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DANIA POINTE – THE TOPIC AT THE APRIL 15 LOAN COMMITTEE MEETING

May 11, 2016

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ROBERT SHAPIRO, President with Master Development and PETER FLINT, Director of Development for the Southeast Region with Kimco Realty, were the guest speakers at the April 15th Loan Committee luncheon to discuss their newest project.  Dania Pointe is a 102 acre premier mixed-use development with over 1 million square feet of retail and restaurants in addition to Class A offices, hotels, luxury apartments and public event space. Dania Pointe’s accessibility from Interstate 95 and immediate proximity to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port and the DCOTA Design Center make it an attractive retail destination in Broward County.

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LARRY BEHAR, ESQ. DISCUSSES EB-5 PROGRAM AT NOVEMBER 22 LOAN COMMITTEE LUNCHEON

November 27, 2013

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LARRY J. BEHAR, Esquire, with Behar Law Group, was the keynote speaker at the November Loan Committee networking luncheon at the Tower Club. Author of “EB-5 United States Immigration through Investment”, Mr. Behar, addressed one of the few remaining options in bank financing for creative U.S. developers.  The EB5 (Employment Based Fifth Preference) concept was created by the Immigration Act of 1990, and offers a visa opportunity for immigrant investors.  This visa provides a method of obtaining a green card for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States.

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STILES REALTY – PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE – DISCUSSED AT SEPTEMBER 27TH LOAN COMMITTEE MEETING

September 29, 2013

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Stiles Realty President PAUL MARKO was the keynote speaker at the September Loan Committee networking luncheon at the Tower Club.  The history of Stiles and the positive impact that their projects have had in the community was discussed, as well as an overview of future development plans for the company and 2014 market expectations.

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DISTINGUISHED PANEL DISCUSSES THE LIFE CYCLE OF AN SBA LOAN AT JULY 19TH LUNCHEON

July 23, 2013

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The Life Cycle of an SBA Loan was the topic at The Loan Committee luncheon held on July 19, 2013 at the Tower Club.  The panel included Miguel Gonzalez, Assistant District Director of the SBA, Mitch Fogel, Esq. with Fogel Law Group, Jeni Chokron, VP with SunTrust Bank, Rick Von Minden, SBA Business Development Officer with TD Bank, and Alejandro Buitrago with Florida First Capital Finance Corporation.  The presentation included a discussion of governments role and addressing lender and borrower concerns, the pre-underwriting and underwriting process, 7A and 504 eligibility requirements, documentation requirements for 504 loan approval, CDC’s role, and the closing process – obstacles and pitfalls.

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LENDERS SHOWCASE THEIR NEWEST PRODUCTS AT THE 1ST ANNUAL LENDERPALOOZA EVENT

June 22, 2013

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Commercial real estate professionals had a chance to see the newest products offered by several premier lending institutions at the 1st Annual LENDERPALOOZA event held at the RCA Auditorium on June 21, 2013.  Representatives from PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Total Bank, Seacoast National Bank, Capital Source, and Ready Cap Commercial showcased their services to nearly 100 participants.  Non-lender sponsors included The Fitzgerald Group, Brown & Brown Insurance, Aruba Services and SGF Environmental Consultants.  The event, hosted by The Loan Committee and the RCA, and moderated by The Loan Committee’s Program Director Adam Von Romer, provided a robust networking opportunity that gave guests and members a chance to exchange information.  Many thanks to the RCA’s Maureen Miller for coordinating such a successful event.

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Dodd-Frank Discussed at The Loan Committee / Commercial Finance Association Joint Meeting

March 15, 2013

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LOAN-3-12-2013-Photo 13Dodd-Frank was the topic at The Loan Committee / Commercial Finance Association joint luncheon that was held on March 12, 2013 at the Lauderdale Yacht Club.  Keith Costello, President & CEO with Broward Bank of Commerce, Ian Berkowitz, Esq. with Berkowitz & Associates, PA, and Robert Brighton, Jr., Partner with Shutts & Bowen, LLP, provided the attendees with up to date information on what to expect with this new legislation.

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Dr. Hugh Kelly – Presents “Beyond the ‘Cliff’ Notes” at January Networking Event

January 20, 2013

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DR. HUGH KELLY, Economist, was the keynote speaker at The Loan Committee breakfast held at the Tower Club on January 18, 2013.  Dr. Kelly presented “Beyond the ‘Cliff’ Notes” – America’s Economy and Real Estate Markets 2013.  Wealth Generation since 2009, a discussion of where institutional money fund capital has gone, and the secular downward trend in interest rates since 1995 were highlighted.  Dr. Kelly expects easy monetary policy for the next two years, even if job growth accelerates.  Click here to see Dr. Kelly’s presentation.

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Ms. Lori Parrish, CFA, Broward County Property Appraiser – Keynote Speaker at November Networking Event

November 17, 2012

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MS. LORI PARRISH, CFA, Broward County Property Appraiser (BCPA) was the keynote speaker at The Loan Committee breakfast held at the Tower Club on November 16, 2012.  Mr. Dan Hafner, MAI, Commercial Senior Coordinator, and Mr. Robert Zbikowski, MAI, Commercial Senior Appraiser with the BCPA also addressed the group.  What to expect in 2013 and beyond based on trends over the last four years was discussed, as well as a discussion of recent changes (legal, etc.) that members of The Loan Committee should be aware of.  Attendees included south Florida lenders and commercial real estate professionals.

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