Michael Clawar co-founded StratoDem Analytics after four years as an analyst with Reach Advisors, a strategy, research, and predictive analytics firm, where Michael pioneered some of the firm’s work in economic demography. At Reach Advisors, real estate clients deployed his analysis to help create 10%-15% premiums over competitors. Private equity clients deployed his analysis to avoid major losses relying on existing local-market demographic and economic data from governmental and third-party data providers, and instead recraft their investment theses based on his analysis. Michael graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and a master’s degree in statistics.
James Chung is a co-founder of StratoDem Analytics. He also serves as President of Reach Advisors, where he leads the firm’s strategy, research and predictive analytics work helping clients sharpen their most-pressing strategy and capital commitment decisions. In that capacity, James serves some of the nation’s leading real estate investment private equity funds, REITs and developers. Prior to founding Reach Advisors, James founded and then sold an online media and research firm in 2001, and before that, James served one of the nation’s leading marketers while at the Leo Burnett ad agency, where his two primary responsibilities involved pioneering data warehouse analytics and online media in the earliest years of those fields. James currently serves on the board of directors for the Harvard Alumni Association, and co-chairs a board committee on data and analytics. James also serves as the founder of an independent data science collaborative in Cambridge, MA for top doctoral-level and post-doctoral researchers working on breakthroughs in data science.
University of North Texas
Sara Rutledge is Managing Director of Real Estate Products for StratoDem Analytics. She was the firm’s inaugural Data Science Research Fellow in 2018, applying two decades of real estate research experience to support product development and communications. In her current role, she leads product management and supports marketing and sales. Prior to StratoDem Analytics, Sara was the Director of Research for the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, the non-profit industry association that aggregates property data from its investment management members to provide performance indices on commercial real estate. She has provided thought leadership on real estate and macroeconomic trends and led research teams and processes in full-service real estate firms, at CBRE and Transwestern, and in investment management, at Invesco Real Estate. She served a three-year term on the National Association for Business Economics board of directors and remains active in committee leadership, including as the Business Conditions Survey Chair and Tech Economics Conference co-Chair. Sara currently serves on the ULI Chicago Women’s Leadership Initiative Advisory Board.