The Real Deal New York

Rob Speyer is named REBNY’s next chairman

He replaces Mary Ann Tighe and becomes youngest chair in organization's 117-year history
July 17, 2012 03:00PM

Tishman Speyer President and co-CEO Rob Speyer has been appointed the next chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York. He will succeed CBRE Group Tri-State CEO Mary Ann Tighe beginning in January 2013, the organization announced today.

Speyer is the third consecutive generation of his family to hold REBNY’s top post. His father, Jerry Speyer, was chairman from 1986 to 1988 and his grandfather, Robert Tishman, possessed the title the role from 1972 to 1975. It marks the first time in the organization’s 117-year history that a third succeeding generation served as chair and, at 43 years old, Rob will be the youngest REBNY chairman ever.

“The selection of Rob Speyer continues REBNY’s strong history of outstanding leadership, especially at the Chairman’s level,” REBNY President Steven Spinola said. “He comes from a universally respected family with a unique record of service to REBNY and the real estate community overall.”

Speyer has been a member of the organization’s executive committee since 2004 and part of its Board of Governors since 2001. His predecessor, Tighe, has held the chairman’s role since 2010.

Speyer joined his family’s firm in 1995 and was named a co-CEO in 2008. He is also the founder of the Committee to Save New York, a business coalition that has garnered criticism for its significant financial contributions to Governor Andrew Cuomo since being formed less than two years ago. — Adam Fusfeld