President & Chief Operating Officer – Forest City Ratner Companies
Joanne Minieri, CPA, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing the company's business plan, as well as overseeing all aspects of the company's day to day operations, with an emphasis on the development and management of financial strategies, programs and procedures. Joanne's areas of managerial responsibility encompass cash management, accounting and finance, financial reporting, cost control, forecasting, policy development, and strategic opportunity assessment. In addition, Ms. Minieri directs the Executive Management team which devises the company's long-term strategy and evaluates business development opportunities. Under her management, the company has diversified it's portfolio with the development of ten office buildings, twenty-four retail centers, two hotels, and two residential projects. She is currently managing a development pipeline which includes three projects with over three million square feet.
Ms. Minieri was involved in the company's acquisition of the New Jersey NETS franchise. She represents ownership in overseeing the business side of the team and is responsible for managing the company's investment. She also oversees the pre-development of the Atlantic Yards project, an 8 million square-foot mixed-use development which will include a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, the Barclays Center, which is now under construction.
Ms. Minieri first joined Forest City Ratner Companies as Chief Financial Officer in 1995, she was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and to her current position as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Previously, she worked for Kenneth Leventhal & Company, where she monitored the development of a number of New York City real estate projects. Joanne's experience in the real estate and financial services sectors spans a full range of professional accounting, tax and consulting services, which she has provided for both private & public companies.
Ms. Minieri is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Real Estate Board of New York, Urban Land Institute, and is on the Board of the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Children's Museum and NEW (Non-Traditional Employment for Women). Ms. Minieri has received several awards for her accomplishments and leadership. Most recently she was honored in 2009 as one of Crain's 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. In 2008, Ms. Minieri was the recipient of the National Italian American Foundation's (NIAF) Special Achievement Award and was honored by the Special Olympics New York at its 9th Annual Real Estate & Construction Gala. She received an Alumni Achievement Award from Hofstra University as well as a citation from Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi after receiving the Women in Housing Development Award from the New York Housing Conference and National Housing Conference. Ms. Minieri has also been honored by the Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) organization.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University.