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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 Director NY metro area incentives practice (Cushman & Wakefield)
Former Director credits and incentives (Grant Thornton)
Former Senior NYC economic development official

Lee understands the many factors that affect decision-making for commercial real estate leasing and development. He believes economic incentives should complement a real estate strategy.

New York City Economic Development Corporation

Lee’s early professional career included over a decade working for the NYCEDC where he was responsible for company attraction and retention, accomplished through specialized, discretionary, and statutory (as-of-right) economic incentives packages.

While at NYCEDC, he worked on several 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 many public-private partnerships.

Lee also served as Vice President, 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, a global real estate services firm. 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 Administration & Finance, New York University Stern School of Business, New York, NY
BA, Political Science/Psychology, Denison University, Granville, OH
Licensed real estate salesperson/broker in NY, NJ
Instructor for the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)

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