Real Estate Advisory Council

The School's Real Estate Advisory Council includes prominent real estate industry leaders from South Florida and across the nation. The Committee is chaired by Steve Witkoff, the chairman and CEO of The Witkoff Group LLC, a New York City-based real estate investment firm. The Council advises the School on the development of its real estate programs and is helping the School establish and promote a new Center for Real Estate Studies and Research.

In their words

Our Council Members

Edgardo A. Defortuna, MBA '82

It is extremely exiting to observe the amazing growth and academic quality of the Miami Herbert Business School. As an MBA alumnus, being a member of the Advisory Council is not only an honor but a wonderful experience. The talent, camaraderie, openness and diversity of points of view of the members is something that I truly appreciate and enjoy.

President and CEO Fortune International Realty Inc.
Katherine (Katie) Sproul

It is great to meet and interact with the students as well as share industry intel with fellow council board members.

CEO Halstatt Real Estate Partners
Malcolm Butters, BBA '82

The advisory council at the Miami Herbert Real Estate program is a dynamic, powerful board that has been instrumental in providing guidance and opportunities for students looking to enter the real estate field. Few universities can make this claim and have the same pedigree of board members.

President Butters Construction and Development
Manuel Martin

The council is a terrific tool to help Miami Herbert Business School further achieve its mission. I am proud about my membership and feel lucky to interact with the array of market leaders sitting alongside me.

Managing Director Nuveen Real Estate
Sandeep Mathrani
Sandeep Mathrani

It's an honor to be a Miami Herbert Real Estate Program Advisory Council member. I look forward to working with the council to advance the program's mission of developing principled leaders that transform global business and society and I hope my participation helps to inspire and educate the future minds of real estate.

CEO WeWork
Sandeep Mathrani
Roger Morales, BBA '00

I very much like reconnecting with the School (my alma mater) and the interaction with such a highly regarded group of real estate practitioners.

Partner and Head of Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions KKR
Sandeep Mathrani
Thomas Bartelmo

From the beginning, working with the Miami Herbert Real Estate Program has been an enlightening and rewarding experience because of the people. I enjoy partnering with innovative and distinguished colleagues and working with dedicated and passionate faculty members – especially Andrea Heuson. It is an honor to be part of this collaborative effort to provide educational opportunities, internships and resources that help prepare outstanding students to become effective and thoughtful business and community leaders.

President and CEO The Kislak Organization


Steven C. Witkoff - Board Chair
Chairman and CEO
The Witkoff Group
Malcolm Butters, BBA'82
Butters Construction and Development
James E. Flaum
Managing Director,
Global Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending Morgan Stanley Inc.
Sandeep Mathrani
Matthew J. Allen
Executive Vice President and COO
The Related Group
Thomas Christopoul
54 Madison Partners, LLC
Lynn Hackney
Community Three
Camilo Miguel, Jr., BBA '99
Founder & CEO
Mast Capital
Paul Amoruso, BBA '82
Managing Director
Oxford & Simpson Realty Services
Armando Codina
Executive Chairman
Codina Partners
Alexis Kantt
Principal, Blackstone Real Estate Europe
Roger Morales, BBA '00
Partner and Head of Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions
Thomas Bartelmo
President and CEO
The Kislak Organization
Ugo Colombo
CMC Group
Marcelo Kingston
Managing Director
Multiplan Real Asset Management
Alfonso Munk
Chief Investment Officer, Americas
Tere Blanca, BBA '81, MBA '83
President and CEO
Blanca Commercial Real Estate
Michael Comras, BBA '83
The Comras Company of Florida
Howard M. Lorber
President and CEO
Vector Group Ltd.
Gabe Navarro
MMG Equity Partners
Douglas J. Bowen
Managing Director Clarion Partners
DJB Associates
Manuel de Zarraga, MBA'83, BSCE'83   
Executive Managing Director      
JLL Capital Markets
David Luski
DRA Advisors LLC
Neil Shah
President & COO
Hersha Hospitality Trust
Richard Brickell
Senior Vice President
Joseph P. Day Realty Corp
Edgardo A. Defortuna, MBA'82
President and CEO
Fortune International Realty Inc.
Jackie Mansfield
Tristar Capital

Katherine Sproul
Halstatt Real Estate Partners

Jeff Brown
President and Vice Chairman
NFI Industries
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Managing Director
Spring Bay Property Company LLC
Manuel Martin
Managing Director
Nuveen Real Estate
Randy K. Weisburd, BBA '89
Atlantic/Pacific Companies

Emeritus Members

Carol Greenberg Brooks
Continental Real Estate Companies (CREC)
Scott Sime
Sime Realty
William Cohen
Executive Vice President & Principal
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Real Estate
Andrew Smulian
Chairman and CEO
Akerman Senterfitt
David G. Levin
Vice-Chairman and President
Camden Land Partners
Gary Trock
Senior Vice President
Mark E. Rose
Avison Young
Warren Weiser
Continental Real Estate Companies (CREC)