The Eastdil CEO on his blue-collar roots, not being a ‘freak’ and brokering trophy towers across the country
Roy March (Photo by Studio Scrivo)
Roy March is the larger-than-life CEO of Eastdil Secured, which has been NYC’s top investment sales brokerage for the past six years. In 2016, the firm, which also provides real estate investment banking and debt services, logged a record $22.9 billion in closed deals. March joined Eastdil — which has 13 offices and 325 employees globally — in 1978 and took over as president in 1994, five years before the firm was sold to Wells Fargo. In 2006, as the firm was merging with the L.A.-based Secured Capital, he was named CEO. Last year, the firm’s top two brokers, Doug Harmon and Adam Spies, decamped for Cushman Wakefield. While the loss was a blow, it revealed March’s involvement in a slew of high-profile deals, including the $1.95 billion sale of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in 2015.
DOB: July 22, 1956
Lives in: Midtown
Family: Married to second wife; three children
What were you like as a kid? I was kind of a ragtag kid. I grew up on the south side of Sacramento, and my folks were civil servants. Mom worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles and shopped at Kmart, and Dad was a civilian in the Army. My brothers were nine and 12 years older, so I pretty much grew up as an only child.
What’s the significance of your middle name, Hilton? I was named after my grandfather. My father also had a brother named Roy Hilton March who was an上海龙凤论坛