Steven Roth is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Vornado Realty Trust. Mr. Roth has been Chairman of the Board since May 1989 and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board since April 1980. He was the Chief Executive Officer from May 1989 through May 2009 and was reappointed on April 15, 2013.
Mr. Roth is the co-founder and Managing General Partner of Interstate Properties and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alexander's, Inc. From 2011 until September 2013, Mr. Roth was a director of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. In addition, from 2005 until February 2011, Mr. Roth was a director of Toys "R" Us, Inc.
Barron's Magazine, in its March 2005, 2006 and 2007 issues named Mr. Roth one of the World's Thirty Most Respected CEO's. In its January 2006 issue on the Best CEO's in America, Institutional Investor magazine designated Mr. Roth as the top CEO in the REIT industry. Mr. Roth was the 2002 - 2003 Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Mr. Roth is a Trustee of Dartmouth College and from 1981 through 1987, he served on the Board of the Amos Tuck School, including endowing a professorship there and was the principal donor to the Roth Center for Jewish Life at Dartmouth. He is currently a Trustee of the Intrepid Museum Foundation.
Mr. Roth is a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He received his AB degree from Dartmouth College and an MBS degree with Highest Distinction from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration.
David R. Greenbaum is Vice Chairman of Vornado Realty Trust. Mr. Greenbaum, a former tax attorney at Weil Gotshal & Manges, joined The Mendik Company in 1982, a private owner of commercial real estate properties in New York City. Mr. Greenbaum was named President of The Mendik Company in 1990. In 1997, The Mendik Company merged into Vornado Realty Trust.
Mr. Greenbaum is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a private watch-dog organization which oversees the City's and State's fiscal policies. Mr. Greenbaum is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, a member of the Realty Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the 34th Street Partnership, The Grand Central Partnership and the Times Square Alliance, all public/private efforts to enhance New York's mid-town business districts. Mr. Greenbaum is also a member of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board.
Mr. Greenbaum was selected by the New York City Partnership to participate in the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. Mr. Greenbaum also serves on the Boards of the Jewish National Fund as a Presidential Advisor, the Jewish Guild for the Blind- and the Jeffery Modell Foundation. Mr. Greenbaum is the 2010 recipient of The Real Estate Board of New York Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Greenbaum earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Michael J. Franco is President of Vornado Realty Trust. Prior to becoming President in April 2019, Mr. Franco was the Chief Investment Officer of Vornado, overseeing acquisitions, dispositions, capital markets and other strategic activities for the Company.
Mr. Franco joined Vornado in 2010 as Co-Head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets from Morgan Stanley, where he was a Managing Director and served as Head of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds (MSREF) in the U.S., its flagship real estate investment opportunity fund. During his 20-year tenure with Morgan Stanley, he played an integral role in the development and growth of its real estate investing platform and led many of its most significant investments in the U.S. Over the course of his career, he has acquired over $20 billion of real estate, including non-performing loan portfolios, several public REITs, and a wide variety of commercial and residential properties. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is also involved in several private civic organizations.
Mr. Franco graduated cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Concentration in Finance.
Haim Chera is Executive Vice President – Head of Retail of Vornado Realty Trust. Mr. Chera oversees the leasing activity for Vornado’s New York Street Retail Portfolio which includes over 2.8 million square feet in street retail space.
Prior to joining Vornado, Mr. Chera was a principal at Crown Acquisitions, a fourth-generation family owned investment business with deep roots in the New York Real Estate community. His primary focus was on high street retail in gateway cities.
Mr. Chera began his career with the Chera family’s third-generation retail clothing business, which enjoyed significant growth during his tenure. Since transitioning into the real estate business over 22 years ago, his responsibilities included acquisitions, leasing and development. His long-term, strong retail partnerships have helped him successfully redevelop underutilized properties into strong, stable assets. Among notable deals spearheaded by Mr. Chera are the acquisition and leasing of the retail at 666 Fifth Avenue, The Olympic Tower on 5th Avenue, and the retail shops at Wynn, Las Vegas. He was most recently involved in the ongoing acquisitions and repositioning of properties in the portfolio along 5th Avenue, 34th Street, in Soho as well as in Chicago, Miami, London, Las Vegas, and Toronto.
Mr. Chera’s deep retail roots offer a unique perspective and competitive advantage in maximizing value and creating unique alliances with his retail customers.
Mr. Chera attended Hofstra University and The University of Pennsylvania, and currently holds positions on the boards of various charitable community organizations throughout New York City.
Co-Head of Real Estate
Barry S. Langer is Executive Vice President - Development - Co-head of Real Estate of Vornado Realty Trust. Mr. Langer oversees Vornado’s extensive portfolio of New York office, retail, residential and mixed-use developments.
Prior to joining Vornado in 2003, Mr. Langer was a Development Associate at Boston Properties in New York where he worked on the development of Times Square Tower and 5 Times Square.
