By Christine Perez
Cushman & Wakefield picked up a top honor at D CEO’s Commercial Real Estate Awards event last night. Ran Holman, the firm’s managing principal and market leader in Dallas, was named the magazine’s Commercial Real Estate Executive of the Year. He joins an illustrious group that also includes past winners Craig Hall of HALL Group and Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest.
D CEO praised Holman for successfully integrating the legacy operations of Cushman & Wakefield, DTZ, and Cassidy Turley, following the firms’ $2 billion global merger. “In addition to combining the entities’ systems, platforms, and operational strategies, Holman was charged with retaining top producers and persuading the new owner to invest in consolidated, state-of-the-art office space at Dallas’ McKinney & Olive building,” Editor Glenn Hunter wrote. “Last year’s greatest challenge, Holman says, was ‘how to foster and define the new culture.’”
Randy Cooper, vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, said Holman has figured it out: “He has created a collaborative culture built on trust and respect, and leads by example.”
In his acceptance speech at the D CEO event, held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Homan called the honor a team award. “I work for 350 of the best professionals in the business,” he said. “I have a co-conspirator in Executive Managing Director Bret Bunnett, and leaders in the production ranks who are without peer. I humbly accept this in honor of the team I represent—all 350 of them. We say excellence in every seat, and they all embody that.”
Now in its fifth year, D CEO’s Commercial Real Estate Awards program recognizes outstanding North Texas projects and industry executives. Cushman & Wakefield also was recognized for its work on Frisco Station, named the region’s Best New Mixed-Use Development.
For a complete report on all winners and finalists, see this story in the April issue of D CEO.