As Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions of The Trump Organization, Ms. Trump is charged with the domestic and global expansion of the company’s real estate interests. Along with her father, Donald J. Trump and her siblings, Donald Jr. and Eric, Ms. Trump, who joined the organization in 2005, directs all areas of the company’s real estate and hotel management platforms.
Ms. Trump actively participates in all aspects of both Trump® and Trump branded projects, including deal evaluation, pre-development planning, financing, design, construction, sales and marketing, and ensuring that Trump’s world-renowned physical and operational standards are met. She is involved in all decisions—large and small—from the acquisition phase to determining the interior selections for residences and hotel suites.
Since joining The Trump Organization, one of Ms. Trump’s primary focuses has been to bring the Trump® Hotel Collection brand to global markets. Ms. Trump founded the Trump Hotel Collection with her brothers in 2007. Today, the company is regarded as one of the fastest growing and leading hotel management company’s in the industry. Presently the Trump Hotel Collection portfolio includes highly acclaimed properties in New York; both on Central Park and in SoHo, Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki Beach, Panama, Toronto, Miami, Washington, D.C. and most recently Vancouver. Since inception the Trump International Hotel & Tower flag has garnered much praise within the luxury hospitality industry.
In addition to overseeing operations, Ms. Trump also spearheads the interior design decisions for the Trump Hotel Collection properties and provides the creative vision for the brand as a whole. In January 2010, Ms. Trump led a massive $30-million dollar renovation of Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, The Forbes (formerly Mobil) Five-Star Hotel, bringing it to the next generation of hospitality. Across Trump properties, she works extensively alongside the most talented designers in the world, including with David Rockwell on the interiors of Trump SoHo™ New York, Hirsch Bedner in Panama and WATG in Miami.
In February 2012, The Trump Organization was selected by the General Services Administration (GSA) as the developer of iconic The Old Post Office Building, which is heralded as the most sought after redevelopment opportunity in the country. Ms. Trump led the charge on this incredibly competitive RFP process.
Shortly after winning the RFP process for the The Old Post Office Building, The Trump Organization acquired Doral Hotel & Spa in Miami, Florida, soon to be rebranded, Trump National Doral. Ms. Trump also spearheaded this acquisition and is currently responsible for overseeing the 200 million dollar planned renovation of this 800 acre property in the heart of Miami.
Ms. Trump is also actively involved in several mixed use licensing projects including Trump® Towers, Istanbul, a Trump branded development consisting of two towers- office and residential, along with a 400,000 square foot luxury retail shopping center which officially opened in Spring 2012.
In October 2012, Ms. Trump launched Trump International Realty, a luxury brokerage business catering to the elite clientele in both Trump Buildings and beyond. Ms. Trump put together a top tier team in the flagship office in New York that has already broken records for achieving some of the highest priced listings seen in New York. Ms. Trump is also leading the charge for the expansion of Trump International Realty to major cities across the country.
In addition to her work at The Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump is the founder of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, which launched to great success in 2009. Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry now has boutiques in SoHo, New York and Beijing and is sold through luxury independent jewelers and department stores across the globe. Ms. Trump’s brand has evolved rapidly due to her innate understanding of modern luxury and a vision that fits perfectly into the lives of today’s intelligent, self-assured women, inspiring elegance in a new generation.
Building off of the brand’s established positioning, in August 2010, Ms. Trump announced Ivanka Trump Footwear which was recognized by Footwear News as “Launch of the Year”, a testament to the immediate success and excitement from the fashion industry. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Trump added categories including handbags, outerwear, apparel, sunglasses, fragrance, home décor, an additional line of accessories that will feature belts, hats, gloves and scarves and most recently children’s footwear. Recognized as the fastest growing brand in the fashion industry, Ms. Trump’s lines are being distributed on a large scale through retail partners including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, The Bay, Dillard’s, Zappos, Piperlime and many others.
In addition to her many business ventures, Ms. Trump is also a world famous media personality. She has been featured in hundreds of outlets worldwide including Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, CNN, CNBC, NBC’s The Today Show, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Elle Décor, Vogue, W, Golf for Women, and many others.
Ms. Trump is currently one of the stars of NBC’s wildly successful “Celebrity Apprentice” with her father Donald J. Trump, and brothers Donald, Jr. & Eric. She previously appeared on NBC’s Emmy nominated, globally syndicated “The Apprentice” as an advisor.
In October 2009, Touchstone Hardcover, a division of Simon & Schuster, published Ms. Trump’s first book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, THE TRUMP CARD: Playing to Win in Work and Life.
In March 2010, Ms. Trump announced her involvement as a founding partner of U.N. Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, a campaign to recruit young women to support U.N. programs for girls in developing countries. Partnering with social activists such as Elizabeth Gore and Queen Rania of Jordan, the program hopes to bring awareness and career skills to young women around the world. Ms. Trump is also involved with several other charitable organizations, including the Eric Trump Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation.
Ms. Trump graduated Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in science in economics. Before joining The Trump Organization in 2005, Ms. Trump worked at Forest City Enterprises as a real estate project manager.
In 2012, Ms. Trump’s alma mater – the Wharton School at Pennsylvania University, awarded her with the Joseph Wharton Young Leadership Award for “early success in her career and…potential for leadership and lasting impact.”
Ms. Trump lives in New York City with her husband, publisher and businessman Jared Kushner, and their daughter Arabella Rose and son Joseph Frederick. www.ivankatrump.com