CLIFF MICHAELS | VC, Broker, Strategist, Entrepreneur
Mr. Michaels is a VC, real estate broker, mortgage lender, entrepreneur, facilitator, NY Times Bestseller, and Founder of companies in finance, education, and technology. He launched Cliff Michaels & Associates in 1992 as a boutique real estate, mortgage, and consulting firm. Cliff was Past President of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization Los Angeles (YEO/EO), and is a member of the USC Rossier Education-School Cohort for Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs. He has been a featured speaker at USC, UCLA, TEDxLA Imagine Week, The World Entrepreneur Forum and more. As Founder of Easy-Teach LMS for WordPress (launching 2020), one of Cliff’s passion projects is to provide e-learning tools and platforms that facilitate global education at all levels. Cliff’s Full Bio Here.
ARNIE GARFINKEL | Income Property Lending & Consulting
Mr. Garfinkel has been a strategic advisor to Cliff Michaels & Associates over 20 years. He founded Income Property Lending (IPL) in 1995, originating transactions from $500,000 to $100,000,000 on commercial property ranging from Apartments, Industrial, and Mixed-Use, to Office, Retail, and Hospitality. Mr. Garfinkel is Founder of the Income Property Lending Conference (IPLC) and consults firms that need to establish commercial lending divisions. He was also VP of Commercial Real Estate Lending for Pacific Thrift and Loan, VP/Sales Manager of Foothill Thrift & Loan, and a Principle of United Commercial Credit Industries (UCCI). Mr. Garfinkel has been a featured speaker for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, California Mortgage Bankers Association, Building Industry Association, and American Industrial Realtors Association.
RICK SCHWARTZ | Real Estate Consulting & Consulting
Mr. Schwartz has been a financial consultant to the hotel and country club industry over 34 years, and a Board Advisor to Cliff Michaels & Associates since 1992. He was also Co-Founder of National Ventures Group (real estate consulting & development). Formerly at Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF Los Angeles), Mr. Schwartz consulted over $1 billion in acquisitions, development, operations, finance, and workouts. Projects included the Beverly Regent Hotel, Beverly Hills; Century Plaza Hotel, Century City, CA; Four Seasons Resort, Carlsbad, CA; and Shadow Creek Golf Course, Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Schwartz was also Co-Founder & CFO for apparel manufacturing companies that generated over $140 million in sales worldwide.
JEREMY KOFF | Health Care Industry Consulting
Mr. Koff is President of Colibri Partners Inc., a consulting firm focused on medical-devices and capitalization strategies. He was previously head of clinical development at Mainstay Medical, and is Senior Consulting Editor for Neurotech Reports. For over 20 years, Mr. Koff has brought global experience to companies such as Advanced Bionics Corp., Boston Scientific, MiniMed Inc., Bioness Inc, and many others. Mr. Koff holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Middlebury College, a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University, and an MBA from UCLA. Mr. Koff is a classically-trained musician, supporter of the arts, and a board member of Fender Music Foundation.
SETH RUBENSTEIN | Enterprise-Level Tech Consulting
Mr. Rubenstein is a Sr. Web & Tech Consultant to Cliff Michaels & Associates. He has over 20 years experience in highly-scalable, web-based solutions, including software and web management for multi-media startups, educators, and e-commerce. Mr. Rubenstein’s work includes senior development for Pew Research and the Center for American Progress.
JENNIFER STEFFI EWING | Sr. Marketing Consultant
Ms. Ewing is Co-Founder & Director of Marketing for Global Village Agency, a full-service multi-media and marketing firm. With a 20-year background in launching and developing for-profit and non-profit organizations, Miss Ewing’s leadership and management skills bring creative solutions to sales, marketing, branding, and launch strategies. She is a team player with exceptional writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills.