Alfred A. Ring Distinguished Speaker Series

The Alfred A. Ring Distinguished Speaker Series brings prominent real estate professionals to campus to speak to and interact with UF real estate students and faculty. These distinguished individuals bring to life the material covered in courses. In addition, speakers share their informed perspectives on real estate career strategies and opportunities.

Spring 2014 Schedule

Each presentation will be held from 4 - 5:30pm in Hough Hall 150 (unless otherwise noted). All presentations are free and open to the public. No RSVP is needed.

About the Ring Speaker Series

Alfred A. Ring, a founder of the real estate program at the University of Florida, made a profound impact on many, as described in this Gainesville Sun article. A number of our Real Estate Advisory Board members were fortunate to be students of Dr. Ring at UF, and their lives attest to the wisdom he so generously shared. In fact, the Ring speaker series is supported by a trust fund established by the (then) North Florida Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, at the recommendation of former students and friends of Dr. Ring.

We are privileged to continue honoring Dr. Ring's far-reaching contributions with the Alfred A. Ring Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings prominent industry professionals to campus to speak and interact with UF real estate students and faculty. Ring speakers bring real estate course material to life, and share their informed perspectives on real estate career strategies and opportunities.

Past Speakers






  • Bill Schroeder
    “Mitigation banking and Opportunity land fund”
    Principal, Rock Creek Capital

  • Casey Cummings
    “Real Estate investment Decisions in the Brave New World”
    President, Ram Development Company

  • Jeremy Collett
    EVP for Capital Markets, Taylor, Bean & Whitaker

  • Nathan S. Collier
    “From Small Acorns”
    Principal & Chairman, The Collier Companies

  • Kenneth R. McGurn
    President, McGurn Investment Co.

  • Laurie A. McMahon
    Managing Director, Principal, Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers

  • Wm. Britton Greene
    President and Chief Executive Officer, The St. Joe Company

  • P. James Mehalso
    Managing Director, Prudential Real Estate Investors


  • Ralph Conti
    “Branding yourself: ‘a road to success’”
    Executive Vice President, Southeast Region, Kimco Developers, Inc.

  • Eric Deckinger
    “Transit Oriented Development in SE Florida”
    Senior Vice President-Commercial Development, Kitson & Partners

  • Lou Plasencia
    “Peak Performance: The Credibility Quotient - A review of keys to successfully marketing your company, your asset or yourself.”
    Chairman & CEO, The Plasencia Group

  • Greg Newman
    “The Deal: from a lender's perspective”
    Executive Vice President, Southeast Region, iStar Financial, Inc.

  • Marc Kopelman
    “There's Always a Joker in the Deck: What happens now that commercial real estate has drawn the housing card?”
    Director - Equity Investment, Stiles Capital Partners

  • James A. Grissett, III
    “The REIT and CMBS Markets: The Year Just Past! The Year Ahead?”
    The Parthenon Group, Principal

  • William Sulzbacher
    “A Retail Development Company's Focus on Growth Markets in a Challenging Economic Environment”
    Atlantic Coast Developers, LLC, President and Chief Executive Officer

  • James Heistand
    “Accessing Equity in the Capital Markets”
    Eola Capital, LLC, Founder and Partner

  • Dan Woodward
    “Increasing Challenges for Office Development in Florida—Have We Killed the Golden Goose?”
    Highwoods Properties, Inc., Vice President

  • Craig Ustler
    “The New Reality of Urban Development”
    Ustler Development, Inc., President

  • Daryl Carter
    “The Maury Carter Story... Wisdom of My Father”
    Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc., President


  • Eddy Benoit
    “Mixed-Use Development - Savannah River Landing”
    Senior VP, Ambling Companies, Inc. with Ambling associates:

    • Lisa Nordel, Director of Finance
    • Wes Taubel, Assistant Vice President - Development
    • Ralph Wilson, Director of Development
  • Todd Zeldin
    “ACG: From Sole Proprietor to the Blackstone-EOP Transaction”
    President, ACG Professionals, Inc.

  • Ring Rising Professional:
    Beau Beery, CCIM, MARE
    “Shopping Center: To Buy or Not to Buy”
    Director of Commercial Brokerage & Property Management,
    AMJ Inc. of Gainesville

  • Dale Dignum
    “Real Estate Lending in Commercial Banks”
    Executive Vice President, FNB of Pennsylvania

  • J. Timothy Morris
    “International Real Estate Investing” - Slides
    Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. and CIO, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Special Situations Fund

  • Carlos Alfonso
    “One Path to Community Development” - Slides
    CEO & General Manager, Alliant Partners

  • Dave Materna
    Partner, Stornoway Co. LLC

  • John Ropes
    “Organization and Execution of a Successful Development Plan”
    President, Ropes Associates, Inc.

