Adrienne Albert is nationally recognized as one of the foremost marketing and sales experts in residential real estate. With her firm, The Marketing Directors, Ms. Albert has been personally responsible for the marketing and sales of over $30 billion in residential sales. Over the past 30 years, The Marketing Directors has served dozens of clients on a wide range of projects, from single family homes to high density multi-use developments, in locations from Canada to Mexico, New York to California.
After earning a Master of Architecture degree from MIT, Adrienne was partner in an advertising agency in Toronto, Canada. It seemed counter productive to her that advertising would bring in bodies and sales found them unqualified leaving the developer at risk. Therefore, she founded The Marketing Directors in 1980, a truly full service marketing and sales organization specializing in new homes. The Marketing Directors brought a new vision of how real estate should be presented and sold.
Adrienne and her team were the innovators that brought the notion of pre-selling to the residential real estate market. They were the first to introduce full size off-site furnished models, replicating true views, computerized building models, miniature furnished models, robots, interactive virtual presentations, international sales, computerized customer tracking systems, and customized outreach programs, all of which are now the industry standard.
In 2009, Ms. Albert was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Home Builders’ National Sales and Marketing Council, and was named a Legend of Residential Marketing. She is the first woman ever to receive this accolade in the 17 year history of the award.
Ms. Albert is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, a MIRM since 1984, a Member of the Association of Real Estate Women, is a Governor of the ABO of Greater New York, is a member of the NAHB Sales and Marketing Council, a member of the Urban Land Institute, was an IRM II Course Instructor, an adjunct faculty member at NYU Real Estate Institute, has taught at Columbia University and Queens College and was re-elected for a second term to the Board of Governors of the Institute of Residential Marketing (IRM), and currently serves as Vice Chairperson of the Institute of Residential Marketing.
Oskar Brecher joined the Moinian Group in 2006 as their Director of Development. He is responsible for the master planning and completion of new ground up development projects in the Moinian Group portfolio. Currently he is engaged in the execution of major mixed use projects in New York, with a focus on Hudson Yards, Clinton and Chelsea. These are projects of regional significance and represent approximately 4 million square feet of development.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Brecher was the President of AFC Development Group. AFC specialized in contextual projects that resulted in exceptional housing woven into the local community fabric.
Earlier, Mr. Brecher was the founder and principal of American Landmark Developments, Inc. where the firm developed, owned and operated residential properties in New York, New Jersey, the Washington DC metropolitan region and Toronto.
In the late 1970’s Mr. Brecher was a senior executive at the Cadillac Fairview Corporation, then the largest publicly held developer in North America. During his tenure as the General Manager of High Rise Residential Development, he was responsible for the development of numerous projects in more than half a dozen North American markets.
Mr. Brecher graduated in architecture and has an MBA from Harvard. He is active in the community and was the President and Chairman of the Board of Temple Israel of the City of New York.
As co‐founder of GHW Architects, Alan draws on 40 years of professional experience in planning, designing and managing distinguished projects for our clients. His ability to create beautiful layouts within the most complex of building shapes and structures has been a hallmark of his career and has led to collaborations with such well known architectural firms as Herzog & DeMeuron, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Coop Himmelblau, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Studio Daniel Libeskind and Cook + Fox. His design sensibility and unique capacity to effectively integrate structural and mechanical systems within his designs have been integral factors in the ongoing success of our client’s projects.
Alan is also well recognized within the architectural community for his understanding and knowledge of the New York City Building Code and has served on various technical committees established by The Real Estate Board of New York and The Department of Buildings to help bring about revisions and updates to the New York City Construction Code.
Alan has worked with many of New York’s prominent developers including Silverstein Properties, The Elad Group, The Naftali Group, Alexico, Toll Brothers, The Milstein Organization, Glenwood Management, The Continuum Company, CBSK Ironstate, Atlantic Realty Development Corporation, JD Carlisle Development, Red Apple Real Estate and Tishman Speyer.
Prior to establishing GHW Architects, Alan was a partner at Costas Kondylis and Partners and a member since its inception in 1989. He received his degree from the City College of New York School of Architecture in 1972 and has been a licensed architect since 1976.
