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Paul Williamson, president of The P.G. Williamson Group, Inc., brings over 40 years of experience as a broker and property owner to his clients. After 10 years in the financial district office of Helmsley-Spear, Inc., he was a founding partner of Williamson, Picket, Gross, Inc. in 1971, where he remained until 1997. During this period, he served thousands of clients in leasing transactions and was instrumental in the purchase or sale of major Manhattan properties. 70 Pine Street, 72 Wall Street, 317 Madison Avenue, 51 East 42nd Street, 99 John Street, 685 Third Avenue, and 100 Maiden Lane are prominent Manhattan addresses where his firm was involved for the buyer or seller. Among his ownership interests have been 50 Broadway, 116 John Street, 85 John Street and 175 Water Street.

He has represented major tenants such as Standard Chartered Bank, American International Group, American Home Products and Thomson McKinnon, whose 600,000 square foot lease became the anchor for 1 Financial Square in the Wall Street area.

Paul Chester has been a commercial real estate broker and consultant for over twenty years. He has represented tenants up to 400,000 square feet and buildings of more than 1,000,000 square feet.

Mr. Chester has worked with corporate and professional tenants in all industries throughout the Greater New York City area. The companies he has represented include the Bank of Tokyo, Wirthlin Worldwide, Continuum Partners (Beth Israel Hospital), the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Health Systems and Affinia Hospitality. He has also represented the ownership of Manhattan buildings such as 180 Maiden Lane, 116 John Street, 85 John Street, 160 Water Street and 708 Third Avenue. Mr. Chester received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and English from Georgetown University and his MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia University. He also has taught high school and worked as a reporter for the Bergen Record.

Since 1992, Joe McGowan has represented both tenants and landlords of office buildings throughout Manhattan. On behalf of tenants, he has represented start-up dotcom companies and multi-billion dollar corporations. Some of his clients include British Airport Authority (BAA), Fordham University, Natsource and Cox Enterprises.

He has successfully represented landlords in leasing transactions with American International Group (AIG), Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP, Media Link and Reuters America.

Mr. McGowan entered the real estate industry upon graduation from Fordham University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He also received an MBA degree in Finance from Fordham University in 1998. He is a native of Manhattan, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.