Building our Mixed-Use Future: Movers and Shakers 

12:00pm | redstone theater

LIC has an ever-evolving mix of businesses and residents, which is also little understood.  This panel will pull back the curtain on the reasons for and challenges to this diversity and also reveal who’s adding to it in the near future.


Alan suna (moderator)

Owner/CEO, Silvercup Studios

Alan Suna is an architect, real estate developer and co-owner of both Silvercup Studios and Silvercup Properties LLC in Long Island City.  Over the past 36 years in the industry, he and his brother, Stuart, have developed hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial, mixed-use and studio space, as well as hundreds of residential units. 

In 1983, the Suna brothers launched a visionary redevelopment initiative that transformed the vacant Silvercup Bakery complex into NYC’s leading independent, full-service film/television production facility, which in turn, changed the perception and complexion of Long Island City. In 1999, they developed Silvercup Studios East in LIC. They have recently expanded their studio business in the Bronx with the addition of Silvercup North in August, 2016.

While previously involved in other local pro bono business groups, Alan joined the board of trustees at the Queens Museum in 2000. During his 17+ year tenure, Alan has played a variety of key roles at the museum. In 2001, he led the search committee for anew director which resulted in the hiring of Tom Finkelpearl. After 10 successful years at QM, Tom left to become the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Alan became Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2003. Under his watch, the museum underwent a major renovation and expansion to twice its former size. Alan, working with the QM team, raised the $73 MM needed for this public project. After his tenure as Chairman ended, Alan has remained on the Board as one of the leading trustees on the executive committee, helping to guide the museum through its many changes these past few years.  Alan’s brother Stuart continued in the family tradition currently serving as Chairman of the Socrates Sculpture Park and Vice Chair of the Museum of the Moving Image. Their business partner, Gary Kesner, is Chair of the Long Island City Partnership and Chair of the Queens Theater. Giving back, has long been a part of the Silvercup culture.

Alan received his professional degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1976 and has also completed post graduate studies in architecture, business and real estate development at M.I.T., Harvard and Columbia Universities.  He will soon be embarking on another pro bono effort in the Bronx.

Andrew chung

CEO, Innovo Property Group

Andrew Chung founded Innovo Property Group (“IPG”) in 2015. Prior to starting IPG, Andrew Chung was a Partner at The Carlyle Group in the U.S. Real Estate Fund. He served as head of the New York office for the Real Estate Fund for 10 years. Mr. Chung is currently a member of the Advisory Board for NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. He was also honored by ranking in the New York Observer’s “Power 100: Most Powerful People in NY Real Estate” in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Mr. Chung graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics. 

Steven Derwoed 

SVP, Store Design, Vendor Shops, and Private Brand, Macy's, Inc.

As Macy’s SVP of Store Design, Vendor Shops, Private Brand and Offices Steven leads an organization which is responsible for the creation of the instore brand experience across all stores, nationwide.  He and his team work to create the tangible expression of what our guests call the magic of Macy’s.

Prior to joining Macy’s Steven led several global design practices, most recently as Principal with Callison Architects.  He was responsible for leading the New York retail practice where he built a specialty in luxury brands, watches and jewelry, and international department stores.  He created dynamic retail experiences for dozens of global brands including Rolex, Cartier, Calvin Klein, Juicy Couture, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Printemps, just to name a few.

Steven has received numerous awards for his work including the 2016 Retail Design Luminary Award, 2016 A.R.E. Gold Award - for Macys Herald Square, and the 2013 A.R.E. Grand Prize for the Joe Fresh Flag Ship NYC.

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Marisa Lago

Director of Department of City Planning &
Chair of City Planning Commission

Marisa Lago is the Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission. Prior to City Planning, she served in the Obama Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development. Before serving at Treasury, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Empire State Development Corporation, Global Head of Compliance for Citigroup’s corporate and investment bank, Director of the Office of International Affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and General Counsel of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Lago earned a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School (1982), and a B.S. in physics from Cooper Union (1977).

Jeremy sprague

Purchasing Manager, Boyce Technologies

Jeremy Sprague leads the Boyce Technologies sourcing and procurement team. He is a consistent leader with a stellar industry reputation for uncompromising integrity and savvy-negotiating strategies.  Jeremy is a valued speaker on the unique design and quality of all products manufactured by Boyce Technologies, as the company serves as an integral party of the Long Island City community.  He is a former inventory control specialist and diversity program coordinator for Volkswagen Group of America.  Jeremy has a combined 15+ years of experience in the mission critical communication, automotive and manufacturing arenas.  His professional track record extends beyond his roles at Boyce.  As an advocate for community and family resilience, he has tenaciously rallied for support services and fundamental life skills programs for low-income families in the tristate area, while also volunteering for community outreach and specialized programs. 

Christopher shehadeh

Senior Managing Director, Tishman Speyer

Mr. Shehadeh is a Senior Managing Director overseeing Tishman Speyer’s activities in the New York region, and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Since joining the company in 2000, Mr. Shehadeh has been responsible for transactions totaling over $15 billion. Today, he oversees the acquisition, development, disposition and operations of the New York area business – a portfolio of approximately 21 million square feet, with an additional 8 million square feet of development pipeline. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Board of New York. Mr. Shehadeh received a BS in engineering from Boston University and an MBA in finance from New York University.