Recognition for REBNY stalwart Bill Montana

By Steve Spinola

This week, I’d like to recognize William (Bill) Montana, a longstanding REBNY member who is constantly working to improve the real estate industry.

A member of numerous committees, subcommittees, organizations, and more, Bill is the kind of person who wants to be part of every aspect of what is going on in his community and field, and does not wait for these opportunities to be involved to come to him – he initiates, comes up with ideas, and has dedicated an impressive amount of time and effort into not only REBNY, but to our industry in general.

Bill’s contribution to REBNY has been tremendous, as evidenced by his involvement in our committees.

He is involved in the Commercial Brokerage Ethics & Professional Practices Committee, Commercial Brokerage Midtown West/Penn Plaza Committee, Commercial Brokerage Midtown South Committee, and many more.

He also serves as the co-chairperson of the Commercial Brokerage Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the creation of the Commercial Brooklyn Committee.

In 2013, he was the recipient of the Young Man of the Year Award, and is also spearheading an update of REBNY’s Code of Ethics, as well as the creation of a designation course for our commercial members entitled, “New York Commercial Professional (NYCP).

When it comes to balancing business with extracurricular involvement, there are few who manage to pull it off while giving 100 percent to both as well as Bill Montana.

In addition to his extensive service in REBNY’s committees and groups, Bill also maintains an extraordinary level of community involvement in other areas.

He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Young Men and Women’s Real Estate Association of New York, an Advisory Board Member of the New York City Clothing Bank, and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and Officer of Greenwich Council in Connecticut.

This pattern of going the extra mile is further exemplified in Bill’s work ethic and accomplishments.

He first began his career in real estate at Newmark & Company in 1988, and, after contributing greatly to the establishment of its downtown office, began working at the Edward S. Gordon Company.

After four years of working there, he was eventually approached to work for what is now Savills Studley, Inc.

Since joining Studley as a leasing executive, Bill has completed over one million square feet in transactions, and specializes in strategic planning and office space acquisition and disposition on a national scale.

He has represented a large variety of clients such as Gordon & Rees, Sullivan & Cromwell, EMC Corp and Microsoft, and is renowned through the industry as the paradigm of professionalism who comports himself with dignity and integrity both in the workplace and out.

In other REBNY news:
August 12-13 from 9:00am – 5:30pm is the Certified Buyer Representative (CBR) Course. This two-day course, a national trademarked designation of REALNET Learning Services, is facilitated by REBNY and is available to those who wish to differentiate themselves with advanced training in buyer representation. This course takes place in the REBNY Mendik Education Center.

August 14 is the annual REBNY Spring Golf & Tennis Outing at the North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, a fun-filled day during which attendees will be able to network with each other and have a good time. Tickets for golf have been sold out. Tennis is $315 and includes singles and doubles brunch, all-day is $225, dinner-only is $150, and a swimming pool is available to all. Each package includes cocktails and dinner, and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Kathleen Gibbs at 212-616-5246, or kgibbs@rebny.com.

August 20 from 9:00am – 10:30am is REBNY’s Residential Ethics Course for New Members, a non-credit course required for new REBNY members. To register, visit REBNY.com, or contact ResidentialEthicsCourse@REBNY.com.
September 3 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm is the next meeting of REBNY’s Commercial Retail Committee at the Cornell Club. For more information, contact Desiree Jones at DJones@REBNY.com.

September 4 is the Lower Manhattan Office Building Luncheon. The Luncheon takes place from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, at Delmonico’s, and is open to Lower Manhattan Committee members and their guests. For more information, contact Desiree Jones at DJONES@rebny.com.