The Real Estate Board of New York’s annual banquet is usually all about bricks, tradition and continuity. But this year, a whiff of change was in the air. For the first time, black ties were optional and about half the male attendees showed up in business suits. In a bigger sign that times are changing, two female award winners used their speeches to address the widespread discrimination against women in the commercial real estate industry. Click here to see the full story and all photos.
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Bob Knakal, James Nelson and HFF Boston executive director John Fowler were Paul Massey’s top fundraisers as he outpaced incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio on his way to a $1.6 million campaign haul over the past six months. [more]
Paul Massey’s mayoral campaign announced Friday that it had raised an impressive haul during its first filing period, the details of which will be published by the New York City Campaign Finance Board next week.
The campaign said that when the Finance Board publishes the fundraising totals Tuesday, it will show Massey raised $1.6 million, a figure that doesn’t include funds that Massey personally donated to his war chest. [more]
Paul Massey’s mayoral campaign made a last-minute fundraising pitch to the real estate industry’s young professionals Tuesday ahead of a crucial filing deadline. [more]
UPDATED: Jan. 5 at 3.30 p.m.: The Independence Party of New York endorsed Paul Massey in the 2017 New York City mayoral race, ensuring his place on the November ballot.
Massey’s camp hopes the endorsement will help the Cushman & Wakefield executive appeal to a much broader spectrum of voters, including crossover Democrats. Insiders said he’ll need all the help he can get, going up against an incumbent Democrat in a city where Republicans are outnumbered by more than 6 to 1. [more]
From the January issue: Everywhere Paul Massey looks these days, he sees a problem that he’d like do something about. In April, he spotted four homeless people near his Midtown office. “Homelessness is a crisis that hasn’t been addressed in three years. I don’t think there’s housing being created on any kind of scale,” he complained. [more]
Taking to the podium at the Real Estate Board of New York’s annual holiday luncheon Monday, Paul Massey reminisced about when President-elect Donald Trump gave the same keynote speech decades ago.
“It was like watching Andrew Dice Clay go off on a mid-1980s real estate riff,” he quipped.
Massey, president of New York investment sales at Cushman & Wakefield, pulled no punches during one of his first public speeches since he declared his intention to run for Mayor of New York City. He took aim at incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio over what he intimated was a substandard work ethic. [more]
From the November issue’s “In their words” feature, a roundup of the funniest and most insightful comments on real estate:
To read other smart and/or funny sayings, click here for the full feature.
Paul Massey isn’t used to being considered an also-ran. But unlike in his real estate career, he’s yet to be taken seriously in politics.
The Cushman & Wakefield executive, who is running for mayor, needs to change that perception by Jan. 17, when candidates will have to file their next fundraising disclosures. To be considered a real contender, Massey will have to show he’s capable of wooing big-ticket donors. And with an eye toward that goal, he’s brought on William Sullivan, the former president and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House charity, sources told The Real Deal.
“The expectation is he will raise a lot of money,” said E. O’Brien Murray, a top Republican consultant in New York political circles. “If he doesn’t raise a lot, no one will believe he’s serious.” [more]
If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late, don’t even bother showing up.
Cushman & Wakefield’s Paul Massey took Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for his reputation for being tardy as the real estate exec ramps up his campaign to unseat the Democratic incumbent.
“I’ve been at my desk at 6:45 a.m. for 30 years,” Massey said Wednesday morning during a summit on real estate and technology, Politico reported. “It drives me nuts that the current mayor gets to work at 11:30 in the morning, he’s running an $82 billion organization, how is that happening?”
Massey’s story on his early arrivals to work seems to check out. [more]
As the mayor of New York City, Cushman & Wakefield’s Paul Massey would model himself after Nelson Rockefeller or Michael Bloomberg: a socially liberal fiscal conservative who views the role of mayor as CEO.
But as a political candidate, he has a different figure in mind.
“I’m going to throw my jacket over my shoulders, loosen my tie – a la John Lindsay – and I’m going to walk up and down every main street in the city,” he said Wednesday in a talk with Partnership for New York City president Kathryn Wylde during the annual EisnerAmper real estate summit. [more]
Paul Massey has enlisted another familiar face from the real estate industry to help him win City Hall.
The Cushman and Wakefield executive brought on Michael Wlody, who previously managed the finance arm of the brokerage’s investment sales group, as treasurer for his campaign’s fundraising committee. [more]
SL Green Realty’s vice president of leasing has left the company to dedicate his time to team Massey.
David Amsterdam, 35, left the real estate investment trust to spearhead the mayoral campaign of Cushman & Wakefield’s Paul Massey, the Commercial Observer reported. The move came after “extensive discussions” with Amsterdam in the lead up to Massey declaring his candidacy. Amsterdam has worked for SL Green since 2011. [more]
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New York real estate has always had a rich cast of characters: the street hustler, the entitled scion, the finance whiz, the double-crossing mogul. But since 2011, a new character’s entered the fray: the tech bro. [more]
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?
UPDATED, Aug. 4, 4:35 p.m.: Paul Massey is making his bid for City Hall official today.
The president of investment sales at Cushman & Wakefield plans to file paperwork today with the New York City Campaign Finance Board to create a committee to raise funds for the 2017 race, according to a memo his campaign released Thursday. [more]
Cushman & Wakefield’s Paul Massey is one step closer to challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.
The co-founder of Massey Knakal Realty Services is tapping SL Green executive David Amsterdam as his campaign manager if and when Massey decides to run for mayor.
Amsterdam joined SL Green in 2011 as a vice president for leasing. He represented the firm in house on its deal to lease 53,000 square feet at 328 West 34th Street to Music Choice earlier this year. [more]
Paul Massey intends to model his campaign strategy for the 2017 New York mayoral election on Massey Knakal Realty Services’ famed territory system, the brokerage’s co-founder said on Sunday.
The territory system, as used by Massey Knakal, divided New York City into about 50 regions each headed by a broker. It’s this divide-and-conquer approach that Massey plans to use to engage voters, he told The Real Deal at an ICSC event Sunday. [more]
Cushman and Wakefield’s Paul Massey has decided he will shutter the political advocacy group he launched earlier this year if he goes ahead with a run at Gracie Mansion.
“Paul has told his staff to shut down the [501(c)(4)] committee should he decide to run for mayor,” said Bill O’Reilly, a Republican political operative whom Massey tapped earlier this year to run the nonprofit 1NY Together. [more]
Paul Massey is launching a political action nonprofit that will “foster a dialogue in the city” about issues related to education, infrastructure, crime and the economy.
Massey, who sold the commercial brokerage firm he built with Robert Knakal — Massey Knakal Realty Services — to Cushman & Wakefield reportedly for $100 million in 2014, said he wants to “build consensus” and named the nonprofit 1NY Together.
“This isn’t a tale of two cities; it’s one city and it can be great for everybody,” he said. [more]