Leading by example, Woody Heller takes REBNY membership to heart

Many of REBNY’s members volunteer their time participating in REBNY’s committees, seminars, awards ceremonies, continuing education, and many other events and services, but few have made themselves as much of a household name as Woody Heller.

Heller is the Executive Managing Director and group head of the Capital Transactions Group of Savills Studley.

He specializes in office, residential, specialty retail buildings, and development sites, and has closed over $10 billion of asset and note sale transactions.

Over his 34-year career, Heller has completed transactions encompassing over 45 million square feet. Some of his more notable sales include: Citigroup Center at 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, The Madison Belvedere at 10 East 29th Street, the Rhinelander Mansion leased to Polo Ralph Lauren at 72nd Street and Madison, and the Drake Hotel development site at 432 Park Avenue.

Separate from the outright sale of properties, he has also structured participating and convertible mortgages, equity joint ventures, the sale of partial interests, and note sales, the most notable of which was the sale of the notes and mortgage encumbering the Chrysler Building.

Not only is Heller active in New York City, but he has also performed transactions in Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, and Indiana.

Heller currently serves on REBNY’s Board of Governors, and is also the Chair of our Sales Brokers Committee.

Whether it be an awards ceremony honoring our industry’s top performers, a luncheon, one of our many educational seminars, or simply a recreational cocktail hour where REBNY members gather to network and share recent news, Woody Heller is a constant presence and a familiar face to anyone involved in REBNY’s activities.

Additionally, he is a member of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association, a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and he has served for five years on Manhattan Community Board 5 and on its new development and landmark committees.

Heller has been the recipient of REBNY’s Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award, and he has also been awarded our “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award twice — for the sale of McGraw Hill’s 45 percent C-Corp Interest in 1221 Avenue of the Americas, and again for the sale of New York Law School Development Site in Tribeca in 2007.

Industry professionals like Woody Heller are vital to the world of real estate not only because of their ability to conduct and manage transactions, but for what they give back to the community.

Heller has proven time and again that he does not take his numerous successes for granted.

We thank him for dedicating much of his time and resources to ensuring that others have the same opportunities that have allowed him to become a prominent member of the real estate industry and REBNY community.