NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Will Host Its 23rd “Evening of Monopoly®” on September 29

NYUSPS Alumnus and Blackstone Managing Director David Z. Hirsh to be Honored at Fundraising Event


NEW YORK, September 22, 2016 – Top real estate executives will gather to play Monopoly with current students and alumni of the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate during its annual “Evening at Monopoly® on Thursday, September 29, at 4 World Trade Center, 68th floor, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The fundraising event will recognize David Z. Hirsh ‘90, managing director of the Real Estate Asset Management Group at Blackstone, who will serve as honorary banker.

Hosted by the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate Alumni Association, the “Evening of Monopoly®” raises funds for student and programmatic support. The annual event brings top real estate industry executives together to network and to partake in a game of Monopoly® alongside current and former students of the Schack Institute. Over the years, it has grown to become an integral part of the Schack Institute’s professional and alumni networking events. Net proceeds from the event are used exclusively to support NYUSPS Schack initiatives such as scholarships, career development initiatives, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and new academic programs.

Since joining Blackstone in 2002, David Hirsh has been involved in the asset management of investments in the hotel (Boca Resorts, LXR), office (Equity Office, Trizec, Carr America), retail, industrial (IndCor), and healthcare sectors. He is responsible for oversight of the firm’s office platform (Equity Office). In addition, from 2009 to 2012, Hirsh restructured and extended the debt on many of Blackstone’s investments, completing transactions totaling $16 billion that included Equity Office, La Quinta, Carr America, and Boca Resorts, as well as more than $1 billion in DPOs. Prior to joining Blackstone, Hirsh worked at Citigroup for 15 years, including six years in real estate asset management, where he led the hotel group, and five years in corporate finance, where he specialized in corporate real estate and project lending.

Hirsh is on the board of directors (cochairman) of the Thyroid Head & Neck Cancer Foundation (THANC) and serves as chairman on the board of directors of the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative. At the NYU School of Professional Studies, he is chair of the alumni board, a member of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate advisory board, and an adjunct professor.

Hirsh earned a BBA in accounting from Pace University and an MS in real estate development from the NYU School of Professional Studies. He is a certified public accountant.

Media RSVP is REQUIRED; please email Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu by September 26 if you would like to attend. For more information and to purchase tickets for the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate’s “Evening at Monopoly®, please visit: sps.nyu.edu/monopoly.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Applied Politics; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.