“Our most valuable resources are our people and that is something Tishman has understood from the beginning. If you get a bunch of people in a room with different backgrounds and expertise you can solve any issue and uncover all opportunities.”
I joined Tishman as an analyst in 1987 after spending two years at an investment bank. I have been here ever since. The Tishman platform is a unique mix of iconic name, institutional reputation, wide range of resources and most importantly, an entrepreneurial spirit in its people.
As a finance and entrepreneurship major, that combination of creativity and boundless opportunity was a critical component for me and has been the secret to Tishman’s success and longevity. It was also something I discovered first hand early on.
I was still an analyst in my mid twenties and coming off of three intensive years financing and developing the Dolphin and Swan hotel complex in Orlando. Having been born and raised in San Juan, I thought a similar hotel concept to the Dolphin and Swan, a group and leisure resort, could work in Puerto Rico.
To my surprise, I was encouraged to pursue the idea and led the team to source, entitle, finance, build and manage a 600 room resort hotel with 50,000 square feet of meeting space, 36 holes of golf and permits for over 1,000 residential units.
The Westin Rio Mar was a success for Tishman (since sold and rebranded to Wyndham) and over the next few decades as we expanded our platform and pivoted through cycles, we have evolved as investors and developers while maintaining our core DNA.
The Tishman platform embraces opportunity, collaboration and creativity. One that encourages and supports multi disciplines in unique ways to source and perform on deals. I continue to be excited that we have amassed an incredible team that first and foremost, uses its creativity to put deals together, solve issues and look for the non-obvious ways to create value.
David Rothenberg is President of Tishman Realty Corporation and is responsible for the company’s acquisitions, development, operations, and financing efforts. Prior to joining Tishman in 1987, Mr. Rothenberg was a member of the Real Estate Finance Group at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Rothenberg is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and Urban Land Institute, and a Sustaining Member and Mentor at Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton. Mr. Rothenberg holds a BS – Economics degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.