The Speyer Tradition

Rob Speyer will be just 43 years old when he takes over as chair of the Real Estate Board of New York in January. That will make him the board’s youngest-ever chair. Impressive though that achievement is, even more noteworthy is Mr. Speyer’s pedigree. He will become a third member of his family to serve as the board’s leader.

Mr. Speyer’s father, Jerry Speyer, served as board chair from 1986 to 1988. His grandfather, Robert Tishman, was board chair from 1972 to 1975. That record of service to one of the city’s most creative and dynamic industries speaks volumes about the family’s commitment to the city and its people.

It seems like ages ago, but there was a time when Mr. Speyer had a notion that he would break with the family tradition by becoming, of all things, a newspaper reporter. We’re delighted to note that he tried his hand at The New York Observer, where he showed all the energy and enthusiasm that he has since brought to the city’s real estate industry.

It wasn’t long before Mr. Speyer left us for bigger, although perhaps not better, things. Since joining the family business in 1995, Mr. Speyer has been a top-flight executive as well as an engaged civic patriot. His quiet work on behalf of a variety of public policy initiatives and private philanthropies mark him as one of the city’s most outstanding young people.

We’re happy to count him as one of our alumni, and we’re delighted that he is following his the footsteps of his elders.