Trend Czar

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Jonathan D. Miller

A marketing communication strategist who turned to real estate analysis, Jonathan D. Miller is a foremost interpreter of 21st citistate futures – cities and suburbs alike – seen through the lens of lifestyles and market realities.

For more than 20 years (1992-2013), Miller authored Emerging Trends in Real Estate, the leading commercial real estate industry outlook report, published annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  He has lectures frequently on trends in real estate, including the future of America's major 24-hour urban centers and sprawling suburbs. He also has been author of ULI’s annual forecasts on infrastructure and its What’s Next? series of forecasts. On a weekly basis, he writes the Trendczar blog for, the real estate news website.

Outside his published forecasting work, Miller is a prominent communications/institutional investor-marketing strategist and partner in Miller Ryan LLC, helping corporate clients develop and execute branding and communications programs. He led the re-branding of GMAC Commercial Mortgage to Capmark Financial Group Inc. and he was part of the management team that helped build Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, Inc. (subsequently Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Inc.) into the leading real estate advisor to pension funds and other real institutional investors. He joined the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. in 1981, moving to Equitable Real Estate in 1984 as head of Corporate/Marketing Communications. In the 1980's he managed relations for several of the country's most prominent real estate developments including New York's Trump Tower and the Equitable Center. 

Earlier in his career, Miller was a reporter for Gannett Newspapers. He is a member of the Citistates Group and a board member of NYC Outward Bound Schools and the Center for Employment Opportunities.

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Posted by comment_user_455084 | Wednesday, November 04 2009 at 7:38PM ET

My experience during the RTC days has paid off handsomely over the years but for several years and until recently their were no situations to apply the lessons learned in the early and mid 90's.

If the clients still want the younger MBA types then maybe those of us with the experience needed in today's bottomless economy who have some frost on the edges and a bit of weathering on the hide can give a gift of knowledge using raw talent, and a healthy shot of adrenaline resulting in an improved client bottom line!
Posted by comment_user_455051 | Friday, February 13 2009 at 9:22PM ET
Funny, I think the "gray and wrinkles" got us into this mess. So many of these big, smart companies that ignored all the lessons they learned had these "gray and wrinkled" at the helm. Just look at all the REITs that have lost 70% of their values...who set their strategies over the last 5 years? Not many 20 or 30 somethings I know that. You can't teach an old dog new tricks...Same tricks were used to get us into this mess by the old grays and the same tricks will be used to get us out I guess.
Posted by comment_user_455083 | Friday, February 13 2009 at 9:09PM ET
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Posted by comment_user_455082 | Friday, February 13 2009 at 11:14AM ET