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June 14, 2007

Meet the new boss...

Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial & Residential Development

From Forest City Ratner's (FCR) website:

Prior to joining Forest City in 1994, Ms. Gilmartin was Managing Director for Consulting Services at Grubb & Ellis Companies advising corporations and developers on real estate and relocation needs. Previously she served as Assistant Vice President for Commercial Development at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) during the Koch and Dinkins administrations, managing the City’s multi-million-dollar corporate retention program which kept Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, Chase Manhattan Bank and other vital businesses in New York City.

Ms. Gilmartin is a member of the Association of Real Estate Women, which honored her in 2004 as a “rising star” in New York real estate. She is also a member of CoreNet Global, the world's premier association for corporate real estate and related professionals; WX (previously CREW), and serves enthusiastically on the New York City Ballet Advisory Committee.

From yesterday's FCR press release:

MaryAnne Gilmartin currently manages Forest City Ratner Companies’ Commercial & Residential Development division, including the development of two of the company’s most prestigious new projects: the 1.6 million square foot New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, and the Frank Gehry designed Beekman Residential project in lower Manhattan. Ms. Gilmartin has been responsible for the development of several major entertainment and commercial office projects. She led the development of the 42nd Street mixed-use project and the development of the Battery Park City retail complex.

From Crain's "40 Under 40," 2003: gilmartin-sm.jpg

When MaryAnne Gilmartin studied in college abroad, Spaniards mistook her for a native because she learned to speak their language so well.
During a city-funded Urban Fellowship, Ms. Gilmartin’s first job after college, the president of the Public Development Corp. asked her to work for him. She turned a summer internship into a seven-year stint with the agency. The corporate retention grants she negotiated kept thousands of jobs in New York.

In her spare time, she discovered she couldn’t find sufficiently rigorous aerobics classes. So she became a certified instructor and did the teaching herself.

The Real Estate Observer noted that Gilmartin was promoted behind her mentor, Jim Stuckey (May 9, 2006):

Pipeline work will go to MaryAnne Gilmartin, newly anointed Executive Vice President for Commercial and Residential Development....

And just yesterday, the NY Post ran a piece about the "Retail Deal of the Year Awards" ("The Riddies???"):

The two entries were chosen out of 14 submitted to the Real Estate Board of New York. This year's judges included Aaron Battista, Seven for all Mankind; Laurie Marco, Reiss; Tom Bowen, Callison Architecture; Mark Finkelstein, Retail Strategies; and Maryann Gilmartin, Forest City Ratner Companies.

Posted by lumi at June 14, 2007 7:00 AM