Founder & CEO,
JDS Development Group

Michael Stern is the Founder and CEO of JDS Development Group, an innovative real estate development, construction, and acquisition firm responsible for the creation of numerous award winning and record breaking residential, hospitality, and mixed-use projects in New York City and Miami.

Stern’s philosophy is to push the boundaries of design and construction to deliver the most dynamic projects to the market. He has extensive expertise in the fields of design and construction, project management, results-driven sales and marketing, and real estate- related financing.

Founded by Stern in 2002, JDS takes pride in their ability to execute on complex projects. As experts in creative adaptive reuse and large-scale new construction, JDS revived the legacy of architect Ralph Walker through the restoration and conversion of the Art Deco-era Walker Tower and Stella Tower to achieve record breaking sales. At 111 West 57th Street, a 1428-foot skyscraper adjacent to the landmarked Steinway Hall sets a new standard of pioneering architecture and design. In downtown Brooklyn, the dramatic and expressive Brooklyn Tower rises adjacent to the Brooklyn Dime Savings Bank landmark to become the most significant addition to the Brooklyn skyline in decades.

Other projects include the green terracotta and copper clad Fitzroy in Chelsea and the American Copper Buildings, a mixed-income project of 800 apartments in a pair of distinct dancing copper on Manhattan’s East River. In South Florida, JDS has recently completed Monad

Terrace in South Beach. Under Stern’s leadership, the firm is developing several inventive additional projects in Miami, including MAJOR. at 888 Brickell with Major Food Group, and 1 Southside Park that will transform the neighborhood and provide unparalleled design and lifestyle service.