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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. David Levinson – L&L Holding Company

David Levinson, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of L&L Holding Company, LLC is the strategist behind the 195 Broadway Master Retail Redevelopment, a 2018Awards for Excellence nominee in the Retail category. For our final ‘Five Minutes With’, Mr. Levinson shares the best career advice his dad ever gave him and what he believes is the most essential quality of a leader.

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

“My dad had the most influence on my career. One of his most meaningful quotes was: ‘It’s not how you start but how you finish.’  This gave me the long-term view that has been the foundation of my career.”

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

“Empathy is essential for an effective leader; understanding how people feel and how they will react is the best door into motivation.”

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

“Almost ten years of working with different LPC commissioners to stay focused on the goal, again proving that it’s not how you start but how you finish. 195 Broadway has a masterplan that will endure for a very long time.”

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