Mr. Langer is currently involved in several of Vornado’s most significant projects, including:
- 220 Central Park South – a super-tall luxury residential condominium tower currently under construction across from the southern border of Central Park
- The Farley Post Office building - redeveloping the iconic landmark into the new Moynihan Train Hall with transit-oriented retail and 750,000 SF of creative class office space
- The Penn District – Vornado's efforts to reposition the Penn Plaza district where it is the largest owner of commercial real estate in the area with 9 million square feet
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Board of New York, serves on the Board of Regional Plan Association and was named a David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for New York City in 2008.
Mr. Langer holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development degree from Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Joseph Macnow is Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Vornado Realty Trust. Mr. Macnow is a 38-year veteran of the Company, serving as a senior financial officer of the Company (as Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, Chief Financial Officer and/or Executive Vice President—Finance and Administration) from January 1981 to May 2013. Mr. Macnow served as the Company's Chief Administrative Officer from May 2013 to February 2017, when he resumed the additional role of Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining Vornado, Mr. Macnow was employed as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of City Stores Company. Prior to joining City Stores Company, Mr. Macnow was an Audit Manager with the international public accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute.
Mr. Macnow participates in Baruch College's Executives on Campus program and is a member of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute's Advisory Board at Baruch and Baruch's 17 Lex Society. In 2012, Mr. Macnow was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Baruch College. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2005. Also in 2005, the Bergen Museum of Art & Science named Mr. Macnow the Museum's Person of the Year.
Mr. Macnow earned his BBA from the City College of New York, Baruch School of Public and Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. He continued his education at Baruch and at the University of Southern California, completing all course work required for receiving the Degree of Master of Business Administration.
Co-Head of Real Estate
Glen Weiss is Executive Vice President – Office Leasing and Co-Head of Real Estate at Vornado Realty Trust.
Mr. Weiss is jointly responsible for the daily operating of Vornado’s real estate business and is actively involved in all development, acquisition and disposition activities.
Mr. Weiss also oversees leasing activity in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, including Vornado’s 20 million square foot Manhattan portfolio, the 3.7 million square foot Mart in Chicago and the 1.8 million square foot 555 California Street complex in San Francisco. He manages a leasing team of both internal and external brokers, and oversees the negotiation of all office leasing transactions.
Mr. Weiss has been associated with Vornado and the Mendik Company, which Vornado acquired, for his entire career. He first joined Mendik in 1986 as a 16 year-old Summer Porter at 11 Penn Plaza, and continued as an intern through high school and college. In 1992, Mendik appointed him as an Assistant Building Manager and he went on to become Building Manager at 1740 Broadway and 11 Penn Plaza. In 1998, following Vornado’s acquisition of Mendik, he transitioned to leasing, and in 2007 he was appointed to lead the group.
Mr. Weiss was 2010 Chairman of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association, and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Seminar Committee. He has received community recognition on several occasions, including the 2010 New York Cares Corporate Community Outreach Award, the 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Real Estate Award, the 2014 REBNY Young Person of the Year, and the 2018 Diabetes Research Institute Leadership Award.
Mr. Weiss earned his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his M.B.A. from Pace University.
He resides in Livingston, New Jersey with his wife Staci and their 3 daughters – Leah, Emily and Abby.
Division Executive Vice Presidents
Michael Doherty is President of Building Maintenance Services (BMS) of Vornado Realty Trust and has over 35 years of experience in the building service industry. Starting as a night cleaner while completing college, Mr. Doherty has spent time in every service job between Porter and President. Since 1998, he has run all operations for BMS and is currently responsible for janitorial, security, architectural surface maintenance and window cleaning services managing more than 2,800 employees.
Mr. Doherty earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from The City College of New York.
Robert Entin is Executive Vice President - Chief Information Officer of Vornado Realty Trust, overseeing all information technology initiatives of the Company. Mr. Entin joined the firm in 2005 as a Senior Vice President and became Executive Vice President in 2013.
Prior to Vornado, Mr. Entin founded Integrated Business Systems, Inc. in Clifton, NJ in 1979. He combined technical engineering expertise with accounting and property management experience to provide turnkey technology solutions for the real estate industry. IBS became one of the acknowledged leaders in the real estate industry, dominant in the New York region. In 2013, a portion of the IBS organization joined Vornado.
His roles throughout the years have placed him in the unique position of being both designer and user. He has authored many articles and frequently serves as an expert source on real estate technology and emerging trends. Mr. Entin is a member of the Realcomm Advisory Council and served as the Co-Chair at the Realcomm National Conference in 2015.
Mr. Entin currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches a master’s course in IT & The Real Estate Enterprise, a course he previously taught at Baruch College in New York City.
Mr. Entin holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from The Moore School of Electrical Engineering at The University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Vice President, Hotel Pennsylvania
Fred Grapstein is a Senior Vice President with Vornado Realty Trust, and Executive Vice President of the Hotel Pennsylvania where he is responsible for over $1.5 billion of hotel assets, including 1,700 guest rooms and 750k sf of commercial/retail space.
