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.

  • Not So Exceptional

    Ever since Ronald Reagan´s "Morning in America" optimism trumped Jimmy Carter´s attempt at straight talk about malaise, America´s leaders have been careful to latch onto the notion of American exceptionalism, the idea that our democracy and our way of life will prevail because we are somehow...

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  • Was Tiger Rushing for Black Friday Deals?

    Did you go shopping on Black Friday and line up at 3 a.m. at your local Wal-Mart or Penney´s? Did you get that great deal on something you or your family probably doesn´t need like the high definition TV which uses five times as much electricity as your old color set? Did you do your national duty...

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  • From the Road

    Here are some thoughts from the road after three weeks of Emerging Trends speeches:

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  • We can only hope for higher interest rates

    We begin to see more headlines about workouts and loan restructurings. Donald Trump is left with 10% of his name-branded Atlantic City casinos, the most recent buyer of the New York Times building near Times Square got left holding the bag and takes a bath along with some big name lenders. Bankers give...

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  • Sleeping Better

    I´ve been up in Canada over the past week, and it´s obvious Americans could learn a few things from our neighbors to the north. Canada´s economy appears to be (really) stabilizing after a comparatively mild downturn and commercial real estate markets should follow suit-value declines have been...

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  • Musings before the release of Emerging Trends

    Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010 gets released on Thursday at the Urban Land Institute´s Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  I´ll have more to comment about the forecast, which I author, after PricewaterhouseCoopers and ULI unveil the report. But here are a couple of observations coming off several...

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  • Trying to Find Silver Linings

    I´m preparing for next week´s unveiling of Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010 at ULI in San Francisco. I won´t be giving away the store to say next year won´t be the greatest in industry history...  I know audiences don´t want to hear all gloom and doom (who needs to sit through a downer?),...

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  • Dealmaking or Operations

    Of course, the push back on government financial regulation over trading businesses isn't surprising. The people who run the big financial firms and who dole out massive political campaign contributions have had a good thing going--massive compensation with little downside risk to their personal fortunes...

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  • The reality of austerity

    No politician would dare say it--Americans spend (waste) too much and aren't taxed enough. But we need to spend less and save more at the personal level, and should be taxed more to pay for programs we all want like social security, medicare-health care, and defense. And we must insist on getting...

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  • Confronting the CMBS problem

    Everyone I talk to says the key to real estate market recovery is resuscitating the CMBS markets. There´s plenty of equity "on the sidelines," but without credit and refinancing sources, the capital markets will stay frozen. Ironically, the CMBS concept helped jump start market recovery 15 years...

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