Sperry Van Ness Sponsors Miami 21 Event!

Miami 21 is perhaps the most elemental change to affect the City of Miami for the past 25 years.  The introduction of a new zoning code based on New Urbanism Principles will add important characteristics to the liveablity of our city. As CCIM President Elect I had the responsibility of chairing and coordinating a recent event on Miami 21 at University of Miami’s Glasgow Hall.  We had the pleasure of listening to Charles Bohl – Moderator, Elizabeth Plyter Zyberk – Creator, Nitin Motwani — Developer, Spencer Crowley – Land Use Attorney at Akerman Senterfit , Cesar Garcia Pons – Miami DDA, Francisco Garcia – Planning Director, and Luis Revuelta – Architect. 

As a fourth-generation Miami native in a family that has sold over 2500 acres of Dade County Pine land since 1928, I can tell you from a historical perspective how Miami has developed from small pioneer roots into the world-class, 24-hour city that it is today. I have seen Miami grow since I was born, and what is perhaps most noticeable over that period of time is that the vacant land is almost all gone, the second most noticeable thing is that on the skyline I can barely see the Centrust Building anymore, I mean the Nations Bank building, I mean the Bank of America Tower, I mean whatever they’ll name it next.  And I really knew that something was up when I heard someone in Kendall call themselves a central location the other day.

 But the truth is Miami can now rub shoulders with the best cities in the world.  We Miamians can boast a great airport, a great seaport, top-flight education, championship professional sports teams, and with our weather and beaches and multi-cultural people—a vibrant lifestyle that is bar none.  Yet, among the hustle and bustle of annual festivals, business conferences, international trade and banking, construction and of course, everybody’s favorite, rush-hour traffic, we hold a special place in our hearts for certain neighborhoods that have provided and continue to provide the great activity, appeal, enjoyment, and wonderful memories that make life grand.  Interestingly enough, it is these neighborhoods that are also the oldest neighborhoods in Miami Dade County.  Yet in spite of their age, they share many characteristics with the “new” urbanism principles upon which Miami 21 is based.  So maybe “New” Urbanism is really “Old” Urbanism.  If you look at Lincoln Road, Miracle Mile, Coconut Grove, and more recently Brickell and South Miami—they all share characteristics that inspire livability, interaction and play with pedestrian friendly pathways and architectural appeal.  This is what Miami 21 is truly about, creating a more liveable and synergistic environment, and it is on the whole, a change for the better.

Please call our office for more information on Miami 21 and request powerpoint slides and a DVD copy of the event.


CCIM Outlook Conference 2011

A CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) is one of the top Commercial Real Estate designations and memberships in the world.  As CCIM President Elect for the Miami District I can tell you that we have a great Board and great members in the South Florida market.  We host educational courses throughout the year, but our most important event is definitely the Outlook Conference held every year in January with the purpose of providing a Commercial Real Estate road map for the year to come.  We break down each sector: Industrial, Office, Retail, Multifamily, and an Economic Forecast, as well.  Take a look at the headliners this year and download the program.  2011OutlookConferenceProgram1.12.11

FDIC Real Estate Summit – Sperry Van Ness Sponsors

 Sperry Van Ness recently sponsored another all-star event that included Special Servicers, Receivers, Asset Managers, Workout Specialists and a host of other professionals who are controlling the majority of commercial real estate that is transacting in today’s choppy market.  For more details on what was said, and what we can expect for 2011 don’t hesitate to give our office a call.

Distressed Real Estate Summit - Florida - January 27, 2011

Hi Matthew,

There is Still Time to Register for the Distressed Real Estate Summit!

Pre-registration is still available for the Distressed Real Estate Summit in Miami, FL on January 27.  As part of your registration, enjoy networking opportunities on Wednesday and Thursday to connect with investors, banks, servicers, sellers, and other market participants.

Flying in from NYC?  Flights to FLL for as little as $200 through Hotwire.com.

What You Will Learn – topics covering office, retail, hospitality, multi-family condo and residentia real estate include:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops: When Workouts Don’t Work Out: Litigation, Receivers, Lender Liability and More; and Tax Liens Workshop: GFI Tax Receivables
  • The Real Estate Capital Markets: Where the Debt Capital Is and How to Get It
  • State of the (Distressed) Union: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed
  • Workouts & Recapitalizations: Rescue Financing & Restructuring Options
  • Distressed Retail: Creating Value Through Asset Repositioning in Challenging Times
  • Special Servicing: Unleash the Deal Flow!
  • Hot(el) Pursuit: Distressed Hospitality Properties
  • The Residential Market in Florida and the Southeast
  • Roundtable Discussions: Multifamily/Condo, Working with Banks, Tax Lien Trading Strategy, Bloomberg CRE Data, Distressed Hospitality Properties
  • Office Properties in the Southeast and Florida Markets
  • Predicting and Navigating the Regulatory Landscape
  • Acquisitions: How Carnage Translates into Opportunity
  • Multifamily Properties: Distressed Opportunities in Rentals and Condos
  • FDIC Special Asset Sales
  • Working with and Buying Assets from Banks
  • Cocktail Reception at Marenas Beachfront Resort
Visit the Conference Website to view the full agenda, see the list of speakers, get directions to the venue, book hotel accommodations, and register.

“The Distressed Real Estate Summit is a conference designed by and for commercial and residential real estate executives…the agenda will speak to the issues unique to your area. If you work in this region, make plans to attend to find out who is selling, and what it takes to get deals done in a distressed environment.”

