Real Estate Industry to Honor Longest-Serving REBNY President Steven Spinola at 119th Annual REBNY Banquet

--William C. Rudin, Barbara Fox, Peter Hauspurg, Daniel M. Kindbergh and Glen Weiss will also receive prestigious awards--

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Chairman Rob Speyer today announced plans to honor Steven Spinola, REBNY’s President of nearly thirty years, with The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award at the industry’s most celebrated event of the year, the 119th Annual Banquet, which will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the New York Hilton Hotel.

Steven Spinola is the longest-serving REBNY President, presiding over the organization’s growth from 4,000 members in 1986 to more than 16,000 members today. He is widely recognized as the most influential and well-informed advocate and champion for the New York City real estate industry. Mr. Spinola recently announced plans to retire at the end of 2015.

Five other top industry leaders will also be honored for their outstanding accomplishments that have made a lasting impact on New York City’s vibrant real estate market. These highly successful professionals are noted for their business acumen and talent, which has helped them to improve their communities and uplift their fellow citizens through philanthropic and humanitarian service.

“We are enormously proud to honor our dear friend Steven Spinola for all the spectacular work he does for our industry. For nearly three decades, through good times and bad, Steve’s professionalism, thoughtful advocacy, and generosity of spirit has inspired our community,” said REBNY Chairman Rob Speyer. “We will salute Steve and our other distinguished award winners for their exceptional contributions to New York City and the entire industry. This REBNY banquet is sure to be a celebration of excellence, dedication, and public service that is personified by each of our distinguished honorees.”

This year’s honorees are:

  • Steven Spinola, President of REBNY, who will receive The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award, which is presented to an industry member for invaluable contributions to New York’s civic welfare and to the real estate community.
  • William C. Rudin, CEO & Vice Chairman of Rudin Management Company, Inc., who will receive The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award, which is presented each year to a REBNY member for a lifetime of exceptional accomplishment in the profession and dedication to leadership in New York real estate.
  • Barbara Fox, President, Fox Residential Group, Inc., who will receive The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award, which recognizes meritorious service to the community by a REBNY member.
  • Peter Hauspurg, Chairman & CEO of Eastern Consolidated, who will receive The Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award, which honors an executive who exemplifies the characteristics of a successful commercial broker.
  • Daniel M. Kindbergh, Senior Vice President, Operations, U.S. Office Division, Brookfield Property Partners, who will receive The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals of superior accomplishment in the commercial management industry based on outstanding professionalism, civic achievement, and contributions to the real estate industry.
  • Glen Weiss, Executive Vice President, Director of Leasing, Vornado Realty Trust, who will receive the Young Real Estate Man of the Year Award, selected by the Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association of New York on the basis of integrity, professionalism and personal ethics.

The evening will also include a video component that asks industry experts about their views on issues that are crucial to New York City’s real estate market today.

REBNY advises those wishing to attend to purchase tickets early.  For more information, contact MaryAnn Aviles at 212-532-3100 or maviles@rebny.com.

About the Honorees

Steven Spinola: Since 1986, when he was appointed REBNY President, Mr. Spinola has been a vigorous and authoritative advocate of policies to promote local economic growth, citywide development projects, as well as new residential and commercial construction.  Crain’s New York Business, The New York Observer, City & State and other publications regularly include Mr. Spinola in their lists of the most Influential New Yorkers. During his tenure, REBNY membership has quadrupled from 4,000 to more than 16,000 members.

William C. Rudin: As CEO & Vice-Chairman of Rudin Management Company, William C. Rudin oversees the Rudin real estate portfolio of New York City office towers and luxury apartment buildings. Rudin serves as the Chairman of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY).  He was recently elected as Chairman of The Real Estate Roundtable. On behalf of business, civic and trade organizations, Bill is one of the real estate industry’s strongest and most influential voices advancing pro-business public policy.  Bill and his family proudly continue the Rudin tradition of helping to make New York City a better place to live, work and visit.

Barbara Fox is a founding member of the Residential Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York and sits on the Residential Board of Directors. She is one of New York's prominent real estate brokers and managers. Barbara was previously honored as the recipient of the Henry Forster Memorial Award for an outstanding record of lifetime achievement in residential real estate. She has served on and chaired the REBNY committee that oversees the residential industry’s main charity fundraising event, the Residential Deal of the Year Charity Gala.  Barbara is also the founder and head of WOOF!, an animal rescue organization that saves over 100 homeless animals from being euthanized at New York City shelters, re-socializes each of them in foster homes, tends to their medical needs, and finds them permanent loving homes.

Peter Hauspurg is the Chairman and CEO of Eastern Consolidated, a commercial real estate service firm specializing in commercial property sales, retail property leasing and mortgage finance, primarily in the New York metropolitan and Tri-State areas. Mr. Hauspurg and his partner founded the firm in 1981 and have been creating some of the most significant deals to dot the New York City skyline ever since. Mr. Hauspurg serves on REBNY’s Board of Governors and is the President of the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), a nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing housing, medical care and vocational training to over 15,000 families in need in the Tri-State region.

Glen Weiss began his real estate career with the Mendik Company in 1986 as a Summer Porter, and today serves as the Executive Vice President – Director of Leasing for Vornado Realty Trust’s New York portfolio, a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Weiss manages a leasing team of internal and external brokers, overseeing the negotiation of large-scale leasing transactions often involving hundreds of thousands of square feet, including NYU at 1 Park Avenue and Madison Square Garden. He is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Seminar Committee, the 2010 Chairman of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association, and was the 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Real Estate Honoree.

Daniel M. Kindbergh oversees the operations of Brookfield’s 57 million-square-foot U.S. portfolio as Senior Vice President of Operations. His extensive experience in portfolio and property management, accounting, and administration, has helped Brookfield gain recognition in the BOMA 360 Program and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, among other distinctions.  Mr. Kindbergh played a key role in the restoration of Brookfield’s Lower Manhattan properties post-September 11, led the integration efforts when Brookfield acquired Trizec, and was a major part of many other critical moments in Brookfield’s history.

*Headshots available upon request. Please contact nicole@themarino.org.

About The Real Estate Board of New York

The Real Estate Board of New York is the city’s leading real estate trade association with more than 16,000 members.  REBNY represents major commercial and residential property owners and builders, brokers and managers, banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, contractors and other individuals and institutions professionally interested in the city’s real estate.  REBNY is involved in crucial municipal matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes and legislation.  In addition, REBNY publishes reports providing indicators of market prices for both the residential and commercial sectors.

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