Massey Knakal Realty Services, NYC’s #1 building sales firm, is pleased to announce that Robert A. Knakal, its Chairman and Founding Partner, will be honored at The Real Estate Board of New York’s 114th Annual Banquet on January 21, 2010 at the New York Hilton.
Mr. Knakal will receive The Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award which honors a broker whose career distinctions include personal and professional integrity, long term leadership and prominence in the brokerage community, and participation on Real Estate Board committees.
“Everyone at Massey Knakal is thrilled and proud that REBNY is honoring Bob with this award,” said Paul J. Massey Jr., Massey Knakal’s Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner. “Bob is not only an incredibly talented leader of our firm but the entire industry. This honor is especially meaningful to Bob because he has dedicated himself to the good work of REBNY,” added Massey.
Mr. Knakal, along with Mr. Massey, started Massey Knakal Realty Services in 1988. For over two decades, Mr. Knakal and his firm have focused exclusively on investment sales in the New York metropolitan area and have maintained a #1 ranking for the past eight years on CoStar’s list of Top Brokerage firms for NYC Commercial Property Sales. In 2002, Mr. Knakal won REBNY’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award for the assemblage of the south east corner of Second Avenue and 53rd Street, now known as the Three Ten residential condominium. In 2004, he won again for the sale of the Gotham Book Mart at 17 West 47th Street.
To date, Mr. Knakal has been responsible for the sale of more than 1050 buildings worth over $6 billion. In 2009, Real Estate Forum ranked Mr. Knakal as one of the Top Real Estate Sales Brokers in the US and The New York Observer honored Mr. Knakal and Mr. Massey as two of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Individuals in New York Real Estate.”
Mr. Knakal is one of the most widely recognized authorities on the commercial real estate market and appears regularly in numerous media outlets. He is the writer of a weekly blog titled StreetWise, which is a joint initiative with GlobeSt.com. He is also a weekly columnist for The Commercial Observer. Mr. Knakal appears regularly on Fox Business News and CNBC’s Squawk Box and was also a featured speaker at Columbia University's Real Estate Roundtable Series titled Legends of the Street. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia, New York University, The Appraisal Institute, The Metropolitan Mortgage Bankers Association, and The Institute for Real Estate Management.
“When Bob came on the scene 25 years ago, he changed the way business was done in the New York City building sales market. It changed from an old-boys network to a highly professionally operation. You can’t argue with the impact he has had on the industry or with the level of his success”, stated Richard Parkoff, chairman of the Parkoff Organization, who is a longtime client of Massey Knakal’s. “He is one hell of a broker,” he added.
Mr. Knakal has a rich history of serving the New York City community through charitable giving and volunteerism. In particular, Ice Hockey In Harlem, an after-school program that allows children to participate in hockey if they attend special classroom sessions to supplement their education, expressed their gratitude to Mr. Knakal, as this year marked his 10th anniversary as President of their Board of Directors. Mr. Knakal’s involvements are also highlighted by his presidency of the 149-year-old Prescott Fund for Children and Youth, which makes grants to disadvantages children for educational purposes. In 2002, Mr. Knakal and Mr. Massey were named Real Estate Men of the Year for their charitable work by the Rambam Hospital in Israel. In 2004, Mr. Knakal was recognized for his work with underprivileged children by being named the recipient of The Catalog For Giving's prestigious Urban Hero Award.
“A recognition like this is wonderful, and I am honored to join such an esteemed list of past honorees, but I remain extremely cognizant of the fact that without my partners, senior management, and all members of my Massey Knakal family, my accomplishments would not have been possible,” stated Mr. Knakal, who added, “I am lucky to have been able to work with such great people throughout my career.”
Agents: Robert Knakal