James E. Linsley
James Linsley is the President of GID Development Group and also serves on the Executive Committee of GID. He has 20 years of real estate experience and has been involved in all aspects of mixed-use real estate development involving residential, office, retail, hotel, entertainment, cultural, public spaces, parking, and infrastructure uses. Mr. Linsley is a founding member of the GID Development Group and is responsible for all facets of its business platform including strategic direction, organizational structure, planning, design, entitlements, financing, construction, marketing, sales, leasing, operation, and new deal origination. The company currently has numerous projects in various stages of design and construction within its development pipeline, including more than 12 million square feet of mixed-use projects and approximately 5,000 residential units throughout the United States.
In addition to GID's current development pipeline, Mr. Linsley was previously involved in projects totaling more than 15 million square feet upon full build out and an estimated development value in excess of $10 billion. Mr. Linsley has worked with several of the nation's most high profile real estate organizations and been involved with numerous sophisticated mixed-use projects. He was previously a Senior Vice President with The Related Companies and during his 10 years with the company he was involved with mixed-use developments throughout the United States. Mr. Linsley worked from concept to completion on the development of Time Warner Center, an 80 story, $2 billion, 2.8 million square foot mixed-use project in New York City featuring 1 million square feet of office including the world headquarters for Time Warner, 201 luxury condominiums, a 249 room five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 350,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment uses, a 100,000 square foot and 1,800 seat Lincoln Center complex for concerts, entertainment, and cultural uses, and a 502 vehicle below grade parking garage. At the time of its construction, Time Warner Center was the largest private construction loan in U.S. history. Mr. Linsley was also involved in the $500 million, 800,000 square foot W South Beach Resort and Residences in Miami Beach featuring 408 condominium hotel residences operated as a W Hotel, which also includes a luxury spa, health club, two restaurants, three bars, multiple pools and cabanas, and a 700-car garage. Mr. Linsley also worked on the $3 billion, 80 acre Snowmass Resort in Snowmass, CO, a master-planned, mixed-use ski and mountain resort including multiple hotels, condominium residences, condominium-hotel units, fractional ownership units, retail and restaurant uses, conference center, spa facilities, a public aquatic center, underground parking, transit center, new roadways, public spaces, and infrastructure. Prior to his 10 years at Related, Mr. Linsley worked with The Trump Organization and New World Development on multiple buildings and the development of Riverside South, a $4 billion, 8.3 million square feet, sixteen building high-rise development located on 72 acres in New York City. At the time, Riverside South was the largest private development ever approved in New York City, comprised of 5,700 residential units, 2.1 million square feet of commercial space, a 23-acre waterfront park with pier, new roadways, and extensive infrastructure improvements.
Mr. Linsley holds an MS in Real Estate Development and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He also holds a BA in Architecture and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a full member of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Urban Development Mixed-Use Council of the Urban Land Institute, and a member of The Congress for New Urbanism.