Whitman NYC Hosts Private Tour of World Trade Center

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WTC Site Day, Silverstein Properties, New York, USAJustin Sutter ’06, a principal at Essex Real Estate Partners based in Midtown Manhattan, created and coordinates the Real Estate Breakfast series for the Whitman NYC Alumni Club. To date, there have been two well-attended and well-received events in the series with the most recent being a private tour of the new World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City.

Whitman representatives and alumni were hosted by Jeff Grasso ‘09 of Silverstein Properties, Inc. (SPI), a privately-held, full-service real estate development, investment and management firm based in New York. Since its founding in 1957, SPI has developed, owned and managed more than 35 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail properties in the US.

The new World Trade Center is a vision of downtown New York that combines modern, safe and sustainable commercial space, convenient transportation and a destination cultural center. It will include
five new skyscrapers (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 WTC), the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, The WTC Transportation Hub, 550,000 square feet of retail space and a Performing Arts Center. This vision represents an unprecedented merging of architects, artists and urban developers with a singular goal of creating a grand new urban center for 21st century New York.

The event included a discussion about the design, planning and current status of the project as well as a tour of the Marketing Center, the recently opened skyscraper (4WTC) 
and the WTC Memorial Park.

Will Cass ‘o8, VP of Software and Services Investment Banking at Needham & Company, was among the alumni who attended. “It’s very impressive how diversified and well-connected Whitman alums are in the world of finance, accounting, supply chain, marketing and certainly real estate,” said Cass. “This event brought together a broad group of those disciplines to learn about one of the preeminent real estate firms in New York City and how it is rebuilding Downtown. It’s not only valuable to be exposed to such a great event, but it’s more rewarding when it is done through the connections of SU.”

View a video of the event produced by WhitmanNYC President Joe Bednar.

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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