John Simonlacaj

Managing Director of Development

John Simonlacaj heads the development division for the Company. He has responsibility for all phases of development including planning, feasibility, entitlements, programming, design, landmarks and construction. John partners seamlessly with the acquisition, construction, finance and marketing teams to execute successful and innovative projects that are transformative in the marketplace.

Mr. Simonlacaj  joined HFZ Capital Group in 2005 and has played a leading role in growing the development pipeline for the Company and launching its residential business.  John oversees the development of mixed-use luxury properties across a broad range of Manhattan neighborhoods, including Halcyon at 305 East 51st Street, The Marquand at 11 East 68th Street, 505 West 19th Street, The Chatsworth at 344 West 72nd Street, The Astor at 235 West 75th Street, 20 West 40th Street, and 11 Beach Street.

Since the Company’s inception in 2005, Mr. Simonlacaj has spearheaded the development and construction of all of the Company’s projects. Some of his past projects include The Tempo Condominiums, The Gerard Condominiums, 60 Beach Condominiums, Hotel 57 and On the Ave Hotel.

Over a distinguished real estate career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Simonlacaj has managed projects totaling over $2 billion in aggregate value. Mr. Simonlacaj is a graduate of The Hagen School of Business at Iona College.