Jeffrey Gural is chairman emeritus of Newmark Knight Frank, a full-service commercial real estate firm. With his partner, Barry M. Gosin, Mr. Gural has steered Newmark Knight Frank since 1978, when it served only the New York area. Under his auspices, Newmark Knight Frank first completed a successful national expansion in 2001 and then grew to expand internationally in 2006 through a strategic partnership with London-headquartered Knight Frank. Newmark Knight Frank now provides coverage from over 200 offices worldwide.
Mr. Gural is responsible for the managing and leasing of the 8 million square feet of properties in which Newmark Knight Frank's partners have ownership. Newmark Knight Frank currently manages approximately one hundred fifty buildings in the Metropolitan area, of which they have an ownership interest in forty-one buildings. Mr. Gural oversees all acquisitions, as well as the overall supervision of the company's non-institutional portfolio.
Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank in 1972, Mr. Gural was a member of the staff of Morse-Diesel Construction Co. During his six-year tenure there, he was responsible for the supervision and construction of more than one million square feet of new office space in such notable buildings as 437 Madison Avenue and 645 Madison Avenue.
Mr. Gural is widely recognized as an invaluable member of the Greater New York community as well as a highly respected leader in real estate. Mr. Gural's industry and charitable affiliations include the Board of Directors of The Real Estate Board of New York; member of the Board of Directors of the Realty Foundation and Recipient of their 2006 Man of the Year Award; President of the New York Chapter of The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation; a member of the Board of U.S.O.; Chairman of "I Have a Dream - NY" and Co-Sponsor of the Chelsea-Elliot "I Have a Dream" Project; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Times Square Business Improvement District; member of the Board of Directors of Cooper Union, member of the Board of Directors of the 14th Street-Union Square District Management Association; member of the Board of Directors for Art New York; member of the Board of Directors for Starworks; Vice President of The Broadway Association; member of the Board of Directors of the Eldridge Street Synagogue; member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of the Upper Westside; member of the Board of Directors of Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts; member of the Board of the Settlement Housing Fund. Mr. Gural is a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation, where both he and his father, Aaron Gural, were honored at the organization's 1995 Annual Luncheon. Mr. Gural is the Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, which is currently developing two racinos in Upstate New York.
Mr. Gural is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is married, has three grown children, five grandchildren and resides in Manhattan. He is a major owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses on his farm in Stanfordville, New York.