Owen M. Beitsch, Senior Principal of Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc., A GAI Company (RERC), has been active in the management and execution of complex studies for public and private clients since 1983. His background includes public planning and finance as well as real estate development. In addition to some 3,500 multi-family units financed and developed during his tenure at the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, he has coordinated public sector participation in urban mixed-use projects in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Providence, RI. These latter projects are each anchored by a major convention center and include office, hotel and retail elements and represent investments in excess of $100 million.

He is active in a number of civic and business organizations. Among other things, he is a founding member of the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation where he served as Chairman for four years. He recently concluded eight years of service as a member of the Orlando Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. In 2010, he was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners of Planners, the highest honor bestowed in the urban planning profession and awarded to only about three percent of those designated as certified planners (AICP). Owen is also active on the editorial board of Real Estate Issues published.

Marilyn E. Crotty is the Director of the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. In addition, she serves as the Executive Director of the Tri-County League of Cities.

Ms. Crotty develops and presents workshops, seminars, and conferences throughout the state of Florida on topics of interest to state and local governments.

She has designed courses in organizational development, management and supervision, customer service, leadership, and media relations. She also facilitates charter reviews and strategic planning sessions for local governments and non-profit organizations.

Marilyn is a faculty member for the Florida League of Cities Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials.

Marilyn has worked with several CRAs over the years and has conducted strategic planning sessions for the Mount Dora Northeast CRA, the Diamond Square CRA in Cocoa, and the Sebring CRA.

Ms. Crotty has designed and facilitates a day-long workshop on “Operations and Capacity Building” which is part of the FRA Academy certification program.

Thomas R. Kohler joined Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc., A GAI Company as Senior Principal, in early 2002. Mr. Kohler culminated over 26 years of public service as a senior executive with the City of Orlando, over 22 years of that time serving as Executive Director of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency. In his capacity as director of these two public organizations, he was involved in the planning, programming and development of over $500,000,000 in public and private ventures. As a senior staff member to three mayoral administrations, Mr. Kohler was an integral part of almost every major development project in the City of Orlando over the past 25 years.

For the past 11 years Mr. Kohler has been a Principal with RERC serving numerous public clients. He has provided guidance to cities, counties, and institutions relating to redevelopment of real estate assets. Under continuing services contracts, he has served as ad hoc staff to provide strategic economic assistance to communities large and small.

Mr. Kohler is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Economics and Master in Urban Planning. He also is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. His professional affiliations have included serving as chairman of the board of both the International Downtown Association (1991-92) and the Florida Downtown Development Association (now known as the Florida Redevelopment Association, 1984-85). He served on Governor Martinez’s Task Force on Urban Growth (1988-89). He has been a speaker and panelist at numerous national conferences and has provided consulting services to cities throughout the United States on a variety of projects.

Jeffrey L. Oris, CEcD, is a Past President of the FRA. Previously he was the Economic Development Director for the City of Miami Beach, FL. Jeff was the President of Planning at Redevelopment Consultants, Inc.; the Community Development Director of Martin County; Director of Government Operations and Development Services for PMG Associates, Inc.; and Executive Director of the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency.

He has also held positions with the Florida cities of Wilton Manors, North Miami Beach and Tamarac, as well as the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce in Coral Springs. Jeff sits on the Certification Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council. He is an accomplished speaker having spoken on redevelopment, development, economics and business issues before numerous groups and at a multitude of conferences.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Relations from Cornell University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council.

Terrell N. Fritz is a redevelopment practitioner with more than 25 years of experience throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Fritz has developed and conducts four Certification Training modules for the Florida Redevelopment Association: Redevelopment Program Management (2016); Housing as a Redevelopment Tool (2015) Capital Project Management (2014) and Budgeting, Funding, & Reporting (2012).

Fritz served as a Senior Project Manager for Crosby Associates International (CAI) and developed a four-course quality management training program and quality management system for the manufacturing sector of the nation of Singapore as well as multi-level quality training systems for Crosby’s national and international clients.

Fritz recently completed the City of Pompano Beach/CRA’s Downtown Pompano Connectivity Plan and Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Master Plan and has worked with the City to be awarded more than $2 million in grants for the arts. His experience includes: Executive Director, Downtown Hollywood CRA; Executive Director, North Beach Development Corporation in Miami Beach; Executive Director for the Downtown Miami Urban Main Street Program; and District Manager, Washington Avenue – South Beach Business Improvement District (BID).

Education and Certification:
Bachelor of Arts-Political Science, Cum Laude, University of Central Florida
Congress of New Urbanism Accreditation, University of Miami

Affiliations:
Florida Redevelopment Association, Past President
The International Council of Shopping Centers, (ICSC), Past Florida Alliance Co-Chair
Congress for the New Urbanism, Accredited Professional