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Amy Liu
Amy Liu

Senior Fellow; VP and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
https://www.brookings.edu/program/metropolitan-policy-program/

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of Brookings Metro, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix, upstate New York, and New Orleans.

Most recently, Liu authored “Remaking Economic Development: The Markets and Civics of Continuous Growth and Prosperity,” in which she argues that city and metropolitan leaders must adopt a broader vision of economic development that can deliver economic growth, prosperity, and (Show Full Bio)inclusion for all residents. In “Remaking Economic Development,” Liu discusses the limitations of existing strategies, outlines five principles that define a new model of economic development, and highlights innovations underway in cities and metropolitan areas across the country emblematic of this broader vision.

In 2011, Liu was lead editor of “Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita,” a volume of essays exploring ways to accelerate the region’s recovery. This built on her co-authorship of the New Orleans Index, a multi-year series of reports that tracked New Orleans’ progress in the aftermath of Katrina.

Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. In 2013, Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data. In 2010, Liu co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation.

Prior to her work at Brookings, Liu was Special Assistant to HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and staffed the U.S. Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee on housing and urban affairs.

Liu serves as an advisory board member for ACT of Alexandria, a local community foundation, and as a trustee of Hopkins House, a Northern Virginia early childhood education non-profit that serves low-income families.

Liu holds a degree in social policy and urban studies from Northwestern University. In 2015, she completed the High Impact Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

Twitter - @amy_liuw

Episode: 12/8/2017 @12:00 PM


Gregor Watson
Gregor Watson

Co-Founder, Chairman; Co-Founder of 1Sharpe
Roofstock
https://www.roofstock.com/

Gregor is a member of 1Sharpe's Investment and Operating Committees. Prior to co-founding 1Sharpe, Gregor co-founded and is Chairman of Roofstock, an online marketplace for single family rental homes backed by Khosla Ventures and Bain Capital. He is the founder of 643 Capital, a Real Estate Private Equity firm that has acquired, renovated and managed over 4,000 homes across the U.S. under its operating brand, StreetLane Homes. He also co-founded Dwell Finance, a lender to investors of single-family homes, which originated over $500mm in loans and was sold to a unit of Blackstone. Gregor spent the early part of his career purchasing and developing land and apartments throughout California after graduating from Regis University in Denver.

Twitter - @gw_roofstock
1Sharpe - http://1SHARPE.COM

Episode: 12/1/2017 @12:00 PM


Ed Golding
Ed Golding

Nonresident Fellow; Acting Head, Federal Housing Administration
Urban Institute
https://www.urban.org/policy-centers/housing-finance-policy-center

Ed Golding is a nonresident fellow in the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He is also a consultant on housing finance matters. For 30 years, he has worked in mortgage finance serving, most recently as head of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During his tenure, the FHA provided more than a million families an opportunity to purchase their first home. Before heading the FHA, Golding was a senior adviser to the secretary of HUD.

Golding was a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in 2013. He started his career at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board as a specialist assistant to a board member during the savings and loan crisis and then joined Freddie Mac for 23 years. At Freddie Mac, Golding had various responsibilities, ranging from investor relations to strategy and research. Before working in mortgage finance, Golding taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida. From 2(Show Full Bio)008 through 2012, he taught a spring course on financial markets at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Golding has an AB in applied mathematics from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Episode: 12/1/2017 @12:30 PM


Rob Bloemker
Rob Bloemker

Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer
1Sharpe
http://1SHARPE.COM

Rob leads 1Sharpe's Investment Committee and is a member of its Operating Committee. Before co-founding 1Sharpe, Rob spent nearly 30 years investing in bonds, loans, and real estate. Most recently he was a Portfolio Manager at Cerberus Capital Management within their $5 billion Mortgage Hedge Fund. Prior to Cerberus, Rob co-founded Dwell Finance, a lender to investors of single-family homes, which originated over $500mm in loans and was sold to a unit of Blackstone, as well as Five Ten Capital where he raised, invested, and successfully liquidated three private equity funds that acquired, renovated, and managed 2,000 single family rental homes across the United States. He spent 12 years at Putnam where he was Head of Fixed Income overseeing $60 billion in assets and co-founded the firm's absolute return and hedge fund strategies. His career began in the mortgage divisions of Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. Rob is a graduate of Washington University, in St. Louis.

