Rob Speyer bringing expertise and insight to leadership role

Steven Spinola

President, Real Estate Board of New York

2013 begins an exciting new chapter for REBNY as we welcome Rob Speyer as our new Chairman – the youngest Chairman in REBNY’s history and the third generation of his family to serve in that role.

As President and Co-CEO of Tishman Speyer – one of the world’s leading owners, developers, operators, and managers of first-class real estate and responsible for several of New York City’s signature properties, including Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building – Rob brings invaluable industry expertise and insight to this leadership position. 

Combined with his professional experience, Rob has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the betterment of our city through his many civic engagements. 

In addition to his role as REBNY Chairman and member of REBNY’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors, Rob also serves as Chairman of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and is a founder and co-chair of the Committee to Save New York, a coalition of business, labor and civic groups promoting fiscal reform for New York State. 

He is also the co-chair of the Construction Committee of the St. Patrick's Cathedral Landmark Foundation and a founding member of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national group of business and political leaders committed to immigration reform.  

In addition, Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Roundtable, the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council, the Board of Trustees of the New York City Police Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Citizens Budget Commission and the Board of Trustees of the Children's Aid Society.

Committed to the belief that New York must remain a global city and a magnet for the talented and ambitious throughout the world, Rob understands the critical role the real estate industry plays in ensuring our City provides quality jobs and housing, a good educational system and a vibrant cultural environment.

Our city and our industry will face many opportunities and challenges over the next few years – from East Midtown rezoning to rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy – and we are thrilled to have Rob’s leadership, vision and passion as we work with New York’s current and incoming elected leadership to ensure a strong and vibrant future.

In other REBNY News:

A new Commercial “Crossfire” called Pioneering Locations-Manhattan vs the Boroughs, Should Manhattan Be Scared? will be held 5:30 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at REBNY’s Mendik Center, lower level, 570 Lexington Ave. The event is open to REBNY members only and free of charge. Panelists are Ken Horn, President, Alchemy Properties Inc.; David Kramer, Principal, Hudson Companies; and Roy Stillman, President, Stillman Development International. Moderators are Eric Michael Anton, Managing Partner, Brookfield Financial; and James Nelson, Partner, Massey Knakal Realty Services. The event is sponsored by the New York Post. Registration accepted online only. Go to

You can still donate through two funds created for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City set up a donation page for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts on its website at and click on Hurricane Sandy Relief. Checks can be payable to: Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York City, NY 10007. For more information, call 212-788-7794. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo created the Empire State Relief Fund, aimed at rebuilding and restoring damaged homes from Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit or text “RELIEF” to 80000 to make a $10 donation.