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Lee Winter

Specialist in Economic Incentives


Real estate advisor specializing in leasing brokerages
Expert in leveraging municipal economic incentives
Expert negotiator, esp. with obtaining incentives
Authority, tax credits and property tax abatements/exemptions

Career Highlights

Former Senior NYC economic development official
Former Director NY metro area incentives practice (Cushman & Wakefield)
Former Director credits and incentives (Grant Thornton)
Instructor for the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)

Lee understands the many factors that affect commercial leasing and development. He believes economic incentives should fit your real estate strategy—and not the other way around.

NYC Economic Development Corporation

For more than a decade, Lee worked for the NYCEDC. He was responsible for company attraction and retention, accomplished through specialized, discretionary, and statutory (as-of-right) economic incentives packages.

He contributed to many of the largest economic incentive packages awarded to-date, including the construction of corporate headquarters, large-scale developments (stadiums, biomedical campuses), significant re-zonings, and numerous public-private partnerships.

Lee also served as VP, Director of Leasing for the NYCEDC’s portfolio of $4M+ in office, warehouse, industrial, and retail properties.

Background in Real Estate

Lee headed the New York regional incentives practice for Cushman & Wakefield. He worked with clients and brokers in developing economic incentives strategies consistent with the company’s approach to projects involving property investments.

He is also the founding principal of WRE Consulting, which is comprised of former senior government economic development officials. The consultancy focuses on economic incentives, municipal finance, public-private partnerships, real estate development, and commercial leasing.

Education & Certifications

MBA, Business Admin. & Finance, NYU Stern School of Business, New York, NY
BA, Political Science/Psychology, Denison University, Granville, OH
Licensed real estate salesperson/broker in NY, NJ

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