Episode: 12/1/2017 @12:00 PM


Justin Whitener
Justin Whitener

Director of Pricing, Reporting & Analytics; Co-Author of "The Mortgage Playbook"
Ally Bank
http://www.ally.com

Justin Whitener came to Ally Bank as the Director of Pricing, Reporting, and Analytics in 2016 after spending over 13 years across Finance, Capital Management, and Mortgage Pricing at a top 5 national bank. He’s a lifelong North Carolinian, hailing from the metropolis of Stanley, where he spends lots of his time with his wife, two children, and their dog Brutus.

Twitter - @allyfinancial
Book - https://www.ally.com/resources/pdf/bank/ally-home-playbook.pdf

Episode: 11/17/2017 @12:00 PM


Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

Managing Partner; Chairman, Investment Committee of SCP Vitalife
SCP Partners
http://www.scppartners.com/

Mr. Churchill has been Managing General Partner of SCP Partners since its founding in 1996, and has over twenty-five years experience in private equity investing. Previously, he had formed Churchill Investment Partners, Inc. in 1989 and CIP Capital, L.P., another venture capital fund, in 1990. Prior to that, he was a managing partner of a private investment firm that specialized in leveraged buyouts on behalf of Bessemer Securities Corporation.

From 1967 to 1983, he practiced law at the Philadelphia firm of Saul Ewing LLP and served as Chairman of its Banking and Financial Institutions Department, Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of its Executive Committee.

He is Lead Director of Amkor Technology, Inc., and a Director of Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc., Recro Pharma, Inc. and formerly of Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. as well as a number of private companies in the manufacturing, technology and life sciences spaces. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Chai(Show Full Bio)rman of the Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System. 

He is currently a trustee of American Friends of New College, Oxford, England, The Gesu School and Chairman of Young Scholars Charter School, as well as a trustee fellow of Fordham University, trustee emeritus of Immaculata University and a former trustee of Georgetown University, where he chaired the Committee on Medical Affairs, and served as a member of the board of Medstar Health, a $4 billion regional healthcare system.
He was awarded a B.S. in Physics, summa cum laude, from Fordham University followed by an M.A. in Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School.

Episodes: 11/10/2017 @12:00 PM, 7/14/2017 @12:00 PM


Taking Your Calls!
Taking Your Calls!

1-844-WHARTON
1-844-942-7866
http://businessradio.wharton.upenn.edu

We are taking your calls! Don't be shy, we welcome your comments or questions on today's topic. Call us at 1-844-WHARTON (1-844-942-7866).

Episode: 11/3/2017 @12:00 PM


Mitch Roschelle
Mitch Roschelle

Partner & Business Development Leader; Co-Publisher of Emerging Trends in Real Estate
PwC
http://pwc.com/us/etre

Mitch is a Partner at PwC and currently serves as one of the firm’s Business Development Leaders. He previously was a founder of PwC’s real estate advisory practice, and has over 30 years of experience serving a wide array of real estate investors, foreign and domestic. Mitch is a widely-recognized commentator on real estate, housing, capital markets, the retail industry and the economy. He is a frequent public speaker, and a regular guest and panel member on Fox Business Network, BloombergTV and Radio, and Yahoo Finance. Mitch is the creator and co- host of 7DayYield a PwC-sponsored, weekly YouTube program covering trends in the financial services industry. He is the co-publisher of Emerging Trends in Real Estate, a widely-circualted annual market forecast.

An active proponent of corporate social responsibility, Mitch serves as a trustee of the PwC Charitable Foundation, where he leads its grant-making efforts in youth education and financial literacy. Additionally, Mitch i(Show Full Bio)s a member of the Board of Directors of PENCIL and Green Bronx Machine.

