ULI New York Blog

‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Arash Azarbarzin – SH Group

For our ‘Five Minutes With’ series, this week we are pleased to feature Arash Azarbarzin, President of SH Group, for their project 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge & Pierhouse At Brooklyn Bridge Park – nominated as an Awards for Excellence finalist in the Hotel Development category. Mr. Azarbarzin shares the best career advice he has received, his influences, and what makes him proud of 1 Hotel BrooklynBridge.

Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you?

“Mehdi Efterkari gave me my first hotel job and taught me that if you love what you do you never have to work a day in your life.”

What qualities do you think are essential to be an effective leader?

“Every effective leader should be a good listener, lead by example, never settle, recognize outstanding work, thank and reward, and have fun, because if you don’t have fun as a leader no one will have fun in the organization.”

As a ULI NY Awards nominee, what makes you most proud of your project?

“1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has catapulted the transformation of Brooklyn Bridge Park as the first new build on the waterfront in Dumbo with uninterrupted views of the East River, Manhattan and the bridge. We were able to select every material and develop mindfully, yet the space’s main purpose remains to serve, entertain and inspire.”

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