By Shawn Mobley, Chief Executive Officer, Americas
Where do we find people who understand what it means to be part of a winning team, that collaboration isn’t just a good thing, but an essential ingredient in success? Who understand the concept of accountability—of being accountable, and holding others to account?
Well, we look no further than our veterans, because camaraderie, practicality, and knowing they are committed to a just cause is the point where veterans start.
In 2017 Cushman & Wakefield formally initiated the Veterans Initiative Program, because there is no better talent available than the men and women of the United States armed services. While we have actively recruited veterans and celebrated them within the firm for a number of years, this was the first formalization of that process, with strong leadership and corporate sponsorship, by Cushman & Wakefield. This runs parallel and complements the existing veterans’ program run by C&W Services.
To find this next generation of great talent, and to support their transition into our firm, we’ve appointed Frank Stanley, LTC, U.S. Army, as our Manager, Veterans Recruiting and Programs. Frank has more than 33 years of service in the military including multiple deployments and clandestine intelligence operations.
Alongside Frank is a long-time supporter of American veterans, Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage and Veteran Initiatives. Bruce has committed countless hours toward veteran and military issues. He serves as co-chairman of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and is a member of the boards of the Team Rubicon, Navy League of the United States, Navy SEAL Museum, and Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Bruce is also a former member of the Defense Business Board, as well as a senior civilian advisor to the European Combatant Command.
Also on the team is Tom Dowd, National Operations Director. Tom is himself a veteran, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps around the globe including in Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He received his honorable discharge in 1992.
I’m also pleased that Rick Cenkus, COO, Americas, has taken a seat on the advisory board. Rick served in the U.S. Air Force, including in Desert Storm/Desert Shield, where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding achievement. During Rick’s service in the Middle East, he provided direct support to Headquarters United States Central Command Air Forces throughout the theater of operations.
Additionally, Kent Hillhouse, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.) is also on the advisory board. Kent served in the Vietnam War and is a recipient of two Silver Stars and numerous other commendations.
While engaging veterans may be seen as philanthropic, or patriotic—and to some degree it is—it is in our own self-interest. We want veterans at Cushman & Wakefield because we want the best talent available. We want natural leaders. We want people who understand a high-performance culture. We want people who don’t settle for second best.
A number of our current professionals have served our country—and we celebrate them. We believe the transition from military service to commercial real estate is a win for veterans, and a win for our firm.
We are proud of what we have done in the past to support veterans—and we’re now going to ramp that up with this new commitment to finding, recruiting, and retaining the best talent from the ranks of our military veterans.
As Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Shawn provides strategic vision and leadership for the firm’s more than 190 offices and 28,000 employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Global Advisory Board, which guides critical decisions to drive a winning, best-in-class firm.
Throughout his tenure, Shawn’s focus has been on bringing together the best professionals in the industry to win and service clients at the highest level.