Spotlights

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Mary Mahany, Shawmut Design and Construction

In the last 12 months what accomplishment are you most proud of? Recently, we were awarded a high-profile project that ties directly into our deep-rooted commitment to building impactful spaces throughout New York that benefit the local community. We have been laser focused on this project for over three years

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Rishabh Mangal, Holt Construction

In the last 12 months what accomplishment are you most proud of? We are living in a technology driven world and the backbone to support this is our humongous data centers. In the past 12 months my focus has been strictly on developing and spearheading Holt’s data center projects

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Jack O’Shea, Start Elevator

In the last 12 months what accomplishment are you most proud of? In the last year, I’m proud of Start Elevator for becoming the sole provider for Montefiore’s real estate portfolio and completing our biggest private sector contract to date - a massive 32-car elevator modernization in Brooklyn,

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Leo Leyva, Cole Schotz

In the last 12 months what accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of our ability to attract new talent, which has led to an expansion of our footprint in our New York City office during what many consider a downturn in the real estate and financial marketplace.

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Michael Werner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

In the last 12 months what was one of the biggest challenges you faced as a leader and how did you overcome it? With many properties in default, I have had to advise clients and help them decide on the best path forward, particularly for those who have never faced recourse before or had to hand back the keys on a property.

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Rob Kuppersmith, Cushman & Wakefield

In the last 12 months what was one of the biggest challenges you faced as a leader and how did you overcome it? Adapting to the ever-changing marketplace. As the leasing industry continues to evolve post-pandemic, I have had to adjust my approach and mindset.

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Louis Adler, REAL New York

In the last 12 months what accomplishment are you most proud of? This year marked the 10th anniversary of REAL New York, a milestone I’m incredibly proud of. Over the past decade-plus, my business partner and I have built a thriving real estate firm that has closed roughly 25,000 leasing deals.

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Joe DiPompeo, PE, Structural Workshop

In the last 12 months what was one of the biggest challenges you faced as a leader and how did you overcome it? We had a dramatic slowdown in new development work as interest rates and construction costs rose rapidly.

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Anthony Vogel, Esq., Robinson+Cole LLP

In the last 12 months, what accomplishment are you most proud of? A client was in a payment default on its loan for a ~$230 million office building and at risk of losing the asset. The workout and loan modification involved simultaneous agreements with lender, a preferred equity investor and a tenant negotiating a lease termination.

2024 Ones to Watch Industry Leaders: Rex Hakimian, EIGHT WEST, affiliate of The Hakimian Org.

In the last 12 months what accomplishment are you most proud of? To develop Sola, a rental building in Woodside, Queens, set to commence leasing this summer, we were mindful of escalating construction expenses. Anticipating these challenges, we proactively procured materials well in advance,