play in connecting with customers and employees. These insights are applied to a variety of projects, including retail, hospitality, entertainment, and workplace experiences, as well as largescale, mixed-use developments. In an industry that’s constantly evolving, Lara has built a highly reputable position for herself as someone who understands the changing needs of her clients, challenging them to see beyond the now to the next. Leveraging a diverse education that spans psychology, advertising, marketing and cultural anthropology, she has honed her ability to translate complex global consumer trends into understandable, workable and profitable outcomes. She has been recognized as as a Top Retail Influencer of 2022 by Rethink Retail and was named one of design:retail magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2017. Lara is considered a leading voice on the future of retail and is a sought-after speaker at influential retail industry events and with leading publications and national media.


    Jennifer Languell

    Founder & President, Trifecta

    For more than 25 years, Dr. Jennifer Languell has championed the integration of green building principles and sustainable design within the construction industry. Today, as Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solutions, she remains an outspoken advocate and valued consultant to the development and construction industries that are incorporating sustainability into their projects and operations. As one of this country’s preeminent sustainability consultants, she is called upon by leading builders and developers to help them develop strategies to create healthier, more efficient and sustainable projects. Her work has included the creation of award-winning single-family and multi-family projects, commercial projects, and some of the largest and most sustainable land developments in the world. She has also become a trusted consultant to governments and municipalities that are rapidly moving toward more sustainable and fiscally prudent operating and management practices. For her work, Dr. Languell and Trifecta have received numerous awards from government and industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, National Association of Home Builders, Center for Sustainable Florida, and the Florida Green Building Coalition. Her knowledge and leadership in the area of sustainability have made her a sought-after subject matter expert for the media in outlets such as BusinessWeek, CNN Headline News, HGTV, NPR and CNBC. An award-winning author, Dr. Languell was also selected as a technical advisor and star for the Discovery Channel’s environmental series Discovery Project Earth. Dr. Languell serves in leadership roles with many non-profit organizations that are involved with green building and sustainability. She is Certified Woman Owned Business, Certified Residential Contractor CRC#1330049, a past President of the Florida Green Building Coalition., a LEED Accredited Professional, USGBC Green Rater, Class 1 Certified Energy Rater, NAHB Verifier, Certified Green Professional, Certifying Agent with the Florida Green Building Coalition and she currently serves as the chair of the board for Babcock Neighborhood Schools.


    Daniella Levine Cava

    Mayor, Miami Dade County

    Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade County's first-ever woman Mayor in November 2020. She enters the Mayor's office following a 40-year career as a relentless advocate for South Florida families in public service and elected leadership. As Miami-Dade County's Mayor, she oversees a metropolitan government with more than 28,000 employees serving nearly 3 million residents, managing an annual budget of approximately $9 billion. Since taking office, she has worked to protect lives and livelihoods by deploying a countywide operation to distribute coronavirus vaccines efficiently and equitably across Miami-Dade; appointing the County's first Chief Medical officer; and working closely with city leaders and the business community to spread a unified pandemic response message. In collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners, she is working to distribute millions of federal dollars in American Rescue Plan relief funds to support small businesses and residents impacted by the pandemic, invest in critical infrastructure projects, and kickstart long term recovery. Mayor Levine Cava's administration is focused on building a stronger, more inclusive, more resilient Miami-Dade: prioritizing reforms to make our county safer and prevent gun violence through the Peace and Prosperity Plan; restoring and reinvigorating a thriving economy that delivers economic security for Miami-Dade businesses and families and attracts new industries; saving Biscayne Bay and building and protecting our environment; and directly engaging with residents to make local government more responsive, transparent, and accountable. Learn more about the Mayor's key priorities and progress. A social worker, lawyer, and community activist, she was first elected in 2014, and re-elected in August 2018, to serve as the Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 8. As Commissioner, she invested in Miami-Dade small businesses and expanded economic opportunity, protected the environment and our water, increased the County police force for underserved areas, advocated for an expanded, reliable public transportation system, worked to create affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods, and helped make local government more accountable and transparent. She came to elected office after having served as an advocate for South Florida families for over 30 years. She served special needs children, low-income families and immigrants at Legal Services of Greater Miami, and then represented children in foster care and adoption system as Acting, Associate and Legal Director for the Guardian Ad Litem Program. In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, she was recruited to create a new intake system for child abuse cases with the Department for Children and Families. Her efforts were concentrated on the neighborhoods of District 8 where she helped restore the lives and homes of those devastated by the storm. In 1996, Mayor Levine Cava founded Catalyst Miami to help low- and middle-income families through service, education, and advocacy. Catalyst helps approximately 5,000 people each year to become more self-sufficient and civically engaged. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) and served as an SFRPC Council Member from 2015 – 2020. She has served on the Florida Bar Committee on Legal Needs of Children; the boards of League of Women Voters, Orange Bowl Foundation, North Dade Medical Foundation, South Florida Health Information Initiative, and several national boards. She's won numerous awards from various organizations including: the Commission on Ethics, Red Cross, American Society for Public Administration, ACLU, National Council of Jewish Women, League of Women Voters, among others. Born in New York and raised partly in Latin America, Mayor Levine Cava received her bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from Yale University and graduate degrees in law and social work from Columbia University. She came to South Florida in 1980 to join her husband, Dr. Robert Cava, a Miami native, who returned home to join his father in medical practice. Daniella and Robert raised two children, Eliza and Edward, in Miami-Dade, supported by strong networks of friends, families, and co-workers.


