Aaron Shirian is a Managing Director at Lions Group NYC, a family business owned and run by the Shirian Family. Lions Group is a residential developer with over 1 million square feet of Long Island City housing developed or in the pipeline. As Lions Group began building in Long Island City in 2004, Aaron has had a front row seat to substantial growth and the transformation that has taken place. Today, Lions Group is still highly active in the neighborhood, with five residential projects being developed in Long Island City. As the demographics of the area have evolved, so too have the demands of the market; Aaron and his family have had success by following the philosophy that engagement and involvement with the community allows developers to better understand the needs of residents and always maximizes value to neighborhood stakeholders. Aaron serves on the board of the Long Island City BID. He has also worked extensively to aid the development of the community with work on the retail committee and lighting committee. Additionally Aaron works in concert with city agencies on the beautification of the neighborhood.