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M.S. in Real Estate Development Program Advisory Board Members

Advisory Steering Committee

Anthony J. Trella

Chair Anthony J. Trella
Owner & President
The Meranth Company

Anthony J. Trella is Owner and President of The Meranth Company, a real estate development and investment advisory company. He has a well-established, national reputation that is based on over 40 years of successful accomplishments in executive, marketing and financial management. Mr. Trella’s preeminent achievements were garnered throughout an impressive career as president/CEO of leading real estate organizations, where he directed: the development of over 20,000 acres of land; numerous private and public golf courses; retail and office centers; over 5,000 residential units; and over 3,000 employees. To date, these attainments have resulted in the completion of 15 master planned communities, 20 diverse development projects and over 10,000 residential lots, totaling more than a billion dollars in sales and several hundred million dollars in profits.

Mr. Trella founded The Meranth Company in 1993, a development and investment management company that has since utilized his knowledge and expertise to successfully assist a fast growing list of highly satisfied clients. The Meranth Company provides a broad variety of advisory services from corporate strategic planning, due diligence studies, merger and acquisitions, project development planning and management, financial planning and capitalization, human resource structure, and marketing strategies and programs. Advisory clients and alliances include major investment bankers, private investors, developers, homebuilders, brokers, and other advisory organizations. This has included real estate organizations and projects in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Canada and the Bahamas.

Immediately preceding the establishment of The Meranth Company, Mr. Trella served as President/CEO of Markborough Communities, Inc., where he was responsible for all land development and homebuilding operations throughout five states and Canada. These land development holdings were among the largest and most diversified in North America. Seven decentralized operating divisions constituted the fiscal responsibility and supervision of: over $300 million in revenues in five years; over $200 million in development and construction work; eight large master planned communities with over 20 developments in total; and four operating golf course country clubs. Lauded to date is his implementation of one of the best overall marketing programs by a major development firm.

Previous career highlights include serving as the Senior Real Estate Executive of American Capital Corporation, a large bank holding organization and master developer. Mr. Trella, among many major undertakings as executive vice president at American Capital, built out a number of projects, peaking at a volume between 400-500 housing units per year. In addition, while serving as President, he opened the South Florida Division of Pulte Home Corporation, one of the largest homebuilding companies in the United States. Prior to that he served for 12 years as President/CEO of Mondex, Inc., a diversified Florida developer.

Mr. Trella's professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute for which in addition to being a frequent speaker and panelist, he is a Former Trustee and Chairman of the Community Development Council (Green Flight), and the Former Chairman and current member of the South Florida/Caribbean District Council’s Advisory Committee. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Nova-Southeastern University’s Masters Program in Real Estate Development. He was a director/founder of the Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress and the Developer-In-Residence for the University of Miami School of Law/Graduate Program in Real Property Development. His accomplishments have earned him the respect of hundreds of professionals within the real estate industry, including Developers, Builders, Realtors, Architects, Planners, Designers, Attorneys, Investment Bankers, Financial Advisors, Bankers and Management Executives. Mr. Trella was born in New York City and earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Pace University, after which he completed graduate studies at Adelphi University.

Vice Chair Mark PetersonVice Chair Mark Peterson
SVP – Senior Relationship Manager
Commercial Real Estate
Fifth Third Bank

Mark Peterson began his banking career in 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a senior client manager in commercial real estate with Bank of America since 1983, working out of the Fort Worth, San Antonio, Dallas, Washington, DC and South Florida offices. He spent over 7 years in DFW and DC in the real estate special asset group. He has been based in Broward County since 1993. In July 2014, he joined Fifth Third Bank in his current role. He is responsible for helping grow Fifth Third's brand in the real estate sector by delivering the full range of financial services to real estate developers. He is the current past Chair of Urban Land Institute ("ULI") SE Florida/Caribbean District Council and is presently chair of the Governance Committee. He is on the Advisory Board for NSU's real estate program. He is a past board member and is still actively involved with the Greater Ft Lauderdale Alliance. He serves on the Broward Co Water Advisory Board representing the Alliance. He is on the board of Jack & Jill's Children Center. He is a past board member of the Museum of Discovery and Science, Make A Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and Community Financing Consortium.

