Donald Rechler is currently a partner at Rechler Equity, LLC, the largest full-service real estate company on Long Island with over 6 million square feet in over 100 properties. Mr. Rechler was formerly the Chairman of the Board and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Reckson Associates Realty Corp., one of the leading real estate investment Trusts (“REIT”) with over 22 million square feet of Class A office and industrial properties throughout the New York tri-state area.
For three generations, the Rechler family has been in the real estate development business, having pioneered industrial park development. During the 1960’s, Donald and his brother, Roger, created Reckson Associates and established its operating multi-disciplinary approach – encompassing planning and development, architectural design, leasing and financing – all under one roof. Reckson Associates created the first hi-tech park in New York State. In the late 1970’s, office development was added to the Reckson Associates industrial portfolio. Under his guidance and leadership, the Company has developed some of Long Island’s most prominent and innovative office buildings, industrial parks and high-tech facilities including the first fully “amenitized” office buildings in the country.
The Rechler family took Reckson Associates public in June of 1995 with a $275 million total market capitalization that had grown to a total market capitalization of over $3 billion dollars until his departure in 2003.
Mr. Rechler is active in many charities. He is founder and former President and Chairman of the Association For A Better Long Island, a founder of the Long Island Commercial & Industrial Development Association, a member of the board of Directors of the Development Division of North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset), a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Philharmonic, a founder of the Schneider Children’s Hospital of the Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center (New Hyde Park), a member of the Board of Directors of The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, a member of the Council of Overseers of Long Island University, C.W. Post College and a Director of the Nassau County Museum. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, B.B.A.