Hospitality Real Estate Executive Advisory Board

Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has an impressive array of hospitality real estate leaders on its Hospitality Real Estate Executive Advisory Board (HREAB). Board members will help advise and provide hospitality industry expertise and guidance to Professor Clay Dickinson, Associate Dean and Professor Emeritus Rocco M. Angelo and Michael Cheng, dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) on the growing real estate sector of the hospitality industry. In addition, board members will provide insights into industry trends, strategic planning, recruitment, mentorship and placement, and serve as global community ambassadors.

Board group photo

Board Members 2023–2024

Professor and Board Liaison



Keith Space ’21 MS’22
President & COO of Fort Hospitality


Marco Roca
CEO of Reveille Hospitality


Karim Alibhai
CEO, Gencom

Boaz Ashbel
Senior Managing Director, Aztec Group, LLC

Eric Bass
EVP, and Chief Development Officer, GFI Development

Joan Bertran
EVP Commercial Real Estate, Banco Sabadell

James Bermingham
CEO, Virgin Hotels

Barry Bloom
President & COO, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Stewart Brown
EVP Hospitality, Dart Interests

Natalie Castillo, BBA ’07
Managing Director, Berkadia

Nick Falcone
CEO, Rentyl Resorts

Jonathan Falik
Founder and CEO, JF Capital Advisors

Todd Hricko ’99 
SVP and Head of Global Hotel Development, Hard Rock International

Lani Kane-Hanan ’87, MS ’04

Jordan Kavana ’99
Chairman and Founder, ARK Homes for Rent

Ethan Kramer MS ’85
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Paramount Hotel Group

John Lancet ’95
Senior Managing Director, HVS

Aly-Khan Merali
President & CFO, Turnberry Associates

Ed Miranda MS ’94
Founder and President, Luxury Development Consultants, Inc.

Pedro Miranda
Managing Partner, Cambridge Landmark

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
President and COO, Flag Luxury Group LLC

Donahue Peebles, III
EVP, The Peebles Corporation; Chairman and CEO, Legacy Real Estate Development

Jarel Portman ‘85
Founder/JPX Works LLC

Michael Rock
Senior Vice President & Head of Asset Management, Host Hotels and Resorts

Steve Rushmore
Founder, HVS

Professor and Board Liaison

Clay Dickinson
Assistant Teaching Professor, Real Estate Management