Scope & Range of Services
Overview: Kenneth Free is a hotel and resort professional with over 40+ years of 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 Business & Public Administration (University of Missouri, Kansas City); BS- Hotel Administration, Harrah College of Hospitality (University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Registered Resort Professional, American Resort Development Association; Certified Master Hotel Supplier, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Real Estate Broker licensed by the California Department of Real Estate.
Detail: Mr. Free’s company, Straightline Hospitality, Inc., provides Advisory and Expert Services for Hotels, Resorts, and Timesharing. These services may be in relation to new properties going through the development or pre-development stages, those that are open and experiencing difficulties, or in situations where disputes have arisen among the stakeholders. Additional current emphasis is in premises liability and wrongful death cases.
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Steven D. Epcar, CPM an Expert in Real Estate and Property Management Issues with 35+ years of experience;including residential, commercial, retail, hotel, condominium and mixed-use properties. Experienced in litigation support including standard of care, partnership conflicts, brokerage issues,landlord/tenant, valuation, personal injury, habitability, environmental, life safety cases.
Steven is a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA). He serves as a real estate consultant for institutional and private investors, providing an array of services: asset/property management related assignments, organizational assessments, financial feasibility, due diligence,and new development services.
Previously, Mr. Epcar served as President, Residential Services for Carmel Partners a R/E investment/management firm in San Francisco, Principal/Founding Partner of Ventana Property Services, a West Coast third party management and consulting firm and President,Prometheus Management Group,a development/investment/management firm.
701 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
|South Carolina Office|
P.O. Box 7523
Hilton Head Island, SC 29228
Qualfied Expert Witness & Consultant in Hotel and Real Estate Industry Business Issues:
Winner of the Creative Counselor of the Year for appraising the Grand Canyon.
James B. (Jay) Hibert has been an active lender in the Commercial Banking Industry for over 30 years. Prior to forming Market Street Financial Solutions, Mr. Hibert joined the founding team of a San Diego Business bank as a Senior Vice President, and one of the owners of the privately held banking company. During this time he formed and managed the Bank’s Real Estate Loan Department. He also managed the bank’s largest real estate portfolio and was instrumental in developing secondary market relationships for the bank. Still an ACTIVE lender in the industry, Jay has transacted hundreds of real estate and non-real estate loan negotiations in times of economic growth as well as downturns in the economy. His extensive credit background arms him with the understanding of how banks and other lenders operate internally.
Litigation Experience - Mr. Hibert has been providing expert witness and consulting services since 2010. He has been designated over 65 times as an expert in 7 different states concerning matters relating to commercial lending, real estate, construction finance, SBA lending, brokerage, hard money lending and investment issues. His experience includes both Federal and State court cases where he has provided deposition testimony, trial testimony and arbitration testimony.
Jay is a licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE) and his company is a California Finance Lender and Broker through the California Department of Business Oversight. He is experienced in trial and deposition testimony and his services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.
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*****Experienced in trial and deposition testimony*****
Robert Kehiayan, CPM, has over 35 years of experience in Asset and Property Management and Investment Brokerage. He specializes in commercial property including office and medical buildings, industrial parks, retail centers, and over 20,000 residential units. Background Experience - Mr. Kehiayan's experience with commercial properties is nationwide and involves leasing, sales, and management. He has substantial experience with commercial tenant leases, representing both landlords and tenants in leasing and property management. He has been intimately involved in countless lease transactions and lease administration. At a senior level, Mr. Kehiayan also supervises and trains agents in this regard. He is a California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) certified instructor and teaches an advanced continuing education CalBRE credit course on the topic of leasing, management, acquisition, and sale of commercial real estate. He is credentialed as a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management (the most respected organization in this sector or real estate). Litigation Support - Robert Kehiayan is a qualified expert witness, asset manager, property manager, leasing agent, and licensed Real Estate Broker & Realtor® in CA and TX. experience includes deposition and testimony in court. He has also completed declarations including a rule 26 federal court report. Expert Witness Services:
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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:
Real Estate Expert Witness - Mr. Hedley also offers Real Estate Development and Asset Management expert witness and litigation support services. His areas of expertise include:
Expert Witness Consulting Services, LLC (EWCS) provides a range of services to law firms, litigation trustees and others engaged in expert witness and related activities. We provide up-front assessment of cases, drafting assistance in writing the economic core of complaints; other consulting expert work; and testifying expert witness reports and testimony. As an affiliate of Gordian Group (one of the leading national restructuring investment banking firms), EWCS can tap Gordian's vast experience in litigation assignments, particularly relating to matters involving solvency, valuation, fairness and Board of Directors responsibilities. In addition, EWCS has built a nationwide cadre of other independent experts so that we can assist law firms and mediators in finding the right expert for each case.EWCS connects vetted and specialized expert witness professionals to law firms across the nation. With its incremental, litigation-experienced professional resources and national recognition within the legal community, EWCS’ mission is to work diligently with client law firms and mediators to provide exceptional work product in an efficient manner, starting with finding the right expert for each case.
