Past Honorees

In 2015, we honored

Michael Lehrman

Co-Chief Executive Officer
Cantor Commercial Real Estate (CCRE)

Michael Lehrman is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Commercial Real Estate (CCRE), a fully integrated commercial real estate finance company with 15 offices, over 300 employees and a $34 billion servicing portfolio. CCRE provides fixed-rate, floating-rate, agency and bridge loans on commercial and multifamily properties nationwide. Since 2010 CCRE has closed over $30 billion in loans and was recently ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the #1 Fastest Growing Company in New York.

Mr. Lehrman joined Cantor Fitzgerald in 2009 as Executive Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate. Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and, with Anthony Orso, Co-Head of the Credit Suisse Real Estate Direct Group where they were responsible for over $100 billion in real estate loan origination and over $30 billion of high yield real estate debt distribution. In 2010 Mr. Lehrman, together with Mr. Orso, co-founded CCRE. He also served as Global Head of Real Estate at Cantor affiliate BGC Partners, and in 2011 was responsible for BGC’s entry into the real estate business through the acquisition of Newmark Knight Frank and the acquisition and integration of the assets of Grubb & Ellis in 2012. The combined companies now operate as Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and employ more than 5,000 real estate professionals in over 100 offices nationwide. In 2014, Mr. Lehrman was named Co-CEO of CCRE and, with Mr. Orso, successfully led the acquisition and integration of Berkeley Point Capital, a leading agency lender and loan servicer. As a result of this tremendous growth and success, Mr. Lehrman and Mr. Orso were recently ranked #1 in Mortgage Observer’s annual “50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance”.

Mr. Lehrman is on the Advisory Boards of Columbia Business School - Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate; Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business; Cornell School of Hotel Administration; Schack School of Real Estate - New York University Graduate School; and Fischer Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics - University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is also Executive Director of the Michael Lehrman Endowment at Columbia Business School.

Mr. Lehrman earned an MBA in both Real Estate and Finance from Columbia Business School, a Diploma in Real Estate from NYU Graduate School, and dual BS degrees in Industrial Management and Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Lehrman is married to Marcy Lehrman and has four children, Mark (19), AJ (16), Billy (15) and Tess (12), and resides in New York City. The Lehrman family’s philanthropic activities include providing medical, educational and financial support to children throughout the country.


Previous Award Recipients

2015 Michael Lehrman
2014 Michael A. Rodriguez
2012 Peter G. Riguardi
2011 Jason D. Pizer

Contact Information

Mattie L. Shepheard 212.297.0857


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