"With his background and success in advocacy and experience inmanaging major projects and undertakings, Jim will be a tremendousasset to our members and the real estate industry in general,"Steve Spinola, REBNY president, says in the release. "Jim hasplayed an important role in some of the most vital projects in thecity. Simply put, he is the kind of guy who knows how to get thingsdone and we are thrilled to put his energy, drive and know-how towork for REBNY."

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In a statement, Muss president Joshua Muss calls Whelan "atrmeddnous asset to our company" who will be "greatly missed.However, given his experience in government and in the privatesector, I can't imagine anyone more suited to fill this veryimportant role to represent our industry. We wish him all the bestat REBNY."

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Before his tenure at Muss, Whelan served as chief of staff andsenior advisor for then-deputy mayor Daniel Doctoroff. There, heplayed a key role in furthering an agenda that included thedevelopment of the Far West Side, the resurgence of Lower Manhattanand the implementation of the Bloomberg administration's PlanNYCsustainability program.

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Whelan has also served as executive director to the Hudson YardsCoalition, a coalition of labor, development, business and civicorganizations. Prior to that, he created and served as director ofthe Downtown Brooklyn Council, a group that created the rezoningplan for Downtown Brooklyn.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.