Eliza Solender is the President of Solender/Hall, Inc., a commercial real estate and consulting company. The company was founded in 1991 and specializes in assisting for-profit and non-profit organizations buy, sell, lease, manage and finance commercial real estate. Her years in the oil industry, management consulting and commercial real estate enable her to quickly understand organization issues.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Origin Bancorp (Nasdaq) where she Chairs the Compensation Committee and serves a member of the Nominating/Governance and Risk Committees. Eliza chairs the Advisory Board for Lost Oak Winery. She is a former board member of ACCESS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Dallas based biotechnology company and Dallas National Bank Holding Company. She has served on Advisory Boards for Zweave, Inc. in New York, ClubCorp in Dallas, and Barrie Pace, a division of James K. Wilson. The City of Dallas appointed her to the boards of directors of the Cypress Waters Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and the Sports Arena TIF District. She is the past President and a past Director of Mujeres Empresarias, Inc., a commercial real estate investment company.
Eliza is a past President and past Chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors North Texas Chapter. She is a member of the Dallas Foundation Advisory Council, The Dallas Assembly, The Real Estate Council, and the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors.
Her background includes having served in a number of human resource management positions including Manager of Human Resources for the exploration division of Sun (Oil) Company. In addition, she was a senior lecturer for 15 years in the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas teaching courses in organizational communication.
Eliza has been involved in many national, community and civic organizations. She served as the national President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network with over 11,000 members specializing in commercial real estate in the US and Canada. Additionally, she is the founder and past chair of the CREW Foundation. She is a past Chairman of the Dallas Museum of Natural History (now the Perot Museum) as well as former President of two United Way agencies (The Family Place and Mental Health America of Greater Dallas); Co-Chair of the President’s Research Council at UTSW Medical Center; and President of CREW Dallas. She received the 2012 national Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Circle of Excellence award, CREW Network’s highest honor. She is a 2019 DCEO Power Broker. Commercial Property Executive Magazine listed her as one of the top 25 female leaders in the industry. In 2015, the Dallas Business Journal honored her as one the top 25 business women in DFW. Her recent lease for the American Institute of Architects won a 2017 Best Real Deal Award from the Dallas Business Journal.
Eliza is the author of numerous articles on commercial real estate and organizational communication, and a frequent speaker on commercial real estate, corporate board development and corporate social responsibility. She developed and leads the prestigious Real Estate 101 Course for The Real Estate Council. She also writes a popular real estate blog for D CEO (D Magazine).
Eliza earned a master’s degree from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. She is a licensed real estate broker in Texas and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow, the highest credentialing for corporate directors.