The 1st I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference Afternoon Session starts at 1:05 pm and rotates at 2:30 pm the 2nd Afternoon Session. All five panels listed below will take place during both sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose which two out of the five Afternoon Session panels they wish to be present.

Industrial Panel

  • R. Todd Dantzler, CCIM, (moderator) Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
  • Greg Ruthven, CCIM, The Ruthvens
  • Andrew Lehrer, SIOR, Flagler Development
  • Richard R. LeFrois, Central Florida Development
  • David Murphy, MAI, CCIM, SIOR, CBRE
  • Brendon Dedekind, CCIM, Prologis
  • Steven E. McCraney, McCraney Property Company

Commercial Lending

  • Gary M. Ralston,  CCIM, SIOR, SRS, CPM, CRE, CLS, CDP, CRX, FRICS, (moderator) Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
  • David J. Houston, Bank of Central Florida
  • Robert Loftin, Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Janak Amin, Sunshine Bank
  • Steven H. Cohn, CFA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch / Bank of America, N.A.
  • Tim Staley, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Autonomous Navigation

  • David Hungerford (moderator), Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
  • Dean Bushey, PhD, Florida Polytechnic University

FDOT Test Track & FDOT Update

  • John M. Bohde, AICP (moderator), Land Development Division, Polk County
  • Paul Satchfield, Florida Department of Transportation/Turnpike Enterprise
  • L.K. Nandam PE, District Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation ~ District 1

Deal Making

  • Janet Robinson (moderator), Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
  • Rick Orr,

Afternoon Panelist Biographies

Janak M. Amin serves as Co-President of Sunshine Bank. He has served in Director of Banking and Consultant capacities with Sunshine since 2015. Mr. Amin previously held the position of Market CEO for the Pennsylvania region for Susquehanna Bank. Mr. Amin has also served in various executive positions at other financial institutions since 1997 including Tower Bancorp, Graystone Tower Bank, Graystone Financial, Sovereign Bank and Waypoint Bank. Mr. Amin is a graduate of Liverpool University (U.K.) and obtained his MBA from Penn State. He has held board positons in community organizations such as Holy Spirit Hospital, Leukemia Society and been an active member of YPO.

John M. Bohde, AICP (moderator)
Director, Land Development Division
Polk County
Direct: 863-534-6473
Mobile: 863-559-3806

John Bohde is the Director of the Land Development Division for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners’ Office of Planning & Development. John has worked for the Board of County Commissioners since 1999 except for a 2.5 year stint from 2005 – 2008 in the private sector working for a local real estate developer overseeing all government affairs and land development regulation. As the Land Development Division Director, John is responsible for administration of the Land Development Division, administering the Polk County Land Development Regulations, and other applicable growth-related County ordinances and state statutes, within unincorporated Polk County, and overseeing the development review processes for all development. John is a native of Polk County. He was born and raised in Bartow. John holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from Florida Southern College and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida. John is a Certified Planner by the American Planning Association’s (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Dean Bushey, PhD
Florida Polytechnic University

Dr. Dean Bushey is an autonomous systems expert, industry leader, and Professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University. His research focus is the next generation of automation, sensor, and communication/network technology for autonomous systems and self-driving vehicles. He is currently shaping and molding the next generation of STEM leaders at Florida Polytechnic University. He has 28 years of academic, business, and military educational leadership experience as a computer scientist, educator, pilot, unmanned systems expert in both industry and as a Senior Officer in the US Air Force. He has led international collations in autonomous systems and project management. He has demonstrated expertise in advanced computer science concepts, instructional methodologies, systems engineering and integration, and technical analysis. He is also a Command Pilot, with over 4500 hours of aircraft command flight experience; including instructor pilot qualifications and experience in 6 different aircraft.

Steven H. Cohn, CFA
Senior Vice President / Commercial Real Estate Banking
Bank of America Merrill Lynch / Bank of America, N.A.