  • Jim Motta
    “Placemaking: Guiding Principles for Planned Communities”
    President, Starwood Land Company


  • James L. Fried
    “Managing Your Career Path - A Case Study”
    Managing Director, Aztec Group, Inc.
  • Dan Dupree
    “Site Plans and the Proforma - The Fun Part of Development”
    Vice Chairman, Cousins Properties Incorporated
  • Gregory J. Walz
    “How Do You Manage a $4.2 Billion Real Estate Portfolio?”
    Regional Director, Northwestern Investment Management Company
  • Seth Wise
    “Homebuilding, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
    President, Levitt Corporation
  • Timothy Becker
    “Being Successful in Real Estate - It's about People”
    Director of Commercial Development, The Bonita Bay Group
  • John Blackmon
    “Getting Deals Done: Merging Mutual Interests and Other Practical Lessons”
    Credit Director, The Citigroup Private Bank
  • David D. Fitch
    “Public to Private - The Gables Transaction”
    President and CEO, Gables Residential
  • Duane Stiller
    “The Entrepreneurial Approach to Successful Retail Property Investment in Florida”
    President, Woolbright Development Corporation
  • Chuck Davis
    “Relative Value and the Real Estate Asset Class”
    Director, MetLife Real Estate Investments
  • Dennis Gilkey
    “Real Estate Development in Florida — Where is it Going?”
    President and CEO, Bonita Bay Group
  • Mitchell Rice
    “Mixed-Use Development: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why”
    CEO, RMC Property Group
  • James Izzo
    “Intercontinental Center: A Case Study Using ARGUS”
    President, The 1220 Group


  • Angel Arroyo
    “Acquisitions & Due Diligence for Multifamily Properties”
    Sr. Acquisitions/Dispositions Manager, Banyan Realty Advisors
  • Stephen Wayner
    “1031 Tax Deferral Strategies”
    VP, Bayview Financial Exchange Services, LLC
  • Trevor Phillips
    “Valuation of Contaminated Real Property”
    Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Rick Scarola
    “Capital Opportunities: Secondary and Tertiary Apartment Markets”
    Managing Partner, Covenant Capital Group
  • Stumpy Harris
    “The Power of Eminent Domain to Condemn Private Property for Community Redevelopment”
    Executive VP, Harris, Harris, Bauerle & Sharma
  • Otis Wragg
    “Communications and the Real Estate Market”
    Principal, Wragg & Casas Public Relations
  • Thomas Bogle
    “The Evolving Commercial Real Estate Market”
    Executive Managing Director, Strategic Accounts CBRE
  • John M. Crossman
    “Developing a Career in Commercial Real Estate”
    CCIM, Principal, Trammell Crow Company
  • Donald A. Haber
    “Careers and Opportunities in the Commercial Real Estate Industry”
    Chief Credit Officer and Head of the Commercial Mortgage Conduit for the US, Barclays Capital
  • Gary M. Ralston
    “Small Scale Development - A Retail Case Study”
    President and Founder, Florida Retail Development, LLC
  • Angela L. Brown
    “the Appraiser/Consultant - Beyond the Numbers”
    MAI, President, Realvest Appraisal Services, Inc.


  • Bill Hunter, AFCD, Inc.
  • Michael Warren, AMJ, Inc.
  • Richard Ahrens, Ahrens Companies
  • Jeffrey Conn, Hallmark Partners
  • Paul Ellis, Trammel Crow
  • Paul Douglas, Douglas Development Group
  • Richard Eckhard, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • David Schaffel, CIO, Co-Star Group
  • Bud Meadows, VP - Customer Relations, Pulte Homes
  • Steven Ekovich, First VP and Regional Mgr., Marcus and Millichap
  • Adolfo Marzol, Executive VP, Fannie Mae
  • Larry Furlong, Senior VP, Fidelity National Title


  • Douglas Bennett, Senior Investment Officer for Real Estate, Florida Retirement System
  • Kelley Bergstrom, Bergstrom Investments
  • Howard Taft, Senior Managing Director, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.
  • Lewis Goodkin, President of Goodkin Consulting Corporation - A Strategic Alliance with PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Steve Patterson, President and CEO, ZOM Holding, Inc.
  • Chris D. Wheeler, Chairman and CEO, Gables Residential Trust
  • Julian Stokes, Managing Director, Integra Realty Resources - Southwest Florida
  • Arthur Menor, Partner, Shutts & Bowen, LLC
  • Lewis Goodkin, President, Goodkin Consulting Corporation - A Strategic Alliance with PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Alfred Hoffman, Jr., CEO, WCI Communities, Inc.
  • Steven Messing, Regional Vice President - Real Estate, Eckerd Corporation
  • Albert Rex, President, CareyKramer Company