Gene BermanGene Berman
Executive Vice President
Marcus & Millichap

Gene A. Berman is executive vice president of Marcus & Millichap. As a Group Manager, Berman oversees 30 of the firm's offices along the East Coast and Texas comprising more than 25 managers and 600 agents.

He oversees in excess of $15 billion in commercial real estate sales volume annually. In addition he directs the firm's programs for new agent training and manager development. Mr. Berman began his career with Marcus & Millichap in 1982 as an agent in the Encino office where he received numerous sales achievement awards before joining the management team.

He pioneered the firm's expansion along the East Coast with the opening of the Fort Lauderdale office in 1997. As regional manager, he led the Fort Lauderdale office to the top office in the firm within nine years of its opening. Mr. Berman currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Southeast Florida/ Caribbean chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and is an advisory board member of the NOVA Southeastern University Master of Real Estate Development Program. He is also an active member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).

Mr. Berman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. He also has a juris doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Gloria FernandezGloria Fernandez
Managing Director-Asset Management
Ross Realty Investments

Gloria Fernandez is Managing Director of Asset Management for Elion Partners, a real estate investment firm headquartered in Aventura, Florida that has a proven track record of acquiring and developing quality commercial properties. Elion provides real estate equity for best-in-class developers and experienced operators in various strategic markets throughout the United States. Gloria is in charge of Elion's asset management activities and administers strategies to enhance yields and reduce risks. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the management process for the Elion portfolio, including coordinating with the acquisitions group to qualify assets, executing asset performance plans and managing the leasing and property management teams.

Previously, Gloria served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance at Ross Realty Investments, a South Florida based commercial real estate developer and owner. In that role, she was active in the management, acquisitions, financial and development operations of the company. She represented ownership interests before municipalities and community organizations. Prior to joining Ross Realty Investments, she worked for Swerdlow Real Estate Group in a financial capacity. During her tenure, she was part of the team that established a private Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and was responsible for financial projections and asset performance for a large retail portfolio.

Gloria earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Miami and is currently a Trustee of Broward College, a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board for Nova Southeastern University and immediate past chair for Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School. She is a member of various professional organizations including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Broker Associate

Fred ForgeyFred Forgey
Director of Real Estate Development Program

Dr. Fred Forgey currently serves as the Director for the Master of Science in Real Estate Development Program at Nova Southeastern University. He has directed similar programs at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University. In addition, he has served on the faculty at the University of Auckland-New Zealand, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Texas. He has also served as the Professor of Real Estate for ORIX Capital Markets, LLC in Dallas, Texas.

His teaching interests have always incorporated a blend of public/private sector approaches to real estate development, finance, valuation, and investment. For the past ten years or so, he has led sustainability focused real estate study tours across the United States as well as Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand.

His research interests are currently focused on sustainability issues related to the built environment. In the past, his research interests have been primarily focused on governmental intervention and inefficiencies in real estate markets.

He has also acquired, renovated, managed, and sold a variety of commercial real estate properties.

Kona A. GrayKona A. Gray, PLA, ASLA
Principal
EDSA

As a Principal with over 24 years of experience, Kona Gray has been involved in many planning and landscape architectural projects, ranging from large-scale master planning to detail site design with emphasis on hotels/resorts, government, healthcare and campus planning since he joined EDSA in 1997. Blending sensitivity and context with a passion for creative design solutions is paramount to his approach. Kona has a keen ability to take a client’s vision and long range views and create programs with purpose, priorities and physical presence. He consistently takes into consideration such factors as site heritage, history, community interface, implementation strategies and each properties unique cultural, physical and environmental characteristic.

Jesse HolshouserJesse Holshouser
CFO
Silver Companies

Jesse Holshouser serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Silver Capital, a diversified national real estate investment and development firm focused on private equity, finance and investment for commercial and residential projects including multifamily rental, assisted living and retail properties. He is a forty-year career executive in corporate and real estate finance, investment and development with national and international experience in deal structuring, financial modeling, strategic planning and risk management.

