Academic and Collegiate Life
Manny graduated High School from Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove, FL in May 1996. He attended the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Business with a specialization in Chinese Language and Literature. While there, he was in the Honors Program, inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, and an active Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi Alpha Phi Chapter. He was a member of the UF Sailing Team, placing nationally during his Freshman year as skipper in Team Racing. He interned extensively at Limited Brands’ International Trade and Customs Compliance BU. He graduated in May 2000 and thereafter moved to Beijing where he studied Mandarin Chinese at the University of International Business and Economics in Chaoyang. After several years in the workforce following return to the United States, Manny received a full scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati MBA program where he led his team to winning the annual Case Competition. Manny has furthered his studies at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA learning traditional trades and taken real estate coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Brother at Gamma Epsilon Chapter
Manny rushed Phi Sigma Pi in the Spring of 1997 after receiving a recruitment letter from the fledgling chapter. The chapter had failed to recruit a pledge class for several semesters and was on probation with the national organization.
Manny’s first leadership role was as Awards, Alumni and Scholarship Chair. Very little structure existed in the chapter and Manny set to sorting out what Alumni base could be useful to the chapter, reaching out fruitlessly to graduated and inactive brothers. As rush for the Beta Class began, Manny recruited like-minded individuals, forming an initiate class that outnumbered the active brotherhood. He began campaigning informally and then formally on a platform of creating a vibrant brotherhood in what was then not much more than an Honor Society. He was elected President largely by the Beta Pledge Class and a handful of Alpha and Charter brothers who shared his vision ans would help serve as the « Dream Team » for building the chapter into what it is today. Many of the foundational programs of the Chapter: GETSLAM’D, Pledge Program, Black Committee, and Dance Marathon came about under his leadership. Much of the credit for creating a powerful sense of fraternity came from what he learned and borrowed from AKPsi’s very successful Alpha Phi chapter. The Chapter won the Clarence Williams Most Improved Chapter Award as a result of his leadership. Following His Presidency, Manny held some honorary roles as Master of Ritual and defacto head of the Black Committee until his graduation.
Positions Held at the Gamma Epsilon Chapter
- Fall 1997 – Spring 1998 : Alumni, Awards and Scholarship Chair
- Fall 1998 - Spring 1999: President & Chair, Black Committee
- Spring 2000: Master of Ritual & Chair, Black Committee
Manny has been to the following national and inter-chapter events:
- National Convention Fall '97
Bigs and Littles
God is Manny’s Big.
Manny has 2 Little Brothers:
Post College Career
After graduating from the University of Florida, Manny worked at Limited Brands in Columbus, OH for the Summer of 2000 until he moved to Beijing, PRC to study and work as an English Professor at a local university and as a coordinator for the Beijing Office of the now defunct Singapore-based Strategic Intelligence. On return to the United States in February of 2001, Manny joined with a hotel developer in Cincinnati, OH developing and operating some of the first Hilton Garden Inns across the Midwest. Following September 11th, Manny transitioned to working in more traditional hotel leadership roles with Hyatt, Crowne Plaza, and Marriott. Having learned the hotel trade from the best in the country, and having a passion for real estate, Manny earned his MBA from the University of Cincinnati and in Fall 2005, joined the family business of Steiner + Associates working in various leadership roles including head of restaurant development, asset management, and retail leasing. After 7 years, he decided it was time to leave the family business and moved to Fort Worth, TX where he worked for Trademark Property Company for 2 years before finally moving to New England Development in August 2013 in Boston. Manny is recognized as one of the leaders in the field of shopping centers and retail, appearing on numerous national panels, leading and serving several real estate organizations, and is often quoted in trade publications. In an industry of some 50,000 professionals, Manny was named Top 10 Under 40 in 2018 for his leadership, growth and contributions to the field.