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Kenneth Fisher: The Harry Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker receipient

Continuing a proud family tradition, Kenneth Fisher is part of the third generation of leadership at Fisher Brothers.


As a senior partner, he oversees the leasing, management and marketing of more than six million square feet of Class A commercial space in Midtown Manhattan covering the Park, Sixth and Third Avenue corridors.

In addition to his responsibilities at Fisher Brothers, Ken is a member of the Executive Committee of the City Investment Fund and the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Board of Governors.

He is also a member of the the Washington D.C.-based Real Estate Round Table and the Board of Directors of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a publicly traded REIT.

Ken’s primary philanthropic work is done as the Chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that has aided more than 16,000 military families each year by providing comfort homes that save them more than $165 million in travel and lodging costs.

To date, the Foundation has built 54 houses at military bases and VA Medical Centers across the country and Germany, with plans to add several additional houses.

Ken was most recently recognized in 2012 by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz, who presented him with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

In 2009, the Association of the United States Army awarded Ken its highest honor, the George C. Marshall Medal. In 2007, George W. Bush appointed Ken to the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, which conducted a comprehensive review of the care provided to soldiers who return from the battlefield.

Ken has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and received the Arts & Entertainment television network’s prestigious Lives That Make a Difference Award.

Ken sits on the board of the Intrepid Museum, New York’s Finest Foundation, the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, The Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

The Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award memorializes Mr. Helmsley, his generation’s most admired real estate executive.

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