Mary Ann Tighe to be Honored by NYU Schack

Tighe to Become First Woman to Receive Urban Leadership Award Since Its Inception


NEW YORK, NY - April 5, 2011 - The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate today announced that industry legend Mary Ann Tighe, chief executive officer of the New York Tri-State Region for CB Richard Ellis, will receive the coveted Urban Leadership Award.  The award was created in 1971 to honor and recognize a professional leader who has contributed significantly to the growth and prestige of the real estate industry.  Tighe will become the first woman in the history of the award to be honored. 

The award will be presented at the 41st Urban Leadership Award Dinner on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. The award itself is an iconic design that is hand-crafted each year. 

From the revitalization of Times Square and the rebirth of Downtown to the westward expansion of Midtown's central business district, Tighe has been at the forefront of the transformation of New York's skyline during her 26 years in the real estate industry. 

Tighe has conceived, structured, and negotiated virtually every form of deal including ground leases, air rights acquisition and disposition, net and gross leases, government incentive packages, and a range of equity transfers from partnership and condominium interests through fee simple sales. She also has been responsible for more than 77 million square feet of commercial transactions, and her deals have anchored more than 6.2 million square feet of new construction in the New York region—believed to be a record in commercial brokerage.

Tighe has been CEO of CBRE’s New York Tri-State Region since 2002. She is the current chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York and the first woman to hold this position in REBNY’s 114-year history and the first broker in 30 years.  She is also a six-time winner of the Ingenious Deal of the Year awards. She received the Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award, REBNY’s highest award in brokerage, and REBNY’s Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Achievement Award. 

She is the president of Uniting Against Lung Cancer; a board member of The Inner-City Scholarship Fund and the Partnership for New York City; and a member of the Chairman’s Council for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Celebrated at the 40th Anniversary Dinner in 2008 was the transformational philanthropic gift of $10 million from the Schack family and the renaming of the NYU Real Estate Institute to the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.  That year’s honorees were four past chairs of the Institute’s advisory board: Joseph De Luca, Larry Silverstein, John Somers, and Brian Strum. 

Current Chairman James D. Kuhn and Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman Emeritus, guide the advisory board of industry leaders on the activities and direction of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. Silverstein will also serve as the Dinner Chair for the 2011 event.

Past winners of the Urban Leadership Award include: Mike Fascitelli, Bruce Ratner, Bill Rudin, and Steve Ross.

For tickets to this year’s Gala, please contact Fran Brooks at or (212) 992-3237.

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