Jonathan Jody Durst

President
Durst Organization
One Bryant Park
New York, NY 10036
212.257.6600
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Jonathan "Jody" Durst is president of his family's Durst Organization, a real estate investment and development firm. He is the son of former company chief Seymour Durst, and grandson of the company's founder Joseph Durst.

Jody began work with the family firm in 1984, working in the construction department. He then moved on to directing the operations of 8 million square feet of commercial office space and supervising new construction projects in midtown Manhattan. He also directed the investigation and application of energy-efficient and environmentally responsible technologies for The Durst Organization.

From 2005, Jody and his cousin Douglas worked together as co-presidents of the Durst Organization, and under their guidance the company built the nation's first sustainable skyscraper, 4 Times Square, and the first LEED Platinum high-rise office tower, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park.

"I think the drive for sustainable development initially came from our grandparents, who taught our respective parents the importance of our natural resources, and they passed that down to us," Jody told the New York Times in 2009.

Douglas resigned as co-president in 2009, while remaining chairman, ceding day-to-day management to Jody.

Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

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