Swig Equities, LLC
Mr. Swig is President of Swig Equities, LLC, an investment and development firm focusing on the acquisition and development of real estate in New York City and California. Since 2001, Swig Equities has purchased and/or is in the process of developing in excess of $3 billion of properties.
Mr. Swig is an Owner and Co-Chairman of Terra Holdings, LLC, a company that owns and operates several residential real estate service firms including Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead Property Company; the combination of these two companies annually sell more than $8 billion of apartments and townhouses in New York City and the company’s management divisions manage more than 400 buildings comprising over 26,000 residential units.
Helmsley Spear, LLC
Mr. Swig is the Owner and serves as President of Helmsley Spear, LLC, the oldest continuously operating real estate firm in America.
Mr. Swig serves as President of Fulcrum Equities, LLC a single family office (SFO) that coordinates Mr. Swig’s family business and interests.
The Swig Company
Finally, Mr. Swig is also a Principal in and formerly served as Chairman of the Board of The Swig Company, a family-owned real estate and hotel company based in San Francisco and New York. The Swig Company’s portfolio includes over 9 million square feet of prime commercial office space throughout the United States.
James Davidson is the partner in charge of the Design Department at SLCE, one of the most prolific architectural firms in the NYC metropolitan area, and actively involved in every project phase from concept through completed construction. As a close to 40 year design professional he has completed numerous major commercial and residential high rise projects throughout the U.S. and abroad many of which received the highest professional and industry awards. Some of his completed NYC residential projects include among others: 120 Riverside Blvd., the Avery, the Element, the Chelsea Stratus, The Coronado, Chinese Mission to the U.N. residences, 300 E. 64th St., Madison Belvedere, The Atlas, Ivy Tower, and The Biltmore. James has a B.A. from Columbia University and has a graduate degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. He is a Board Member of Project Renewal as well as Citizens Housing and Planning Council.
David Dods is Senior Vice President of McGraw Hudson Construction Corp. and is currently the Project Executive for the 432 Park Avenue development (at 1400 feet the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere). With over 32 years of professional experience in real estate development and construction management Mr. Dods has coordinated all phases of real estate development and construction projects from design development to project close out and occupancy. David has been involved with many successful developments including 510 Madison Avenue, ThreeTen East 53rd Street, 610 Broadway, 777 Sixth Avenue, 400 Madison Avenue, 145 East 76th Street, Longacre House, 245 Eleventh Avenue, Longwood Avenue Housing, Caldwell Avenue Homes, East 110th Street Homes, Hotel Arts (Barcelona, Spain), Plaza Hotel, Tower 45, Carnegie Hall, 575 Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center Concourse, and Trump Tower. Prior to joining McGraw Hudson Construction Corp. in 1997, Mr. Dods had worked with Santa Fe Construction, The Travelstead Group (Barcelona Spain), The Trump Organization, Tishman Construction and HRH Construction. He is a licensed Architect in the State of NY and has a Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology.
David Rothstein, who has over 26 years of New York City building experience, manages project construction activities from conception to completion for Extell projects in all locations. Principal and founder of Pierpont Group, Mr. Rothstein was also formerly a principal at Millennium Partners, and was Director of Construction for General Atlantic Realty Corporation. Mr. Rothstein studied Construction Management at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York and Architectural Technology at New York Institute of Technology
Roy Chin is the NY Region Director-CRE for TD Bank, NA. A seasoned banker and real estate finance veteran with broad and diverse experience as Senior Marketing Executive and Senior Credit Officer with several major US and Foreign Banks. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of NY and NAIOP and has been a frequent guest lecturer at NYU and Baruch College. Roy holds a BS Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his MBA in Finance from New York University.