Steve Cohn joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commercial Real Estate Bank group in 1989 in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, Steve serves as the Senior Commercial Real Estate Lender for Bank of America’s Commercial Real Estate Bank handling commercial clients for North and West Florida and homebuilder clients in the Southeast. In this role, he is responsible for providing real estate based financial solutions to clients as well as coordinating the bank’s varied capabilities in Real Estate Construction, Term and Homebuilding Lending. Prior to joining Bank of America, Steve held several positions with Barnett Bank, NationsBank and SunTrust Bank, including completion of the SunTrust Management Training Program, Credit Risk Management and Sales.Steve has earned a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) designation and has completed the NASD Series 7, Series 63, and Series 24 licensure. Steve is an active member in the CFA Institute, is a member of the Executive/Advisory Board of Directors for the University of Florida Bergstrom School of Real Estate as well as the Florida Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) Multifamily Product Council. Steve received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Area Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Brendon Dedekind CCIM
Vice President
Work: (407) 244-7105
Mobile: (407) 495-0178

Brendon Dedekind is a Businessman with an keen interest in all aspects of business and life with a focus in the convergence of commercial real estate, technology and people. Focused on positive ROI performance by finding creative win-win solutions, optimizing team peak performance and engaging corporate & community culture through collaboration, communication and servant leadership. Husband, Father, Son, Olympic Swimmer, Electrical Engineer and committed leader with the highest regard for integrity, service and productive/positive results.

David J. Houston
SVP/Commercial Banking
Bank of Central Florida
(863) 226-4138
(863) 2062922 / mobile

David Houston has more than 35 years of commercial banking experience in large regional banks and local community banks. He has handled all types of commercial loan production, credit underwriting and management. His experience includes commercial team leadership, chief credit officer and community bank board member. David has experience with all types of commercial real estate lending in the Central Florida market. He serves as a board member and treasure for Alliance for Independence. He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class VIII. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BSBA degree in finance.  

David Hungerford
Director of Research
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
(863) 272-7156 Direct
(863) 660-3138 Cell

David Hungerford is the Director of Research and a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, LLC – the premier commercial services provider in Central Florida. He specializes in retail and development land. Through the use of dynamic strategic analysis, he is an expert in site selection and site-in-search of user analysis. David is the mapping and ARCgis specialist within the firm. David previously worked in his family-owned business, Hungerford & Associates, as a financial advisor. Prior to becoming a financial advisor, he served as the company’s marketing director. David graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in real estate, a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, and a minor in Italian studies/language. While there, he was an active member of the Florida State University Real Estate Society. He is a member of the Lakeland Association of Realtors®, The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the Polk County Farm Bureau, where he is involved with the Young Farmers & Ranchers program. David is married and lives with his wife Aimee in Bartow, FL. They are proud members of Access Church.

Richard R. LeFrois
Central Florida Development
Work: (877) 533-7647
Mobile: (585) 729-7220

Rich Lefrois is the President of Central Florida Development and LeFrois Builders and Developers and has been active in all phases of development and construction. As a corporate executive, Rich plays a major role in every project and oversees the executive team and in-house workforce. CFD’s team has developed and leased over 30 million SF of commercial buildings, and in 2015, was named NAIOP’s Developer of the Year, along with completing the Office Deal of the Year. CFD is currently developing business parks on 400 acres it owns along the I-4 corridor and serves as its own general contractor and property manager, creating a unique single point of contact for its customers. Rich graduated from Alfred State College.

Andrew Lehrer
Director of Business Development
Flagler Development
Work: 305-520-2114
Mobile: 305-215-6591

Andrew Lehrer, SIOR, Director of Business Development at Flagler Global Logistics, has over 10 years of experience in commercial real estate. Prior to joining Flagler, Andrew spent 9 years at CBRE in Miami. Andrew’s current responsibilities at Flagler are the development, leasing and sales of Flagler’s 3 South Florida business parks (Flagler Station, South Florida Logistics Center, and Countyline Corporate Park) as well as Flagler’s 3 Central Florida business parks (Lakeland Central Park, St Lucie Distribution Center, and Titusville Logistics Center). Throughout Andrew’s career, he has completed over $130 million in lease transactions and over $435 million in sales transactions totaling over 5 million square feet.

Robert Loftin
Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Citizens Bank & Trust
Work: 863-291-3319
Mobile: 863-899-5919

Robert Loftin has over 35 years of Commercial Banking experience in the Central Florida Market with the past 25 years being based in the Polk County market.  Citizens Bank & Trust is a 97 year old Community Bank with over $500 million in assets and 13 banking offices in Polk County. 

Robert has a business degree from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of banking.  He is a graduate of Leadership Polk and Leadership Lakeland, serving on multiple non-profit Boards over the years and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and Polk Museum of Art.

David Murphy, MAI, CCIM, SIOR
Senior Vice President
Work: (407) 404-5020
Mobile: 407-766-1392

David Murphy is a recognized market leader in Florida industrial and office/flex real estate. Mr. Murphy has been named the Top Industrial Broker in Central Florida by NAIOP for 15 years and has been recognized by Real Estate Florida Magazine as one of the Top 25 Commercial Brokers in the State of Florida. Mr. Murphy combines aggressive sales skills with a strong technical real estate background. He is both a Florida Certified General Appraiser and a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI).

