November 6 & 7, 2014The FSU Real Estate Network’s 20th Annual

real estate trends conference

Featured Speakers


Stephen J. Dubner
Bestselling Author, "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics"; Host of "Freakonomics Radio"; and Co-star, "Freakonomics" Documentary

An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is co-author of the international bestsellers Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages. Freakonomics, published in April 2005, was an instant international best-seller and cultural phenomenon. It made numerous "books of the year" lists, a few "books of the decade" lists, and won a variety of awards. Freakonomics spent eight years on The New York Times Best Sellers list.  SuperFreakonomics, published in 2009, was published to similar acclaim, and also became an international best-seller.

The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Mr. Dubner hosts. He has also appeared widely on television, including a three-year stint on ABC News as a Freakonomics contributor.

Mr. Dubner has been writing since he was a child; his first published work appeared in Highlights magazine. During college, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records. But he quit playing music to attend graduate school at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He was an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before writing books full time.

FRIDAY MORNING - Strategies for Beyond Tomorrow

Ronald Kravit
Head of Real Estate Investing, Managing Member of Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management, LLC and Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management, LP

Mr. Kravit joined Cerberus in 1996. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Kravit was a Managing Director at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, L.P., from 1994 to 1996, where he was responsible for new business development, acquisitions and asset management.

Prior to his tenure at Apollo, Mr. Kravit was a Managing Director at G. Soros Realty Advisors/Reichmann International, an affiliate of Soros Fund Management, from 1993 to 1994. Before joining Soros, Mr. Kravit was Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at the Maxxam Property Company in Houston from 1991 to 1993 and Vice President with Miller-Klutznick-Davis-Gray Co. in Los Angeles and Chicago from 1984 to 1991. From 1979 through 1982, Mr. Kravit was an accountant. Mr. Kravit is a certified public accountant.

Mr. Kravit is a graduate of Georgetown University and received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kravit is a member of the Cerberus Capital Management Real Estate Committee.

Deirdre Bolton
Anchor, "Risk & Reward," FOX Business Network

Deirdre Bolton joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in February 2014 and is the host of Risk and Reward with Deirdre Bolton (weekdays 1-2PM/ET).

Prior to joining FBN, Bolton served as an anchor at Bloomberg Television, most recently as host of MoneyMoves. She also co-anchored the network’s morning programming. During her tenure there, Bolton interviewed major financial newsmakers, including, Pershing Square Capital CEO Bill Ackman, Lazard Vice Chairman Gary Parr, and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross.
Before joining Bloomberg in 1999, Bolton worked in institutional equity sales at CDC North America and Société Générale, where she sold European equities to U.S. portfolio managers.

She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and French literature and holds a master’s degree from New York University.

FRIDAY MORNING - Real Talks: Ideas that Inform, Challenge and Inspire

K. Anders Ericsson
Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

Dr. Ericsson is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experimental researchers. Currently he studies the measurement of expert performance in domains, such as music, chess, nursing, law enforcement, and sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms and physiological adaptations through extended deliberate practice. His work was cited by Malcolm Gladwell (10,000 hour rule) in the book Outliers.

Dr. Ericsson has edited several books on expertise, the influential Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, consisting of over 40 chapters and 900 pages, and Development of Professional Expertise. He has published articles in prestigious journals, such as Science, Psychological Review, Psychological Bulletin, and Current Biology. He is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Dr. Ericsson's research has been featured in cover stories in Scientific American, Time, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has been invited to meet with coaches and professional sports organizations, such as the Philadelphia Eagles (American football) and Manchester City (soccer).

Jonathan V. Last
Senior Writer, The Weekly Standard and Author of "What to Expect When No One's Expecting"

Mr. Last is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard, a Washington-based political magazine and author of What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster (Encounter Books). His writings have been featured in, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Post, Claremont Review of Books, First Things, The Week, Salon, Slate, TV Guide, and elsewhere.

He is a regular commentator on both television and radio and has appeared on outlets ranging from ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel to PBS, NPR, CNBC, Sky News, and the BBC.

He blogs at and his next book, The Seven Deadly Virtues will be published in December 2014 by Templeton Press.

Dana Telsey
CEO and Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group

The Telsey Advisory Group (TAG), founded in 2006, has grown to be a leading equity research, trade execution, investment banking and consulting firm, focusing on the consumer space. TAG’s team of 20 analysts covers 21 sectors of consumer with over 150 companies under coverage.

Ms. Telsey is a thirteen-year member of Institutional Investor magazine’s “All-America Research Team” where she was ranked the #1 Specialty Stores analyst for seven consecutive years. In 2009, the most recent ranking, she was ranked the #1 Specialty Stores analyst and #1 Broadlines & Department Stores analyst by Institutional Investor magazine’s “All-America Independent Research Team.” She has appeared as a special guest on such programs as Wall Street Week, ABC News, The NBC Evening News and The Today Show and is a regular guest analyst on both CNN and CNBC.

Ms. Telsey has followed over 100 companies during her 28-year career. From 1994 to 2006, she was at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. covering the retail sector, most recently as a Senior Managing Director. Prior to working at Bear Stearns, Ms. Telsey was the Retail Analyst at C.J. Lawrence and Vice President of the Baron Asset Fund at Baron Capital, Inc.


Anthony M. Graziano
Senior Managing Director, Integra Realty Resources - Miami/Palm Beach

Anthony M. Graziano, CRE is a recognized national expert in the commercial real estate industry. He sits on the Board of Integra Realty Resources, Inc. (IRR), the nation’s largest real estate valuation and consulting firm, and serves as one of IRR’s advisors on Viewpoint and national econometrics data.

Mr. Graziano holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University. In addition to his professional experience in real estate counseling, valuation, and brokerage, Mr. Graziano has been interviewed by many national media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, ALM, and Fox Business, and has had feature articles in Commercial Investment Real Estate (CIRE). He is a sitting member of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s Economic Roundtable, The Urban Land Institute (ULI) of South Florida’s Advisory Council, and the Builder’s Association of South Florida Board (BASF).

Mr. Graziano will present an overview of national trends affecting the real estate economy, and a preview of IRR Viewpoint 2015 real estate analysis. The discussion will focus on specific markets and market segments, buyer pools, and threats-opportunities-trends within the Southeastern US markets vs. other national markets.