Our Executive Team
William Howell -
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Bill brings over 40 years’ experience in real estate development, acquisitions/dispositions, receiverships, fund management, asset management, and management of institutional grade investment property. In addition, he recently served as a fund manager for a nationally recognized registered investment advisor with a variety of real estate in its portfolio, as well as being the receiver of Two Cal Plaza a 597 million dollar foreclosure. From 1986 through 1992, Bill served as Director of Acquisitions for Mitsui Fudosan in New York. Responsible for property acquisitions, development, and dispositions totaling over $2 billion in value, he also directed all asset management of a diverse multi-billion dollar global real estate portfolio. Prior to joining Mitsui, Bill was a Director of the Saudi Arabian Investment Corporation, where he was involved in the underwriting of investment grade U.S. properties. He has also been involved in real estate investment and development of commercial, hospitality, and multi-family residential properties and land on his own behalf. Bill has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Southwestern University (1975) and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (1976) cum laude, Post Graduate studies Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (1977-78), Advanced and continuing professional studies (Real Estate) New York University (1994-95).
Kelly Miyashita -
Mr. Miyashita has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real property acquisitions and asset management. He began his career in real estate at Cushman Realty Corporation in Los Angeles, helping the firm create and adopt new marketing and research tools and technologies used in commercial leasing and investment sales. Subsequently he joined Mitsui Fudosan USA, the American subsidiary of the Japanese real estate giant, to assist with leasing of newly developed office properties in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1995, he joined JE Robert Companies (later became Archon Group), which then had formed a JV with Goldman Sachs to acquire, manage and dispose of commercial property portfolios obtained from failed banks and thrifts. In 1998, he was integral in establishing Goldman Sachs Realty Japan in Tokyo, which went on to form substantial office, retail, hospitality, credit, and leisure (golf) platforms. After relocating to Tokyo, he subsequently joined several private firms in Japan over an approximate 11-year period, working to acquire and work out non-performing debt portfolios from Japanese banks, advise and assist in establishing asset management platforms for foreign investors (U.S. mainly), originate commercial debt, and provide transaction advice and support. After returning to the United States with his family in 2011, he focused his attention on in-bound investment capital from Japan, helping both small and large-cap Japanese investors to acquire and manage assets in California, Texas and New York. Mr. Miyashita is a hands-on manager with deep experience with various asset types, including office, multi-family, industrial, retail and hospitality properties. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has fluency in Japanese.
Tom Poitevent -
Mr. Poitevent has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining HAI, he completed the multi-million dollar renovation of the prestigious Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the construction of The Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center, a $10 million project in Princeton, New Jersey. As the Director of Construction, he has led a project management team during the expansion of The Shoreham Hotel in New York from 84 to 176 guest rooms and the complete renovation of the Hotel Wales (also in Manhattan). The renovation of Five Hotels for the Elegant Hotel Group on the Island of Barbados including The Colony Club, Tamarind Cove, The House, Crystal Cove, and Turtle Beach Hotel. He served as Director of Technical Services and Project Management for Starwood Hotels & Resorts representing the St. Regis & The Luxury Brand Collections in Europe and also on the Island of Bora Bora, and represented UrbanAmerica, LP as Vice President of Project Management to direct the repositioning and renovation of a 1,100 Key, 30 Acre Resort Hotel in Orlando FL, USA. Tom has a B.S. in Business from North State University.
K.C. Patel -
Mr. Patel is a hospitality expert with more than two decades of experience ranging from property management, asset management, investment sales, acquisitions and development. Having roots in the hospitality business through his family’s company, Mr. Patel experienced all aspects of property management at a young age. Subsequent from graduating from Cornell’s School of Hospitality Management, Mr. Patel endeavored into financial services consulting working with major banking corporations on consumer debt products, including home mortgages and credit cards. After two years of non-hospitality experience, Mr. Patel joined Boutique Hotel Group, in New York, where his responsibilities ranged from asset management, underwriting, to sourcing opportunities. Upon his two years of experience at Boutique Hotel Group, Mr. Patel joined Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels’ investment sales team in New York. At Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels he led a team to oversee all aspects of the investment sales process, including: BOV assessment, due diligence review, property inspections, P&S negotiation, offering memorandum production and debt placement. Following his two and half years at Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Patel was asked to join JP Morgan’s newly launched Alternative Property Fund where he served as lead for all hospitality-related acquisitions. At JP Morgan Mr. Patel oversaw a team of analyst and associates and managed all aspects of the acquisition process, including: underwriting, due diligence, property inspection, third-party reviews, lender negotiations, purchase contract negotiation, JV partnership contract, brand management selection, legal approval, investment committee approval, financial oversight, transition integration, and asset management. Mr. Patel graduated from Cornell University in 1999 and lives with his wife in New York City.
Shu Lu -
Shu began her commercial real estate careers in Japan while working for a mall operator in Chiba, Japan. Throughout the following years Shu gained further commercial real estate expertise in various locations in Japan and the United States. Shu excels in her accounting skills as well as utilizing her multicultural communication skills in support of HAI international client base as well as her daily oversite of the accounting support of HAI receivership assignments. Shu is a licensed California Real Estate Salesperson with undergraduate degree from Guangdong University, Guangdong, China and Sapporo University in Hokkaido, Japan with additional education experience in economics from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan and a master’s degree in Marketing and Applied Economics from Kobe University, Hyogo, Japan.
