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Ryan McDowell, CCIM
CEO | Managing Member

Ryan is one of the founders and principals of Arete Real Estate Advisors LLC, and as CEO, leads our acquisition, disposition, asset management, and syndication efforts.


Ryan is a seasoned commercial real estate executive most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Asset Management for one of the top three national banks with several billion dollars of real estate under management. There he led the business development efforts for the Southeast region of the United States working with Family Offices and High Net Worth individuals developing sophisticated real estate strategies for complex portfolios of investment properties. As a senior leader of his division, he also served on and chaired the National Real Estate Investment Advisory Panel that was responsible for providing approval guidance on all real estate acquisitions nationwide.


Prior to that, during the "Great Recession", Ryan spent several years as a Commercial REO Asset Manager for an institutional Mortgage Backed Securities lender working through a nationwide portfolio of distressed commercial real estate and developing strategies to stabilize properties and minimize loan losses. During that time he was able to successfully sell hundreds of commercial properties in one of the most challenging real estate markets in recent history.


Ryan has also served as Director of Acquisitions, Director of Leasing & Tenant Relations, Leasing Agent, and Investment Sales Broker since starting his real estate career in 2005.


Ryan holds a Master of Science in International Real Estate from the Hollo School of Real Estate at Florida International University (FIU), where Ryan received the "Best Student Award" graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Prior to that Ryan received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida (UF). Ryan is also a distinguished member of the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute, is a member of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), and is a member of ULI (Urban Land Institute). As an industry recognized expert, he has also co-authored several real estate investment White Papers and has been a featured speaker at several Family Office & High Net Worth conferences and events throughout his career.

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Nidia McDowell

Nidia is one of the founders and principals of Arete Real Estate Advisors LLC and leads the finance, planning and operations efforts of the organization while also overseeing the administration of vendor contracts and services for property management, leasing, maintenance, and repairs. She is is an experienced operations and finance manager, having held various roles in this capacity for several large Fortune 500 Companies throughout her career.


Prior to Arete Real Estate Advisors LLC Nidia was the Business Office Manager in the Finance Department for several years at Fusion Network, an ABC & Univision Joint Venture, where she created organizational and program budgets, oversaw financial forecasts, and sought efficiencies to improve overall financial performance for the organization. In her role she frequently liaised with senior management of the Production, Digital Media, IT, Finance, Accounting, and Legal departments.

Before joining Fusion Network, Nidia was the Operations Manager for Benetton USA where she was responsible for property and facility management of the retailer's nationwide footprint of stores including oversight of new store openings, store closings, and capital improvement projects. She worked directly with the CEO, Field Operations, Corporate Planning, and Finance to analyze and forecast capital budgets including variance analysis for the stores operations.

Nidia has also previously held roles as Inventory Analyst for AutoNation and was an Executive of Merchandising, Planning, and Distribution for Starboard Cruise Services, a division of LVMH earlier in her career. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami (UM) and received her Bachelor's degree from Florida International University (FIU). Nidia is bilingual and fluent in both English and Spanish.

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