Eliot Spitzer, Jorge Perez, Moishe Mana, Ugo Colombo part of ULI panel

As everybody tries to read the tea leaves about the Miami condo and investment market, the lineup at a November 30 Urban Land Institute panel should be able to give some answers.

A lot of the speakers are familiar to those following trends in South Florida, starting with Jorge Perez, founder, chairman and CEO of Related Group, who was on the cover of the first issue of SFBW two years ago, and Moishe Mana, president of The Mana Group, who has been gobbling up property in downtown Miami and proposing a mega project in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. 

I’m particularly intrigued about whether Mana will start giving more details about his plans to reinvigorate Miami’s downtown core, where a lot of historic, architecturally significant buildings have been greatly underutilized. He has spent about $300 million buying property and will be the curator of what emerges.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is another notable speaker. Spitzer Enterprises and a partner set a record in 2015 with the sale of the Crown Building on New York’s Fifth Avenue for a record $4,564 a square foot–$1.78 billion for 390,000 square feet.

Developer Ugo Colombo, founder of CMC Group, is another major South Florida name, while another major national name is Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Lorber is also CEO of Vector Group in Miami, which includes the Liggett tobacco operations, a majority stake in Douglas Elliman and a development arm.

Among the topics the the seminar  are access to global capital, the rise of Russian and Chinese foreign buyers and domestic Northeast investors, how incoming President Donald Trump will impact real estate from a tax, infrastructure and investment perspective, how communities are integrating workforce and luxury housing inventory to build more sustainable communities, and what’s ahead for the residential real estate market.

Other panelists include Reid Boren, managing partner of Two Roads Development; Inigo Ardid, co-president of Key International; Silvia Coltrane, CEO of Transacta Developers; Vladislav Doronin, chairman & CEO of OKO Group; Neil Fairman, president & founder of The Plaza Group; Ziel Feldman, chairman & founder of HFZ Capital Group; and Spencer Levy, Americas head of research at CBRE; and Michael Stern, CEO of JDS Development Group.

The presentation is being held at the East Hotel, which is part of Miami’s Brickell City Centre. I’ve visited there a couple of times recently and it’s worth taking some time before or after seminar to check out the hotel and the newly opened retail part of City Centre.

Here’s the link to register for the event, which is from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.