Hando Tetsuji -
Mr. Hando is a Japan based advisor to HAI Advisors specializing real estate related efforts. Mr. Hando also founded Hondo Global Venture, Inc. (HGV) in 2002, following 18 years at Nomura Securities Co. Mr. Hando started his career in 1983 as a securities analyst in the research department of Nomura’s headquarter in Tokyo. In 1985, Mr. Hando moved to Nomura’s North American operations headquarters in New York, where he took wide range of pivotal roles in the organization-- as a managing director of institutional sales and principal trading for the US equity division, as branch manager for Los Angeles office, and at last as syndicate manager for the investment banking division. The main focus of the HGV is consulting for Japanese enterprises seeking partners in the US. Currently, HGV serves several high net worth clients and small-medium business owners in Japan for expansion of their business in the US in a variety of industries. Recent engagements have encompassed the real estate, restaurants & entertainment and internet related high-technologies. Mr.Hando holds US securities license of 3,4,7,8,24,55,63 and 65. He is an SEC registered investment advisor at HGV. He attended UCLA and the University of Kansas, earning a BS in Business Administration in 1981, and a BGS for Computer Science in 1983. Mr. Hando is well known in Japan for his global equity commentary on the Japanese financial news networks, including NHK , Fuji TV, TV Tokyo, Nikkei, Bloomberg US and Japan, and CNBC.
Francis Y. Choi -
Francis is a Managing Director of HAI Advisors as well as being a practicing attorney in Korea. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife and daughter. As a head of finance department of Yoon, Chung & Partners, LLP, he has extensive experience in structured finance, project financing and real estate financing and development through intensive capital investments made in the form of Asset-Backed Securities, Real Estate Fund and Commercial Paper, among other forms of investment vehicles. Francis is a trusted advisor to prominent Korean Pension Funds, Registered Investment Advisory Firms, Securities Companies, Insurance Companies, Commercial Banks, and high net worth individuals. In particular, Francis has advised international real estate development investments in Shanghai and Qxindao, China, Hochiminh City, Vietnam and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to joining Yoon, Chung & Partners, LLP, Francis was a practicing attorney at Evergreen Law, LLP (now merged with Shin & Kim, LLP) where he specialized in structured financial transactions, including construction and social overhead capital development work. Francis represented prominent institutional investors in Korea as well as foreign sovereign funds and institutions. In particular, Francis was involved in structuring numerous Real Estate Funds, including the very first Real Estate Fund formed in Korea. Prior to joining Evergreen Law; Francis was practicing attorney at Kim, Chang & Lee, LLP where Francis focused on corporate civil litigation and corporate criminal defense work. In addition to civil and criminal litigation, Francis worked on general corporate and commercial transactions, including cross-border M&A, sales representatives and distributorships, technology transfers and licensing, and joint ventures and acquisitions. Francis has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies and advised his clients regarding mergers with Korean corporations and investments in real estate in Korea. Francis served as a court clerk, where he primarily handled civil mediation cases in the Northern Branch of the Seoul District Court. Francis successfully mediated all of the cases assigned to him by the court, earning recognition as the most successful mediator within that district court. Francis holds a LL.M degree from the University of Southern California School of Law. In Korea, Francis successfully completed the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Republic of Korea. Francis studied Communication and Law at Yonsei University in Seoul where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. Francis is a member of the Korean Bar Association and the Seoul Bar Association. Francis also has an extensive pro bono record particularly in international human rights. Francis served as a board member of Friends Without Borders, a Catholic organization for foreign laborworkers and political refugees in Seoul, Korea. Francis has represented foreign labor workers and refugees in various civil and criminal matters as well as deportation cases. A memorable experience that Francis experienced as a lawyer was working for the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Korea. In November 2003, Francis started the ratification campaign of ICC Rome Statute with his human rights lawyer colleagues and their collective efforts led to the ratification of the Rome Statute by the Korean National Assembly, becoming the 83rd state party. Francis was a founder and 1st violin for the Yonsei University Student Orchestra. Francis holds a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 1st degree black belt in Kendo-swordsmanship
Blake Sewell-Howell -
Blake has abilities and experience with HAI Advisors, where he has worked with the HAI team in underwriting of commercial and multifamily assets as well as inventory assessment and confirmation for Receivership modeling and controls. Blake has underwriting experience for Homestead communities (an Invesco related company), as well as market research and skip tracing in multiple states for their acquisition consideration. Blake works with family members on the family owned multi-family portfolio (Sea Wind Properties LLC) with assets across the Orange County area of Southern California. Blake has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon with emphasis in Journalism and Marketing, and is in the final stages of obtaining his California restate associate license. In addition, Blake has experience as a Business Development executive where he provided services in business development and marketing for a prominent website and mobile application provider specializing in a fan subscription program for musicians and sports personalities.