REBNY Announces Real Estate Industry Leaders to be Honored at 123rd Annual Banquet

Industry to celebrate civic accomplishments, humanitarianism, professionalism, and public service

Daniel Tishman, Diane Ramirez, Helena Durst, Bernard Warren, Ira Fishman, and Alex Bernstein to be presented with top leadership awards

Citizens Budget Commission’s Carol Kellermann to receive public service recognition

REBNY 123rd Annual Banquet Honorees
From left to right: Alex Bernstein, Helena Durst, Daniel Tishman, Bill Rudin, Diane Ramirez, John Banks, Bernard Warren, Carol Kellermann, and Ira Fishman. Photo Credit: DavidChenPhoto.com

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The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) announced the distinguished leaders who will be presented with top honors for their outstanding professional success and exceptional contributions to the industry at REBNY’s 123rd Annual Banquet to be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.

“The REBNY Banquet is more than a celebration of real estate’s best and brightest. It is an acknowledgement of how important our industry is to New York and how much we love this city. The honorees reflect the kind of excellence and dedication that we all strive for. They have made exceptional contributions to both the real estate industry and our entire city,” said REBNY Chairman William C. Rudin.

“The REBNY Banquet is real estate’s most important evening of the year,” said REBNY President John H. Banks. “The event brings the whole industry together for a night of making connections and catching up with friends and colleagues. This REBNY banquet will be a great celebration of excellence, dedication, and public service that is represented by each of our distinguished honorees,” said John H. Banks, REBNY President.

The following award winners will be recognized at the largest annual real estate networking event in New York City:

Daniel R. Tishman, Principal and Vice Chairman of Tishman, will receive The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award, which is presented to an industry member for their invaluable contributions to New York’s civic welfare and the real estate community.

Diane M. Ramirez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halstead Real Estate, will receive The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award for her exceptional accomplishments in the profession, leadership, and service to the real estate industry over the course of her career.

Carol Kellermann, President of the Citizens Budget Commission, will receive The John E. Zuccotti Public Service Award. This award recognizes a New Yorker who has displayed exceptional accomplishments and service in the public's interest.

Helena Rose Durst, a Principal at The Durst Organization, will receive The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a REBNY member’s meritorious service to the community.

Bernard Warren, Chairman and President of Webb & Brooker, will receive The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award, which recognizes individuals of superior accomplishment in property management based on outstanding professionalism, civic achievement, and contributions to the real estate industry.

Ira Z. Fishman, a Partner at HSP Real Estate Group, will receive The Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award, which celebrates a commercial broker with exceptional personal and professional integrity, leadership, prominence in the brokerage community, and service to REBNY’s committees.

Alex Bernstein, Executive Vice President/New Business at Bernstein Real Estate Group, will receive The Young Real Estate Professional of the Year Award. This award is selected by the Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association of New York and presented to a member who exemplifies strong integrity, professionalism, and personal ethics.

REBNY Banquet dinner attendees will have an opportunity, for the first time ever, to experience the REBNY Lounge, an intimate networking space with an open bar. The REBNY Lounge will be an ideal location, right outside the Grand Ballroom, for networking and deal making before and after dinner.

REBNY will also present an educational video on the Transformation of New York’s Retail Landscape at the Banquet.

Those wishing to attend the 123rd Annual Banquet should purchase their tickets early at go.rebny.com/Banquet123.

Place your company’s brand in front of New York City’s political and business elite through sponsorship opportunities at the Annual Banquet and by advertising in REBNY’s 2019 Journal. Contact yguerrero@rebny.com to sponsor this event.

ABOUT THE HONOREES

Dan Tishman

The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award

Daniel R. Tishman is Principal and Vice Chairman of Tishman. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AECOM, which merged with Tishman Construction in 2010. Mr. Tishman is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Montefiore Medicine, the umbrella organization for Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A major force in propelling the green-building movement to the forefront of the construction industry, Mr. Tishman spent more than a decade as Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the world's leading environmental advocacy organizations.  He also currently serves on the boards the Conservation Fund and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, among others. He was previously chairman of Governor Cuomo’s Airport Advisory Panel and is a long serving member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee. Mr. Tishman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Planning from Evergreen State College and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Lesley College. Read more about Dan.

Diane Ramirez

The Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award

Diane M. Ramirez is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halstead Real Estate. Under her thoughtful and careful leadership, Mrs. Ramirez has strategically grown the firm from three storefront offices in Manhattan to nearly three dozen offices with 1,300 agents throughout New York City, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Connecticut. She was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010 and is an accredited continuing education teacher for the State. Mrs. Ramirez is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Board of New York’s Residential Brokerage Division and serves on REBNY’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee. She was the recipient of REBNY’s Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award in 2009, and was honored with the Residential Brokerage Division’s Henry Forster Award for Lifetime Achievementin 2007. Mrs. Ramirez also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. She was the recipient of LeadingRE’s Leadership Award, the New York Moves 'Power Women' honor, and the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s Celine Marcus Community Service Award, among others. The Valerie Fund, which helps children with cancer, honored Diane and her husband, Sam Ramirez, for their outstanding involvement and dedication to the charity.

