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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Garrett Thelander 2012


  • Title: Managing director
  • Company: Massey Knakal Realty Services
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Birthplace: N/A

College: Undergraduate – SUNY at Plattsburgh, Graduate School – Harvard University

Family: Wife Katy, two kids Parker and Greer

First job unrelated to your current field: Slinging ice cream cones at Tastee Freeze in Delmar, NY

First job in current field: Lender at Sanwa Bank, NY

What your firm does now and its plans for the future? I run the Capital Services Division at Massey Knakal Realty Services. We arrange debt and equity and provide advisory services for owners and developers in the New York metro area. We currently have seven mortgage brokers, and expect to double that number in the next 12 -18 months.

Hobbies: Cycling, Downhill skiing, Mountain Climbing, spending time with my kids.

Favorite Film: “Laura, Billy Wilder”

Favorite Novel: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Keys to success: Persistence, discipline, ability to be flexible and respectful of everyone (even if they don’t deserve it!)

Person(s) you most admire (outside of family): Warren Buffett, he should be President

If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be? Cabinet maker, I like working with wood and it is an art form.