"There are many ways to create value in real estate and there’s no perfect road map. Our greatest successes come when creative people roll up their sleeves and work hard, together."
My father studied civil engineering at Cornell and I fell in love with the place at a young age. The question was, which of the University’s eight colleges was right for me? With a keen interest in business and having spent my high school years working hospitality jobs in hotels, restaurants and tennis clubs, the School of Hotel Administration was a natural fit.
One of my mentors at the Hotel School was Jack Corgel, who chaired the real estate department and encouraged me to take some classes there. It wasn’t long before I was hooked. After graduating, I was thrilled to join Tishman; development jobs weren’t easy to come by, particularly for someone right out of school. Tishman was full of extremely bright professionals and its pipeline included some of the most exciting projects in the industry.
From the onset of my career, I have appreciated every aspect of the development process and have enjoyed working on some of our biggest projects. From traveling to Puerto Rico every week during the financing and construction of The Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Ocean Villas, to navigating the complexities of developing in New York City as the day-to-day executive on the InterContinental New York Times Square, to overseeing our most recent expansion at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Swan and Swan Reserve, I am deeply grateful to have found passion in my work and the personal and professional growth that has come with it.
Looking ahead, I am excited about our future. Our pipeline is robust, and we are well positioned to deliver more exciting hotel and residential projects over the next few years. No one can time the market, but we have had plenty of past success developing during economic downturns and opening those projects during periods of growth. With any development, I know we will face a myriad of challenges, but I am confident that we will create value through a combination of creativity, resourcefulness and discipline.
Dan Unger is the Chief Development Officer for Tishman, responsible for overseeing the company’s acquisition and development efforts. In this role, Dan leads the firm’s new projects across all asset types – from conception, structuring and financing to design, construction, and ongoing asset management. Dan is an active member of the Cornell University Center for Real Estate & Finance Advisory Board and the New York Hospitality Council, and he frequently advises the Hotel Association of New York. Dan is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where he concentrated in real estate finance. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.