Twitter - @mitch_roschelle

Episodes: 10/27/2017 @12:00 PM, 12/23/2016 @12:00 PM, 11/11/2016 @12:00 PM, 11/6/2015 @12:00 PM


Nela Richardson
Nela Richardson

Chief Economist
Redfin
https://www.redfin.com/

Nela Richardson is the chief economist at Redfin, the national real estate brokerage. At Redfin, Nela leads a team of data scientists and real estate writers to compile the most up to date analysis of the real estate market. Nela regularly provides insight on housing market trends and public policy to media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and CNN. Nela came to Redfin from Bloomberg Government where she was a senior economist specializing in financial policy. Before joining Bloomberg, she worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and was a member of its Dodd-Frank financial reform rulemaking team. Prior to her work at the CFTC, Richardson was a researcher at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Richardson holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Twitter(Show Full Bio) - @NelaRichardson

Episodes: 10/20/2017 @12:00 PM, 9/15/2017 @12:00 PM, 5/5/2017 @12:00 PM, 3/24/2017 @12:00 PM, 11/18/2016 @12:30 PM, 9/30/2016 @12:30 PM, 2/26/2016 @12:00 PM, 3/13/2015 @12:00 PM


Dr. Svenja Gudell
Dr. Svenja Gudell

Chief Economist
Zillow
http://www.zillow.com/

Dr. Svenja Gudell is the Chief Economist of Zillow. She joined the company in 2011 and leads the industry-leading economic research team at Zillow, a recognized voice of impartial, data-driven economic analysis on the U.S. housing market. Under Svenja’s leadership, Zillow produces monthly reports on housing trends for over 450 metros nationwide, down to the ZIP code level. In addition, Svenja and her team publish original research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity, forecasting to policy, millennial and mortgage research. Svenja has presented to various federal agencies and at numerous industry conferences, and has been widely quoted in national and local media.

Prior to joining Zillow, Svenja did economic, financial and strategy consulting for Analysis Group and was an Assistant Economist in the Research Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Svenja has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Roc(Show Full Bio)hester, a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University, a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Rochester.

Twitter - @SvenjaGudell

Episodes: 10/20/2017 @12:30 PM, 9/15/2017 @12:30 PM, 4/14/2017 @12:30 PM, 2/10/2017 @12:30 PM, 10/7/2016 @1:00 PM, 9/9/2016 @12:00 PM, 12/4/2015 @12:00 PM, 9/11/2015 @12:00 PM, 8/14/2015 @12:00 PM


Ronda Kaysen
Ronda Kaysen

Columnist
The New York Times
http://nytimes.com

Ronda Kaysen is a columnist for the New York Times Sunday real estate section. Every week she writes Ask Real Estate, which answers readers questions about real estate and housing.

Ms. Kaysen's cover stories and other column, 360 View, focus on class, gentrification and the never-ending transformation of the city. Her articles and essays have appeared in top publications including Forbes.com, The Week, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, MSNBC.com, Thomson Reuters, Architectural Record and the Huffington Post.

She got her start at The New York Observer and has reported from New York City, Mexico City and now northern New Jersey, where she lives with her family.

Twitter - @rondakaysen
Personal Site - rondakaysen.com

Episode: 10/13/2017 @12:00 PM


Michael Hetchkop
Michael Hetchkop

Principal, Lease Forensics & Enforcement Division
Cresa, Washington DC
https://www.cresa.com/

Michael Hetchkop, Principal of Cresa Washington DC's Lease Forensics & Enforcement division, joined Cresa in February 2009. He is a tenant financial advisor who brings over 30 years of impressive, innovative ideas and unmatched expertise to tenants advised by Cresa.

Mr. Hetchkop has pioneered the analytical method known as the Operating Expense Passthrough Review in the Washington, DC area. Since joining Cresa, his team’s Operating Expense Passthrough Reviews have saved over $30 million for Cresa clients. He has also qualified as an expert witness in cases involving passthrough expenses.

As a tenant financial advisor, Michael runs financial analyses to compare different leasing and/or equity scenarios for Cresa clients. Cresa has multiple financial modeling options which Michael utilizes depending on the needs of the tenant. His understanding of passthroughs and the commercial real estate market enables him to provide his tenants with the most accurate financial models po(Show Full Bio)ssible.