Mr. Holshouser has served in senior executive and Chief Financial Officer positions with the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Jack Nicklaus Companies, and Price Waterhouse, Coopers among others. He has successfully raised and structured more than one billion dollars in private equity transactions. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Holshouser has led organizations with annual operating budgets exceeding $150 million, managed the ownership of extensive real estate holdings, licensing and merchandising and financial services for an internationally branded professional association’s private companies.

Mr. Holshouser holds the distinguished professional designations of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). He is frequently featured in local, state and national publications on finance and real estate development and investment matters. He holds a BA from Florida Atlantic University in Business with a concentration in Real Estate, an MBA with distinction, from the University of Michigan and completed coursework towards a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Jessica E. JolyJessica E. Joly
Development Manager
Stiles

Jessica Joly is a Development Manager for Stiles Corporation, where she serves as owner representative for commercial real estate development projects. Her responsibilities include coordinating project planning, due diligence and financial feasibility analysis, working with design professionals on architectural and engineering design, as well as obtaining all governmental approvals and permits, hiring and administering the construction contractor, and coordinating leasing each project.

Prior to joining Stiles, Jessica worked in owner relations at two South Florida hotel condominiums, where she managed room, lobby, and restaurant renovation projects, and in condominium sales representing developers in apartment conversions.

Jessica holds a Master's degree in Real Estate Development, where she graduated Alpha Sigma Gamma. She holds Bachelor's degrees from the University of New Orleans in Marketing and Business Administration.

Jessica serves as Chair of the Broward Young Leaders Group for the Urban Land Institute's Southeast Florida Region, as a member of the NSU MSRED Advisory Board, and on the NSU MSRED Alumni Association Board.

Glen MowattGlen Mowatt
Altis Cardinal LLC

Mr. Mowatt plays a vital role in the acquisition, development, asset management and disposition of the Altis Cardinal real estate portfolio. Altis Cardinal is a full service real estate investment, development and management firm based in Miami, Florida that has acquired and developed over $1.4 billion in real estate assets.

Mr. Mowatt's key acquisition responsibilities are to perform financial analyses, prepare debt/equity memorandums, oversee the due diligence process and assist in the closing of potential development and acquisition opportunities. Mr. Mowatt is also responsible for working with the property managers, leasing brokers, and lenders to maximize returns for the portfolio.

Prior to joining Altis Cardinal, Mr. Mowatt was the director of acquisitions for a Canadian based real estate private equity fund. In this role, Mr. Mowatt was responsible for sourcing and evaluating new real estate investment opportunities in the Florida market providing market research analyses, investment underwriting and performing due diligence and asset management of the company's portfolio.

Prior to joining TMSA, Mr. Mowatt worked as a senior analyst and market consultant at Integra Realty Resources. In this role Mr. Mowatt provided extensive research, analysis and reporting to real estate investors and developers of various property types on market trends, opportunities, marketability of development projects. Glen's experience includes assessing the market drivers, economic and demographic trends, supply & demand and financial feasibility in South Florida. Other responsibilities involved conducting feasibility analyses and providing litigation support for a variety of clients and property types.

Mr. Mowatt has earned a Bachelors Degree in Real Estate from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a member of the Economic Roundtable for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council and has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the Nova MSRED alumni association and currently sits on the advisory board for the university.

Debbie OrshefskyDebbie Orshefsky
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig

Debbie M. Orshefsky is a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig and is Chair of the firm's National Land Development Practice Group. Her practice is exclusively in the areas of land development and environmental law. Ms. Orshefsky began her career in Washington, D.C. representing developers and local governments before federal administrative agencies in the late 1970s. Upon relocating to Florida in 1980, Ms. Orshefsky gained an intimate knowledge of the land use planning process representing private developers and governmental agencies as special counsel.

Ms. Orshefsky's focus in land development and environmental law has given her broad experience in comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision controls, community redevelopment, infrastructure planning and financing, as well as state, regional and local roles in land use decision-making.

