Honoree Paul Massey Jr.

Gala honoree Paul Massey Jr.

Mr. Massey was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he attended Roxbury Latin School. He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1983.
After graduation, Mr. Massey began his career at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services in Midtown Manhattan as head of the market research department, then as an investment sales broker.

Together with Partner Robert A. Knakal, whom he met at Coldwell, he founded Massey Knakal Realty Services, the New York metropolitan area’s premier full service brokerage firm. With over 225 employees serving more than 200,000 property owners, Massey Knakal Realty Services was ranked New York’s #1 investment sales firm in volume for the 14th consecutive year by CoStar Group, a national independent tracking agency. With more than $2 billion in annual sales, Massey Knakal was also ranked as one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate brokerage firms. As CEO of Massey Knakal, Mr. Massey oversaw the direction and growth of the company. He led the development of the firm’s strategic initiatives including geographic expansion as well as the growth of the firm’s service lines. Mr. Massey was also Chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. Additionally, in 2014 alone, Mr. Massey completed numerous transactions with an aggregate value of over $690 million. On December 31, 2014, Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal and Mr. Massey was appointed President, New York Investment Sales.

Mr. Massey was honored with the Real Estate Board of New York’s prestigious Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award in 2007 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.

Mr. Massey believes in actively giving back to him community. Mr. Massey is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and sits on the Board of Directors for The New York Pops. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Board and devoted friend of the James Lenox House Association. In addition to his work in New York, he is also an active board member for his Boston high school, The Roxbury Latin School.

Mr. Massey is an amateur boxer and an avid sailor. He and his wife, Gretchen, have three children; son, Paul III, and daughters, Sarah and Greta. He resides in New York City.