Professional Experience
Prior to advising tenants, Michael was an accountant for an area landlord and developer. This experience gave him the knowledge to uncover mistakes and errors in billings to tenants.

Michael has lectured at many local and national conferences including the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, the Finance and Accounting Roundtable, Top 20 Accounting firms, and NAIOP. Michael is also an adjunct faculty professor of the Masters of Real Estate program at Georgetown University.

Affiliations
Adjunct Faculty Professor, Masters of Real Estate program, Georgetown University

Acknowledgments
Certified Public Accountant
Expert Witness

Education
M.B.A. Finance, New York University
B.A. Accounting, The State University of New York at Albany (SUNY)

Episodes: 10/6/2017 @12:00 PM, 5/19/2017 @12:00 PM


Richard Rhodes
Richard Rhodes

Managing Principal
Cresa, Washington DC
https://www.cresa.com

As a Managing Principal for the Washington, DC region, Rich Rhodes is responsible for maintaining the success of the Washington, DC; Suburban Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland; and Northern Virginia offices. His priorities include transaction management, business development, recruiting, retention, managing project management, and he is the Broker of Record for Cresa Washington DC. Throughout his 30 years of experience in representing tenants, Mr. Rhodes’ skill set includes negotiating complex lease transactions, structuring sale leasebacks, evaluating lease/buy alternatives, and analyzing equity opportunities. Several of these major real estate transactions that are listed below have enabled him to build a solid base of prominent regional and national clients.

Mr. Rhodes served as Chairman of Cresa National’s Board of Directors during the 2013-14 term and was subsequently named as the global CEO during calendar year 2015 to oversee responsibilities including steering the mission an(Show Full Bio)d vision of the firm, overall strategic planning, quality management, and marketing and recruiting initiatives on a national level.

Affiliations
Cresa, National Board of Directors, Former Chairman &CEO
Commercial Real Estate Brokers Association of Washington DC (formerly GWCAR), Board of Directors
Washington First Bank, Strategic Advisory Board Member
Music Rising Advisory Board, Member
Tulane University, Dean's Advisory Council

Acknowledgments
Top Producer, President's Club, 2015
Top Producer, Cresa, 2014
First Citizen Award Recipient, Cresa, 2014
Lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Commercial Leasing Club
Elected to Who's Who in Real Estate and Development Industries
Named amongst "Outstanding Young Men in America," Tulane University

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University, 1983

Episodes: 10/6/2017 @12:00 PM, 5/19/2017 @12:00 PM


Bob Walters
Bob Walters

Chief Economist and Vice President of the Capital Markets Group
Quicken Loans

Bob Walters is Chief Economist and Vice President of the Capital Markets Group for Quicken Loans Inc. In this position, he develops new products and ensures all products meet investors’ standards for quality. Walters joined Quicken Loans, then Rock Financial, in 1997 after holding positions at both NBD Bank (now owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co.) and DMR Financial Services.
Bob often is quoted on mortgage and personal finance issues by media including CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, MarketWatch and many others.
Walters earned his MBA from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in finance from Oakland University.

Episodes: 9/29/2017 @12:00 PM, 8/25/2017 @12:00 PM, 6/10/2016 @12:00 PM, 1/22/2016 @12:00 PM


Brian Ward
Brian Ward

CEO
Trimont Real Estate Advisors
http://www.trimontrea.com/

Mr. Ward serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimont Real Estate Advisors and is responsible for all functions of the company globally. With more than 300 employees throughout offices in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, and New York, Trimont the premier provider of real estate asset management, servicing, due diligence and customized advisory solutions to commercial real estate clients around the globe.
Prior to joining Trimont, Mr. Ward was the President of the Americas region for Colliers International, overseeing their Capital Markets & Investment Services businesses in Canada, Latin America and the United States, while also supporting the EMEA and APAC teams on all Capital Markets matters.

Mr. Ward has spent the bulk of his career on the institutional investment management side of the business, previously serving as the Managing Principal & Chief Executive Officer for Aspen Residential and its predecessor businesses, including Orion Residential. (Show Full Bio)Aspen and Orion were affiliated entities of Starwood Capital, Big Rock Partners & D.B. Zwirn & Co.

