FAITH HOPE CONSOLO
Chairman
The Retail Group
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

“From national strategies to strategic corners,
transforming the retail landscape…”

There are great dealmakers. There are fashionistas. And then there is Faith.

Recognized worldwide as the “Queen of Retail,” Faith Hope Consolo is renowned for her expertise as a consultant and retail broker who has been instrumental in revitalizing and sculpting retail corridors across the nation -- and beyond. The sheer volume, size, and distinction of her transactions, combined with her exceptional experience in a global array of retail markets, have set a high standard among real estate specialists. As Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, Ms. Consolo is responsible for the most successful commercial division of New York City’s largest residential real estate brokerage firm.

Her understanding of the industry and coast-to-coast experience enable her to strategize with retailers throughout the country, from unveiling a national expansion to the debut of a flagship store and in locations spanning global capitals to suburban power centers. She and her expert team know that style knows no price point. The result is an expansive client base that includes such top-tier fashion names as Buccellati, Ivanka Trump, Cartier, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Bruno Magli, Christian Louboutin, Fogal, Ferragamo, Bond No. 9, Calypso, Fresh, Lockes, Paul Smith, Sermoneta, Wempe, Wolford,and globally based mass merchandisers that include Who.A.U. and Zara. Her real estate clients comprise an international coterie of private and public investors, entrepreneurial owners and developers with significant portfolios or single assets.

As profiled in the best-selling compendium “Brokers Who Dominate,” Ms. Consolo’s global retail knowledge and contacts, training in design, and business savvy have helped her master the art of crafting leases that allow both tenant and landlord to maximize profits while serving the best interest of the neighborhood. It is a passion that has brought countless benefits to her city, her industry and her community.

As the sole retail consultant to the Economic Development Corporation, she was at the center of the revitalization of Times Square and Penn Station. She has also been a key player in Fifth Avenue's return as the "Luxury Walk" and Madison Avenue's once again achieving its glitter as the "Golden Mile.”

As an industry mentor, Ms. Consolo has taken leadership roles on behalf of the Commercial Real Estate Women network, Association of Real Estate Women and International Council of Shopping Centers. A recent recipient of Mercy College’s Trustee’s Medal, she has also actively helped such worthy causes as the New York City Opera, Citymeals-on-Wheels, September Concert Foundation, Women in Need, Dress for Success, and the Association of Real Estate Women Charitable Fund.

She was Co-Chairperson for the Tenth Annual Women of Valor Luncheon to benefit the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters and was, herself an honoree in 2003. She also co-chaired the Go Red for Women Luncheon for the New York Chapter of the American Heart Association in 2011, and her appearance as the keynote speaker for the Long Island Chapter resulted in record donations.  In April 2012, she launched “Real Estate Has A Heart,” a foundation that enables her to support numerous causes under one charitable umbrella.

An exceptional communicator, Ms. Consolo authors a quarterly compendium on New York City for the real estate industry, known as "The Faith Report," and also publishes a semi-annual national edition. Her popular blog, “The Faithful Shopper,” appears bi-monthly in the prestigious Huffington Post and she writes the “District for Designers” column in NY Residential Magazine. A relied upon industry resource, she is regularly quoted by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, New York Post, Reuters, Associated Press, Crain’s New York Business and Women’s Wear Daily. She is a frequent guest on news programs on MSNBC, CNN, NY1 and Fox Business News and writes features Real Estate Weekly, New York Real Estate Journal, and Real Estate Forum, among others.

Ms. Consolo has served as a guest instructor at New York University, Wharton Business School, Parsons School of Design, and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College. She has been a lecturer for numerous business organizations including The Association of Women on Economic Development, National Association of Business Owners, Women Incorporated, Institute for International Research, American Institute of Architects, Society of Industry Leaders, and the National Association of Business Owners.

She has spoken at conferences held by the National Association of Appraisers & Planners, Women’s Economic Roundtable, New York Association of Realty Managers, Real Estate Lenders Association and New York Real Estate Expo. On several occasions, Ms. Consolo has brought her unique perspective to international forums on real estate and spoke at the Luxury Institute’s Paris conference. Additionally, she is a consultant to The Luxury Marketing Council and Luxury Institute.

Ms. Consolo was a member of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 RECon Intellectual Content Advisory Task Force and coordinated the “Women in Retail Real Estate” Special Interest Group (SIG) Roundtables for the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is on the Board of Governors of the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, Past President of the Association of Real Estate Women, Director of New York Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network, and former board member of the AREW Charitable Fund. Ms. Consolo created the AREW Founder's Award for outstanding achievement in the real estate industry. She has also served as an advisor for The Mayor's Council on The Aging/Related Issues. 

Her real estate industry memberships include Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Board of New York, Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York, Inc., New York Commercial Real Estate Women Network, and several Chambers of Commerce.  She is also a member of Fashion Group International, International Council of Shopping Centers, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and National Realty Club, and participates in the National Retail Federation and the Retail Marketing Society. 

In addition to the many awards she has received over the years, Douglas Elliman Real Estate has presented her with Top Retail and Commercial GCI honors every year since joining the firm in 2005. She has been given Chairman’s Club status every year since 2006 and has received consecutive Pinnacle Club Awards from 2009 to 2012. Honored every year from 2006 as “Top Retail and Commercial Agent – GCI,” she received the coveted Diamond Award in 2011 and given “Legend” status the following year. 

Prior to joining Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Ms. Consolo served as Chairman of Garrick-Aug Worldwide, Ltd., the international division she founded in 1987 after opening the firm’s Paris office.  Throughout an illustrious and well-documented career – Crain’s praised her as one of New York's 100 Most Influential Women in Business and Real Estate Forum has profiled her as a Woman of Influence every year since 2008 – Faith Hope Consolo has brought gold to the streets of New York, cachet to urban and suburban retail centers nationwide and great Faith in shopping to tens of thousands…

 

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