Past Honorees

In 2016 we honored

Jonathon K. Yormak

East End Capital

Jonathon K. Yormak is the co-founder of East End Capital Partners. East End is a fully integrated real estate investment and development firm with holdings and offices in both New York City and Miami. Mr. Yormak oversees all activities at East End, which has acquired over $1 billion of office, residential and retail properties since 2011. In addition, the firm controls over 1 million square feet of development rights in the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami.

Before founding East End, Mr. Yormak was a managing principal at both Ruben Companies and Broadway Partners. On a combined basis, he acquired, repositioned and managed an office portfolio exceeding 15 million square feet located throughout the United States, as well as 1,000 residential units within New York City and Boston. Mr. Yormak has extensive capital market knowledge, having sourced and structured billions of dollars of equity and debt. He also has broad platform-building experience, having started and grown various real estate related businesses. Earlier in his career, he was a real estate attorney at Fried Frank and Pryor Cashman, handling acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings and REIT mergers. 
 
A graduate of Colby College and Fordham Law School, Mr. Yormak sits on the board of directors for the Wynwood Business Improvement District and was a long-time board member of both the UJA-Federation of New York and The Children’s Hearing Institute.
 
Mr. Yormak lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with Jill, his wife of 16 years, and two daughters, Grace, 13, and Elle, 11.

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.

In 2014, we honored

Michael A. Rodriguez

President
Alliance Building Services

In 1995, Mr. Rodriguez joined Alliance Building Services in its founding years, working his way up from Night-Time Supervisor to President of the company. Under his leadership, Alliance has more than quadrupled in size, revenue and services offered by executing the vision of a one-stop shop of building services. From the ground up, he has been instrumental in building the company’s portfolio from eight properties to over 100.

Alliance’s revenue has soared to more than $150 million a year and employs over 4,000 people in the New York City area. Under Mr. Rodriguez’s watch, Alliance has acquired a painting company, a lighting/ electrical company and a security technology company, adding to its family of businesses. He continues to look for integrative services that can be added to the Alliance portfolio of commercial services. Mr. Rodriguez’s confidence in his ability to locate logical and profitable additions to the Alliance family has helped skyrocket Alliance as a top contender in the building services industry.

Mr. Rodriguez has introduced innovative technology to an industry that is anything but technological, utilizing the most efficient advances in the tech industry. It was also his vision to implement an in-house Employee Service Center, where over 4,000 employees can get all their questions/concerns answered in person or online. His approach to leading has allowed him to create a successful team that is unmatched by many. Mr. Rodriguez credits the company’s success to the people who work alongside him. Without everyone’s hard work, dedication and drive, Alliance would not be the premier building service provider it is. Mr. Rodriguez emphasizes communication, transparency and accountability at every level of the organization. His coordinated service approach to management benefits the executives, staff and labor, utilizing clear and candid communication and a client-and employee-friendly work atmosphere.

Mr. Rodriguez was chosen as one of “Crain’s 40 under 40 New York’s Rising Stars” and honored as a member of the 2009 class of rising stars. He also received the Los NiƱos 2010 Image Award for Business for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.

Mr. Rodriguez currently serves on the Board of the Committee for Hispanic Children/Families and the Diabetes Research Institute and donates to multiple charities throughout the New York area.

Mr. Rodriguez is married to Maria Rodriguez and has three children, Mariah, Michael Jr., and Matthew, and resides in Westchester County.

In 2012, we honored

Peter G. Riguardi

President, New York Operations
Jones Lang LaSalle

As President of the New York region for Jones Lang LaSalle, Peter Riguardi leads all operations for the company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. He is responsible for broadening the company’s New York platform by developing key client relationships, leading major projects, maintaining senior real estate industry contacts and political relationships, and recruiting new talent. He oversees a team of approximately 1,700 professionals in seven offices throughout the tri-state area.

Under Mr. Riguardi’s leadership, Jones Lang LaSalle has established itself as a market leader in the New York metropolitan region, and the company’s market share, revenue and profitability have all increased substantially.  Mr. Riguardi developed and implemented a program to expand the New York Leasing and Brokerage Business and Investment Sales Team, which included attracting top talent from the industry and combining it with its strong base to form a market leadership team.  Mr. Riguardi serves on the Board of Governors for The Real Estate Board of New York and is an active member of the organization’s senior leadership.  He is also on the Board of Directors of The Regional Plan Association, on the Board of The Rabin Medical Center of Israel, and is a member of The Partnership for the City of New York.  Mr. Riguardi has been a leading New York City broker for over twenty-five years, with many of his completed transactions ranking as New York’s largest.

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle in September 2002, Mr. Riguardi was Vice Chairman and Principal of Colliers ABR Inc., a company that he helped form in 1994.  He started his real estate career at GVA Williams in 1983, where he was the youngest Senior Vice President in the firm’s history.  During his twenty-eight year career in commercial real estate, he has been actively involved in several of the largest and most noteworthy transactions in metropolitan New York City.  Mr. Riguardi is consistently ranked by the New York Observer as one of New York’s most influential real estate executives.

Mr. Riguardi holds degrees in marketing and finance from Iona College.  He is a member of the Iona College Board of Trustees.  In the past several years, Mr. Riguardi has been an honoree for The Rabin Medical Center of Israel, Met Council, Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Special Olympics, United Way, and The Police Athletic League.

Mr. Riguardi is married with four sons and resides in Rumson, New Jersey, and New York City.  He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling in Europe when he is not in the office.

In 2011, we honored

JASON D. PIZER

President
Trinity Real Estate, a division of the landmark Trinity Church of New York City

Mr. Pizer oversees and approves all commercial real estate deals for the Trinity portfolio, which consists of over six million square feet in 18 buildings in the Hudson Square area.  Trinity Real Estate continues to bring innovation and style to this vibrant and highly successful district. Mr. Pizer formerly served as Senior Vice President of Trinity Real Estate. He has negotiated and closed numerous complex deals for the Trinity portfolio, including Viacom International, Inc., HAVAS, North America, Inc., Postworks, Inc., Radical Media and Horizon Media, Inc.

Mr. Pizer is a recognized leader in the commercial real estate industry and has served in various positions in construction and property management. Prior to joining Trinity Real Estate, Mr. Pizer held a position in property management for Galbreath in 1991. He began his real estate career in 1988 as a project manager for Herbert Construction.

Mr. Pizer holds a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York at Albany, NY and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law, Concord, NH. Mr. Pizer is currently an active member of The Real Estate Board of New York and The Urban Land Institute.

Mr. Pizer enjoys travelling and spending time at home with his wife, Leah and son, Jackson, playing golf and skiing.