Jonathan D. Miller

Executive Bio

Jonathan Miller is a partner and co-owner of Miller Ryan LLC, a strategic marketing communications consulting firm to the financial services and real estate industries. Miller has more than 25 years of communications and marketing experience in the real estate industry, counseling many leading executives. For the past 15 years he has also authored Emerging Trends in Real Estate, the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) premier annual industry forecast and speaks extensively on suburban and urban issues. He is also author of ULI's Infrastructure 2008: A Global Perspectives, a major analysis on the looming changes facing the

U.S. on infrastructure and land use issues. He has led marketing/communications teams at Equitable Real Estate, Lend Lease, and GMAC Commercial Mortgage (Capmark Finance), overseeing re-branding programs for those firms as well as for COMPASS, Boston Financial and Amresco when they were acquired by Lend Lease. He has extensive crisis communications and corporate-change experience. Miller graduated with honors from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and earned a law degree cum laude from American University. Contact Jonathan Miller.

  • Water and Water Infrastructure

     

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  • Getting our Heads Screwed on Straight

    Despite last week's passionate Tea Party rallies, taxes will increase across the board--at the federal, state, and local levels--over the next decade. Nearly 50% of Americans may pay no federal income tax, but they pay payroll taxes and sales taxes, state income taxes and property taxes, as well as...

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  • The Crime Threat

    As readers know, I am a big believer that America´s future lies in the vibrancy of its major metropolitan areas-the prime gateway cities where most of our economic activity concentrates. But the recession and its aftermath push these cities to an inflection point-after nearly 20 years of resurgence,...

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  • Shareholder Value and Real Estate

    So many stats recently... Employment is edging up... finally. But private sector hiring is barely registering any increases. And CEO pay continues to go up-now averaging 350 times more than the lowest paid company worker compared to about 25 times in 1960. All this while over the last decade the average...

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  • Good News?

    At a client meeting last week, a top broker asked me when we would see "some good news." Come to think of it, I´ve been writing this blog since November 2007, and it´s been all downhill since then. I asked him what he thought---he helps oversee a 1500-plus nationwide network trying to source deals....

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  • Real Estate and the November Elections

    What do the real estate markets and Democrats´ prospects for the November elections have in common? Well it´s not healthcare even though Republicans will tell you Democrat Congressional majorities are at stake over the monumental legislation which just passed. By November, healthcare will be almost...

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  • The New Office Reality

    Here's the new reality about officing:

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  • Pension World Meltdown - continued

    While the country has been fixated on broken (and inordinately expensive) health care, more evidence appears to confirm the meltdown of our various privately managed pension systems. Today's New York Times reports about how public pension plans desperately "chase higher returns to make up ground"...

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  • Figuring on 8 Percent

    Last week I asked an industry veteran who works for a company that manages a major core real estate fund about the fund's returns. He answered not surprisingly that the past year has been pretty brutal--the fund lost almost 40% for its investors, a fairly typical result in the competitive set. But...

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  • Distressing Pension Crisis

    News that public state pension funds are $1 trillion short in funding expected retiree benefits should be rattling everyone and come as no surprise. As they increased real estate allocation targets to 10% or more of their total asset portfolios, many state funds invested with wild abandon in real estate...

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