Craig S. PerryCraig S. Perry
President
PCENTERLINE CAPITAL ADVISORS

Craig Perry is President and founder of Centerline Capital Advisors a diversified real estate investment company specializing in land and income producing assets.

As President and founder of Centerline Homes, Inc., Perry's initial focus was on single-family residential properties. This was the core strategy until 1995, where the focus shifted to high profile residential locations, custom home building and commercial development. Under Perry’s direction, Centerline became one of the premier land development and construction companies in the south eastern United States. With its status of a top 100 Home Builder and over 5,000 units completed, managed a sale to Standard Pacific in June 2013.

Perry was President and founder of Carifone Cellular, a cellular phone rental company. He managed this start-up company through its early stages and growth in a national organization. In May 1992 he managed the sale of the company to a public telecommunications company and coordinated the post-sale transition.

As Controller of GL Homes in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Perry was responsible for supervising a team in charge of fifteen corporate entities and their financial statements, consolidations, cash flow, soft and hard cost budgeting and forecasting. He served as a key person in the development of a cost control system, computer network and construction department. He also coordinated land acquisition, development issues, legal matters, loan closings, bank relationships and insurance. In addition, Perry was a Staff Auditor for Peat Marwick Main & Company in Miami, Florida, where he served in various assignments with increasing responsibility.

Perry is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Florida State University and became a Certified Public Accountant that same year.

Harry PosinHarry Posin
Founder & President
Label & Co. Developments, Inc.

Harry Posin is the President of Label & Co. Developments, Inc. Prior to forming Label & Co. Developments, Inc., Mr. Posin served as Executive vice president and then President of Minto Communities, one of Florida’s largest private builders. He was also on the Canadian-based parent company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Posin’s vision has been responsible for the development and building of over 20,000 units in every imaginable residential format including large-scale master-planned communities, recreational/resort communities, high rise and rental. Prior to joining Minto, he was Senior Vice President at Goodkin Research, a leading real estate research firm where he provided market consultation services to developers, builders and lenders throughout America.

Mr. Posin is an insightful industry leader with a lengthy record of successful projects over the past 35 years. He is on the Executive Committee of ULI.S.E. Florida/Caribbean Council, the Advisory Board of Real Estate MS program at Nova and is a frequent guest lecturer at industry panels and universities. He holds a degree in Construction Management from Pratt Institute.

John N. RopesJohn N. Ropes
President
Ropes Associates, Inc.

John Ropes is the founder and president of Ropes Associates, Inc., a leading executive search firm. He is recognized as America’s foremost expert in the recruitment and selection of senior management for developers of resort communities and large scale, master planned communities, as well as other developers and land owners in the field of real estate. Established in 1975, the firm is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and his clients are located worldwide. Clients have included companies such as, Arvida, DMB, Kapalua, Disney Development, Kiawah, Hualalai, Peninsula Papagayo, and Crescent Resources.

Pike RowleyPike Rowley
Managing Director
Avison Young Florida

Pike Rowley currently serves as the Managing Director of Avison Young Florida where he over sees 160 employees in 7 offices throughout Florida. He brings to Avison Young more than three decades of commercial real estate experience, with expertise in office and industrial leasing, property management, acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to joining Avison Young, he served as president of Flagler Real Estate Services, where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day brokerage operations, and property management of more than 12 million square feet of industrial, office, and retail space for corporate, private, and institutional clients.

Mr. Rowley attended Clemson University, where he received a full four-year tennis scholarship. He has served as a commercial real estate instructor for Corenet Global in its educational institute. Throughout his career, Mr. Rowley has been active in professional and community organizations. He has served as President of NAIOP’s South Florida chapter and on the National Board of Directors. He has also served on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity and His House Children’s Home. His awards include NAIOP's and BOMA's Broker of the Year honors.