Mr. Ward has substantial experience with all manner of complex domestic and international debt and equity structures, having led the investment of more than $4.0 billion of capital into commercial real estate around the world.

Mr. Ward is a full member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves on the Global Exchange Council; he is also a real estate attorney and an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Twitter - @TrimontREA

Episodes: 9/29/2017 @12:30 PM, 8/25/2017 @12:30 PM, 11/25/2016 @12:00 PM, 8/12/2016 @12:00 PM


Steven Gartner
Steven Gartner

Managing Director, Retail Services
CBRE
https://www.cbre.us/people%20and%20offices/corporate%20offices/philadelphia

As Managing Director of Retail Services, Steven Gartner leads CBRE’s retail brokerage platform throughout the region, driving growth and creating a cohesive and collaborative service offering for retail clients.

Steve’s entire professional career has been dedicated to the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining CBRE in 2014 as Executive Vice President of Retail, Steve served as President and Partner of Metro Commercial Real Estate, and before that, he was chief Operating Officer of Michael Salove Company (now MSC Retail). He has orchestrated the expansion of significant retailers at various times including: Gap, Inc. (and all of its brands), Kohls, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Crate & Barrel, Citibank, and Hollywood Video. His leasing activities have focused on high-street and premium properties including Suburban Square on Philadelphia’s Main Line, one of the first shopping centers in America. Other Agency clients have included Forest City, Kimco, and Brandywine Realty Trust.(Show Full Bio)r>
In Center City Philadelphia, he has negotiated leases involving Intermix, Athleta, Allen Edmonds, Camper, Cheesecake Factory, Gap, Banana Republic, Verizon, Jack Wills, True Religion Jeans, Cosi, Max Brenner, CVS, and Walgreen’s. He brokered two of the largest shopping center sales in recent years, the sale of Riverview Plaza & Columbus Crossing for $75 million, and the sale of Quartermaster Plaza for $91 million, both purchased by Cedar Shopping Centers.

Steve is a past PA/NJ/DE chair for The International Council of Shopping Centers. He has served as an expert contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Good Day Philadelphia, and as a guest lecturer at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and George Washington University, his alma mater.

Twitter - @SteeveeGee

Episode: 9/22/2017 @12:00 PM


Nela Richardson
Nela Richardson

Chief Economist
Redfin
https://www.redfin.com/

Nela Richardson is the chief economist at Redfin, the national real estate brokerage. At Redfin, Nela leads a team of data scientists and real estate writers to compile the most up to date analysis of the real estate market. Nela regularly provides insight on housing market trends and public policy to media outlets including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and CNN. Nela came to Redfin from Bloomberg Government where she was a senior economist specializing in financial policy. Before joining Bloomberg, she worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and was a member of its Dodd-Frank financial reform rulemaking team. Prior to her work at the CFTC, Richardson was a researcher at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Richardson holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Twitter(Show Full Bio) - @NelaRichardson

Episodes: 10/20/2017 @12:00 PM, 9/15/2017 @12:00 PM, 5/5/2017 @12:00 PM, 3/24/2017 @12:00 PM, 11/18/2016 @12:30 PM, 9/30/2016 @12:30 PM, 2/26/2016 @12:00 PM, 3/13/2015 @12:00 PM


Dr. Svenja Gudell
Dr. Svenja Gudell

Chief Economist
Zillow
http://www.zillow.com/

Dr. Svenja Gudell is the Chief Economist of Zillow. She joined the company in 2011 and leads the industry-leading economic research team at Zillow, a recognized voice of impartial, data-driven economic analysis on the U.S. housing market. Under Svenja’s leadership, Zillow produces monthly reports on housing trends for over 450 metros nationwide, down to the ZIP code level. In addition, Svenja and her team publish original research on various real estate topics, ranging from rental and mortgage affordability, negative equity, forecasting to policy, millennial and mortgage research. Svenja has presented to various federal agencies and at numerous industry conferences, and has been widely quoted in national and local media.

