James Wakim, Esq.
President and Chief Operating Officer
James Wakim, Esq. serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for The Simon Konover Company, and is ultimately responsible for the operations of its four operating divisions: Konover Commercial Corporation, and Konover Residential Corporation.
Since joining The Simon Konover Company in early 2008, Mr. Wakim has been instrumental in the strategic growth of the company’s investment and management portfolio. Under his leadership, The Simon Konover Company has expanded its market presence in the Midwestern and Eastern United States and has tripled its portfolio of residential and office properties under third-party management.
Prior to joining The Simon Konover Company, Mr. Wakim was a partner in the Capital Markets Group of the Boston-based law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP. 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 societies of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. Wakim is a Trustee of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. He has served on the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) New York Deal Making Planning Committee and is past Connecticut State Director for ICSC, having served a three-year term. Mr. Wakim 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.