— Fred B. Córdova, III, SVP, Colliers Asset Resolutions Team

This conference is produced by GreenPearl Events



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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Kovens Conference Center

Miami, Florida

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Sperry Van Ness Sponsors – Interface Distressed Assets Florida

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* South Florida Commercial Real Estate Investor Panel: Strategies for Success in an Economic Turnaround
* The State of Distressed Assets in South Florida: How are Investors Finding Ways to “Crack the Vault?”
* The New State of Debt: Who is Lending Today, and Could Underwriting Standards Change in the New Year?
* Surviving Distress & Finding Opportunity: Working with Special Servicers and Restructuring Firms
* So, What Really is the Value of the Asset? Who Knows!
* Multifamily Investment Opportunities: Where is the Next Wave of Investment Opportunity: Broken Condo Deals, Financially Distressed Multifamily Buildings, or Something Else?
* Institutional Capital, REITs & Private Equity: How Are Equity Players Approaching the Current Climate?
* Hotel Workouts: Has the Distressed Debt “Tidal Wave” Arrived in South Florida Hospitality?

“The commercial real estate industry is over two years into a significant deleveraging process—historic in nature, presenting challenges for the highly-levered firms and the potential of tremendous opportunity for investors. InterFace Distressed Assets: Florida will provide a timely update on the opportunity, with analysis and review of how the key players, including banks and special servicers are responding. In my opinion if you currently expect to be active in the commercial real estate arena, you need to attend.”

Jerry Anderson, CCIM | Executive Managing Director

Sperry Van Ness Florida

Commercial Real Estate Advisors

InterFace Distressed Assets: Florida is produced by InterFace Conference Group, a division of France Publications, the leading publisher of commercial real estate news and information in the United States. France Publications’ titles include Heartland Real Estate Business, Texas Real Estate Business, Southeast Real Estate Business, Northeast Real Estate Business, Western Real Estate Business and Shopping Center Business, along with six other commercial real estate-oriented magazines and a web site for wealth management. 

Hear from 50+ Speakers on December 8th, Including:
* Matthew Anderson, Managing Director, Foresight Analytics, a division of Trepp, LLC
* Don Shapiro, President/CEO, Foresite Realty Partners, L.L.C.
* Matthew J. Coleman, Co-Head, D. E. Shaw Real Estate Advisors, L.L.C.
* Steven E. McCraney, President & CEO, McCraney Property Company
* Lynn McKee, Vice President for CMBS Special Servicing, TriMont
* Jonathan Senn, Senior Investment Analyst, Flagler Real Estate Services
* Erika Stilwell, Director, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
* Tony Wood, Sr. Vice President, TRI Commercial Real Estate Services/Author, The Commercial Real Estate Tsunami
* Jerry Anderson, Executive Managing Director, Sperry Van Ness Florida
* Michael Martin, MAI, Diversified Real Estate Consulting Corp.
* Harry G. Tangalakis, MBA, SIOR, Senior Vice President, CBRE
* Patrick Blount, CEO, Benewolf/Sperry Van Ness Loan Advisors
* James Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, Castle Group
* Peter Zalewski, Principal, Condo Vultures® LLC
* Santosh Govindaraju, Convergent Capital Partners LLC
* George W Kruse, Managing Director, Vesta Equity, LLC
* David Lang, Principal, ACG Equities/DPL Ventures, Inc
* John Roebuck, President and CEO/Auctioneer, Roebuck Auctions
* Christian Lee, Vice Chairman, Investment Properties, Institutional Group – CB Richard Ellis
* Edward Kobel, President / COO, DeBartolo Development LLC
* Kevin M. O’Grady, Managing Director, Cohen Financial
* Adam Luysterborghs, Managing Principal, AVANT Capital
* Al Rogers, Executive VP and Senior Lender, USAmeriBank
* Mark A. Lunt, Principal, Ernst & Young
* Brian Belt, Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP
* Robi Das, Director of Acquisitions, Liberty Group of Companies
* Robert Kaplan, Principal, Olympian Capital Group
* Ronald C Muzii Jr., Senior Vice President, HREC Investment Advisors
* Gregory Rumpel, Executive Vice President, JLL Hotels
* T. Sean Lance, CCIM, Managing Director, President – Troubled Asset Optimization, NAI Tampa Bay
* Mark Weinstein, President, MJW Investments
* Mark Stern, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Waterton Residential
* Stephen L. Vecchito, Principal, Advenir
* Matt Fuller, Partner, Franklin Street
* Jay Massirman, Principal, Asentus Real Estate
* Oliver Swan, Treesdale Real Estate Partners, LLC
* Patrick Connell, Managing Director, Capital Markets, CBRE Recovery & Restructuring Services
* Jack McCabe, Founder and CEO, McCabe Research & Consulting
* Brad Hunter, Chief Economist and National Director of Consulting, MetroStudy
* James P.S. Leshaw, Shareholder, Chair, Greenberg Traurig
* Walter Byrd, Managing Director, Transwestern
* John  Pacheco, Chairman, Abacus Financial
* Thomas R. McOsker, Head of Tax Receivables, GFI Group Inc.
* Howard Liggett, Tax Receivables, GFI Group Inc.
* Bob Kline, CEO, RW Kline Companies

* William Hoffman, President and CEO, Trigild
* Henry Lorber, Director, Hays Financial Consulting
* Andrew Wright, CEO and Managing Partner, Franklin Street
* Margaret J. Smith, Principal, GlassRatner
* Brian Klebash, Senior Conference Producer, InterFace Conference Group

* David Garfinkle, Managing Member/ Chief Executive Officer, Biscayne Atlantic
* Chuck Ernst, Vice President, Paradise Ventures