John Catsimatidis is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Red Apple Group. The Red Apple Group has holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stories, supermarkets, real estate and aviation. John’s Red Apple Real Estate is a strong investor in the New York real estate market. Red Apple Real Estate recently developed a major commercial and residential project near the new landscape of the downtown Brooklyn development area, and he is planning the first new development on Coney Island’s coastline in recent history. His companies posted annual sales over $4.4 billion in 2012. With 8,000 employees, John Catsimatidis is a major employer in the New York City metropolitan area and upstate New York. John has philanthropic interests focused, among others, on Hellenic youth, the Police Athletic League of New York, and the Kidney Foundation. John Catsimatidis has long been an active leader in the civic issues facing New York, and was running for Mayor of New York City. Currently and in the near future he will be developing approximately 1,500,000 square feet of mixed use residential properties, including 81 Fleet Street (in construction) and 180 Myrtle.
Philip Wharton joined Brookfield Office Properties in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Development, U.S. Commercial Operations. In this role, Mr. Wharton oversees all strategic initiatives pertaining to Brookfield’s 10-million-square-foot U.S. development pipeline. This includes the company’s 5.4-million-square-foot Manhattan West project on Midtown Manhattan’s west side. Mr. Wharton joined Brookfield from AvalonBay Communities, a $10 billion equity cap real estate investment trust specializing in multifamily projects across the United States. In a senior role at AvalonBay for eight years, Mr. Wharton sourced and executed multifamily projects in the boroughs of New York City and Westchester. Prior to joining AvalonBay, Mr. Wharton held senior roles at LCOR, Lend Lease and Lincoln Property Company, working extensively on major office and residential projects. Altogether, Mr. Wharton has accrued an impressive 30-year career in real estate development to date. Mr. Wharton holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
As Principal, Randolph Gerner is responsible for more than ten million square feet of base building and interior design work. He has designed high profile and award-winning commercial buildings, residential towers and corporate and retail interiors. Since forming GKV Architects in 1995 with Richard Kronick and Miguel Valcarcel, Mr. Gerner has established a strong reputation for designing projects that are distinguished by sophistication, quality and innovative use of common materials.
He has lead the design teams on numerous luxury residential buildings containing more than two thousand units: 2 Cooper Square, New York City; Ten23, New York City; The Brooklyner, Brooklyn, NY; Opus Condominiums, New York City; The Lumiere, New York City; Post Luminaria, New York City; 500 W. 23rd St., New York City; Chelsea House, New York City; Gramercy, New York City; The Gantry, Long Island City and West Milford Senior Housing, New Jersey. Randy is currently heading such projects as the adaptive re-use, restoration and expansion of Temple Court (5 Beekman Street), the residences at 227 East 44th Street, the new 5000 seat Coney Island Amphitheater, The Grand Hyatt Istanbul, and The Park Hyatt Portugal.
Prior to forming GKV Architects, he served as president and senior principal at KPF Interior Architects, PC, a firm committed to a consistency of design excellence. Here he was partner-in-charge or more than five million square feet of interior feet.
Many of his projects have been featured in prestigious national publications such as: Architectural Record, Interior Design, Metropolis, Business Week, Newsweek, Interiors, Progressive Architecture, Architecture, Facilities Design and Management, Professional Office Design, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Mr. Gerner attended The City College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Tishman Construction Corporation and AECOM Construction Services in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Jay Badame is responsible for projects, operations, administration, personnel, and business development in those states. He also serves on the Executive Management Committee, chaired by Tishman Construction Chairman and CEP Daniel R. Tishman.
Mr. Badame has more than 30 years of construction industry experience, the last 26 of which have been with Tishamn.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, he has played a key role in expanding Tishamn Construction’s presence in several market sectors and regions. Industry rankings consistently list Tishman as one of the leading builders, both nationally and regionally.
Mr. Badame holds a BS in Civil Engineering, with a major in structural engineering, from Pennsylvania State University.
Joseph Moinian, CEO of The Moinian Group, is known for his investment, development, and management strategies, forging new neighborhoods and spearheading the transformation and enhancement of property values and environments. The New York City based developer, investor and long‐term owner of prime real estate nationwide is recognized for pioneering emerging neighborhoods in major metropolitan cities across the United States.
