AREA OF EXPERTISE
Mr. Given joined the firm in 1980 when it operated as Williams Real Estate. With over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Mr. Given focuses on institutional tenant representation and serving as exclusive leasing agent for some of Manhattan’s premier Class A office buildings. During his career, Mr. Given has been associated with the leasing and sales of over 20 million square feet of commercial real estate space. His comments and insights have appeared in many real estate publications throughout New York.
Mr. Given represents numerous companies in the acquisition of corporate headquarters.He was the preferred vendor for Thomson Financial and represented it in its New York and Boston relocations of more than 680,000 square feet. Recently, he represented Colgate Palmolive in restructuring and renewing its 537,000-square-foot headquarters lease at 300 Park Avenue in Manhattan. In 2003, Mr. Given received the NAIOP Award for Leasing Deal of the Year. In addition, he received the CoStar Group’s New York City Power Broker Award for the 550,000-square-foot relocation of Health Insurance Plan (HIP) of New York to 55 Water Street.
As the exclusive sales agent for Bertelsmann, he sold its 590,000-square-foot distribution center in Indianapolis and its 330,000 square feet distribution center in Chicago. Mr. Given was the exclusive agent in the disposition of 170,000 square feet for National Broadcasting Company (NBC) at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Mr. Given - as leasing and managing agent of the 175,000-square foot Class A, landmarked Argonaut Building, located at 224 West 57th Street - supervised the building repositioning and capital improvements program which culminated in the long-term Master Leasing of the entire building to The George Soros Foundation. He has acted as the exclusive leasing and managing agent for 500 Fifth Avenue and 1700 Broadway. Additionally, Mr. Given was the leasing and managing agent for Equitable Real Estate Investment Management, Inc. at 645 Madison Avenue. In 1998, he leased 2 Broadway to the MTA. The entire building constitutes 1.6 million square feet. This transaction was known as “the largest lease transaction of the decade”.
Mr. Given is a member of CoreNet. He is also a Board Director of Bryant Park Management Corporation and a Board Director of The Ridgewood YMCA.
> 2003 NAIOP Award for “Leasing Deal of the Year” for EmblemHealth/HIP HQ relocation
> 2003 Co-Star Group/CPN- New York City’s Power Broker Award
> Leasing and sales of over 21 million square feet of commercial real estate space.
University of Maryland
Memberships & Involvements
CoreNet Global, REBNY, YMCA Ridgewood NJ
EmblemHeath (HIP), Colgate-Palmolive, NBC Universal, SONY USA, CENGAGE LEARNING, MAXIMUS, Blackrock, Thomson Corporation, Mt. Sinai Health Systems, New York Presbyterian Queens