1. Witkoff is one part developer.
    One part investor.
    One part landscape-changer.

    Witkoff is one part developer. One part investor. One part landscape-changer.

  2. “Integrity and partnership are a critical part of our formula. We have a 30-year track record that we value and protect.”

    “Integrity and partnership are a critical part of our formula. We have a 30-year track record that we value and protect.”

    — Steven Witkoff

  3. “Exemplary collaborators.”

    “Exemplary collaborators.”

    — John Pawson, Pawson Design

  4. “We have an eye for originality. In each project, we seek to transform how our customers live, work, and travel.”

    “We have an eye for originality. In each project, we seek to transform how our customers live, work, and travel.”

    — Alex Witkoff

  5. “It's not enough to just be successful,

    it's how you go about it.”

    “It's not enough to just be successful, it's how you go about it.”

    — Inc.

  6. “We focus on asset classes and markets that we know well, taking leadership positions when they fit with our research and economic perspective.”

    "We focus on asset classes and markets that we know well, taking leadership positions when they fit with our research and economic perspective."

    —Scott Alper

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WHO WE ARE

Witkoff is one part developer. One part investor. One part landscape-changer.

We are a vertically integrated real estate firm that brings inventive thinking to a traditional industry. In so doing, we play whatever role will make each project most successful. More than a collection of buildings, we are a multifaceted business in it for the long run, with over 30 years of being a trusted partner to prove it.

We do not settle for the standard. We have an eye for original ideas and unique partnerships. This has led us to hold a diverse portfolio that includes hotels, residential properties, commercial buildings, and operating businesses, as well as land for future development.


 
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VISION

Establishing a new typology for building places and businesses

The ever-changing landscape of customer expectations and culture presents endless possibilities. By focusing on end users, we see ways to reinvent how—and where—people connect. We evaluate each opportunity individually and fiercely value the partners who help us pursue them.

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CAPABILITIES

Adding value to real estate from acquisitions through operations

To us, real estate is much more than just placing bets and building buildings. We weave together in-house and partner expertise, using a relationship-focused, hands-on approach to create trailblazing products, unique experiences, thriving businesses, and incredible returns.

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  1. Portfolio Highlights

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    The West Hollywood EDITION Hotel & Residences

    West Hollywood, California

    The first major piece of architecture seen when coming from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood, the West Hollywood EDITION stands as a gateway to the famed Sunset Boulevard. While the high-rise form of the building and luxury condominium amenities may be new to Los Angeles, the experience of the EDITION—the look, the feel, and the ways people interact in the spaces—will be quintessentially Californian.

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    111 Murray

    Tribeca, New York

    Bold organic materials, elevated architectural detail, and premium craftsmanship come together to create luxurious homes in the sky that are authentic to Tribeca. 111 Murray is an iconic addition to the world’s most noted skyline which provides residents with truly unique, beautiful homes, and unparalleled amenities that enhance their day-to-day living.

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    Times Square EDITION

    Times Square, New York

    A new way of experiencing Times Square for both leisure travelers and businesspeople. Minimalist design and floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of modern luxury, paired with the technology and amenities that sophisticated business travelers want. Layer in an extensive food and beverage program and outdoor spaces like nowhere else in Times Square, and the EDITION raises the bar for hotel stays in one of New York’s most iconic destinations.

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    PUBLIC Hotel New York & 215 Chrystie Street Residences

    Lower East Side, New York

    Inspired by its lively neighborhood, this development was designed as the premier way to experience the Lower East Side. Communal spaces are the focus, taking on a reimagined role as an extension of the in-room experience. Much more than places to consume, these impeccably designed co-working and co-living spaces provide a backdrop for socializing, work, and life.

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    10 Madison Square West

    Flatiron District, New York

    Revel in—or retreat from—the hustle and bustle of city life at 10 Madison Square West. We converted a historic office building into luxury condominiums, creating a rare but sought-after combination in New York living: adjacency to one of Manhattan’s few green spaces at the heart of a vibrant neighborhood with phenomenal connectivity to the rest of the city.

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    150 Charles Street

    West Village, New York

    At 150 Charles, forward-thinking design meets classic neighborhood presence. We developed a take on luxury unique to the West Village—one that is all about fitting in, rather than standing out. Low-profile and more intentional, this project was designed to provide residents with the most elevated level of living, playing, and interacting.

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    Steven Witkoff

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

    Steven Witkoff is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the firm, which he founded in 1997. With his extensive experience in all aspects of the development process, from financing and acquisitions through construction, he has successfully led the repositioning of over 70 properties comprising some 18 million square feet in major central business districts in the U.S. and abroad.

    Before founding the firm, Mr. Witkoff co-founded Stellar Management Company, where he acquired and repositioned a portfolio of residential buildings in New York City. Prior to Stellar Management Company, Mr. Witkoff practiced as an attorney in real estate law at Dreyer & Traub and Rosenman & Colin, where he represented a number of large developers and investors.

    Mr. Witkoff earned a J.D. from Hofstra University. He has served on the Executive Committee for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) as a trustee for the Intrepid Foundation, and as a board member for the Jeffrey Modell Foundation. Mr. Witkoff currently serves as Chairman of the University of Miami Business School Real Estate Advisory Board and is a member of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees. He is a widely sought-after public speaker on trends in global real estate.

