Michael Stern is the Founder and Managing Partner of JDS Development Group, an innovative real estate development, construction, and acquisition firm responsible for the creation of numerous 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 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 the recently completed Stella Tower. At 111 West 57th Street, a 1428 foot skyscraper is rising adjacent to the landmarked Steinway Hall that will add to the skyline and set a new standard of pioneering architecture and design. In Downtown Brooklyn, the dramatic and expressive 9 DeKalb will rise 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 copper clad Fitzroy in Chelsea and 626 First Avenue, a mixed-income project of 800 units in a pair of distinctive dancing copper towers that are nearing completion on Manhattan’s East River. In South Florida, JDS is developing several inventive projects including Monad Terrace, Miami River, Echo Aventura, and Echo Brickell that will bring imagination to Miami’s design landscape.