Gary Tempro (left) and Tom Beissel
Fresh from the sale of the International Toy Center, formerly a W&H property, Tom Beissel and Gary Tempro have returned to the W&H Properties portfolio and taken over at 250 West 57th Street. We're delighted - the W&H brand is not just about bricks and mortar, but it is also about service, and it takes quality people to deliver quality service. We all wanted to continue working together, and their relocation is great news for tenants, staff, and brokers.
The current roles of Mr. Beissel and Mr. Tempro, property manager and assistant property manager, respectively, are similar to those they had at the ITC. Their job is to supervise the overall operations, maintenance, and capital improvement programs for the building.
"We are evaluating all operating and maintenance policies and procedures, and implementing changes to fine-tune the overall operations of the building," says Mr. Beissel. "Also, in addition to managing all tenant services, we will oversee the completion of the $35 million capitalization program, tenant installations and construction of pre-built suites."
The wide scope of responsibilities involved in providing W&H quality services doesn't faze them. "I like the diversity," says Mr. Tempro. "It's never the same thing every day, and there's a sense of accomplishment when you see a project through from beginning to end, or resolve a small issue that makes a tenant happy."
Mr. Beissel and Mr. Tempro are also enjoying the change of neighborhood. "This part of the city is much more business-focused and bustling than the Madison Square/Flatiron district, and of course you can't beat Central Park for scenery," says Mr. Beissel.
Both Mr. Beissel and Mr. Tempro have long histories with W&H and W&M Supervisory Services, the asset manager for the W&H property portfolio. Mr. Beissel joined the operations staff of 1185 Avenue of the Americas 18 years ago before moving on to the Toy Center, and Mr. Tempro joined the staff of the Toy Center 21 years ago.
"After so many years, we have a firm grasp of the W&H and W&M approach to business," notes Mr. Beissel. "Very simply, we run a first-class operation."
As 250 West 57th Street enters the last leg of its $35 million capital improvement program, Mr. Beissel and Mr. Tempro will ensure that the building's final transformations are accomplished as efficiently and quickly as possible.
"Tom and Gary know their stuff," says Anthony E. Malkin, president of W&M Supervisory Services. "They have an outstanding track record with our buildings, and we're delighted that they have chosen to pursue their real estate careers based on the owners for whom they work, not just the assets in which they are located."