Rob Speyer Co-Chairs 38th Annual Inner-City Fund Award Dinner

Last week, Rob Speyer helped co-chair the 38th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund Dinner, where guests raised a record $2.4 million in support of Catholic school education for underprivileged youth.

The Inner-City Scholarship Fund was created in 1971 to preserve and promote Catholic school education for all children. Inner-City provides tuition assistance to more than 7,000 Catholic school students within the Archdiocese of New York.

One of the prizes offered during the dinner’s charity auction included a personal guided tour of the city’s historic pubs by His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. At the end of the night two bidders paid $70,000 each for the Historic Irish Social Establishment Tour.

James Murdoch of 21st Century Fox received the Inner-City Scholarship Fund Award during the event for his work in support of the organization and its students.

Rob Speyer “Proud To Support” NYC’s Bid For 2016 Democratic National Convention

The de Blasio administration announced on December 12 that New York City has now raised $15 million in support of the City’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Mayor’s Office noted that it had secured $5 million from DNC 2016 Host Committee Members.

Rob Speyer, a member of the Host Committee, said he is “proud to support” the City’s effort to host the convention.

“As a long-time member of New York’s business community, I am proud to support the city’s bid to host the 2016 convention. As a lifelong New Yorker, I am even more excited by the prospect of showcasing all that our five boroughs have to offer,” Speyer said.

Read more about the City’s fundraising efforts and view a full list of the 2016 Host Committee members here.

Rob Speyer & REBNY Announce John Banks As Organization’s New President

The Real Estate Board of New York announced today that Con Edison Vice President of Government Relations John Banks will replace Steven Spinola as the organization’s next president.

 “Throughout his extraordinary career in both the public and private sectors, John Banks has earned widespread acclaim for his wisdom, insight and trustworthiness, as well as his ability to build consensus,” said REBNY Chairman Rob Speyer.  “We needed someone exceptional to replace Steve Spinola, and we found him in John.”

 As Vice President of Government Relations, a position he has held since February 2002, Banks has expertly managed Con Edison’s government and community affairs as they relate to policies proposed or enacted at all levels of government. In addition, he has managed a dedicated staff of 38 people working in Con Edison’s active community relations and public affairs division.

 “I look forward to working with the leadership of REBNY, its members, staff, the community and New York’s elected officials,” said Incoming REBNY President John Banks.  “It is an honor to follow in Steve’s tremendous footsteps and build upon his accomplishments.  I am grateful to Con Edison which encouraged and supported my team’s efforts to engage with and be a positive force in the communities we serve.”

 Read REBNY’s full announcement here.

Rob Speyer Discusses Development In Rio De Janeiro

At a recent event in Rio de Janiero unveiling Tishman Speyer’s Port Corporate Tower in the city’s Porto Maravilha area, Rob Speyer discussed the development issues in Rio and the critical need for political leadership to spark change and innovation.

During his remarks, Speyer praised the vision of Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes.

“Great cities aren’t born, and cities don’t stay great if they don’t embrace change and they don’t go through a constant process of reinvention,” Speyer said. “But change takes courage – great courage – especially from political leadership. And the type of political leaders come along maybe once in a generation that are willing to really push a city forward unafraid into the future. Rio is enjoying that moment right now under the leadership of Eduardo Paes.”

Watch Rob Speyer’s remarks at the event below:

Rob Speyer And Rio De Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes To Unveil Rio Port Project

This afternoon, Rob Speyer and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes will formally unveil Port Corporate Tower, the first major office development in the Porto Maravilha area of Rio de Janeiro.

The event will feature Speyer and Mayor Paes officially opening the $300 million, 20-story, LEED Gold-certified skyscraper and kicking off the transformation of Porto Maravilha as a new international business hub. Speyer and Paes will also discuss the relevance of revitalization and re-urbanization projects in the global real estate marketplace and the global economy.

Rob Speyer Announces REBNY To Honor Steven Spinola With The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award

On November 10, Rob Speyer announced that Steven Spinola, who has served as REBNY president for nearly 30 years, will be honored with the Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award at REBNY’s 119th Annual Banquet in January.

The award is presented annually to an industry member for their contributions to the city’s civic welfare and to the real estate community.

“We are enormously proud to honor our dear friend Steven Spinola for all the spectacular work he does for our industry. For nearly three decades, through good times and bad, Steve’s professionalism, thoughtful advocacy, and generosity of spirit has inspired our community,” said Speyer.

Read more about this year’s REBNY honorees at Real Estate Weekly.

Urbanland Recaps Rob Speyer’s ULI Address

On October 30, the Urban Land Institute’s magazine, Urbanland, highlighted Rob Speyer’s speech at ULI’s 2014 fall meeting in New York City.

Citing the estimate of 2.5 billion people moving to cities between now and 2050, Rob Speyer, president and co–chief executive officer of Tishman Speyer, said that cities are more important than ever in bringing people together in a keynote address at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting.

“Most of you came from some distance away,” said Speyer. “So why did you come here? Community—real community, not a virtual community. Real networking with real people [who] have real faces, not a social network. It’s the same reason why people have been coming to cities since ancient Damascus.”

Read Urbanland’s full article here.

WATCH: Rob Speyer’s Remarks On Global Cities At ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting

In an October 23 address to the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Fall Meeting in New York City, Rob Speyer discussed the factors that are driving the rise of global cities around the globe.

Watch Speyer’s full remarks below:

Mayor de Blasio Praises Rob Speyer’s Work With Mayor’s Fund

In his October 21 remarks at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Rob Speyer’s work with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, calling Speyer “tremendously civically oriented.”

Speyer is serving as co-chair of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting Steering Committee.

From Mayor de Blasio’s speech:

Right now, I’m especially appreciative of the two folks – who I’ve had the joy of working with on a lot of issues here in the city – who are serving as the fall meeting co-chairs – Jeff Blau and Rob Speyer, both tremendously civically oriented. Rob has done a lot to help us with our Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and a lot of other key fronts. We work with Jeff all the time. These are two individuals who are real leaders in the industry, and partners in all we do. So, let’s thank Jeff and Rob for their great work.

 The full transcript and video of the mayor’s remarks are available here.

Rob Speyer Praises NYC’s Green Buildings Initiative

The New York Times reported on Sunday that New York City is planning a “sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact” by “overhaul[ing] the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.”

As the Times noted, Rob Speyer praised the city’s plan:

Though some landlords seem likely to resist the changes without legal prodding, the city’s push earned praise from the leader of the powerful Real Estate Board of New York. Rob Speyer, the board’s chairman, said in a statement that the mayor’s goals of increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions would “help solidify New York’s standing as the world’s model of sustainability.”

Read the full article here.


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