Terry StilesTerry Stiles
Chairman & CEO
Stiles Corporation

Terry Stiles is the Chairman and CEO of Stiles Corporation, a multi-faceted organization formed in 1951. Headquartered in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, he has grown the full-service real estate company to one of the largest in the Southeast. With over 37 million square feet completed, Terry and his 300-person strong organization have garnered numerous awards for development and construction projects, including office, mixed-use residential, retail shopping centers, build-to-suit facilities, and master-planned, mixed-use corporate parks.

Well-respected by his peers within the industry, Terry has a history of being at the forefront of real estate trends, such as building the first master-planned corporate park in Broward County and the first speculative office building in an urban downtown area in the nation in five years. Stiles Corporation, with a presence in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers, FL, has over four million square feet in progress.

Eric D. SwansonEric D. Swanson
Director of Real Estate Investment
Odebrecht USA

Eric D. Swanson is Director of Real Estate Investment with Odebrecht USA. Odebrecht (www.odebrecht.com) partners with clients to build infrastructure for communities around the world, their strength drawn from an entrepreneurial culture based on the spirit of service – delivering solutions that allow both client and community to grow and thrive. Mr. Swanson is actively engaged to develop the partnerships necessary to develop large scale projects in Odebrecht markets in the USA.

An over 30-year commercial real estate industry veteran, Mr. Swanson has held executive positions with Florida East Coast Industries, the Broe Group, LandBank Group and Codina Group. He has worked with tremendous people on a wide range of multifaceted projects, including office, industrial, land development and mixed use projects around the country.

Active in industry and business organizations, Mr. Swanson is currently chair of the ULI Florida Statewide Summit, past chair of ULI SE Florida/Caribbean District Council, a Trustee for ULI, Vice-Chair for District Councils for ULI International, past president of NAIOP of South Florida, and a member of the Advisory Board for Nova Southeast University’s Graduate Real Estate Program.

Patricia WerhahnPatricia Werhahn
CEO
RedSteel Properties

Ms. Werhahn is the CEO of RedSteel Properties, a real estate investment company which owns and operates approximately 300,000 sf of office and retail. She was born and raised in Switzerland. She began her career working two years in Shanghai, China for Zwilling J.A. Henckels International.

After obtaining an MBA from the Wharton School, she joined Weingarten Realty as a Leasing Executive where she consistently ranked among Weingarten's top 10 producers, generating over $1.2 million of annual revenue.

Ms. Werhahn serves in numerous leadership roles including Executive Board Member of the Wharton Club of South Florida, Committee Member of the ICSC Next Gen Palm Beach, Board Member of the Little Club and Committee Member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Country Club of Florida.

Ken WurtenbergerKen Wurtenberger
Attorney
Kopelowitz, Ostrow, Ferguson, Weiselberg and Keech

Ken Wurtenberger is an attorney at Kopelowitz, Ostrow, Ferguson, Weiselberg and Keech where his practice includes real estate acquisition and development, banking and finance and business law. During his career, he has been in-house counsel for the development of a 1,250 acre residential development, has represented developers in the acquisition, planning, construction and sale of single family home developments, shopping centers, apartment complexes and office buildings and national companies in leasing. In addition, Mr. Wurtenberger currently represents local and national lenders.

Mr. Wurtenberger has been recognized as one of the top real estate lawyers in Florida by “Super Lawyers” and is recognized as one of the top 25 producing agents for Attorney’s Title Insurance Company. He received the honor of the “Dealmaker of the Year” from the South Florida Daily Business Review.

Mr. Wurtenberger is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He attended Syracuse University, Brooklyn Law School and New York University Law School. He is admitted to the Florida and New York Bars.

* Also a member of the National Advisory Board

National Advisory Board

Merrie FrankelMerrie Frankel
Senior Credit Officer/VP
Moody's Investory Services

Merrie Frankel is a Senior Credit Officer / Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group at Moody’s Investor Services, the global rating agency where she is responsible for rating real estate investment trusts (REITS) and real estate operating companies (REOCs) in the United States and Canada. Ms. Frankel has extensive experience in real estate portfolio management, commercial real estate and mortgage transactions, real estate law and strategic consulting.

