James W. Stockwell
Over the last three decades, Jay has been buying, selling, building, renovating, brokering and developing premier properties in the real estate markets of metropolitan New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. He has done so on his own behalf, in the service of various partnerships and not-for-profit organizations, as well as for the benefit of individual owners. In 2008, Jay’s 20 year old development and building group, JS & B Associates, Inc., merged with a Dutch holding company to become Blue Zees Real Estate, LLC.
Jay's experience covers a broad range from residential to institutional and commercial real estate projects. He is a keen negotiator and a master of the myriad decisions that must be made on a daily basis in order to see a project through from start to finish.
Moreover, he understands the big picture, how the financial climate and particular culture of a place can affect a deal. Equally fluent with community boards, municipal governors, union leaders and trade crews, Jay adheres to the principle that buildings rise and are sustained on the backs of relationships--sturdy relationships. He enjoys a reputation for prompt and thorough communication with clients and professionals, careful attention to cost and quality control, and a readiness to take up any and every challenge that might arise.
In his ‘free’ time, Jay shares his expertise as a volunteer with several empowerment efforts, and is also an avid ice hockey player.
Jay is a Licensed New York State Real Estate Broker and holds a B.A. in Art and Engineering from Brown University.
Steven van der Zwan
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Steve has helped build and manage an extensive real estate portfolio of commercial and residential rental properties in the Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles. In 2003, Steve acquired and developed 138 Reade Street, his first substantial real estate venture in New York. The project comprises 24,000 square feet of luxury residential ground-up construction and was completed in 2007.
Drawn to the permanence of buildings and intrigued with the process of puzzling out the best design of space, Steve prides himself in developing projects where form follows function and quality is king. His approach to the business side is similarly exacting, having an impressive ability to wrestle with the multitude of variables required for the successful completion of any real estate project.
In addition, Steve makes time to serve on the boards of several local NFP organizations. Steve is an avid cycling enthusiast and has started several cycling foundations and teams focused on introducing the sport to younger generations.
Steve holds Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Finance from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Project Management and Design
With over a decade of experience in NYC construction and design, Aaron has the knowledge to help design and build many types of projects from complicated low and mid-rise buildings to custom furniture. Also an accomplished cellist, Aaron possesses a highly developed reflex for teamwork paired with a capacity for making inspired creative contributions.
Aaron holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University and a B.A from Oberlin College.
With over a decade of experience in residential property development and management, Damon utilizes a broad range of skills to help support the many facets and responsibilities of running complicated projects.
From an early age, Damon learned carpentry, various mechanical skills, and a commitment to academics. During his undergraduate years in Boston, he worked with a local landlord and developer, helping to manage and rehabilitate over 500 residential units. With his ‘hands on’ perspective, Damon went on to earn a graduate degree in Economics and then acquired a multitude of residential and commercial condo development and rental properties in then up-and-coming downtown Jersey City, he joined Blue Zees in 2008 and has since participated at many levels including investor.
Damon holds an M.S. in International Economics from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and a B.A. from Boston University.
Bringing over a decade of corporate accounting experience to the table, Vicky is a Certified General Accountant. Vicky takes charge of the wide array of accounting challenges that faces our company on a daily basis. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from McMaster Univeristy in Hamilton Canada, and is fluent in in 4 languages including two Chinese dialects.
With over 10 years of varied experience managing the operations of film production, projects and institutions, Wes's diverse background perfectly suits him to the constantly changing needs that our company faces. Wes holds a BA in Theater from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC.