John M. Comack Founding Partner at Green Energy Technology James Hendon Commissioner at NYC Department of Veteran's Services
James Hendon is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans' Services. Previously, Hendon served as Director of the NYU Veterans Future Lab, a small business incubator for practicing and aspiring entrepreneurs who are US Military Veterans or Veterans' Spouses.
A Veteran entrepreneur himself, James was also the CEO of the Energy Economic Development Corporation, an organization that helps communities and small businesses take advantage of energy-related advancements. Prior to that, Hendon served as the COO for BlocPower, a Department of Energy-sponsored company that helps nonprofits, small businesses, and faith centers perform energy efficiency retrofits. He previously worked as an Associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank. Before entering the civilian workforce, Hendon spent seven years in the US Army as an Active Duty Infantry Officer where he deployed as a Mortar Platoon Leader and Battalion Public Affairs Officer to Iraq (2005), worked as an Admissions Officer for West Point (2006-2007), and served as the Senior Advisor to the Afghan Border Police in Afghanistan (2007-2009). Hendon is a 2002 graduate of West Point, a 2012 graduate of Harvard Kennedy School and Columbia Business School, and a 2015 graduate of the Earth Institute's Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. Hendon also served as a Mayoral appointee on the eleven member New York City Veterans Advisory Board. He has volunteered as a mentor for the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx since 2014. As a drilling US Army Reservist, Hendon, a Lieutenant Colonel, acts as the New York City Lead for the 75th Innovation Command. Stephen Preuss Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield
Stephen R. Preuss is a Vice Chairman in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield, where he focuses on investment sales for the New York Metropolitan Area primarily in the outer boroughs. Team Preuss has several team leaders and consists of an office of more than 20 associates. Each team leader focuses on a specific market and attributes neighborhood specific knowledge and experience while the balance of the team provides support in all areas.
Stephen has transacted in over $4.1 billion of investment and commercial real estate over his 17 year career. During his tenure, he has sold in excess of 400 properties and currently has over $800,000,000 in exclusive listings – the largest commercial inventory in Queens. Stephen is the #1 top producer in Queens and Top 100 Nationwide for Investment Sales and Capital Markets. He is a major contributor to multiple major publications including Commercial Observer and The Real Deal, among several other regional and national publications. Stephen is a board member of the Queens Community House, executive board member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and a major contributor of several other not-for-profit organizations including the Long Island City Partnership, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Business Association, and the Chinese American Planning Council. Cushman and Wakefield is a global leader in commercial real estate services, helping clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenues of $5 billion across a variety of core services. Cushman & Wakefield is proud to be #1 in New York City with 41% market share in transaction volume over $500,000, and 71% market share in transaction volume over $250 million.