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September 19, 2011 - June 15, 2012
The Evergreen State College

A Conversation with Dan Tishman ‘77

Interviewed by Oscar Soule, Faculty Emeritus

Saturday, May 19, 4:30–6:00 pm
College Recreation Center
Dinner included

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In this session you'll have the rare opportunity to hear from an Evergreen graduate who is changing the landscape of our cities, as well as ensuring that the countryside stays green, too.  Dan Tishman graduated from Evergreen in 1977.  He is an uncommon New York City builder who is also an ardent environmentalist. As a teen, Dan would visit the construction site at the World Trade Center, watching the twin 110-story buildings rise to the sky while his father served as the project's construction manager. After the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, Tishman, who had succeeded his dad as CEO of Tishman Construction, emerged as a major figure in the rebuilding effort. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Tishman looked up from Ground Zero at some of the myriad projects his company is managing: the 1776-foot-high One World Trade Center, as well as WTC Towers 3 and 4 and the WTC Transportation Hub and vehicle security center. Since 2007, Tishman has also served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the 1.3-million member national organization that promotes a cleaner environment through citizen action and litigation.  In this conversation, you'll hear about Tishman's work, his philanthropic interests, including his passion for the environment, and how he balances all of this in a typical (or not so typical) day.

Daniel R. Tishman '77

Chairman & CEO, Tishman Construction Corporation
Vice Chairman, AECOM Technology Corporation
Vice Chairman, Tishman Hotel & Realty LP

Daniel R. Tishman is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Construction Corporation, one of the largest and most experienced builders in the world. The firm was founded in 1898 and has remained at the forefront of the industry under Mr. Tishman's leadership. Tishman Construction provides construction and project management, owner's representation, and other construction-related services to a diverse array of clients across the United States and in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Tishman has worked in real estate development and construction for over 25 years and has been a major force behind the green building movement. Under his leadership, Tishman managed the construction of 4 Times Square, the first green skyscraper in New York City, and 7 World Trade Center, the first office tower in New York City to be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Tishman Construction also managed the construction of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the first skyscraper in the world to be certified LEED Platinum, and the LEED Gold-certified CityCenter in Las Vegas, which is the largest and most sustainable mixed-use hotel, residential, retail and casino complex in the United States.

Mr. Tishman is Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of AECOM.  In 2010, Tishman Construction joined AECOM Technology Corporation, a global provider of professional technical and management support services serving clients in more than 100 countries around the world.  Mr. Tishman is also Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Tishman Hotel & Realty LP, which develops, owns and manages a private portfolio of hospitality properties.

Mr. Tishman is Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the world's leading environmental advocacy organizations.  He also regularly works with the Trust for Public Land to protect land, particularly in Maine and Colorado.  In 2006, he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to New York City's Sustainability Advisory Board, which provided expertise and input for the creation of PlaNYC 2030, the blueprint for greening New York City.

In 2009, Mr. Tishman joined the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, an independent federal agency and the official export credit agency of the United States of America.  He also serves on the boards of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, National September 11 Memorial & Museum and UJA-Federation of NY.  

Mr. Tishman holds a BS in Ecology and Planning from Evergreen State College and an MS in Environmental Studies from Lesley College.



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