Prior to joining Zillow, Svenja did economic, financial and strategy consulting for Analysis Group and was an Assistant Economist in the Research Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Svenja has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Roc(Show Full Bio)hester, a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University, a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Rochester.

Twitter - @SvenjaGudell

Episodes: 10/20/2017 @12:30 PM, 9/15/2017 @12:30 PM, 4/14/2017 @12:30 PM, 2/10/2017 @12:30 PM, 10/7/2016 @1:00 PM, 9/9/2016 @12:00 PM, 12/4/2015 @12:00 PM, 9/11/2015 @12:00 PM, 8/14/2015 @12:00 PM


Kenneth Maher
Kenneth Maher

President, CEO
Pinnacle Risk Services, Inc.
http://www.PinnacleRiskServices.com

Kenneth M. Maher, founder of Pinnacle Risk Services, Inc., has in excess of 30 years of progressive industry experience in risk management consulting, insurance brokerage, corporate risk management and claims management.

Mr. Maher is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nasdaq and American Stock Exchange Insurance Agency that provided professional liability insurance products to their listed companies. Mr. Maher was also a Regional Director with PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he led the firm’s Mid-Atlantic Actuarial and Risk Management Consulting Practice. He was also the Chief Risk Officer for one of the country’s largest banking companies where he was responsible for corporate risk management, insurance, claims management, corporate security (inclusive of physical, electronic and operational policies and procedures) and executive protection. Prior to entering banking, Mr. Maher was the Director of Risk Management for a major Philadelphia health system. He has (Show Full Bio)also been a branch manager and multi-line claims adjuster for a leading national third party claims administrator.

Mr. Maher is a recognized expert on management and professional liability, in addition to crisis management planning in areas such as kidnap and ransom prevention, and business continuity planning involving operational shutdowns. He has managed corporate responses to a kidnapping, a major high rise fire, bomb threats, bank robberies and corporate aviation crashes.

Mr. Maher holds an MBA in Insurance and Risk from Temple University and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from C.W. Post College. He is also a Certified Financial Services Security Professional. He is a member of the Financial Managers Society.

Episode: 9/8/2017 @12:00 PM


Dr. Robert D. Dietz
Dr. Robert D. Dietz

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
http://www.eyeonhousing.org

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research.

Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Research, the National Tax Journal and the NBER Working Paper series. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy on housing and economic issues.

Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, specializing in revenue estimation of legislative proposals involving housing, urban development, and other business tax issues. He (Show Full Bio)is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.

Twitter - @dietz_econ

Episodes: 9/1/2017 @12:30 PM, 7/28/2017 @12:30 PM, 4/14/2017 @12:00 PM, 2/10/2017 @12:00 PM, 10/28/2016 @12:00 PM, 5/6/2016 @12:00 PM, 12/4/2015 @12:00 PM, 5/8/2015 @12:00 PM


Mike Fratantoni
Mike Fratantoni

Chief Economist; Senior Vice President of Research and Industry Technology
MBA
http://www.mba.org

Michael Fratantoni is MBA's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research and Industry Technology. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing MBA's industry surveys, benchmarking studies, economic and mortgage originations forecasts, industry technology efforts, and policy development research for both single-family and commercial/multifamily markets. Additionally, Fratantoni is president and member of the Board of Directors of MISMO, serves on the CSP's Industry Advisory Group, and is chair of the membership committee of MERS.

Prior to joining MBA, Fratantoni worked in the industry in risk management and senior economist roles at Washington Mutual and Fannie Mae. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in economics from The College of William and Mary, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, and Johns Hopkins, George Washington, and Georgetown Universities.

Episodes: 9/1/2017 @12:00 PM, 7/28/2017 @12:00 PM


Bob Walters
Bob Walters

Chief Economist and Vice President of the Capital Markets Group
Quicken Loans

Bob Walters is Chief Economist and Vice President of the Capital Markets Group for Quicken Loans Inc. In this position, he develops new products and ensures all products meet investors’ standards for quality. Walters joined Quicken Loans, then Rock Financial, in 1997 after holding positions at both NBD Bank (now owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co.) and DMR Financial Services.
Bob often is quoted on mortgage and personal finance issues by media including CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, MarketWatch and many others.
Walters earned his MBA from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in finance from Oakland University.

