Get to know Joseph A. Manasseri, Senior Managing Director for Asset Services Tri-State Region.
Describe your career in Real Estate:
I started with GE Capital as a construction draw specialist. I then had the opportunity to handle accounts, individual debt and equity accounts as an asset manager. This asset management opportunity led to running a large portfolio and subsequently leading the Northeast Asset Management office for GE Capital Real Estate. The leader of Commercial Real Estate offered a Global role to me, so I took the leap and became Managing Director Global Operations Asset Management, working with a team that spanned across North America, Europe and Asia. This assignment led to my ultimate role with GE Capital as Managing Director Global Asset Management.
What is your favorite part of my job?
I am just beginning my career at Cushman & Wakefield, but I am already enjoying and getting to know all of the talented people in Tri-State Asset Services, along with other Cushman & Wakefield employees.
What Skills / Qualities do you look for when hiring/promoting someone?
I look for someone with high integrity who is dependable, positive, self-motivated, and who puts the team first. Also, I look for an organized, confident person with excellent communication skills, who will not be timid and can share his/her opinion.
What advice would you give a young professional?
I would advise a young professional to explore, learn, and ask lots of questions along the way. Do not perform a task as “it has always been performed.” Stay positive and challenge yourself to think differently, and be as creative as you can. Find a mentor who can provide advice and counsel. Also, make a list of your professional goals and review them frequently as you grow through your career journey.
Describe yourself in three words?
Approachable, positive, and balanced.
Are you a morning person or an evening person?
Definitely a morning person. I work out early in the morning, usually starting with a run outside as the sun is coming up. This exercise clears my mind for the upcoming challenges and opportunities of the day.
What thought or message would you put in a Fortune Cookie?
By striving to achieve your most important goals, you are that much closer!
If you had a time machine, what point in the future or history would you visit?
I would visit and spend time with Thomas Jefferson. He was truly a renaissance man—architect, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, a diplomat who wrote the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, and President of the United States—just to name a few of his accomplishments.
What characteristics do you value most in your coworkers?
Work as a team, respect one another, and have fun. In my short time at Cushman & Wakefield, I am quite impressed with the team’s dedication, drive and passion. The culture of serving the clients is in the team’s DNA.
What is the one word you would use to describe your team?
Resilient. Blending several firms’ cultures, but always maintaining their focus on the clients and company.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Shortstop for the NY Mets.
What is the one most important skill every person should have?
Problem solving. Having the ability to solve a problem, not with “down the middle” solutions, but novel, creative ideas is so important. Thinking outside the box, creatively, will allow you to face problems with the tools to get you to strategic resolutions.
Favorite vacation spot?
Turks and Caicos
What was your first job?
My first job was landscaping, cutting lawns.
What are the three things you never leave home without?
iPhone, wallet, and a bottle of Smartwater.
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