Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas is a business journalist based in New York.

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Commercial Observer

Investors Bank's Plan for Growth | The Commercial Observer

About nine years ago right around St. Patrick’s Day, Kevin Cummings did something he always told people he mentored never to do. “I changed my career because I took a call from a headhunter,” he said. Mr. Cummings, who had spent 26 years at the independent accounting firm KPMG LLP, was asked if he could…

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Commercial Observer

As the World Turns: Leasing Activity Impact Markets First, Then ...

As a pair of 26-foot steel beams were hoisted high above Manhattan on April 30, the crowd below spoke of resilience, hope and remembrance. One World Trade Center had just hit a height of 1,271 feet, making it the city’s tallest building. Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said in a press conference that the…

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Commercial Observer

Midtown's Maven: JLL's Deborah van der Heyden on Manhattan's ...

Excuse Deborah van der Heyden if she’s feeling a little déjà vu. Getting started in New York real estate as a young professional in the late 1980s, she dealt with a number of software companies, identifying with not only their willingness to try new things, but also with the fact that most of the people…