If you are a regular reader of the Cornell Real Estate Review Blog, you know that much has already been said about the upcoming 34th Annual Cornell Real Estate Conference. With an incredible lineup of speakers, panels and the fascinating theme of disruption in real estate, this event promises to attract the who’s who of New York City real estate.
At the top of this list of leaders and influencers is the recipient of the Baker Program’s 2016 Industry Leader Award: MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. Gilmartin’s leadership in the real estate industry can be read clearly in the New York City skyline and she will join students and conference attendees on Thursday night to deliver the keynote address of the conference.
Gilmartin joined Forest City Ratner (FCR) in 1994 and has been the CEO and President since 2013. While at FCR, Gilmartin has been the lead on many high-profile developments including The New York Times Building, Pacific Park Brooklyn, and New York by Gehry, one of the tallest residential buildings in the western hemisphere (pictured below). Born in Queens, and long-time resident of Brooklyn, Gilmartin has had a direct hand in shaping many of the most iconic buildings in this city that she calls home. More recently, that work has led her to Roosevelt Island, where the new Cornell Tech Campus is currently taking shape.
A true leader in the field of real estate disruption, Gilmartin will likely share meaningful insights into the coming changes within the industry, including Forest City’s move into modular construction. Her keynote address promises to be a fascinating and powerful start to this year’s conference.