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    Scott Alper

    President & Chief Investment Officer

    Scott Alper is President & Chief Investment Officer as well as a partner in the firm. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Witkoff’s investments, operations, and financings. Since joining Witkoff in 1997, he has overseen both equity and structured investments predominately in residential, hospitality, and office asset classes.

    Mr. Alper holds a B.S. from the New York University Stern School of Business and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Board of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

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    Alex Witkoff

    Executive Vice President, Development

    Alex Witkoff is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Witkoff’s development activities. He is currently overseeing the West Hollywood EDITION project, which is comprised of a 190-key hotel and 20 branded residences in Los Angeles, California, as well as Drew Las Vegas, a 4,000-room integrated resort adjacent to the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center. Mr. Witkoff has garnered a track record of consistently executing creative strategies across diverse asset classes.

    Prior to joining the company, Mr. Witkoff honed his expertise in real estate and private equity as a real estate investing analyst at Morgan Stanley. He also gained experience in the industry working with Eastdil Secured, Highgate Hotels, and The Trump Organization.

    Mr. Witkoff graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate.

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    Lisa Marchese

    Chief Operating Officer

    Lisa Marchese joined Witkoff as Chief Operating Officer in December 2017. With deep experience in consumer and market insight development, quantitative analytics, and the shaping of disruptive business and creative strategies, Ms. Marchese leads the development and execution of Witkoff’s customer-centric growth strategy. She is actively involved in building the Witkoff brand, enhancing the performance of individual assets, and driving business line expansion.

    Prior to her appointment at Witkoff, Ms. Marchese served as Chief Marketing Officer at The Venetian and The Palazzo, directing the marketing and sales strategies for both resorts as well as the Sands Expo Center. Before joining Las Vegas Sands, Ms. Marchese held the position of Chief Marketing Officer for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, overseeing the launch of the brand and the evolution of the business through to the Blackstone purchase of the asset. Ms. Marchese also served as VP Brand Management and Growth for Caesars Entertainment, where, in addition to her brand portfolio oversight role, she drove brand expansion into international markets. Prior, Ms. Marchese was an Associate Partner at Prophet and also led the interactive team at Siegel+Gale.

    Ms. Marchese attended Roanoke College, where she received a B.A. with honors in International Relations and a minor in Economics.

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    Brett Mufson

    Executive Vice President, Capital Markets

    Brett Mufson is principally responsible for all capital markets and acquisition-related efforts at Witkoff. Since 2009, Mr. Mufson has successfully led the sourcing, structuring, and executing of debt and equity funding for the firm’s investments. With deep experience in all aspects of the development process, from capital markets and acquisitions through construction, he has played an integral role in over $5 billion of development and real property transactions in the residential, multi-family, office, and hospitality sectors throughout the U.S.

    Prior to Witkoff, Mr. Mufson worked at LoanCore Capital, a $1.5 billion commercial real estate debt fund, where he was responsible for originating, structuring, and underwriting commercial real estate loans throughout the U.S. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mufson worked at J.P. Morgan (Bear Stearns), where he gained extensive experience in all aspects of commercial mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations.

    Mr. Mufson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and actively involved in many real estate, art, and charitable organizations, including the Whitney Museum, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN).

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    James Stomber

    General Counsel

    James Stomber is the General Counsel for Witkoff. He has been with the company since its inception and is responsible for the management of all legal affairs. Mr. Stomber has extensive experience and is involved in all of the firm’s projects, from acquisition and construction through disposition, as well as complex joint ventures and financing.

    Leading up to Witkoff, Mr. Stomber was a partner at Jones Day, one of the world’s leading law firms, where he specialized in workouts and restructurings representing numerous non-U.S. financial institutions and U.S.-based pension funds. He also represented major hospitality companies and served as principal outside counsel to a major real estate developer in the tri-state area on all development and corporate matters.

    Mr. Stomber holds a J.D. from New England School of Law and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.

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    Craig Murphy

    Executive Vice President, Construction

    Craig Murphy has been with the firm since its inception and is responsible for the oversight of all Witkoff construction. In his 25 years of experience, Mr. Murphy has successfully led over a billion dollars of development including complicated conversions such as 10 Hanover Square, 55 Wall Street, the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach, and 10 Madison Square West, as well as ground-up developments such as 150 Charles Street, the PUBLIC Hotel New York & 215 Chrystie Street Residences, 20 Times Square, the West Hollywood EDITION Hotel & Residences, and The Capitol at Chelsea.

    Prior to this, Mr. Murphy worked for Stellar Management and as a Civil Engineer in Harvard, MA.

    Mr. Murphy received his Civil Engineering degree from Syracuse University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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    Lauren Witkoff

    Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing

    Lauren Witkoff leads all Witkoff sales and marketing efforts, with a focus on the development of new condominiums. Since joining the firm, Ms. Witkoff successfully marketed projects such as 515 East 72nd Street, 150 Charles Street, 10 Madison Square West, 111 Murray Street and the residences at the West Hollywood EDITION.

    Prior to joining Witkoff, Ms. Witkoff worked as a real estate attorney and broker specializing in commercial leasing and real estate transactions at the New York law firms of Dreyer & Traub and Botein, Hays & Sklar.

    Ms. Witkoff graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and received a J.D. degree with honors from the George Washington University School of Law. Ms. Witkoff sits on the board of multiple charitable organizations, including the City of Hope and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, and has fundraised for the ASPCA and the Humane Society.

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