James Stuckey is a seasoned veteran in the business world. Throughout his career, he has taken on many unique and difficult challenges and helped lead many businesses to unprecedented success. As the current President and CEO of Verdant Properties, LLC®, James Stuckey leads an organization that develops residential, office, and retail properties. This role has been a great fit, affording him the opportunity to leverage the knowledge and wisdom gained through years of experience in real estate development.
Mr. Stuckey is also the owner of James Philip Paul Photography, LLC™. He has been an avid photographer since his late teens, and established James Philip Paul Photography, LLC™ to create, sell and distribute limited edition fine art photography on paper, canvas (Giclee), glass and metal mediums. As the company’s principal photographer, James Stuckey also captures and produces photojournalist images for print and online media.
During the early days of Mr. Stuckey ’s professional career, he served as the president of the New York Public Development Corporation (now the Economic Development Corporation). Appointed by the late Mayor Edward Koch, he was charged with leading billion dollar projects, skyscrapers, and developments that still stand prominently throughout the city. Many of the iconic buildings Mr. Stuckey worked on include the Citibank Center in Queens New York, the tallest office building outside of Manhattan on the east coast; the redevelopment of the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan; the redevelopment of Times Square; the Astoria Motion Picture Studios; and, MetroTech Center in Brooklyn.
After serving as president of the development corporation, Mr. Stuckey was recruited by Gronich & Company. At Gronich, he was responsible for commercial development and consulting, and helmed the restoration of the New York City’s iconic New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street. Mr. Stuckey’s tenacity and ingenuity helped make the theater an in-demand venue for productions by the Walt Disney Company. Also while at Gronich, he earned the Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award for the creation of the Russian Trade and Cultural Center at the former World Trade Center.
The next venture of Mr.Stuckey took him to Forest City Ratner Companies. Here, he was in charge of the development of several additional high-profile projects, including the Hilton Hotel in the middle of New York City’s famous Times Square. After the tragic attacks on Manhattan on September 11, 2001, Mr. Stuckey lead the development of the headquarters of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield—which was a major tenant in the World Trade Center. This was the first major office building completed in the United States after the attack.
Mr. Stuckey’s career hasn’t just centered on private industry and development, however. He is also known for his service at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate as the program’s divisional dean. While serving in this position, he was instrumental in developing the school’s masters degree program in real estate development. Mr. Stuckey was also a major force in creating the Institute’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, which provides research and education into methods for creating sustainable real estate and construction industry practices. In addition, he pioneered the creation of studies in Post-Catastrophe Redevelopment, and significantly contributed to work done in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. This work was prominently recognized by President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Education is one of the personal passions of James Stuckey, as he has earned a master’s degree from St. John’s University and another master’s degree from St. Joseph’s Institute for Religious Studies. In addition, he has frequently served as a guest lecturer at both Harvard University and Columbia Universities.