Each year, Commercial Observer releases “The Power 100,” an annual ranking of the most influential players in commercial real estate. This year, Cushman & Wakefield is prominently represented with seven of the firm’s professionals ranking on the list.
It is no surprise that Co-Chairmen of Capital Markets Douglas Harmon and Adam Spies landed an impressive ranking at #29 this year. Their highly notable deals earning them this ranking include Jamestown’s sale of the 1.2-million-square-foot Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion to Google, the sale of the 1.6-million-square-foot former St. John’s Terminal at 550 Washington Street for $700 million, and Blackstone Group’s purchase of a 49% stake in One Liberty Plaza from Brookfield Property Partners.
The firm’s leadership including Cushman & Wakefield’s Chairman & CEO, Brett White and President of the Tri-State Region, John Santora were listed at #33 for their extraordinary headship of the firm. Chairman of Global Brokerage, Bruce Mosler was ranked with Brett and John as well for his leadership of global brokerage. Of many impressive leasing assignments, Bruce Mosler’s team is responsible for leasing at Brookfield’s Manhattan West where they delivered 1.77 million square feet of marquee-named leases in 2017.
Robert Knakal, Chairman of New York Investment Sales, ranked at #57 on the list this year – up from his #58 ranking last year. Though the investment sales market has slowed, Robert Knakal and his team certainly haven’t let up as they brokered the sale of 67 properties totaling roughly 5 million square feet last year.
Last, but certainly not least, Executive Vice Chairman, Joanne Podell made the Power 100 list for the first time this year at an impressive #62 ranking. Joanne Podell has made waves in the commercial real estate industry in her career as she was Cushman & Wakefield’s top global producer in 2016 and she is known for bringing Nike to 650 Fifth Avenue in a staggering $700 million transaction – one of the greatest deals in New York City’s leasing history. Her impact is evident even in a challenging market as Joanne has brokered 22 retail deals in 2017. Joanne’s commitment to the firm, to commercial real estate, and to New York is second to none.
Congratulations to these professionals for being honored on Commercial Observer’s 2018’s Power 100! We are proud to have such a strong representation on the list this year from brokerage to leadership, and we look forward to seeing the continued impact our professionals make on the commercial real estate industry.