As Experts and Consultants, the professionals at EWCS are able to provide clients and Boards of Directors with advice and guidance in structuring transactions appropriately, and in delivering financial opinions in connection with the same. They can reconstruct financial data through forensic analysis in order to explain how financial markets or decision makers may have made decisions. When it comes to evaluating the performance of boards, management teams, and financial institutions, the experts at EWCS are well-positioned to have a credible point of view, given their experience in cleaning up the aftermath of corporate disasters and fraud up close. The EWCS professionals have substantial experience in most industries, including but not limited to aerospace and defense; consumer goods; electronic technology; finance and insurance; food and beverages; heavy industry and manufacturing; life sciences; metals & mining; oil & gas and energy; real estate and hospitality; and retail and apparel. Their experts have done transactions within these segments, and use their “real world” experience in approaching projects.
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Kelly T. Hickel, Co-founder at EWCS, is a Financial and Business Advisor who has served as a senior executive for over 30 years. Mr. Hickel has many years of experience in the technology industry and with turnarounds of troubled companies. Throughout his career, he has arranged numerous private and public company financings and financial restructurings and has raised and/or returned over a $1 billion to investors and lenders. Mr. Hickel served as Turn-around President to Miniscribe Corp., a troubled Fortune 500, $600 million annual revenue disk drive manufacturer, and President of the Maxwell Technology Information Systems Group from 1993 until 1997, during which, Maxwell was the 9th best performing stock on NASDAQ and the #1 performing stock in California in 1996. As Chairman and Chief Restructuring Office of The Tyree Company in Farmingdale, New York, Mr. Hickel was responsible for running the largest oil downstream services company in the northeast. With all of his experience, he then founded and managed emerging Pharmaceutical companies, taking a product through FDA approval for a supplement through distribution in over 2000 retail pharmacy outlets. Beltway Catalyst recently interviewed Kelly T. Hickel for their Thought Leader Spotlight. Check out the podcast here: https://lnkd.in/gPg23ue
Jim Timmins, ASA BV/IA, MAFF, CEP, is the Managing Director and heads the valuation, litigation, and advisory services practices at Teknos. He has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 35 years, as a Valuation expert, a Venture Capitalist, and an Investment Banker. Mr. Timmins has overseen 1,000s of valuations, fairness opinions, and solvency opinions in connection with financial reporting, tax compliance, merger and acquisition transactions, financings, spin-offs, and recapitalizations, and litigation. He has also participated in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, and public offerings during his career. Prior to forming Teknos, Mr. Timmins was a Managing Director at Pagemill Partners, where he created and managed the valuation practice. Before that he was the Managing Director of the Silicon Valley office of NIF Ventures (the venture capital arm of Daiwa Securities SMBC of Japan), and a General Partner of Glenwood Ventures and Glenwood Capital. Earlier in his career, he held positions in investment banking at Hambrecht & Quist and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Timmins has served as an expert witness for more than 60 cases involving valuation, fiduciary duty, and venture capital practice. He has been retained as an expert by both plaintiffs and defendants.
Paul S. Black, President of Paul S. Black & Assoc., Inc. has more than 35 years of experience as a Real Estate Market Feasibility Analyst, including multiple types of residential, office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties. Mr. Black has been employed by local and international accounting firms in their real estate consulting groups as well as local and regional consulting companies. For 20 years, Mr. Black has served as a lecturer/adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Principles and Practices as well as Real Estate Market Analysis at the graduate (MBA) and undergraduate levels. Areas of Expertise: Economic Damages, Construction Defects / Delay Damages, Lost Revenue / Profits, Unjust Enrichment, Due Diligence, Commission Disputes, Procuring Cause, Real Estate Brokerage, Broker/Realtor Standard of Care, Code of Ethics – National Association of Realtors (NAR), Real Estate Disputes, Fraud / Misrepresentation, Insurance Defense, Eminent Domain, Market Feasibility / Evaluation.
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