    Juan Mullerat

    Principal, PlusUrbia Design

    JUAN MULLERAT, is the Founder of Plusurbia Design – a firm that specializes in land planning and city building. As a designer with over 25 years of experience, Mullerat has received numerous awards for his projects around the world, including the APA’s 2017 National Economic Planning Award for the Wynwood Master Plan and the 2015 Kinpan Design Award for Songhua Lake Design, in 2013 he was honored as the Urban Designer of the Year by the AIA in Miami. Mullerat has designed buildings, neighborhoods and cities in five continents and is currently dedicated to solving transportation, revitalization and housing issues through his firm and by lecturing at the University of Miami on health in the cities, urban revitalization and place making.


    Arden Karson

    Managing Principal, Karson & Co

    Arden Karson is the Managing Principal of Karson & Co, a real estate brokerage, advisory and development company created to transform the South Florida real estate industry in the face of challenges related to COVID-19 and to target opportunities for the future. A graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School, Arden is a lifelong resident of South Florida. She has an extensive background in sales and marketing, development, acquisition, asset management, leasing and financing of commercial properties across all asset types. Over the course of her career, Ms. Karson served in executive and leadership roles at CBRE, Related Group, Lennar/LNR, Bank of America and PWC. Arden is active with many industry organizations and has been recognized by the media as a Miami Herald Power Leader and a Real Deal Top Business Woman. Arden serves on the Board of Advisors of the Friends of the Underline, the University of Miami Masters in Real Estate + Urbanism program and the Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida / Caribbean.


    Darin Mellott

    Director, Resesarch & Analysis, CBRE

    Darin Mellott is a Senior Director of Capital Markets Research at CBRE. In this capacity, Darin leads a global team of Capital Markets Research Analysts and works with other members of senior leadership to provide analysis and develop “house views” on global markets and economic conditions, with a focus on their impact on real estate. Beyond this, Darin leads and contributes to research and strategy efforts across the globe on behalf of clients, and has authored numerous white papers for the firm. He also represents CBRE with the media and at public forums on a frequent basis. Prior to his current role, Darin was CBRE’s Director of Research for the Americas.


    John Burns

    CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

    John Burns is CEO at John Burns Real Estate Consulting. John and his team advise executives all over the country, analyzing and summarizing the information they need to make major real estate industry decisions with more confidence. The company is on retainer with many of the largest companies in the real estate and investment industries, producing ongoing research and advice. John and his very experienced team also customize specific studies to help with portfolio, strategic and community-specific decisions. John started his career as a CPA and then spent 8 years in KPMG Peat Marwick's Real Estate Consulting practice. He was also a Principal for four years at a national consulting firm before starting the firm in 2001. John has a M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University. An avid baseball fan and frequent traveler, John has attended home games for all 30 major league baseball teams.


    Steve Wernick

    Managing Partner, Wernick & Co, PLLC

    Steven J. Wernick is an experienced land use attorney and serves as the Firm’s Principal and Managing Partner. Steve maintains an innovative, client-driven practice infused with a passion for placemaking. Steve has significant experience representing real estate developers, property owners, and other real estate industry clients as an advocate and local land use counsel – skillfully navigating the intricacies of local government regulations and the development approval process to help clients add value, deliver on great projects and re-imagining urban core neighborhoods. Steve’s work in recent years has been most prominent with projects under development within Wynwood. Starting with his work for Goldman Properties on the Wynwood Garage and Fortis’ 250 Wynwood, Steve has worked with numerous local and national developers on more than 1 million square feet of combined office, hotel, residential, and retail projects throughout Wynwood over the past decade: 545 Wyn, CUBE Wynwd, Wynwood 25, and Moxy Wynwood. Previously, Steve worked as special counsel for the Wynwood BID in creation and adoption of the Wynwood NRD-1, which was recognized by American Planning Association with the 2017 National Planning Award in Economic Development. Steve regularly works on zoning and development approvals for mixed-use projects throughout Miami’s urban core neighborhoods. Notable projects recognizable today include ZOM’s Met 3, Met Square, Solitaire, and Maizon Brickell; The Arbor and numerous buildings in the development pipeline in Bay Harbor Islands, including both hotels constructed in the past decade - the Grand Beach Hotel and Tryp by Wyndham. Additionally, Steve was intimately involved in developing and securing entitlements for the Miami Design District Retail Street Special Area Plan. He also represents several co-living developers and managed STR companies who have invested significant capital into expanding into the Miami market. Steve is also a go-to advisor on best practices for zoning and TOD legislation. He helped craft the City of Miami’s micro-unit legislation adopted in December 2017 to facilitate innovation in multifamily development around transit stations.


    Lakisha Hull

    Planning Director, City of Miami (Planning Department)

    Lakisha Hull currently serves as the Planning Director for the City of Miami. With over 19 years of professional experience, she has led teams in processing design review projects, large-scale developments, while creating code amendments and neighborhood plans in planning departments throughout Florida and in California. Prior to joining the City of Miami, Ms. Hull led a team of 30 engineers, inspectors and permit administrators as the Development Services Division Manager at Charlotte Department of Transportation. Ms. Hull’s signature projects include leading the adoption processes for Miami Freedom Park’s Special Area Plan; the Crenshaw Boulevard Specific Plan and Streetscape Plan in Los Angeles, CA; the 450-acre master plan for Ballantyne Reimagined in Charlotte, NC; ‘The Pearl”: Charlotte Innovation District Medical Campus, and multiple mixed-income transit-oriented development plans. Ms. Hull received a dual master’s degree in Architecture and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She is a certified planner under American Planning Association and holds green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.