Eliza Solender is the President of Solender/Hall, Inc., a commercial real estate and consulting company that specializes in assisting nonprofit organizations buy, sell, lease, manage and finance commercial real estate in the D/FW area.Her years in the oil industry, management consulting and commercial real estate enable her to quickly understand organizational issues.Her areas of expertise are:
- Commercial Real Estate
- Board Governance
- Strategic Planning
She serves on the Board of Directors of Origin Bancorp (Nasdaq), chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Nominating/Governance and Risk Committees. She 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.
Eliza a past chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 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 several 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 currently serves on the board of directors for The Real Estate Council Community Fund. She served as the national President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Network) with over 12,000 members in the US and internationally and is the founder and a 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 The Family Place and Greater Dallas Mental Health America; Co-Chair of the President’s Research Council at UTSW Medical Center; President of CREW Dallas (recipient of the Outstanding Achievement, Life Member and Philanthropic Excellences Awards) and on a variety of other human service and cultural boards. 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 received the 2012 National Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Network) Circle of Excellence award, CREW Network’s highest honor. In 2015, Dallas Business Journal named her one of the top 25 Women in Business in the DFW area. She was named a 2019 POWER BROKER by D CEO Magazine. In 2019, Bisnow named her a DFW Power Woman.
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/governance and corporate social responsibility. She developed and leads the prestigious Nonprofit Real Estate 101 Course for The Real Estate Council in Dallas. 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 Texas real estate broker and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors.