Joel I. Picket is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Organization, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries including Gotham Construction. Mr. Picket assumed leadership of the company in 1965 and to the present day has overseen the direction of this fourth-generation, 80-year-old, family-owned firm.
Mr. Picket is responsible for growing Gotham into a major developer and one of the largest, privately held construction contractors in the country; with construction of more than 35,000 residential units in the New York metropolitan area.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Picket has spent his career shaping the city that he loves with significant contributions in the institutional, commercial, hotel and residential sectors. Mr. Picket graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Picket has been actively involved in various real estate trade organizations. He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, a former director of the National Housing Conference and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Building Contractors Association. Mr. Picket’s philanthropic endeavors involve a number of educational, medical and arts institutions. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Continuum Health Partners, which consists of Beth Israel Medical Center, at which he is Vice Chairman; Long Island College Hospital; St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, where he is Vice Chairman; and the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; the Advisory Board of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, where he is also on the University Council and a trustee fellow of the Board of Trustees of Fordham University. Mr. Picket is a member of the Boards of the New York Philharmonic, Overseas Shipholding Group, the Park Avenue Armory, and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. An astute history buff, Mr. Picket is also the Vice Chairman of The Foundation for the National Archives in Washington DC.
Lawrence W. Feiner has served as Gotham’s Chief Financial Officer for over 20 years, and has 40 years of career expertise in the financial operations of the real estate and construction industries. He oversees a talented accounting team, many of whom have worked for the company for over 10 years.
He works directly with clients and the company’s principals during the lifecycle of each project through to successful completion. Prior to joining Gotham, Lawrence was a partner in a leading certified public accounting firm serving both the real estate and construction industries. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Construction Financial Management Association. He has served on various real estate committees and has spoken before numerous trade associations on a variety of industry-related issues pertaining to construction accounting and taxation. Lawrence’s comprehensive understanding of the financial workings of the construction industry has made him a respected and recognized leader in his field.