Data Analytics for Business Leaders: From Insights to ActionProgram Faculty

Christine J. AldenChristine J. Alden

Christine J. Alden provides customized immigration solutions for a global clientele. As a naturalized citizen herself, she recognizes the importance of U.S. citizenship and the opportunities and security it brings. She is also able to identify with each and every one of her clients, no matter the situation or walk of life.

Her entire career has been focused solely on immigration. She is currently the president of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an association of over 900 immigration lawyers. AILA South Florida’s membership covers a large area, from Vero Beach to Key West and across the State of Florida to the West Coast, Naples. Counties covered include Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe, Collier, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Highlands and Glades.

As president of one of the largest and most active chapters of AILA in the country, she oversees all operations of the chapter including all Board meetings, approximately 30 committees including Liaison with different Government agencies, Congressional advocacy, Education and CLE for members.

Eli BerachaEli Beracha

Eli Beracha is the director of the Hollo School of Real Estate at FIU, the associate director of publication for the American Real Estate Society and the co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Literature. Since he received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2007, he has published about 40 academic papers in leading real estate and finance journals, which were presented in many national and international conferences, won “best paper” awards and are regularly cited by the popular press. Recently, Beracha was awarded the Kinnard Scholar Award, which recognized him as an outstanding real estate scholar in an early stage of an academic career and was ranked No. 10 in the world (by the Journal of Real Estate Literature) for his real estate academic research productivity. In addition to Beracha’s scholarly work, he also has years of practical experience in the area of real estate investments and has served as a consultant for numerous real estate related projects.

William G. HardinWilliam G. Hardin

William G. Hardin has an extensive publication record in the top real estate journals. His work has been published in Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, Journal of Property Investment and Finance, International Real Estate Review, Journal of Property Valuation and Investment, Journal of Shopping Center Research, and Assessment Journal. He has also presented his research at major real estate and finance conferences including those of the American Real Estate Society, the Asian Real Estate Society, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Financial Management Association.

Hardin is co-editor of Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education and is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate Society. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board of The Appraisal Journal. Four of his papers have won best manuscript awards at the annual American Real Estate Society meetings.

Prior to joining the faculty of Florida International University, Hardin held the Robert W. Warren Chair of Real Estate at Mississippi State University, where he directed both the real estate and construction management programs, and served on the faculty of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Suzanne S. HollanderSuzanne S. Hollander

Suzanne Hollander is an attorney and broker teaching real estate law, development and property rights at Florida International University’s (“FIU”) College of Business Hollo School of Real Estate.

In 2017, the United States State Department appointed Hollander to its Fulbright Specialist Roster as an expert in real estate and the United States National Science Foundation (“NSF”) appointed Hollander to be a Mentor to its Innovation Corps Program, awarding her team a $50,000 grant. FIU awarded S Hollander the Landon Innovative Educator Award in recognition and support her innovative use of technology with real estate.

Hollander, recognized as a voice for real estate, property rights, investment in the United States and financial empowerment, is frequently quoted in national and international media including The Wall Street Journal Money Watch, YahooFinance!, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, BizNews, The Real Deal and Mercado de Dinero USA.

Hollander works with investors in U.S. real estate, both domestic and foreign on the purchase, sale and management of real estate and exercise of property rights and speaks frequently on the exercise of property rights to audiences around the world.

Previously, Hollander was corporate counsel and project manager for a developer building large scale projects in downtown Miami and began her career as an attorney in large national law firms.

Hollander is the vice chair of the City of Miami Beach Affordable Housing Advisory Board, appointed to the Board by the City of Miami Beach mayor and City Commission. She is a committee co-chair with Commercial Real Estate Women Miami.

Hollander is recognized publicly for her excellence in real estate teaching and mentoring, winning the 2016 and 2015 Best Course of the Year – Masters in International Real Estate Award, 2014 finalist AXA Business Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur Category, 2014 winner – Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce’s Thelma Gibson Award – Entrepreneur Category, 2013 winner – Mentor of the Year- Commercial Real Estate Women, 2012 winner, New Member of the Year, Commercial Real Estate Women.

Hollander graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was awarded the Soia Mentschikoff Scholarship, a full tuition academic scholarship. She speaks English and Spanish.

Manuel MartinManuel Martin

Manuel Martin oversees Nuveen Real Estate’s U.S. retail sector platform. He is responsible for leading the company’s dedicated retail sector investment team and overseeing all retail equity acquisitions, dispositions and asset management in the U.S. Previously, Martin was the head of southeast U.S. and Latin America, overseeing all investment activities and asset operations. He joined the firm in 2008 as the head of Spain and Portugal, where he opened the Madrid office and led the firm’s initial expansion into the region, including the execution of retail workouts over the GFC and large retail transactions. He was also involved in the Neptune venture, an outlet mall portfolio with leading European operator, NEINVER, and managing the firm’s interest in the Sonae Sierra Stratgey with 20+ shopping centers in Spain and Portugal. Martin has also been active in capital raising for individual investments and long-term mandates across several jurisdictions, gaining equity and debt support for the platform. Prior to Nuveen Real Estate, Martin gained initial retail exposure during his years at Unibail Rodamco, repositioning a number of assets involving acquisitions and expansions.

Martin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the Universidad de Grenada and an MBA from the Universidad Comercial de Deusto and Bradford University School of Management and is a lecturer at the Madrid IE Business School and ESDEN Business School.

Robert TaylorRobert Taylor

With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Robert Taylor joined the Miami, FL office of Hunter Hotel Advisors in 2016, and focuses on both single asset and portfolio transactions specializing in hotels and resorts in South Florida. Prior to joining Hunter, Taylor served as senior vice president for CBRE’s Miami hotel brokerage and investment sales team, and regional vice president of franchise development with Hospitality Franchise Systems, now known as Cendant, the world’s largest hotel franchise company. Some of his notable Florida transactions include Deauville Beach Resort, Miami, Postcard Inn Resort in St. Petersburg, Marriott Resort in Key Largo, Residence Inn in Tampa, and the Courtyard in Naples.

Taylor also has experience in hotel operations and franchise development in Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Atlanta. He was previously a hospitality consultant with Pannell Kerr Forster in Atlanta, where he was responsible for market feasibility studies and operational analysis. Taylor holds a bachelor degree from Shorter College in Georgia and an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida.

Shawn WolfShawn Wolf

Shawn Wolf concentrates his practice in the area of U.S. federal income taxes, international and domestic estate planning and corporate matters. He devotes a large part of his practice to the U.S. federal income tax rules applicable to U.S. taxpayers doing business abroad, as well as foreign persons passively investing in the United States or those foreign persons who are looking to invest in more active business opportunities. As part of his practice, Wolf is also involved in the formation and operation of domestic and foreign business entities (such as corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies), as well as the drafting of domestic and foreign trusts. Furthermore, Wolf has guided high net worth U.S. citizens and so-called “Green Card” holders with respect to the U.S. Federal income and estate tax issues relevant to relinquishing such status. Finally, Wolf is also experienced in advising high net worth U.S. and foreign individuals with respect to domestic and international estate planning matters.

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