John Gray, Executive Director, has over 38 years of commercial real estate experience. John is recognized for his expertise in landlord and tenant representation, sales, and capital markets. Over the last five years, he has been involved in some of the largest transactions in the New York area including: •Amherst, Multiple Locations, 100,000 SF •ICAP Partners, Jersey City, 125,000 SF •Bottega Veneta, Inc., New York, 24,000 SF •J.P. Morgan Chase, New York, 300,000 SF •CUNY New York, 137,119 SF •Lord Abbett, Jersey City, 150,000 SF •C.V. Starr & Co. LLC, New York, 243,254 SF •NewsCorp, New York, 800,000 SF •Enstar, Multiple Locations, 200,000 SF •Ropes & Gray, New York, 250,000 SF •Financial Security Assurance, New York, 120,000 SF •Wasserstein Perella, New York, 130,000 SF In addition, John has represented 4 MSF of building agencies including 1211 Avenue of the Americas (1.9 MSF), One Pepsi Way (600,000 SF), and Battle House Tower (700,000 SF) and 740 Madison Avenue. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Brokers” in the United States, and his team has won the Real Estate Board of New York “Deal of the Year” award twice —for the Restructuring of 1301 Avenue of the Americas in New York City consisting of 750,000 SF,* and the Ropes and Gray/NewsCorp/JP Morgan Chase Transaction at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, which involved 1.4 MSF.**
In 2014, John completed the largest retail deal on Madison Avenue (740 Madison)***, which won The Retail Deal of the Year Award for 2014. He was also recognized in 2014 as being among the Top 100 Brokers at one of the top three estate companies. John was educated at Groton School and Hobart College and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. *New York Real Estate Board Robert T. Lawrence Award (1999) **New York Real Estate Board Henry Hart Rice Award (2005) ***Real Estate Board of new York Retail Deal of the Year 2014
Other major representations include: Arbed Americas, Inc., Chase/USI, Chrysler Corporation, Citibank N.A., Gannet Company, Generale Bank, GenRE, GRP Records, J.H. Whitney & Company, Inc., Kleinwort Benson, Inc., Lee Hecht Harrison, Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co., Mayer Brown & Platt, Merrill Lynch & Co., New York Life Insurance Company, Penn Corp. Financial, Pittsburgh National Bank, Reuters America, Inc., Scholastic Inc., Siemens Corporation, Stone Consolidated Container Corp., Sulzer, Inc., SITA, Westdeutsche Landesbank, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Xerox.