  • Martin D. Nass, Senior Partner and Real Estate Practice Leader, TMP Worldwide
  • Steven A. Cohen, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Finance, SunTrust Bank
  • Craig H. Sher, President & CEO, The Sembler Company
  • Robert Simmons III, CEO, R.R. Simmons Construction Company
  • Richard P. Donnellan Jr., Managing Director, Atlantic Realty Partners
  • Stephen H. Bittel, Chairman & Founder, Terranova Corporation
  • Larry D. Richey, Senior Managing Director & Operating Manager, Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Incorporated
  • Woodward S. (Woody) Hanson, Real Estate Analyst and Consultant, Integra Realty Resources - Hanson Consulting, Inc.
  • John Beeland, Senior Acquisitions Manager, LNR Property Corporation
  • Mike Warren, President, AMJ Construction, Inc.
  • Paul Phillips, President, Prudential Real Estate Investors-International
  • William S. Orosz Jr., President and CEO, Cambridge Homes
  • Jeanette Rice, Principal-Research, LendLease Real Estate Investments, Inc.
  • Jan Luytjes, Vice-President of Fixed Income Research, Freddie Mac
  • Michael LaCour-Little, Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage


  • Rob Gidel, Managing Partner, Liberty Partners LP
  • Laurie Burns, Vice President of Development, Darden Restaurants, Inc.
  • Miles Keeping, Senior Lecturer, Oxford University
  • Alden Toevs, Executive Vice President, First Manhattan Consulting Group
  • Casey Cummings, President, Ram Development Company
  • Dr. Cristina Barettini, Professor, University of Turin, Italy
  • Lydia Brown, Vice President, Prager, McCarthy and Sealy
  • Robert Carmichael, Senior VP-Community Development Bank, Bank of America
  • Joseph Williams, Principal, Professors Capital
  • Martin (“Hap”) Stein, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Regency Centers Corporation
  • David Marks, Marketplace Advisors, Inc.
  • Keith Schantz, Real Estate Manage-Florida, Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Walter Byrd, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield


  • Jacques Gordon, Managing Director/Investment Research, LaSalle Advisors Capital Management, Inc.
  • Jack Conroy, CCIM, Chairman of the Board, Investment Properties Corporation and Grubb and Ellis/IPC
  • David Ginn, President and CEO, Mortgage Institute, Inc.
  • David Evemy, Vice President, CoStar Group
  • Scott (Skipper) Peek, Vice President and Regional Manager, Highwood Properties, Inc.
  • Paul Ellis, Principal, Director of Property Management, and Director of Industrial Services, Trammell Crow Company
  • Paul Allen, Chief Financial Officer, North American Mortgage
  • John McCarthy, Managing Director, Bank of America-Montgomery Securities
  • Dr. Alfred A. Ring, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
  • Robert Banting, President, Anderson & Carr, Inc.
  • Steve Melnyk, President, Riverside Golf Management Company
  • Edgar Jones, Vice-president, Grubb & Ellis
  • James Fried, Director of Acquisitions, The TriStone Company
  • Dan Page, Managing Broker, Arvida Realty Services Comm. Div.


  • Tom Arnold, Director, Praedium Funds, Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Courtney Hubbard, Director of Due Diligence, CNL
  • Richard Langhorne, President, The Langhorne Company
  • Michael Stein Ramshaw, Partner, Arthur Andersen
  • Robert Carmichael, Vice President, NationsBank
  • David Thomas, Vice President, Beers Construction Company
  • William Walton, Managing Partner, Westbrook Partners LLC
  • Craig Werley, Senior Managing Partner, The Meyers Group
  • Ken McGurn, President, McGurn Investment Co.
  • Manuel D. Medina, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Terremark Group, Inc.
  • Andrea Tedone Lorry, G.M., Recruiting Captain-Atlanta, Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Perry Reader, Vice President and General Manager, The Celebration Company
  • Peter Pruitt, Partner, Deloitte & Touche
  • Frank Zohn, President, Michael Swerdlow Company
  • Douglas Bailey, President, Regent Properties


  • Michael Stein, Arthur Andersen, Miami, FL
  • Ezio Bruna, OmniTel Pronto Italia, Ivrea, and the Politechnic University of Turin, Italy
  • Mari Roby, Vice President, NationsBank
  • Robert Carmichael, Vice President, NationsBank
  • Laurie Burns, VP, Homestead Village, Inc., Atlanta
  • Grant Austin, Managing Director, Pardue, Heid, Church, Smith & Waller of South Florida
  • Dan Dupree, President and CEO, Cousins Properties Incorporated
  • Robert Rowe, Partner, Green and Rowe Investments
  • Lew Friedland, President, JIREH, Inc.
  • Steve Melnyk, President, Riverside Golf Group, Inc.
  • Kelley Bergstrom, private investor (former President, JMB Realty Corporation)
  • Bill Nicholson, Director of Commercial Real Estate, Barnett Banks
  • Jill Fisher-Powers, Chief Legal Counsel, Prudential Florida Realty
  • Fred Bunch, National Director, Arthur Andersen
  • Marty Nass, Partner, Lamalie Amrop International


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