On January 16, 2020, REBNY will hold its 124th Annual Banquet and will be pleased to honor Henry M. Celestino with the George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award.
While New York’s leading developers and architects generally command the spotlight for their bold visions, behind the scenes, they rely on innovative operations and construction professionals, like Henry Celestino, to turn their ideas into physical reality and keep them operating at peak performance.
For more than four decades, Hank has proven himself one of the New York metro region’s most successful and versatile building executives.
Hank is currently Vice Chairman at L&L Holding Company, where he is responsible for property management and construction operations across the firm’s 10 million square-foot portfolio.
For active development projects, Hank is a trusted advisor and sounding board. He also is entrusted with critical decisions that will affect the long-term operation and sustainability of major projects, such as the design and selection of mechanical systems.
And once a completed development project moves to the operating portfolio, Hank takes responsibility for the property. His responsibilities include oversight of day-to-day management, building system installation and commissioning, tenant plan review and interior construction. Hank also runs L&L’s cleaning and security companies.
Hank’s expertise and steady leadership has helped make L&L an industry leader in the delivery of reliable, high-quality services to its tenants.
Just as importantly, Hank has earned a well-deserved reputation as a true gentleman in the business, and his counsel is highly sought after by his peers throughout the industry.
During Hank’s tenure, L&L Holding has earn widespread recognition and awards for operations and capital projects throughout its portfolio, including such trophy assets as 200 Fifth Avenue, 195 Broadway and 390 Madison, which is in the process of commissioning and initial occupancies after a massive redevelopment, highlighted by the most ambitious re-massing of a building in New York City history.
In addition to achieving LEED certification for all of its major redevelopment and adaptive re-use projects, L&L has earned awards from such prestigious institutions as MIPIM, BOMA, AIA, NYCxDesign, and the Greater New York Construction User Council, which named L&L its developer of the year for 2015.
Few can match the rich variety of experience Hank has gained throughout his career. Prior to joining L&L, he served as Executive Vice President of Building Operations and Construction at Newmark Real Estate in charge of 25 million square-feet of space.
At Burns & Roe Industrial Services Group, he handled manufacturing processing systems evaluations on offshore drilling rigs, wastewater treatment plants and oil refineries.
And at Burns & Roe Engineering, he worked on the 1,300-acre site development of the Clinch River Nuclear Breeder Reactor Plant in Tennessee.
Hank has served on the Real Estate Board of New York’s Management Board of Directors and Commercial Management Council and BOMA’s Codes & Regulations and Security Task Force Committees. He is on the Board of Directors of the New York Consumer Energy Council and supports multiple charities.
It will be our great pleasure to honor Henry Celestino with his second REBNY award, and we look forward to celebrating him in January.