Konover, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Simon Konover Companies,
Konover Properties Corporation, has announced that James Wakim has joined
the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Wakim is responsible for the corporate function of the Simon Konover
Companies and has overall responsibility for its five divisions; Konover
Hotel Corporation, Konover Commercial Corporation, Konover Residential
Corporation, SK Properties Development Corporation and SIKON Construction
Prior to joining Konover Properties, Mr. Wakim was a partner in the
Capital Markets Group of the Boston-based law firm of Brown Rudnick Berlack
Mr. Wakim graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut
in 1979 and received his Juris Doctor, With Honors, from the University
of Connecticut School of Law in 1982. He is a member of the national
honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
In his announcement, Mr. Konover said, “Jim is a significant addition
to the Konover Properties organization. He has the vision and experience
to carry on our tradition of quality and innovation.”
Mr. Wakim currently serves as the Connecticut State Director for the
International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”). He served for several
years on the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Section of the Connecticut
Bar Association. Mr. Wakim was recognized in New York Magazine in
2007 as one of the best real estate lawyers in the New York Metropolitan
area and in Woodward/White Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America for Real
Estate Law. Mr. Wakim resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut with his
wife, Donna, and daughter, Giulia.
“This is a key executive management position which required careful
consideration,” said Mr. Konover. “We are delighted that Jim has
joined our team and under his leadership, Konover Properties Corporation
is poised for continued success and growth.”
Headquartered in West Hartford, Connecticut, Konover Properties Corporation
was started over 50 years ago by Simon Konover. The company has grown
into one of the premier real estate organizations operating throughout
the Midwest and Eastern United States.
Konover Properties develops, builds, acquires, manages, and owns real
estate across many market segments, including hotels, residential, office
and commercial, retail, mixed use, and specialty properties. The
company provides property management services for both Konover controlled
properties and for third party owners.
Konover Properties currently owns and manages 4,500 residential apartment
units, over 2 million square feet of office and commercial space, and numerous
hotels throughout the Midwest and northeastern United States. The
company has more than 625,000 square feet of new retail space and new condominium
and single family communities under development. Its affiliate, Konover
South, LLC, based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, develops and manages real
estate properties in the southeastern United States.