Beth L. Lamport, who spent 20 years as a marketing executive for Federated Department Stores before switching to retail real estate in the late 1980s and who over two decades became one of the leading tenant representatives in the New York metropolitan area, died Sept. 27 at her home in Port Washington. She was 70. The cause was uterine cancer.
Lamport joined Sabre Real Estate Group LLC, of Garden City, as executive vice president in 2011 after 18 years as a broker at Breslin Realty Development Corp., also in Garden City. Prior to Breslin she worked at Polimeni Realty.
“She was a dynamo in the business,” said Kenneth Breslin, a Sabre principal. “She was by far one of the best tenant reps in the metro area. She had a wealth of clients.”
Lamport focused primarily on national tenant representation and in the span of her career brought to New York such businesses as Wachovia Bank, AC Moore, Tuesday Morning, Chico’s, Miller’s Ale House, Omaha Steaks and Benihana. Her most recent deals included leases for such retailers as Ulta Beauty, Rue 21, Tuesday Morning, Chili’s, Dots and Maggiano’s. Recently, she completed a lease that will bring a 10,660-square-foot Ulta Beauty store to Massapequa.
“Beth brought tremendous energy and passion to the business. She did not understand the word ‘no’ and as a result was much more successful than most other brokers in the business. I personally learned a lot from Beth early in my career and she became a close friend over the years,” said Jayson Siano, Sabre managing principal.
Born in New Hyde Park to Howard and Mildred Goldberg, Lamport graduated in 1960 from Paul D. Schreiber High School and went on to earn an bachelor of science degree in economics from Cornell University in 1964. She then started working in the retail industry.
“She was an awesome woman,” said her daughter Lyssa. “She was my role model.
Though ill for many months, Lamport continued to work without complaint until about a month ago, her daughter said. “She was a strong woman. She was an inspiration and everybody loved her.”
She is survived by her daughters, Lyssa, of Port Washington, and Loryn Lamport of Ocala, Fla., their spouses and three grandchildren. Her brother, Norman Goldberg, of Oyster Bay, also survives her.
Lamport enjoyed being with her grandchildren and was an avid dancer and loved the arts, kniting and playing bridge, her daughter said.
She was a member of The Retail Network, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Community Synagogue in Port Washington.
Funeral services were held Sept. 30.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donation be made in Ms. Lamport’s name to the American Cancer Society.