LIBN: Wilbur Breslin, Lifetime Achievement Award, Private Sector
Since founding Breslin Realty Development Corp. 60 years ago, Wilbur Breslin has made his mark in all facets of the Long Island real estate industry. Based in Garden City, his firm has expertise in construction, land planning, appraisals, brokerage, tenant negotiations, property management and creative financing. Turning obsolete properties into aesthetically pleasing sites that help communities prosper has been Breslin’s trademark philosophy throughout his career. He takes into consideration the landscape that surrounds properties, improving road patterns and addressing the need for open space. Over the years, Breslin has participated in 12 residential communities and developed more than 29 retail centers. His Garden City-based firm manages 6 million square feet of real estate in three states and has leased more than 10 million square feet for shopping centers to prominent national, regional and local tenants. Breslin is active in many trade organizations, including the Long Island Board of Realtors, National Association of Real Estate Boards, National Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and the International Council of Shopping Centers.