Woody Heller is vice chairman and co-head of the Capital Markets Group of Savills in New York. With over 37 years of experience in the real estate business, he is responsible for investment sales activity in the New York market, where he focuses on office, residential, and specialty retail buildings, and development sites. Some of his more notable sales include: Citigroup Center at 54 th Street and Lexington Avenue, The Madison Belvedere apartment building at 10 East 29 th Street, the Rhinelander Mansion leased to Polo Ralph Lauren at 72 nd Street and Madison, and the Drake Hotel development site at 432 Park Avenue. The other markets in which he has been active include Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and markets in New Jersey, Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Separate from the outright sale of properties, he has also structured participating and/or convertible mortgages, equity joint ventures, the sale of partial interests, equity recapitalizations and note sales, the most notable of which was the sale of the notes and mortgage encumbering the Chrysler Building. During his tenure, Woody has closed in excess of $12 billion of asset and note sale transactions comprising in excess of 48 million square feet.
Prior to joining the firm, Woody worked for CBRE, Insignia/ESG and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Awards, Achievements and Activities
In 2013, Woody was the recipient of the REBNY Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award. In 2007, he was awarded the Real Estate Board’s ‘Most Ingenious Deal of the Year’ for the sale of the New York Law School Development Site in Tribeca, a transaction that closed in 2006. Woody also received this distinction in 2004 for the sale of McGraw Hill’s 45% C-Corp Interest in 1221 Avenue of the Americas.
Woody also serves as a governor of The Real Estate Board of New York and chairs its sales brokers committee. He is a member of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association and is a fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Woody was on the Manhattan Community Board for five years and served on its new development and landmark committees. Additionally, he has been a guest lecturer at Columbia’s Real Estate Program and an adjunct professor in New York University’s Graduate Real Estate Program.
Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts
- New York University, Graduate Certificate, Real Estate
- Dai-ichi Life Investment Properties
- The Fuji Bank, Ltd.
- Rose Associates
- CIM Group
- The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
- Technology, Advertising, Media & Information (TAMI)
- Financial Services
- Nonprofits & Associations
- Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC)