Real Estate & Construction Council

The Real Estate and Construction Council has brought together leaders in the real estate and construction industries and provided vital support to Lincoln Center for over 40 years. This council reflects a partnership between the New York-area real estate and construction industries and the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. Because the performing arts are such a strong component of New York City’s economy, an alliance was forged thanks to a common interest in preserving the health and vibrancy of New York.

Council Co-Chairs


Lawrence B. Benenson

Benenson Capital Partners, LLC


Gary Jacob

Glenwood Management Corp.


James D. Kuhn

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Co-Chair Emeriti

Peter L. Malkin, Esq.

Empire State Realty Trust Malkin Holdings LLC

Co-Chair Emeriti

John J. Avlon

The Jeffries Companies

Robert H. Arnow
Weiler Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc.

John I. Bralower
Avison Young

S.H. Spencer Compton
First American Title Insurance –National Commercial Services

Peter D’Arcy
M&T Bank

James S. Davidson, AIA
SLCE Architects, LLP

Alice P. DiMarzio
NGKF Capital Markets

Mark S. Edelstein, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Abby Elbaum
Ogden CAP Properties, LLC

Jonathan M. Estreich
Estreich and Company, Inc.

David H. Feinberg
Feinberg Properties LLC

Winston Fisher
Fisher Brothers

David V. Fowler
BNY Mellon

Eugene M. Grant
Eugene M. Grant & Company, LLC

Francis J. Greenburger
Time Equities, Inc.

Jeffrey R. Gural
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Sharon R. Harris

James L. Hedden
Rose Associates, Inc.

Woody Heller
Savills Studley

Todd Henderson
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

James I. Hisiger, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP

Meredith J. Kane, Esq.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Steven M. Kenny
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

George M. Klett
Signature Bank

Robert A. Knakal
Cushman & Wakefield

Benjamin V. Lambert
Eastdil Secured LLC

Rick Lyon
Commercial Banking

Anthony E. Malkin
Empire State Realty Trust

Mark L. McCarthy
Shorenstein Properties LLC

Neal J. Miranda
Chicago Title Insurance Company

Bruce E. Mosler
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Joel I. Picket
Gotham Construction Company, LLC

Gregory R. Reimers
JP Morgan Chase Real Estate Banking

Stephen M. Ross
Related Companies

Richard Ruben, Esq.
Ruben Companies

Glenn A. Shannon
Shorenstein Properties LLC

Stephen B. Siegel

Ben Singer
Starship Capital Advisors, LLC

Sheldon H. Solow
Solow Building Company

Mary Ann Tighe

John P. Uehlinger
Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP

Alan G. Weiler, Esq.
Weiler Arnow Mgt. Co., Inc.

Alan H. Wiener
Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital

Michael S. Zetlin
Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

Timothy M. Zietara
Centennial Property Finance

Membership Expectations


Contribute a minimum of $15,000 annually for membership (through company/firm, personal contribution, or the solicitation of colleagues).


Attend three annual lunch meetings.


Offer guidance and counsel regarding strategic initiatives and concepts for Lincoln Center.


Participate in the annual RECC Gala by purchasing a table and solicit new corporate prospects to support the initiative.


Raise unrestricted funds for 10 world-class performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center.

Membership Benefits

Special Invitations

Invitations to donor events throughout the year

Concierge Services

Access to Concierge Services (for priority ticketing to all performances across campus)


Visibility on our website and in a number of printed materials, such as business publications, advertisements, and Lincoln Center Playbills (which are seen by over 5 million patrons annually)


Recognition in the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Annual Report

Many More Benefits

Other benefits commensurate with gift level, as detailed in our Membership Benefits Guide

Annual Events

Lincoln Center Business Council Annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast

Each year, the Lincoln Center Business Leadership Award Breakfast honors a professional (or professionals) for their outstanding commitment to the arts and culture in New York City. Proceeds from this event support the Lincoln Center Business Council (LCBC) in its work with the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. The LCBC raises vital unrestricted funds from middle-market corporations and professional firms for the nine performing arts organizations and two professional training academies resident at Lincoln Center. The unrestricted nature of these funds permits the organizations to use them to maximum effect—which includes engaging in creative educational programming, presenting exciting new productions, and mounting free performances. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or [email protected]

Spring Networking Event: A Little Light Music and More

This annual event featuring music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres is hosted by the Lincoln Center Business Council, designed to create a corporate networking opportunity in support of Lincoln Center. Hundreds of professionals attend this event to mix, mingle, talk business, and highlight the extraordinary partnership between the business community and Lincoln Center’s exceptional performing arts institutions. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or [email protected]

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament

Join the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund for a day of golf and tennis at one of the area’s most prestigious private clubs. The day will feature a buffet brunch and luncheon, gift bag, team photos, entry to contests, and on-course refreshments. It will be capped off with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, and silent auction. Special guests will join the players to make for a truly memorable experience. To secure your spot, or for more information, please contact Arlene Graime at 212.875.5467 or [email protected]

Lincoln Center Jazz Evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Lincoln Center Business Council hosts this annual evening of jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, an intimate venue designed to ideally frame the superb live music of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A menu of soulful, down-home flavor with New York flair, seasonal cocktails, and the best in live jazz performed several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park make it a terrific opportunity for client entertainment or a night out for employee appreciation. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction Council Gala

Each year, Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council hosts the RECC Gala, with proceeds benefitting eight of the constituent organizations and the two world-class schools at Lincoln Center. Following a lively (but not lengthy) reception and dinner, guests select priority seating from a roster of performances being offered at Lincoln Center: theater, ballet, orchestra, or jazz. The RECC Gala is an exceptional opportunity to entertain important clients and business associates while supporting the arts at Lincoln Center. For additional information, please contact Lily Lovinger at 212.875.5433 or [email protected]

Women’s Business Council Fashion Luncheon

Hosted by the Corporate Fund’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual What’s In/What’s Out Luncheon is regularly sold-out event showcasing the latest fashion and beauty trends for the coming season. The afternoon features seasonal style displays, a presentation by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey on the must-have fashion trends and beauty secrets, and a raffle featuring prizes from our sponsors (which have included such prestigious names as LALIQUE). To secure your table, or for ticket information, please contact Jane Kolb at 212.875.5384 or [email protected]

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