March 21 - April 3, 2017

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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: James Wacht 2005


  • Title: President
  • Company: Sierra Realty Corp.
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Birthplace: New York, NY, 1955

Family: Married with two sons, ages 11 and 14

College: University of Wisconsin- Madison; and Boston University School of Law

First Job Other Than Current Field: In high school I was a bicycle messenger boy. I had to quit when my mother discovered what I was really doing after school.

First Job In Current Field: Associate Real Estate Attorney at the law firm of Bachner, Tally, Misher & Polevoy.

What Do We Do: We own residential and office buildings in Manhattan. We provide third-party management services to other property owners. We also provide leasing brokerage services to both landlords and tenants.

Hobbies: Tennis, mountain biking, kayaking, cooking, sleeping on the beach.

Favorite Book: “The Power Broker” by Robert Caro, this is must reading for anybody involved in New York City real estate.

Favorite Film: “A Clockwork Orange” I developed a whole new appreciation for Beethoven.

Keys to Success: Developing and maintaining relationships with talented people.

Person I Most Admire: Frederick Law Olmstead, for designing Central Park, the world’s most spectacular and enduring public space.

Different Profession: Either professional chef or teacher.