2020 Roundtable

Richard Pergolis, Co-Chair

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Richard Pergolis Sustainable Classroom Dedicated at Baruch College

On February 26, 2009, Baruch College dedicated its first green classroom. Named the Richard Pergolis Sustainable Classroom for Real Estate Education, for the alumnus who underwrote its design and construction, it’s located in Baruch's Steven L. Newman Hall on East 22nd Street in Manhattan. Read more about the Sustainable Classroom


Richard R. Pergolis has been engaged in the real estate profession on a full time basis since January 1960. He has maintained responsible positions and assignments in mortgage Brokerage/Banking, appraising, financial expert witness proceedings, sales brokerage, leasing, and the ownership of income producing properties.


Graduated from Baruch College, The City University of New York, with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate.

Licensed Real Estate Broker New York State since 1962

Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College, The City University of New York, and Honoree of “The Pergolis Urban Real Estate Gallery”

Board Member of Pathways to Housing, a nonprofit organization providing housing for the homeless and other services. Housing is the cure for homelessness and Housing First is the concept.

Member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New York, Inc., and former member of the Board of Governors

Member of the Finance Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, Inc., and formerly its chairman

Past member of the Board of Directors of the REBNY Brokerage Division

Member of the Appraisal Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, Inc.

Member of the Appraisal Institute, with the following designations: MAI, SRA

Senior Member of the Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers (CSA)

Member of the New York University Real Estate Appraisal Advisory Council

Former member of the Board of Directors New York Metropolitan District Chapter #4 American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers (MAI)

Past President of the Greater New York Chapter #3 Society of Real Estate Appraisers (SRA) and a former member of the Board of Directors

Man of the Year for 1991 Greater New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute

Past President of the New York Professional Chapter of Rho Epsilon, the National Professional Real Estate Fraternity

Department of Finance, City of New York: former member of Real Property Tax Reform Advisory Group

Trustee of the Sanders A. Kahn Real Estate Education Fund

Trustee of the MBA of New York Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Past member of the mortgage insurance advisory committee, State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA)

Real Estate Leader of the year, American Friends of Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel

Formerly mortgage broker with Sonnenblick-Goldman Corp.

Formerly Senior Vice President of Sackman-Gilliland Corp., mortgage bankers and real estate appraisers, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bankers Trust New York Corporation

Formerly a real estate loan underwriter and appraiser for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Formerly a commercial appraiser for mortgage purposes with the East New York Savings Bank, now part of M & T Bank

While at Nationwide Investors, Inc., assisted in the purchase and sale of income-producing properties and leased and managed properties in the firm’s portfolio

Formerly a member of the Commercial Leasing Department of Berley and Co., Inc., in the capacity of Lease Negotiator and Sales Broker


Guest Lecturer on various Real Estate Topics for the following:
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Baruch College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Real Estate Board of New York

Author of articles on real estate for various publications

Dinner speaker and panel member for various real estate and appraisal organizations

Board Member, HB Studio

Board Member, New York International Ballet Competition