Larry Silverstein, Bruce Mosler, Others Tell Bisnow What They're Thankful For
Holy heck on a pogo stick, it's Thanksgiving already. That means it's time to overeat with awkward relatives, pretend US relations with the Native Americas went totally fine, and put on our battle armor and war paint for those sweet, sweet Black Friday deals. It's also time to give thanks, if you're one of those sentimental folks.
We at Bisnow are thankful for a lot of things (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Nutella, the musical stylings of Phil Collins), but we reached out to some big NYC real estate names to get a sense of what they're thankful for.
Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry Silverstein
"I'm thankful for my family. They're the most important people in the world to me. I'm also thankful to the men and women of the construction trades, who work every day, rain and shine, to rebuild the World Trade Center with me."
Cushman & Wakefield Global Brokerage Chairman Bruce Mosler
"Thanksgiving's a time for reflection, and I have much to be thankful for, both professionally and personally. First and foremost, I’m thankful for my family for their unwavering love and support. I'm thankful for my colleagues at Cushman & Wakefield and the clients I represent in the marketplace.
I'm thankful to live in a country that prides itself on free and fair elections and where the voice of every citizen has the opportunity to be heard. I'm thankful for the men and women that serve in all branches of the United States military. It’s because of this small faction of volunteers that we're able to live in freedom and enjoy the great liberties this country provides its citizens.
Finally, I'm thankful for the friendships I've made in my work with organizations like the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Business Executives for National Security, Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Police Athletic League and the Navy Seals Museum."
Douglas Elliman Retail Group Chair Faith Hope Consolo
"This Thanksgiving, my sentiments are how lucky we all are for living in the greatest city and country in the world. Even when it's bad, it's good, and when it's good, it's great! To always have options and have something to look forward to; to wake up each day, to tackle it again; that makes life grand, and we should all be so thankful."
Common CEO Brad Hargreaves
"I'm incredibly thankful for the amazing team we have here at Common. We wouldn't be where we are today without every one of the 35 people in our organization." That's Brad on the right, next to Ollie CEO Chris Bledsoe.
Hodges Ward Elliott SVP Daniel Parker
"I'm truly grateful for a wonderful wife and three happy, healthy children. I'm also grateful that I'm working with a team of real estate professionals that have an incredible combination of intelligence, integrity and creativity—it makes work fun and interesting. And last but not least, I'm very grateful for the clients who have helped our team and business grow this year." That's Dan on the right, next to HWE managing partner Will Silverman.
Cushman & Wakefield NYC Investment Sales Chairman Bob Knakal
"I'm thankful for my family, friends and health."
(Short, sweet and to the point, as always.)
Ariel Property Advisors President Shimon Shkury
I'm thankful for being an Israeli American living in NYC. I pinch myself every day loving this amazing, diversified, interesting, ever-changing city full of opportunities. I'm also thankful for feeling motivated and energized to be a contributing member for my company, partners, employees, clients, friends and community. Finally, and most importantly, I'm thankful for my family and having time to spend with them to balance my life."
GFI Realty Services President Michael Weiser
"I have many things to be thankful for, notably my wonderful wife and children, and the ability to live in this great country. On the business side, I'm thankful for the amazing team of brokers we've assembled, whose knowledge of the city and real estate investors is truly second to none. Many people know GFI Realty as a commercial shop that can handle all aspects of real estate advisory, but what truly makes us unique is the collaborative culture we've established. Our group of brokers is one of the most diverse in the city, yet the chemistry and goodwill across our team is unparalleled. Half of our leading producers have been with the firm for more than 10 years, and it's this ideal, collaborative working environment that helps us retain our talent so well."