- Surviving Sandy: Behind the Scenes with REBNY in Aftermath of Storm
As forecasters became more and more certain that a monster storm named Sandy was barreling toward Manhattan in the 48 hours leading up to its landfall on Monday, October 29, Real Estate Board of New York President Steven Spinola lay in a hospital bed recovering from a sudden medical emergency.
- The 2013 REBNY Honorees
Each year, the Real Estate Board of New York selects six real estate professionals, be they specialists in residential or commercial sales or leasing, to bestow its Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate award; Young Real Estate Man of the Year award; Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian award; Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition award; Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker award; and George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year award.
- The Long View: REBNY’s Longest Serving President, Steven Spinola, Outlines Goals for 2013
Since 1986, Steven Spinola has served as president of the Real Estate Board of New York. With his organization’s annual gala approaching next week, Mr. Spinola is saying goodbye to outgoing chair Mary Ann Tighe and welcoming Rob Speyer, president and co-chief executive officer of Tishman Speyer, while also guiding REBNY’s agenda for 2013.
- The Exit Interview: CBRE’s Mary Ann Tighe Signs Off As REBNY Chair
CBRE tristate Chief Executive Officer Mary Ann Tighe is a legend in New York’s voracious real estate world. Winner of multiple Deal of the Year awards and a 2009 REBNY lifetime achievement award, Ms. Tighe has conquered every peak in her nearly 30 years in the industry, rising to an almost mythic status among the city’s machers. A groundbreaker as well, she was the first woman appointed chair of REBNY. Now, as she steps down after her two years in office, she took the time to discuss with The Commercial Observer her accomplishments as chairwoman, the changing New York skyline and what to expect in 2013.
- IN-SPEYER-ING: Tishman Speyer President Rob Speyer on REBNY
In July, the Real Estate Board of New York announced that Rob Speyer, 43, president and co-CEO of Tishman Speyer, would succeed Mary Ann Tighe to become its youngest chairman ever. Stepping in this month, he is the third successive generation of his family to hold the post—also a first in the organization’s 117-year history. Though he might have a reputation as being media-shy, Mr. Speyer’s success in real estate is no secret—his company has completed $6 billion in new transactions and raised $4.5 billion of new equity since 2010. Mr. Speyer sat down with The Commercial Observer last week for a rare interview to discuss his new appointment, his agenda for REBNY in 2013, following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, and the best way forward for New York City as global competition ramps up.
- Commercial Broker Confidence on the Rise, but Lags Residential Counterparts
Broker confidence levels have been restored after a dip caused by Hurricane Sandy, but commercial brokers remain less optimistic than their residential counterparts, according to data from REBNY’s Broker Confidence Index released last week.