Prior to joining Moody’s, Ms. Frankel was a Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management for the Argo funds, a $1.5 billion real estate opportunity fund. Previously, she held positions in the commercial real estate industry, including Senior Manager at Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group; Director in the Financial Services Group at Cushman Wakefield Inc., JP Morgan Securities Inc., and a real estate investment banker and senior tax attorney at Solomon Brothers Inc.

Ms. Frankel is active in the Urban Land Institute, recently Chairing the Governance Committee of the NY District Council. She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and at Columbia University School of Architecture and Planning where she teaches graduate level Capital Markets courses.

Ms. Frankel earned a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Hofstra University School of Law and Graduate School of Business.

Teri FrankiewiczTeri Frankiewicz
Vice President
Crown Community Development

Teri Frankiewicz is a real estate developer with over 25 years' experience creating large scale master plan communities from land acquisition and entitlement to overall project management, homebuilding and golf course management.

For the past 17 years Ms. Frankiewicz has worked as a Vice President for Crown Community Development, analyzing and facilitating property acquisitions and development in the Chicago, Florida and Arizona markets. Recent projects she has led include the 400 acre Bardmoor/Bayou Club in Largo, Florida, the 2,000 acre Seven Oaks community and the 1,000 acre WaterGrass community in Pasco County, Florida, and the Sereno Canyon Community in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Frankiewicz is currently involved with four new communities in the Chicagoland area totaling over 3,000 acres and 5,000 residential units. In addition to her land acquisition and entitlement responsibilities throughout the US, she leads the master planning and entitlement efforts for a 6,800 acre agricultural Crown family partnership in Tucson, Arizona.

She is the immediate Past-District Council Chair for the Urban Land Institute in Chicago, leading the Governance Committee and shaping the strategic business plan for the organization. Ms. Frankiewicz also serves as a National Urban Land Institute Trustee and is part of the leadership team for ULI’s Community Development Council, Silver. She is also a member of the National Homebuilders Association.

Lewis M. GoodkinLewis M. Goodkin
President and CEO
Goodkin Consulting

Lewis M. Goodkin, CRE, FRICS, MIRM, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodkin Consulting, widely recognized as one of the leading consultants in the real estate industry. For over 40 years Mr. Goodkin has directed more research on large-scale planned communities, golf resort communities, condominium communities and residential resorts than any other market analyst in the United States. Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Goodkin was President of the California based Sanford R. Goodkin Research Corporation where he was responsible for the direction, research and planning activities for the firm’s 34 professionals conducting major assignments for U.S. merchant builders.

Mr. Goodkin lectures frequently on urban land economics, real estate investment, development and marketing. He serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board of the University of Florida and the Advisory Board of the School of Design at the University of Florida. Mr. Goodkin is Past Chairman of the South Florida-Caribbean District Council of the Urban Land Institute a Past Chairman of the South Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors (CRE). He co-founded and co-chaired the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Business Economics. He is a designated member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) and Lambda Alpha International (an honorary land economics society). He is a member of the South Florida Economic Society and the American Association of Business Economists and serves as co-chairman of the University of Florida’s annual Economic and Development Symposium. Mr. Goodkin wrote the first book on mergers, acquisitions and joint-ventures in real estate. He is a graduate of Temple University.

Jim MottaJim Motta
President and CEO
Motta Group

Jim Motta is President and CEO of Motta Group, a full-service real estate firm with 30 years’ experience with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Previously, Mr. Motta was President of Starwood Land Company, the residential and resort development arm of Starwood Capital Group, a privately held investment management firm. Motta oversaw the development of Starwood’s residential and resort projects throughout the Eastern United States and the Caribbean. Prior to Starwood, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Arvida/St. Joe Company. His community development experience accomplished the entitlement and launching of 16 new communities throughout Florida.

Motta is a graduate of the University of Florida. He is a licensed Florida General Contractor and real estate broker. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serving on its Recreational Development Council and on the Executive Board of ULI’s Southeast and Caribbean Council. He is also a member of the University of Florida Real Estate Advisory Board.

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