Stephen Siegel masterminded many of the highest-profile and most creative deals that have shaped New York City in recent decades. As a philanthropist, he gives generously of his time as well as of his financial resources to a wide range of causes he’s passionate about.
Join UJA’s Young Real Estate (REX) Division for a conversation with Stephen about his career and his giving, moderated by REX Chair, Joe Koicim. You’ll also discover how UJA is working to build a better and more equal future for all.
In his role as CBRE’s chairman of global brokerage, Stephen Siegel advises major corporations and property owners on a broad range of real estate strategies. He has been called by the media “a powerhouse,” “an icon,” “a game changer,” and “the most legendary and revered broker still plying the trade in NY.”
Prior to the merger with CBRE, as chairman and CEO of Insignia/ESG, Mr. Siegel was largely responsible for masterminding the firm’s expansion nationwide as well as throughout EMEA and the Americas. He also managed a group that completed approximately $2 billion in co-investments in a wide range of U.S. real estate portfolios across property types. Mr. Siegel initially rose to prominence in the industry at Cushman & Wakefield, where he became president and CEO at age 37.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Siegel has arranged multimillion-dollar transactions for some of the nation’s most prominent corporate clients. He is a member of the agency leasing team for 7, 4, 3 and 2 World Trade Center.
Renowned for his philanthropy, Mr. Siegel has been called by The Wall Street Journal “the most generous person in the industry.” He sits on numerous nonprofit boards — at one point in his career more than 16 — and has endowed fellowships at leading institutions including the Cardozo School of Law and received honorary doctorates from Baruch College and Yeshiva University, among others. Honored by innumerable organizations ranging from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to Israel Bonds, Mr. Siegel was recently celebrated, along with fellow honorees Queen Latifah and Danny Meyer, for his contributions to the Young Women’s Leadership Network’s CollegeBound Initiative.
Frequently quoted in major newspapers, Mr. Siegel has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, LEADERS Magazine and the Real Deal. He is regularly among the Commercial Observer’s Power 100 and has been named by Crain’s as one of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in New York City. He was featured in the Urban Land Institute’s Leadership Legacies: Lessons Learned from Ten Real Estate Legends as well as in the best-selling Commercial Real Estate Brokers Who Dominate. Mr. Siegel has also been honored with Commercial Property News’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received prestigious industry awards from REBNY and New York University’s Real Estate Institute.
Joe Koicim is a top-producing investments sales broker in the Manhattan Marcus & Millichap office, specializing in the sale of multifamily and mixed-use assets. As a senior managing director of Marcus & Millichap's National Multi Housing Group, co-leading the New York Multifamily group, Joe focuses on bringing new capital and investment into both established and emerging New York City submarkets. Joe and his team consistently sell approximately 100 buildings annually, and he has personally been responsible for over $5 billion dollars of sales in his career. Since starting his career in 2004, private investors, institutional funds, foreign entities, and nonprofit organizations consistently seek Joe’s high level of expertise to provide them with access to lucrative buying and selling opportunities.
Chair, Joe Koicim
Vice Chair, Adam Rosenberg