By Christine Perez
The North Texas chapter of CoreNet Global held its annual awards program Thursday night, and the Dallas office of Cushman & Wakefield was proud to walk away with two awards. The firm won Workplace Strategy recognition for its new office in Uptown, and Executive Managing Director Mike Wyatt won the group’s CRE Professional Excellence award.
Cushman & Wakefield took occupancy of its new space in December 2016, when former offices at Rosewood Court and Sherry Lane Place were combined under one roof at McKinney & Olive. Firm leaders wanted space that supported business goals, promoted innovation, and made a statement about “the new C&W,” following its $2 billion merger with DTZ. Gensler was selected to design the new interiors, with Cushman & Wakefield’s Project & Development Services group overseeing the buildout.
“This award puts an exclamation point behind what we want to achieve at Cushman & Wakefield,” said Bret Bunnett, Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. “Our new space at McKinney & Olive is a big part of our foundation. It provides a workplace that allows for greater collaboration and teamwork and fosters the sense of energy that is driving our momentum.”
A theme of hospitality pervades the timeless office, with informal lounge-type meeting spaces, custom artwork, and warm, rich, tailored finishes. It also leverages the latest in high-tech tools, including sit-to-stand desks in every office and work area and Microsoft Surface Hubs.
“It’s a major investment and also a major departure from what has been in place for years,” Bunnett said. “Our goal is for our new workplace to be a real beachhead for our organization in Dallas and to visually convey the incredibly bright future for our firm and the people within it.”
CoreNet’s CRE Professional Excellence Award recognizes innovation in management and work processes, specifically as it produces world-class, superior performance and delivers a desired, measurable, and sustained result. This year’s winner, Mike Wyatt, has successfully represented more than 1,000 clients throughout his career and developed long-term relationships built on trust, collaboration, and results. He’s also one of commercial real estate’s most active leaders in philanthropic and community organizations, ranging from the Urban Armadillos (which he co-founded) to the State Fair of Texas.
“Mike is the winner for 2017, but this award is not about one year of success, Bunnett said. “It represents a decades-long career of representing clients and Cushman & Wakefield at the very highest level. Mike is passionate about doing the very best for his clients, our firm, and the city of Dallas.”
CoreNet Global represents nearly 10,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations. The organization’s North Texas chapter created the Black White & Blue Awards to recognize excellence in commercial real estate. Other winners for 2017 include the new Perot Headquarters (Sustainable Leadership), Legacy West (Economic Development-Major Deals and Projects), and Gensler (Service Provider of the Year).