The 2013 REBNY Honorees

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Dick Concannon

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.

Below, we honor this year’s honorees with a series of profiles and illustrations. Read More


IN-SPEYER-ING: Tishman Speyer President Rob Speyer on REBNY

Rob Speyer

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.  

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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.

At 8.12 in December 2012, based on a scale of zero to ten, the average confidence rating for commercial and residential brokers combined was the second highest since REBNY began tracking the data in June 2012 (with the record of 8.55 set in September 2012).

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the rating had dipped to 7.55 in November. Read More