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Jonathan D. Miller

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.

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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