The Wall Street Journal has written, “(There is) an exceedingly small club of women who have managed to move to the top of the brokerage business. That club’s most prominent member is Mary Ann Tighe.” Crain’s New York Business has named Mary Ann the most powerful woman (across both the public and private sectors) in New York. Placing her at the top of its ranking of the City’s most powerful women, Crain’s observed, “Ms. Tighe has a history of…transforming the face of Manhattan.”
Indeed she does. From the revitalization of Times Square and the rebirth of Downtown to the westward expansion of Midtown's central business district, Mary Ann Tighe has been at the forefront of the transformation of New York's skyline during her 26 years in the real estate industry. Mary Ann has conceived, structured and negotiated virtually every form of deal including ground leases, air rights acquisition and disposition, net and gross leases, government incentive packages, and a range of equity transfers from partnership and condominium interests through fee simple sales. She has been responsible for over 77 million square feet of commercial transactions, and her deals have anchored more than 9.2 million square feet of new construction in the New York region—believed to be a record in commercial brokerage.
Mary Ann has been CEO of CBRE’s New York Tri-State Region since 2002, a region of 2,125 employees. Under her leadership, CBRE has become New York's preeminent firm, outdistancing all competitors in market share, revenue and margins.
Mary Ann is a six-time winner of the Real Estate Board of New York's Deal of the Year awards for ingenious brokerage. She received the Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award, REBNY’s highest award in brokerage, and REBNY’s Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary Ann was also honored by the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate with its Urban Leadership Award; she was the first woman to receive this award. Most significantly, Mary Ann has enjoyed unbroken, long-term relationships with a number of public and private companies and non-profit organizations, shaping and implementing their real estate strategies for large and small projects. Her on-going accounts include the Archdiocese of New York, Condé Nast, Crain's, Medco, News Corp., The New York Times Company and WPP Group.
In January 2010, Mary Ann was named Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, the first woman to hold this position in REBNY’s 114-year history and the first broker in 30 years.
Mary Ann began her real estate career as a broker at the Edward S. Gordon Company, ultimately rising to the position of Vice Chairman of Insignia/ESG, where she was regularly recognized among the firm's top producers. Prior to entering the real estate field, Mary Ann served as a Vice President of the American Broadcasting Companies, where she launched the A&E cable channel. Recognized nationally for her expertise in the arts, Mary Ann was also formerly the Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Advisor to Vice President Walter Mondale, and a staff member of the Smithsonian Institution.
2011, The only woman in Real Estate Forum’s list of “Legends & Icons” of the last 65 years in US real estate.
NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s 2011 Urban Leadership Award
REBNY 2010 appointed Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
REBNY’s 2009 Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Achievement Award
REBNY’s 2007 Henry Hart Rice Achievement award (Deal of the Year)
REBNY’s 2004 Louis Smadbeck Memorial Broker Recognition Award, REBNY’s highest award in brokerage
REBNY's 2002 Most Creative Retail Deal of the Year
REBNY's 2002 Henry Hart Rice Achievement award (Deal of the Year)
REBNY's 1998 Robert T. Lawrence Memorial award (Deal of the Year)
REBNY's 1997 Henry Hart Rice Achievement award (Deal of the Year)
REBNY's 1992 Robert T. Lawrence Memorial award (Deal of the Year)
NAIOP’s 2003 New York Deal of the Year award
NAIOP’s 2002 New Jersey Deal of the Year award