Scope & Range of Services
Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort with 40+ years experience in the business. He is a highly credible resource for operations, real estate development, feasibility, business valuation, and business interruption issues.
Degrees and Licenses held by the Principal: MBA-Finance, Bloch School of Management (University of Missouri in Kansas City); BS-Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hotel Administration (University of Nevada in Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.
Detail: Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Advisors, provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, Resort Timesharing, Fractionals, Condo Hotels, Casinos, Spas, and Recreational Real Estate. These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and in need of fundamental change, or in any situation where disputes have arisen among the parties.
Key areas of consulting and expert effectiveness are –
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Richard Payne is a Mortgage Banking Expert and Managing Partner for Payne Advisory, LLC. He has served as lead advisor for the RTC at Prudential Securities for Mortgage Securitizations and on the Regional Advisory Boards of both FNMA and Freddie Mac. Mr. Payne has also served as President and CEO of several large and small cap mortgage banking firms.
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Payne Advisory, LLC, has thirty years of Wall Street and Main Street experience and assists Companies to proactively address mortgage crisis issues. Its consultants include Lisa Jones who specializes in all aspects of residential mortgage banking, state and federal regulatory compliance, underwriting, credit risk and loss mitigation.
Market Street Financial Solutions provide services to banks, non-banks, and individuals with a need for financing solutions. We specialize in Commercial Real Estate and Asset Based Financing for the most basic to the most difficult loan need.
Market Street Financial Solutions is a licensed California Finance Lender and a Bureau of Real Estate Broker. Their nationwide platform allows them to access loan programs in all 50 states, giving their clients the best possible options.
President and CEO, James B. (Jay) Hibert has been an active lender in the Commercial Banking Industry for 30 years. His extensive credit background arms him with the understanding of how banks and other lenders operate internally. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE) and his company is a California Finance Lender and Broker through the California Department of Business Oversight. Mr. Hibert's experience includes:
Commercial Lending - Bank Negotiations - Business Development - Credit Administration and Management - Real Estate Brokerage Consulting - Loan Syndication - Loan Workouts
Litigation Consulting: When a case is not to the point where an expert needs to be designated, clients and attorneys often benefit from consulting with an expert in order to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Jay offers services in these early stages, allowing the attorney to consider key questions, such as whether or not the case has enough value for litigating, potential settlement value, and often times forming the framework for discovery requests. When we work in this consulting capacity, our communication is covered by the attorney client privilege, so our clients and attorneys are free to discuss trial strategy without the worry of discoverability. This has allowed Jay to add value by performing preliminary analysis to assess the viability of different strategic directions for the case.
George Hedley is the founder and President of Hedley Construction and Development Inc., a major General Contractor, Owner’s Representative, and Construction Manager headquartered in Orange & Riverside Counties, Southern California. Since 1977, Mr. Hedley has built and / or developed more than 1,000 projects totaling in excess of 15 million square feet of commercial, office, industrial, and residential projects valued at more than $700,000,000. As a general contractor and construction manager, he has constructed numerous projects ranging from $3,000,000 to $10,000,000 each. Mr. Hedley has served as a Past President of Associated Builders & Contractors and Southern California Builders Association. He has presented over 500 presentations and workshops to national construction conventions including over 60 programs at the World Of Concrete. He is author of 10 construction business books including “Get Your Construction Business to Always Make A Profit!”, and several workbooks on Estimating, Project Management, Field Management, and Contracts. He has also written over 250 published articles in major construction industry publications including Construction Business Owner magazine. Construction Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley offers construction expert witness and consulting services. His areas of expertise include:
Construction Industry Speaker - Today, along with managing his company, Mr. Hedley owns HARDHAT Presentations, presenting keynote speeches, workshops and seminars to companies and associations. He has received the prestigious ‘Certified Speaking Professional’ designation from the National Speakers Association earned by only 7% of the members. His ‘Profit-Builder’ Programs include topics on Building Leaders, Building Profits, Building Customers and Building Wealth. Construction Business Coaching - Mr. Hedley also provides ongoing professional business Coaching, hosts peer to peer mentor groups, facilitates Strategic Planning retreats for companies, and leads ‘BIZ-BUILDER Boot Camps’ for business owners of construction companies. View George Hedley's Expert Witness Profile.
