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James D. Kuhn
James D. Kuhn has been a principal of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and has served as president since joining in 1992. Today, with over 11,000 employees worldwide, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its partner Knight Frank operate from more than 340 global offices, including 116 offices in the U.S. and offices throughout Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. With the firm’s merger with BGC Partners in 2011 and BGC’s acquisition of the assets of Grubb & Ellis Company in 2012, the firm has reinforced its capital markets platform with the real estate investment banking and debt and equity capabilities of Cantor Fitzgerald, offering clients the deepest and most diversified services in the real estate industry. In addition to his administrative duties at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Kuhn chairs the National Capital Markets and Property Management boards.
Mr. Kuhn joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank after 15 years in partnership with Bernard Mendik as owner/manager, where he acquired 11 million square feet of office space and 6,000 apartments; the company was sold to Vornado in 1997.
During the course of his career, Mr. Kuhn has been advisor, broker or principal in over $4 billion in transactions for 30 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate. He is an expert in the acquisition, leasing, management, repositioning and liquidation of major investments. He has acted variously as merchant banker, de facto advisor, partner and co-investor with such firms as Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, The Equitable Life Assurance Society, J.E. Robert Companies, Lennar-Morgan Stanley and Steinhardt Partners, among others, including the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Mr. Kuhn’s clients include The Blackstone Group, Malkin Properties, SL Green Realty Corp., Vornado Realty Trust, LNR Property LLC, TIAA-CREF, LAMCO, AmTrust Realty Corp., Mount Kellett Capital Management, New York University, Hudson Yards Development Corporation, NYC School Construction Authority and the City University of New York.
Memberships and Appointments
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of Syracuse University and its Executive Committee
Chairman, Advisory Council of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
Chairman, Advisory Board of New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate
Member, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
Member, Board of Trustees of Pratt Institute
Member, Board of Governors of Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
Co-Chair, Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council
Appointed to the state of New York’s Unified Court System as a qualified receiver in eight New York counties
James D. Kuhn Real Estate Center at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University
The James and Marjorie Kuhn Program to Foster Diversity in Real Estate at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
Funded Syracuse University’s Architecture Program in New York City
Funded Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts’ Student Film Fund
Leo J. Kuhn Lobby for the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute
James Kuhn Fund for Fencing at Stuyvesant High School
Grant to NYU Langone Medical Center for sleep apnea research
James Kuhn Fund for Underprivileged Children for the San Antonio Fencing Club
In 1994, Mr. Kuhn received the National Jewish Humanitarian Award and was guest of honor at the Real Estate & Construction Industries’ annual Winter’s Eve Ball, which benefited the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.
Mr. Kuhn received the NYU Real Estate Service Award of the Year in 1984 and the Young Man of the Year award presented by the Real Estate Board of New York in 1985.
Mr. Kuhn graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1965. He was captain of the fencing team, second place finisher in the tri-state championship, and member of the 1964 City Championship team. Mr. Kuhn went on to fence at Syracuse University, winning tri-state championships in 1968 and finishing 12th in the country. Mr. Kuhn, after a 25-year absence, returned to fence in the veterans division, where he ranked seventh in the country by the time he retired in 2001.
In 2011, he received a Letter Winner of Distinction Award from Syracuse University for his achievement as a student-athlete in fencing.
Mr. Kuhn holds both a B.B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from Syracuse University. He endowed its new business school with the dean’s office and established the Leo and Sunnie Kuhn Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.