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Lecture 2004

The Potential Impact of Weather Related Events
on the Southwest Florida Real Estate Market

November 17, 2004
Grandézza Country Club
Estero, Florida

Guest Speakers

Joseph W. O'Connor

Joseph W. O’Connor is the President, Chairman, and Founder of Singleton Associates, a real estate development firm based in Boston. He has been active in real estate since 1970 and is recognized as one of the investment community’s leaders in the field of real estate investing.

Mr. O’Connor was the national chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), 2001-2003, a nonprofit education and research institute dedicated to providing responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. Established in 1936, ULI has approximately 23,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. He is particularly interested in issues related to affordable housing, education, and smart growth, all of which he believes are topics that interest a broad cross-section of people involved in various aspects of land use planning and development.

Singleton Associates, which he established in 1997, provides real estate counseling services as well as investment capital for commercial and residential projects throughout the United States. Prior to establishing Singleton Associates, O’Connor was co-chairman of AEW Capital Management, a real estate investment company specializing in the development and management of commercial and residential projects. From 1981 through 1996, he served as Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Copley Real Estate Advisors, one of the nation’s largest real estate investment advisory firms.

His numerous civic activities include serving as a Board Member of Harvard University’s Harvard Management Corporation, as well as a Trustee and Chairman of the Building and Design Committee for the New England Aquarium. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Cross College.


Dale Anne Reiss

Dale Ann Reiss is responsible for all real estate, construction, engineering, and hospitality practices for Ernst & Young, New York. She is responsible for client development and service, people resources, practice growth of audit, tax, mergers and acquisitions, advisory and structuring services with global revenues of approximately $1 billion that includes a staff of over 5,000. The clients she serves personally include Starwood Hotels, Equity Residential, Equity Office, Tishman Speyer.

In 1985 as the Managing Partner, Ms. Reiss founded the Chicago office of Kenneth Leventhal & Company, then the eighth largest accounting firm specializing in real estate in the U.S. where she was responsible for overseeing all audit, tax, consulting activities in the Midwest.

Ms. Reiss has a BS in economics and accounting from the Illinois Institute of Technology and MBA in finance and statistics from University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant in both Illinois and Florida.

She is a Trustee, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Urban Land Institute; a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business; a member of the Executive Committee of the Sam Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center of The Wharton School of Economics; a Member of the Columbia Real Estate Forum at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business; and serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate Program. She is also a prolific speaker and media spokesperson.


Frank D'Alessandro

Frank D'Alessandro has been in the commercial real estate brokerage business for nearly 25 years in Southwest Florida. Frank is the founding partner of D'Alessandro & Woodyard, Inc., Commercial Realtors specializing in the sale and leasing of commercial real property throughout southwest Florida.

His vast knowledge and understanding of emerging trends, local government and his valuable business alliances have consistently served his clients' needs. As a long-time Lee County resident, Frank's insights and forecasts about the local market are highly respected and sought by the business community.

Frank serves on a variety of community and business boards and committees. He served as past president of the Real Estate Investment Society, Past Chair of the Horizon Council (Lee County's Economic Development Advisory Board), The Florida Bar Twentieth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Board and currently serves on the boards of the Southwest Florida CCIM District, Hope Hospice, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Frank chairs the FGCU Real Estate Committee and serves on their Executive Board.


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