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Andrew J. Singer
I was born November 20, 1946 in The Bronx, New York. I graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1963 and The University of Wisconsin in 1967 with a BBA degree. My major was Real Estate & Urban Economics.
My professional life began in 1968, commencing upon my release from active duty with the United States Army in January, 1968. Beginning as a salesman/solicitor with Ackman Brothers Inc., I became an officer and minor stockholder of the Company in 1973; became Executive Vice President in 1977 at which time the firm name was changed to Ackman Brothers & Singer; and was elected President in 1984.
In 1995 I closed AB&S and founded The Singer & Bassuk Organization, a firm which provides real estate finance services to owners of major properties throughout the United States as well as advisory and development services to public companies and individual owners.
Since 2003 I have been directly responsible for arranging financings well in excess of $15 Billion. My more recent activities included arranging more than $2 Billion of financing in Long Island City for major developers on projects such as 5Pointz (1,125 apartments), The Linc LIC, QLIC, Queens West et. al. Among countless assignments in Manhattan I have arranged the construction and/or permanent financings of Carnegie Hall Tower, 437 Madison Avenue, 747 Third Avenue, 150 East 58th Street, 767 Third Avenue, 215 Hudson Street, 777 Third Avenue, 77 Water Street, 230 Park Avenue South, The Archive, 70 Pine Street (former AIG building), The Mark Hotel, as well as many residential condominium developments.
I am a four time winner of the REBNY Most Ingenious Finance Deal of the Year Award. These awards were for the: 2007 $225 million financing of the rehabilitation of 50 Murray Street, a major apartment house in Tribeca; 2006 $256,500,000 construction financing of 20 Exchange Place in FiDi. It was the first and only time a broker has won the Award twice for arranging separate financings on the same property as in 2004, I had won the Award for arranging the acquisition financing of 20 Exchange Place - combining first mortgage, senior & junior mezzanine, and a mezzanine credit enhancement. In 2001, my winning transaction was The Kaufman Portfolio, which involved arranging loans totaling $205 million in a single placement covering the office buildings at 437 Madison Avenue, 747 Third Avenue, 777 Third Avenue, and 77 Water Street in Manhattan.
In January 2011, the Real Estate Board of New York presented me with The Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award at the 115th Annual REBNY banquet in January 2011. The Award is given “in recognition of career long achievements, professional integrity, long-term leadership, prominence in the brokerage community and participation on REBNY committees”.
I have been a guest lecturer on numerous occasions at Columbia University, New York University, The University of Wisconsin and a variety of corporate meetings. I have been engaged as an "expert witness" to testify in a variety of real estate litigation matters.
I have been acknowledged in numerous editions of the Forbes Magazine issue "The 400 Richest People in America" for my advice to Forbes with respect to the preparation of the issue. I have, with some regularity, been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business, Business Week and The New York Post in connection with real estate matters.
Since the mid 1970's I have been investing in Commercial real estate for my own account and have owned, or now have interests in: apartment houses in Manhattan, the Bronx, the Albany Capital District, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia; Hotels in Manhattan and Danbury Connecticut; office buildings in Washington, D.C and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; retail properties in Virginia and Westchester County, N.Y.; undeveloped land in The Adirondack Mountains.
I have been an active part of numerous professional and non-profit groups which now, or in the past, include:
Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. (since approx 2008 to present)
Finance Committee, Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. (Chairman 2000-2001)
Advisory Board, Real Estate Institute, New York University (1990 to 2012)
Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York (2000-2006)
Real Estate and Allied Trades Division of UJA-Federation of NY (Chairman 1997- 2001) and Vice Chairman (2002 - present)
Real Estate Division Executive Committee, UJA-Federation of NY (1987 to present)
Board of Directors, Hudson Headwaters Health Network Foundation
Investment Committee, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Treasurer, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Membership Committee, Young Men's Real Estate Association
AWARDS: 2004 The Sales Brokers Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award (Robert T. Lawrence Award), 2006 The Sales Brokers Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award (The Edward S. Gordon Award), 2007 The Sales Brokers Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award (The Edward S. Gordon Award), 2001 The Finance Committee Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award, 2004 The Finance Committee Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award, 2011 The Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award