Carol Kellermann

The John E. Zuccotti Public Service Award

Carol Kellermann, President of the Citizens Budget Commission, has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in nonprofit, philanthropic, and government settings. She has served as the Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc., and as a consultant to the City University of New York, where she initiated a pilot program to improve graduation rates and job outcomes at CUNY’s six community colleges. As Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the September 11 Fund, she oversaw the $500+ million charitable fund, which provided grants and assistance for the short- and long-term needs of victims of the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Learning Leaders, the oldest and largest volunteer program in the New York City public schools. Ms. Kellermann has been chief of staff to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer and held various executive positions in New York City government, including Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Helena Durst

The Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award

Helena Rose Durst is a Principal at The Durst Organization. She oversees all aspects of the company’s residential portfolio including leasing, management, operations, and marketing. She is spearheading the lease up and pipeline of the market-rate and affordable units at Halletts Point in Queens and throughout the organization’s residential portfolio. Ms. Durst has helped lead the ground-up management of nearly 2,500 units of rental housing at several projects, including EŌS, VIA 57 WEST, HELENA 57 WEST, FRANK 57 WEST, and Historic Front Street. As President of New York Water Taxi/Circle Line Downtown, she transformed NYWT into a profitable mass transit, tour, and travel operation attracting more than 1.5 million passengers annually. During her tenure, NYWT became the first maritime company in the harbor to implement a minimum wage of $15 per hour for its 200 employees. Active in the New York City real estate and environmental communities, Ms. Durst sits on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, serves on the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, is Chair of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, and is a member of the New York Restoration Project and the Lincoln Center Real Estate Advisory Board.

Bernard Warren

The George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award

Bernard Warren, Chairman and President of Webb & Brooker, is directly responsible for supervising the senior staff at the firm’s headquarters. He is the lead partner to organizations developing and/or refinancing affordable housing. Since joining Webb & Brooker in 1990, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within the firm and established close working relationships with federal, state, and local housing agencies. An expert in all aspects of housing policy, planning, and operations, Mr. Warren serves as the primary liaison for Boards, conducts negotiations with contractors, and monitors buildings’ budgets. He has implemented multi-million dollar capital improvement programs and is an accomplished innovator focused on operational improvements that enhance productivity, efficiency, and quality of life. Mr. Warren serves on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and as co-chair of the REBNY Diversity Committee. In addition, he currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Managers for the Jamaica YMCA. Mr. Warren is honored to follow his mentor, the late George M. Brooker, who was the first recipient to receive the Management Executive of the Year Award.

Ira Fishman

The Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award

Ira Z. Fishman, a Partner at HSP Real Estate Group, has been involved in the New York commercial real estate market for over 40 years. His own real estate portfolio encompasses approximately 20 commercial and multifamily properties in New York City. As an owner, he specializes in renovating and upgrading neglected buildings into prime office properties. Prior to merging with HSP Real Estate Group, Mr. Fishman was the Chief Executive Officer of EVO Real Estate Group, formerly known as Winoker Realty Company. As Executive Vice President and Principal at Winoker, he enhanced overall operations and developed the firm’s leasing and management divisions. Mr. Fishman started his real estate career at Newmark & Co. where he served as partner and represented over 3.5 million square feet of commercial space. Mr. Fishman serves as Chair of the Real Estate Board of New York's Midtown South Office Committee. He also sits on the Boards of Directors for REBNY’s Commercial Brokerage Division and the Garment Center Alliance (BID). He was the former secretary of the Young Men's/Women's Real Estate Association of New York and a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Boys Town New York. Mr. Fishman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers College.

Alex Bernstein

The Young Real Estate Professional of the Year Award

Alex Bernstein is the Executive Vice President and New Business Director at 92-year-old Bernstein Real Estate. He identifies new investments and oversees all operational aspects of the approximate 2 million square foot portfolio. Mr. Bernstein focuses on environmentally and fiscally beneficial activities. He leads the development of the Passive House at 211 West 29th Street, the tallest rental-residential building of its kind in Manhattan. Mr. Bernstein is dedicated to forward planning of the NoChe neighborhood in which Bernstein Real Estate serves. He founded boutique eatery, Till & Sprocket, and community event space, Interface. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Union College and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Finance from Columbia Business School. Mr. Bernstein lives in New York with his wife Pam and their three children.