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Ely Speakers Bureau

Ely Speakers Bureau LogoWelcome to the Lambda Alpha International Ely-Chicago Chapter Speakers Bureau. Our chapter members offer themselves as a resource for you across a wide variety of land economics industries. Members of LAI Ely-Chicago have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in their land economics field. They have been selected by their peers as worthy of recognition for their commitment to excellence. Click on a category below to find your next speaker, panelist or moderator from our membership.

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Photo of Melissa J Copley Melissa J Copley Vice Chairman

Melissa Copley is a vice chairman in Newmark’s Chicago office. She specializes in tenant representation with expertise in managing corporate and law firm client relationships, leading portfolio strategic planning, and negotiating large, complex transactions. Her rigorous, analytical, and strategic processes are designed to achieve meaningful cost savings, a wide range of flexibility, brand identity, and other high-value lease terms that support the core business objectives of the enterprise. Over three decades, Ms. Copley has completed $3B in real estate transactions in over 40 markets globally.

Ms. Copley began her finance career in 1983 at Citibank N.A. in New York City. She transitioned into venture capital in Chicago in 1985, prior to beginning her career in real estate advisory services in 1988.

Ms. Copley holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has a BA in economics from the University of Michigan. She is a state-licensed real estate broker in Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Photo of Rick Goldman Rick Goldman

Rick Goldman has been involved in real estate development and construction
for more than 30 years. His passion for the built environment and unique experience combine to provide vision that truly drives value.

Photo of Amy Jo Hall Amy Jo Hall COO

Amy is a commercial real estate executive focused on cultivating excellence across all team members so they may provide trusted advisory and intelligent solutions to those they serve and, in turn, create value for all stakeholders.

Since 1997, Amy has evolved as a leader in the commercial real estate industry. With career experience in both ground up development and established retail shopping centers, she now oversees all aspects of day to day operations for Caton. Her background in departmental structures and staff architecture, optimizing sales team performance, professional development and coaching, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, land development, shopping center leasing, ancillary income revenue streams, and sponsorship negotiations provide a solid and well-rounded foundation from which to lead. Amy holds multiple ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) designations and is an industry speaker and leader. She serves as a facilitator, teacher, mentor and Illinois state Ambassador for ICSC, committee member for The Goldie Initiative, a board of director for the CCIM IL Chapter, and as a panelist and/or moderator varying other industry organizations.

Photo of Keith Edward Lord Keith Edward Lord

Since 1986, Keith Lord has served as President and General Partner of The Lord Companies, L.L.C., a diversified real estate corporation with consulting, brokerage and development divisions specializing in urban infill and adaptive re-use brokerage, design, and development. The Companies’ clients range from developers, Fortune 500 corporations, banks, law firms, private individuals, and the City of Chicago.…