The Real Deal New York

From the archives: The Closing with Paul Massey

A look back at 2008 interview with the Cushman exec and now mayoral hopeful
By Lauren Elkies Schram | August 04, 2016 06:00PM

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Paul Massey (credit: STUDIO SCRIVO)

Do you have a mentor?
My stepfather Jack Holler [who started the John H. Holler Co. in New Jersey], who’s technically my wife’s stepfather. He was a very successful mortgage broker both in New York City and New Jersey. In the early ’90s, Bob [Knakal] and I were broke, and he lent us $75,000 to keep Massey Knakal going. We offered him a piece of the company, but he wouldn’t take it. He just said, ‘Repay me whenever you can,’ which we did earlier than we had promised. He’s retired, but he and I always talk about business, and it’s always very helpful.

What quality could you improve in yourself?
I’m a bit of a conflict avoider.

If you weren’t in the real estate industry, what would you be doing?
Coaching wrestling.

Read the full installment of the Closing from the November 2008 issue here.