LK Nandam PE
District Secretary
Florida Department of Transportation ~ District 1
801 N Broadway Ave
Bartow, FL 33830-3809
Work: 863-519-2490
Mobile: 863-640-5049

L.K. Nandam, P.E. is the District Secretary for District One of the Florida Department of Transportation.  He has over twenty-two years experience in the transportation industry in both the private and public sector.  He has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Andhra University, India and a Masters of Science in Transportation Engineering from Wayne State University.Prior to becoming the District Secretary, he has served as the Director of Operations and District Traffic Operations Engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation.  He has previously served as the Traffic Operations Engineer with the City of Boca Raton and as a Sr. Transportation Engineer with a private sector engineering firm. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida and is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Rick Orr
Total Commercial com
Work: (407) 435-2004

Rick Orr started his real estate career in 1983, concentrating on commercial real estate. In 1990, he started The Property Sourcebook, a commercial real estate listing publication which grew to over 1,000,000 printed pages per month. He sold that business in 2005, and launched in 2006.

Janet Robinson GRI, CCIM 
Commercial Director Tampa Bay Region
Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
Work: 941-487-2100
Mobile: 941-993-0895

Janet Robinson has worked in the Tampa Bay Region since 1996. Her philosophy is if you listen carefully to what the customer needs, you can find a solution. Robinson has her CCIM designation, which is earned with many successful transactions and extensive commercial real estate education. Janet specializes in Office and Industrial, but has had an opportunity to work on office and industrial leasing and sales, neighborhood retail, multi-family, and land sales and acquisitions. She is an active member participating in: Sarasota and Manatee Chambers and Economic Development Corporations, North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, Form Based Code Task Force, Bayfront 20/20, CCIM, FGCAR, Past President of RASM CID. Robinson supervises a team of 27 commercial associates with many years of commercial real estate experience. She teaches a 14 week introduction course for Commercial Associates of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT. Quarterly, she presents a report updating bankers, real estate brokers and others on the local real estate market. Before moving to Sarasota, Janet sold material handling equipment to the Coal Mines, Steel Mills, and Utility Companies.

J. Greg Ruthven, CCIM
The Ruthvens
Work: (863) 686-3173
Mobile: (863) 581-4639

Greg Ruthven is the President of The Ruthvens, a commercial real estate development firm specializing in warehouses for manufacturing and distribution. The Ruthvens, known as Central Florida’s Warehouse Specialists, have been in business in Lakeland for over 60 years. The Ruthvens own more than 85 buildings, located along the I-4 corridor, containing 3.5 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space. In the past 15 months, The Ruthvens have added 3 buildings to their inventory totaling 50,400 square feet, 60,060 square feet, and 131,170 square feet each. Today they have 3 new buildings under construction, two ground level buildings consisting of 18,200 square feet and 22,400 square feet and one dock high building containing 97,890 square feet.

Greg graduated from Florida State University and began working with The Ruthvens in 1982 after spending several years selling condominiums on Anna Maria Island. Greg has served as President of the Florida Chapter of CCIM, Chair of the United Way of Central Florida, President of the Lakeland Rotary Club, Chairman of the Central Florida Development Council and President of the Board of Trustees of the Polk Museum of Art. Greg and his wife of 35 years, Kim Ruthven, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Paul Satchfield
Program Management Administrator
Florida Department of Transportation / Turnpike Enterprise
Direct: 407-264-3458
Work: 407-532-3999

Paul Satchfield has worked for the Turnpike since 2003 and has been the Program Management Administrator since 2013.  As the Program Management Administrator Paul oversees a staff of 30+ people including 15 Project Managers who are responsible for delivering FTE’s projects from concept to construction. Paul is currently the Project Lead for SunTrax Tolls/AV Testing facility.

Tim Staley
Senior Vice President

Tim Staley is a Senior Vice President and commercial lender for MIDFLORIDA Credit Union with 18 years of financial services experience.  He serves the Orlando market for MIDFLORIDA which was founded in Lakeland in 1954 and has grown to 40 branches, over 750 employees, and assets exceeding $2.9 billion.  His primary responsibility is to originate and develop commercial relationships by combining sound advice with attractive financing.  Tim received both his BS in Finance and his MBA from the University of Florida.