Mr. Grapstein is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Hotel Association of New York City. HANYC is an internationally recognized leader in New York City’s $5 billion tourism industry and one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. Mr. Grapstein was heavily involved in the approval of the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement and the negotiation of Local 6’s real estate assets.
Previously, Mr. Grapstein held the title of Vice President in Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Group, as well as with Deloitte in their emerging business consulting group, where he earned a CPA in New York State. During that time, Mr. Grapstein also earned an MBA from New York University.
Mr. Grapstein is a member of the Hospitality Council of New York and a member of the Hospitality Asset Managers Association, a 200-member organization, representing over 3000 hotels and 750k rooms in the United States. He is also on the honorary committee for the UJA hospitality division and is the President of the Knights of York, a children’s charity foundation. Mr. Grapstein is also a regular speaker at Columbia University’s School of Hospitality.
Edward P. Hogan, Jr. is Executive Vice President - Head of Retail Leasing of Vornado Realty Trust and has served in this capacity since May 2015. Mr. Hogan oversees the leasing activity for Vornado’s New York Street Retail portfolio. The portfolio includes over 2.6 million square feet in street retail concentrated in Manhattan's dominant shopping streets and districts.
Prior to joining Vornado in May of 2015, Mr. Hogan spent 20 years working for Brookfield Properties. He most recently was Head of Retail and created and leased Brookfield Place, a 330,000 SF luxury retail shopping venue in Downtown New York.
Mr. Hogan has leased over 4 million square feet to such brands as Hermes, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saks Fifth Avenue. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Hogan earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Masters in Real Estate Finance from New York University.
Mark Hudspeth is Executive Vice President - Head of Capital Markets of Vornado Realty Trust. Mr. Hudspeth joined Vornado in 2015 from Morgan Stanley, where he was a Managing Director and served as Head of Investment Finance responsible for all financings, hedging, insurance and investment level tax matters for the Merchant Banking & Real Estate Investing Division. He was previously Head of Capital Markets for the U.S. Real Estate Investing Division and served on numerous investment committees.
Earlier in his career at Morgan Stanley, he was a Portfolio Manager for a real estate mezzanine fund, as well as served as the Operations Officer for the Americas of the Real Estate Division. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Hudspeth was a consultant at KPMG in the Real Estate and Hospitality Practice.
Mr. Hudspeth graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Matthew Iocco is Executive Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer of Vornado Realty Trust and Vornado's Principal Accounting Officer for SEC reporting purposes. He is responsible for overseeing the Company’s accounting policy and procedures, financial reporting and financial administration. Mr. Iocco is also the Chief Financial Officer for Alexander’s, Inc.
Prior to joining Vornado in 1999, Mr. Iocco was a senior manager in Arthur Andersen’s Real Estate Services Group where he began his career in 1991. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Iocco is an active member of NAREIT and has been a panelist and roundtable host at past NAREIT conferences on various technical accounting and financial reporting topics.
Mr. Iocco has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fordham University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York.
Myron Maurer is the Chief Operating Officer – theMART and is the senior executive responsible for all property operations and bottom line financial performance of the 3.7 million square foot asset. Included in his responsibilities is theMART’s tradeshow business based in Chicago with ancillary shows based in New York. Mr. Maurer also oversees the management of the Piers 92/94 tradeshow space on the Hudson River in Manhattan.
Mr. Maurer began his career at theMART in 1987 and has been involved with the company’s acquisitions and dispositions, LEED certifications, tradeshow launches, marketing, leasing and the management of more than $1.5B of new construction and renovation projects.
Mr. Maurer holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) and earned his MBA from Keller Graduate School.
Thomas Sanelli is Chief Financial Officer - New York Division of Vornado Realty Trust.
Mr. Sanelli is responsible for overseeing and managing all financial matters and large transactions for Vornado’s office, street retail, residential and hotel properties located in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
Mr. Sanelli has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York.
Gaston Silva is Chief Operating Officer - New York, a division of Vornado Realty Trust, where he oversees the management and operation of nearly 20 million square feet of commercial office space in Manhattan.
Mr. Silva serves as Chairman of the 34th Street Partnership, is the co-chair of the Real Estate Board of New York Management Division and is a board member of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and BRIC Arts Media Brooklyn. While in city government he served in the administrations of Mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani. As a practicing architect, Mr. Silva’s diverse assignments in New York City included the restoration of Carnegie Hall and the development of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Mr. Silva graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a MA in Architecture from the same institution. He also received a Real Estate Diploma from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.
Craig S. Stern is Executive Vice President - Tax & Compliance of Vornado Realty Trust and is responsible for overseeing all tax compliance, reporting and structuring for the Company.
Prior to joining Vornado in 2002, Mr. Stern was a tax director at Deloitte & Touche's Real Estate Services Group.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Stern is an active member of NAREIT and has been a panelist and roundtable host at NAREIT conferences on various tax structuring and reporting topics.
Mr. Stern has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Queens College and a JD from New York Law School.