Griswold Real Estate Management has been dedicated to providing superior Property Management, Receivership, and Expert Witness Services for over 30 years. With offices in Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles, they serve southern Nevada and all five southern California counties. Properties include single family homes, condominiums, apartment communities, homeowners associations, commercial and retail space, and self storage facilities. Griswold Real Estate Management has been awarded the Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Across the country, less than 5% of all management firms have earned this distinction, by fulfilling the most stringent requirements in expertise, education, integrity, and financial stability. Property Management Services:
Principal, Robert S. Griswold, CRE, CPM, CCIM, PCAM, CCAM, GRI, ARM, is currently active as a day-to-day hands-on, licensed practitioner, consultant, and expert witness in all aspects of real estate (except valuation). A 3-time graduate of the distinguished Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a BS ('81), MBA ('86) and MSBA (2nd Masters) ('88) in real estate and related disciplines, Mr. Griswold is a recognized expert on management of all types of residential real estate. He has actively managed over 60,000 residential units and several million square feet of commercial, industrial, self-storage and retail properties nationally in the last 30 years. He has extensive experience as a court-appointed receiver (nearly 200 times) for private lenders and major financial institutions. Author - Robert Griswold is the author of the nationally best selling book on real estate management, Property Management Kit For Dummies, which has sold over 100,000 copies in less than 5 years. He also co-authored Real Estate Investing For Dummies, another bestseller in the category with nearly 100,000 copies sold, and Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies, published in 2014. Media Consultant - Since 1995, Mr. Griswold has appeared as the Real Estate Expert for an NBC-owned affiliate in San Diego and weekly on NBC News This Weekend answering live impromptu questions on any aspect of real estate from viewers. He was the host of the longest running weekly 2-hour live real estate news, information, and advice radio show in the country for over 14 years. The show, Real Estate Today! with Robert Griswold (along with his work for NBC) has won 5 national journalism awards and is unlike other real estate radio shows as his show is non-advertorial in nature. View Robert Griswold's Expert Witness Profile.
Catherine Ghiglieri, former Texas Banking Commissioner, has more than 25 years bank regulatory experience, including 18 years with the Comptroller of the Currency. Ms. Ghiglieri has provided banking expert witness testimony in Federal and State Courts throughout the country. Ms. Ghiglieri founded Ghiglieri & Company, a full service consulting firm, which provides strategic planning, management studies, director training, and assistance with bank regulatory agencies. Ms. Ghiglieri co-founded The Bank Directors' College which provided training for bank directors and is co-author of The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors, The Ultimate Guide for Bank Directors, Revised Edition and Boardroom Strategies for Financial Institutions.
Ms. Ghiglieri provides expert witness testimony on the following subjects:
Ms. Ghiglieri is the former Texas Banking Commissioner and has over 25 years of bank regulatory experience, including 18 years with the Comptroller of the Currency. As Texas Banking Commissioner, Ms. Ghiglieri was responsible for the supervision of the third largest state banking system in the United States, and the regulation of trust companies, foreign bank agencies, prepaid funeral contract providers, sale of check licensees, and money transmission businesses. She served as statutory receiver for failed trust companies, prepaid funeral contract providers and perpetual care cemeteries. Ms. Ghiglieri directed the statutory modernization of all statutes under the Texas Banking Department, most notably, revision of Texas’ 50-year-old banking laws. She made numerous appearances before the U.S. Congress and the Texas Legislature providing testimony on subjects such as financial modernization, and bank and funeral regulation.
University of Notre Dame - BBA in Finance
Georgia State University - JD
Member of the State Bar of Georgia and the District of Columbia Bar.
Gerald M. Levy, real estate and banking consultant, serves as arbitrator and mediator of real estate and construction disputes and expert witness on practice standards for real estate lending, construction lending, commercial lending, credit risk, loan guarantees, brokerage, due diligence, negotiation of transactions, landlord/tenant disputes, ground and space leases, restructurings and workouts,real estate fraud analysis, corporate real estate, and real estate valuation.
He is Professor at NYU and was Managing Director, Real Estate Finance Division, Chase Manhattan Bank; and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Real Estate and Corporate Services Division, Chemical Bank.
Mr. Levy holds the MAI, CRE, and FRICS designations and is a neutral for American Arbitration Association. He is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker and a New York State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
E. Robert Miller has over 40 years of service to the real estate profession and has unrivaled expertise in Property Management Techniques. As President of E. Robert Miller & Associates, he provides Expert Witness Consulting and trial work, educational services and business development services. Mr. Miller has served on over 1,300 cases as an Expert Witness or Consultant in the property management field since 1996. He was the 2004 Northern California Expert Witness Association President. Mr. Miller's experience and thoroughness in research, depositions and trial situations makes him your best choice for an expert witness in property management litigation. Areas of Expertise
Profile: J. Michael Feeks, one of the founders of Bank Experts Group, provides consulting services to banks and bank clients, and litigation support and expert witness services to law firms. Services to Financial Institutions:
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Background: 35+ years of banking experience. 10+ years of consulting experience. Served major bank in lending, branch operations, and management. Served community banks as president, director, and other senior positions. MBA – New York University. Graduate – Manhattan College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Bank Experts Group is a consulting firm that provides litigation support in banking-related matters and specialized assistance to banks and other financial institutions. The principals are experienced former bankers, regulators and educators with extensive experience in bank management.
Profile: 47+ yrs experience in financial, mortgage & business institutions including 17+ President, CEO & Director & 6+ director of a mortgage company. 15+ years of leadership/ directorships in national & state trade associations. Over 500 federal & state nationwide cases i for FDIC, FannieMae, financial institutions, mortgage companies, businesses, non-banks, individuals. Services provided: consulting, depositions, reports, affidavits & court testimonies.
Expertise: Financial Institutions, Mortgage Institutions, Business, Real Estate. Residential mortgage loans,construction loans, commercial real estate loans, business loans, SBA; Operations; Fraud; Lender Liability; Policy & Procedures; Fiduciary Duties, D & O conduct, Other. Reports, depositions & court testimony in Federal, Bankruptcy & state courts.