ACADEMY FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION HONORS LEW RUDIN, BARBARA CORCORAN
Real Estate Weekly
July 28, 1999
Lewis Rudin, co-chairman of Rudin Management Co. and founder of the Association for a Better New York, and Barbara Corcoran, founder and chairman of The Corcoran Group were each named “Honorary Professor”
by the Academy for Continuing Education (A.C.E.) on Wednesday, June
2nd, announced Esther Muller, president of A.C.E.
As A.C.E.’s first honorees and two of New York City’s most influential personalities, Rudin and Corcoran were presented with plaques and acknowledged – over thunderous applause – for their “selfless work in educating real estate brokers throughout the city.”
In addition to being prominent spokespersons for the real estate industry, both professionals have conducted several of the most popular seminars
at A.C.E. since the school’s inception in 1995.
“Lewis Rudin’s ineffable sense of dignity and countless accomplishments have elevated the status of real estate in the public eye,” said Muller. “It is
not surprising at all that this man would give so much of his time to reinforce professionalism within the industry and teach invaluable lessons to the brokers who attend his classes.”
As a chairman of Rudin Management, the organization widely acknowledged for spearheading the emergence of “Silicon Alley” on Wall Street, Rudin’s seminar covered the ramifications of the computer and related industries on the local economy. He explained how the real estate community’s positive response to new technologies and the implementation of commensurate upgrades were reviving Downtown office stock and spurring a residential trend in the area.
Barbara Corcoran is a nationally renowned as having pioneered sophisticated residential real estate marketing, as well as being among
the first to establish Internet sites for brokers. No stranger to controversy, Corcoran was one of the early proponents of co-op to condo conversions
in the city, co-brokering among different agencies, and savvy direct
marketing tools for individual brokers.
“She has revolutionized the business of real estate in the residential sector,” said Muller of Corcoran. “Her creativity and intelligence continually raise the bar for marketing programs, and she has been instrumental in changing public perception of brokers, in general, by reinforcing their professionalism.”
The A.C.E. seminars are offered as part of a curriculum comprising
22.5-hour, compulsory continuing education requirement from the New
York State Department of Licenses every two years for real estate brokers and sales agents. The Academy for Continuing Education attracts the industry’s most experienced, successful brokers who attend because of
the illustrious speakers and unique classroom setting overlooking Central Park from high atop the St. Moritz Hotel. In addition, brokers are given comprehensive courses with unique and colorful presentations, and vast networking opportunities.
A.C.E. is especially well known for its guest speakers who, in addition to Rudin and Corcoran, include such industry luminaries as Alan Rogers, CEO, Insignia Realty Group; Peter Marra, president of William B. May;
and Lois Weiss, contributing editor, Real Estate Weekly.
The Academy for Continuing Education was founded in 1995 by Benjamin Wieder, professor emeritus of marketing of City College, and Esther Muller,
a 20-year veteran of the real estate industry, whose other careers have included real estate brokerage and education. In addition, Muller was the founder and CEO of ACA Joe Sportswear and principal of Mailboxes, Etc.