Leadership

Michael Lee

Chairman & CEO
F&T Group

Mr. Lee’s professional career began with his family’s Taiwan-based TAFA Shipping Company, where he quickly rose to become CEO of TAFA Real Estate Development Company from 1973 to 1983. After immigrating to the United States in 1983, Mr. Lee built his new company, TDC Development International, three years later. He has since assembled significant land holdings in the New York City metropolitan area, primarily focusing his acquisition and development on downtown Flushing, Queens, where he has been highly active in the social and political affairs of the community.

Mr. Lee has developed a rich portfolio of large-scale residential and mixed-use projects, many of which have received awards for design and construction quality. Mr. Lee’s vision for the transformation of Flushing has been highly praised and supported by public officials on both the local and state levels. Moreover, with his global view and perspective, Mr. Lee has long recognized the enormous opportunities for U.S.-Chinese cooperation, and has built an international real estate presence in China starting in 1998. He has since formed a joint venture with Shanghai Construction Corporation, one of the largest construction companies in the world and assembled significant land holdings for future large-scale, mixed-use developments.

Mr. Lee earned his undergraduate degree in Finance Law from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan.

Sunny Chiu

Vice-Chairman
F&T Group

Mr. Chiu immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in the early 1980’s. Upon moving to New York City, Mr. Chiu began working at Great Eastern Bank in 1986 where he quickly rose from lending officer to vice president of marketing. Mr. Chiu served as an instrumental executive at the bank until he left in 1996 to form a partnership with Mr. Michael Lee, ultimately culminating in The F&T Group. Mr. Chiu currently serves as Vice-Chairman / CFO for The F&T Group.

Mr. Chiu is a graduate of Soochow University in Taiwan and holds an MBA from Pace University in New York City.

Michael Meyer

President
TDC Development

Mr. Meyer was appointed the President of TDC Development in July of 2005. He is responsible for oversight of acquisition and development along with the direction of operations and the refinement of long-term strategy for TDC’s involvement in the United States market.

Prior to assuming his leadership position at TDC Development, Mr. Meyer was a Global Lead at Accenture, the world’s leading management and technology services organization. In that capacity, he was responsible for Accenture’s worldwide real estate portfolio and office operations. Before joining Accenture, Mr. Meyer was a Vice President of Tishman Realty & Construction, focusing on hotel development and consulting. In this position, he was the lead executive and negotiator for the City of Miami Beach in the development of two convention center hotels costing on the largest public/private joint venture in the City’s history. Earlier, as an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey he acted as the Owner’s Representative and asset manager for the Vista Hotel and played a key role in the rebuilding of the hotel after the first bombing of the World Trade Center.

Mr. Meyer holds a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tom Barone

President
Top8 Construction

Mr. Barone is a construction industry veteran with over 30 years of experience. Beginning his professional career with a concentration in nuclear power, the expertise provided him with significant exposure and background to large construction projects. Soon after, he transitioned from nuclear engineering to the management of industrial, commercial, and residential construction projects. As President of Top8 Construction, Mr. Barone leads a diverse and talented team of professionals in completing quality projects and provides high-level guidance in all areas of work.

Mr. Barone graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in Structural Engineering.