Founded by Mr. Moinian in 1982, The Moinian Group has a portfolio of more than 20 million square feet of property—and is among the only national real estate entities to develop, own and perate properties across every asset category, including office, hotel, retail, condos and rental apartments.
Currently the largest landlord in Lower Manhattan, Mr. Moinian was the first to make new investments in the market, stepping up to affirm the rebound of that market. In addition, his developments on the Far West Side of Manhattan have allowed him to amass the largest private portfolio of properties in that market.
Joseph Moinian is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and sits on the board of the Skyline Museum. He previously served as Chairman of the Real Estate Division of the UJA. Moinian is also a noted philanthropist who supports the arts, civic organizations and healthcare issues. He resides with his wife and children in Manhattan.
B. J. Roe serves as Chief Executive Officer of Roe Development and Roe Corporation and is closely involved in overseeing all aspects of the company’s real estate investment, management and development activities. Mr. Roe has been involved in New York City real estate for over 30 years and possesses a fundamental understanding of all the different facets of the real estate business being both an owner of multiple properties throughout New York City as well as being a developer. Since 1977, this unique combination of knowledge has led Mr. Roe to build a strong record of successful projects and solid residential and commercial development experience under his direction from rehabilitations to constructing luxury condominium buildings from the ground up.
Mr. Roe is also Chief Executive Office of the New York Immigration Fund which utilizes alternative government EB-5 financing for development projects here in New York City. He has successfully raised over $100M in the past year and is currently fund raising a $45M piece of financing for a hotel development in Times Square for a publicly traded REIT, FelCor Lodging Trust.
B. J. Roe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Seoul National University in South Korea.
Architect Gene Kaufman was educated at Cornell University. He was assistant State Architect of New Mexico; Design Director at Buro Raeber-Sieber Architekten in Switzerland and Associate at internationally renowned Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York City.
His eponymous architectural firm, Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA) , started in 1986, focusing on commercial renovations, commercial interiors and residential work. During the 1990’s, the firm expanded into new construction for residential, hospitality and institutional clients. GKA quickly became the leading hotel architect in New York City, designing branded hotels for Marriott, Starwood, Intercontinental, Hyatt and Hilton, and independent, lifestyle and boutique hotels. In 2011, Kaufman acquired the iconic Gwathmey-Siegel Architects, now Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman, responsible for signature residences, NYC hotels such as the Setai and W Downtown, the Guggenheim Museum renovation and the US Mission to the U.N. To date, Kaufman has been the architect for over 80 hotel projects, including more than 30 hotels that are open and operating in NYC today.
Ken Colao is a recognized leader in the construction industry with close to 32 years of experience as a principal and founding partner of several major construction firms. During his career, he has completed more than $ 3.0 billion worth of construction in the hospitality (43 hotel projects to date), commercial, residential, institutional and government market sectors, both domestically and internationally. In New York, in the past two years alone, he has successfully managed the completion of over 1400 keys. That work included a 43 story, 399 select service Doubletree by Hilton in the landmarked Stone Street Historic District in lower Manhattan and a 39 story, 411 key Element by Westin a Starwood Hotel brand on the west side of New York on 39th Street. Currently, he is directing the construction of the 639 Key, 371,000 SF Central Park Marriott, a 753 ft hotel that will be the tallest in the Western Hemisphere
As president and founding principal of CNY, Ken provides executive leadership of the firm’s core functions while providing “hands on” leadership and expertise to many Clients in the New York metropolitan area and Europe.
Prior to the formation of CNY Group Ken was a founding partner of the York Hunter Companies, a New York City-based construction firm that completed more than $2.1 billion of construction throughout the United States during its 18-year history. The firm served Fortune 500 companies, cultural institutions, government agencies, and prominent real estate developers.
Ken’s early career included posts as resident engineer on civil and infrastructure projects. He then joined Morse Diesel (Amec) as project superintendent/project manager and subsequently Lehrer McGovern (Lend Lease)) advancing from its very first employee to various positions including principal-in-charge.