Episodes: 9/29/2017 @12:00 PM, 8/25/2017 @12:00 PM, 6/10/2016 @12:00 PM, 1/22/2016 @12:00 PM


Brian Ward
Brian Ward

CEO
Trimont Real Estate Advisors
http://www.trimontrea.com/

Mr. Ward serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimont Real Estate Advisors and is responsible for all functions of the company globally. With more than 300 employees throughout offices in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, and New York, Trimont the premier provider of real estate asset management, servicing, due diligence and customized advisory solutions to commercial real estate clients around the globe.
Prior to joining Trimont, Mr. Ward was the President of the Americas region for Colliers International, overseeing their Capital Markets & Investment Services businesses in Canada, Latin America and the United States, while also supporting the EMEA and APAC teams on all Capital Markets matters.

Mr. Ward has spent the bulk of his career on the institutional investment management side of the business, previously serving as the Managing Principal & Chief Executive Officer for Aspen Residential and its predecessor businesses, including Orion Residential. (Show Full Bio)Aspen and Orion were affiliated entities of Starwood Capital, Big Rock Partners & D.B. Zwirn & Co.

Mr. Ward has substantial experience with all manner of complex domestic and international debt and equity structures, having led the investment of more than $4.0 billion of capital into commercial real estate around the world.

Mr. Ward is a full member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves on the Global Exchange Council; he is also a real estate attorney and an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Twitter - @TrimontREA

Episodes: 9/29/2017 @12:30 PM, 8/25/2017 @12:30 PM, 11/25/2016 @12:00 PM, 8/12/2016 @12:00 PM


Jay Denton
Jay Denton

Vice President of Analytics
Axiometrics, Inc.
https://www.axiometrics.com/

Jay Denton leads Axiometrics’ analytics team of economists and researchers. Denton’s many accomplishments, combined with a devotion to cutting-edge data, have been invaluable in his direction of Axiometrics’ research and analytics development platform.

Denton and his team provide incisive statistics and exceptional analytics that assists clients in making productive and profitable investment decisions when it comes to buying, selling, building and owning apartment and student housing properties.

As one of Axiometrics’ pioneers, Denton helped grow the company into a nationally recognized market research firm known for its trusted and unspoiled apartment market and student housing solutions. Throughout his tenure, Denton has introduced and perfected state-of-the-art research methodologies, processes, products and scheduling to help ensure the quality, consistency and timeliness of the information collected. Much of Denton’s innovations became the gold standard by which othe(Show Full Bio)r companies endeavored to duplicate.

Denton works closely with Axiometrics clients—ranging from REITs, to large owners and operators, to high net-worth syndicates—on areas including acquisition and development studies, supply and demand forecasts and market selection.

Episodes: 8/18/2017 @12:30 PM, 6/23/2017 @12:30 PM, 2/5/2016 @12:00 PM, 6/19/2015 @12:00 PM


Doug Duncan
Doug Duncan

Senior VP, Chief Economist
Fannie Mae
http://www.fanniemae.com/

Douglas G. Duncan is Fannie Mae's senior vice president and chief economist. He is responsible for providing all forecasts and analyses on the economy, housing, and mortgage markets for Fannie Mae. Duncan also oversees corporate strategy and is responsible for strategic research regarding external factors and their potential impact on the company and the housing industry. He serves as the Chair of the Fannie Mae Corporate House Price Forecast Working Group.

Named one of Bloomberg / BusinessWeek's 50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate, Duncan is Fannie Mae's source for information and analyses on the external business and economic environment, the implications of changes in economic environment to the company's strategy and execution, and forecasting for housing activity, demographics, overall economic activity, and mortgage market activity.

Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Duncan was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. His experienc(Show Full Bio)e also includes service as a LEGIS Fellow and staff member with the Committee on Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs for Congressman Bill McCollum in the U.S. House of Representatives, and work on the Financial Institutions Project at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Duncan received his Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University and his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University.

Episodes: 8/18/2017 @12:00 PM, 6/23/2017 @12:00 PM