Ken Colao holds a B.S.C.E. degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Architecture. He has also served on the Governors Business Council and Board of Directors of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, and the Board of Advisors for the Construction Engineering and Management Program at Columbia University. He is currently a member, and Board member, of the World Presidents’ Organization YPO-WPO Metro chapter.
Mr. Scheetz, age 47, was one of the earliest and most prolific investors, owners, developers and operators of boutique hotels in the world. He has been actively involved with Morgans Hotel Group and its predecessor, Ian Schrager Hotels, since 1994. Mr. Scheetz and funds managed by him, acquired and developed the world famous Delano Hotel with Ian Schrager in 1994. Following that, with Mr. Schrager, he acquired Morgans and Royalton in 1997, he acquired a controlling, majority interest in Morgans. As the largest shareholder and one of three members
of the Board, he oversaw the international expansion of the company, the addition of renowned properties in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and London and the tripling of the company’s revenues. In July 2005, he was named CEO, replacing Ian Schrager, and in February 2006, led the successful IPO of Morgans Hotel Group (NASDAQ: MHGC) one of the only hotel company IPO’s in many years. He served as CEO and a member of the Board until his departure from the company at the end of 2007. As CEO, he created and successfully implemented
Morgans’ branded strategy. In 2006, he led the company’s $2 billion acquisition and redevelopment of The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Prior to Morgans Hotel Group Co, Mr. Scheetz served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., which he co¬founded with David Hamamoto in July 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Scheetz was a Partner at Apollo Management where he was responsible for the investment activities of Apollo Real Estate Investment Fund I and Fund II. Mr. Scheetz received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Scheetz, together with partners, completed the development of the famed Surf Lodge in Montauk. In early 2010, he acquired the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago with Ian Schrager.
Mr. Scheetz, together with The Chetrit Group, formed King & Grove Hotels in 2011. Chetrit and Scheetz have since acquired the Hotel Chelsea in New York, the Tides in South Beach, Hotel Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, King & Grove New York in Manhattan, and a number of other properties in various stages of development in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C, and in major European markets.
Professor Carlos R. Olivieri, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Construction/Development for Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc. (EJME). He is responsible for overseeing all new construction, capital improvements to existing buildings, tenant improvement work and development of new properties. His technical capabilities and 37 years of industry recognized construction and management experience enable Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc. to offer a full range of construction and construction management services in‐house.
Before joining EJME, Mr. Olivieri was a Vice President for A.J. Contracting Company, Inc. and Vice President for HRH Construction Corporation. Mr. Olivieri was also a Vice President of Operations for Morse Diesel.
Mr. Olivieri is currently a Professor for “Project Development and Finance” at the Real Estate Institute of New York University’s new Master of Science in Construction Management program. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Detroit and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Esposito is the President of Lend Lease’s New York project management and construction division. A Lend Lease employee since 1996, he currently provides executive direction for of the firm’s operations and growth strategies in the New York metropolitan area. He provides leadership to motivate personnel and accepts responsibility for the totality of their work so that their actions will result in client satisfaction, a safe working environment, profitability and orderly growth pursuant to the goals and objectives of the firm.
In his previous position as Principal in Charge, he served as the catalyst behind Lend Lease New York’s Tri-state sales and strategy efforts, which account for more than 50% of the firm’s profits in the United States. As such, his primary focus was to identify, evaluate the feasibility and lead the pursuit of New York metropolitan area project opportunities. This included developing short and long-range strategic plans for the office that established objectives, defined methods of accomplishment and set forth the actions consistent with the firm’s strategies.
Ralph is a graduate of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and has completed the Lend Lease executive education programs at the London School of Business and Columbia University. His professional affiliations include serving on the Board of Governors for the New York Building Congress and Executive Committee of the Building Trades Employment Association (BTEA) as well as holding the positions of Vice Chairman of the Ace Mentor Program of New York and Treasurer of the Construction Association of Greater New York (CAGNY).
Joseph Mizzi has been working in the NYC Construction Industry for more than 22 years. In 1995 he joined Sciame Construction as a project manager, and in 2006 he was named President of the company, responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the firm.
Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York, the Board of Directors of the New York Building Congress and as Treasurer of the Salvadori Center. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization’s Metro New York Chapter. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Architecture and Design Film Festival.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board to New York University’s Master of Science in Construction Management Program, Pratt Institute’s Construction Management Program and Clemson University’s Construction Science and Management Program.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Wood has brought his clear vision and innovative leadership style to Plaza Construction. Under Mr. Wood’s leadership, Plaza Construction has expanded its national presence, establishing offices in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regional offices, paving the way for Plaza’s clients to build their portfolios in markets across the country.
As President of Plaza Construction, Mr. Wood takes a “hands-on” approach to the firm’s clients. He is an active participant in the shaping and development of the New York City skyline, involved in many of the city’s most complex building projects, including more than 20 million square feet of new core and shell construction, interior renovations and sophisticated infrastructure upgrades.
Mr. Wood is an active supporter of the Intrepid Foundation and Fisher House Foundation. He is on the Board of Friends of the Vietnam Veteran’s Plaza, an Advisory Board member of the Valerie Fund, which provides healthcare for children with cancer and blood disorders; and a board member for Hope for the Warriors.
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman of Douglaston Development, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management, has directed new construction of thousands of residential units, including both affordable and luxury housing, student housing, hospitality, senior living, health care and millions of square feet of commercial space since founding the companies starting in 1979. He most recently developed The Edge along the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn, a 1.5 million square foot mixed‐use project, which includes approximately 1,000 residential units, over 60,000 square feet of retail, structured parking for 500 cars, a water taxi pier and a pedestrian esplanade.
Currently, Mr. Levine sits on the executive committee of the Board of Governors for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). He is the Vice‐Chair of the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, the New York Housing Conference, the New York Building Congress, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens. Mr. Levine was trained and graduated from the City University of New York’s City College School of Architecture, and currently lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Bernard Tyminski has over 30 years of broad based construction experience. He has worked for financial institutions as a construction expert, with a developer as a cost engineer, as a design consultant, and in a Municipal Engineering Department.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Tyminski’s job responsibilities have included acting as an owner’s representative on project build‐outs as well as a property manager on defaulted loans. He has participated in the development of a computer based construction advance system and an MIS system for the real estate lending area. During his municipal employment, he compiled site development construction standards. His tenure in the banking industry has led many industry members to seek out his knowledge and expertise in this area.
Mr. Tyminski is a graduate engineer of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a licensed Sub‐Code Official and Plan Reviewer, as well as a Building Inspector. He has served on the affordable Housing Advisory Commission for the City of New York.
Timothy E. Hogan serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement in the New York City Department of Buildings since 2012. He oversees 34 units and handles construction safety, construction complaints, accident response and investigation, Continuity of Operations and major disaster assessment. He previously served as the Chief Deputy United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York where he was responsible for the protection of the federal judiciary, threat investigations, criminal investigations, building security, fugitive apprehension, prisoner custody, asset management, and fiscal integrity.
A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Deputy Commissioner Hogan attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a certification in Secondary School Education. Mr. Hogan currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife of twenty seven years and their two children.
Rick D. Chandler is a licensed Professional Engineer with years of large-scale management experience and deep expertise in the building code and zoning resolution. Also a Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), Commissioner Chandler has a record of adapting technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations on housing and building related issues. As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, Mr. Chandler is tasked with ensuring the safe and lawful use of more than one million buildings and properties in New York City by enforcing the Construction Code, Zoning Resolution, multiple dwelling laws and state labor laws.
Most recently, Commissioner Chandler was the Assistant Vice President of Facilities at CUNY Hunter College and previously, Mr. Chandler served as Borough Commissioner at the Department of Buildings for Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. During his tenure, Mr. Chandler was responsible for managing teams of architects, engineers, and inspectors in reviewing construction plans for code compliance, as well as directing inspections for regulatory compliance and sign-off.
Commissioner Chandler earned his MSCE from Columbia University, and his BCSE from the University of Nebraska. A Manhattan resident, Commissioner Chandler is an avid runner, frequently training in Central Park for his next marathon.