Cushman & Wakefield’s 100-year history began in New York City. The brothers-in-law J. Clydesdale Cushman and Bernard Walker opened the firm’s first office at 50 East 42nd Street in Manhattan on November 1, 1917, initially focusing primarily on landlord representation. Within 10 years the company was ready to expand to a larger office just down the street, occupying the 2nd floor of 30 East 42nd Street. By the 1940s, the company had developed a reputation as one of the top commercial real estate brokerages in New York City, where it operated out of its main office at 281 Madison Avenue.
In 1968 Cushman & Wakefield opened its first office in New Jersey, in Lyndhurst. The New Jersey market today boasts 200 employees, including 100 brokers and sales professionals across four offices. In 1980 Cushman & Wakefield expanded into Connecticut, opening an office in Stamford. The company’s final expansion in the New York Tri-State Region came with the opening of offices in Queens in 1999 and Brooklyn in 2002.
In 2014 and 2015 two significant changes further increased Cushman & Wakefield’s position as one of the world’s and the New York Tri-State Region’s leading commercial real estate firms. In 2014, the company acquired Massey Knakal Realty Services, New York’s No. 1 Investment Sales firm. Then in 2015, Cushman & Wakefield merged with DTZ, creating one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the world, with a robust and comprehensive platform of services.
The most recent major milestone for the firm took place on August 2, 2018 when Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) completed its first day of trading at the New York Stock Exchange, officially becoming a public company.
Cushman & Wakefield has built our iconic brand in the New York Tri-State Region by leveraging our greatest asset: our people. With diverse backgrounds and an unmatched depth of experience and expertise, Cushman & Wakefield continues to provide the best solutions for every client’s real estate needs.
Cushman & Wakefield’s New York Tri-State Region is home to nearly 3,000 professionals across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. As we continue to grow, we are always looking for top talent in every area who want to be part of the best team in the New York Tri-State region.
In the competitive world of commercial real estate, Cushman & Wakefield understands that one of the best ways to attract top talent is to create an environment where people want to work. We encourage our employees to learn and grow professionally, and strive to foster an environment and culture where exceptional people are inspired to innovate and share new and better ways to serve our clients.
In order to deliver the excellence that our clients expect from us, Cushman & Wakefield offers our employees several organizations and initiatives that they can participate in to further their professional development, including:
CWFL: Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders Group
CWFL is a network of rising professionals within Cushman & Wakefield that encourages professional development. This professional network allows the future leaders of the company to develop new skills through formal Learning and Development trainings catered to group interests; to sit on the Executive Leadership board, granting them access to working with National and Regional Presidents of Cushman & Wakefield; and to network with other Cushman & Wakefield employees outside of the work group.
Women’s Integrated Network
Cushman & Wakefield’s Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) was created to accelerate the advancement of women working at Cushman & Wakefield. By sharing information, best practices, education, and experience, the network helps its members to develop leadership skills and career advancing opportunities. WIN hosts monthly events, including member lunches, social outings, professional development workshops, and charitable activities. Some activities are offered in partnership with other women’s groups and industry organizations. Philanthropy efforts include mentorship and volunteer activities with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools, Same Sky, and Dress for Success, among others.
Veterans Jobs Initiative
Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage, has a long history of working on various veterans initiatives both here in the New York Tri-State Region and nationally. As part of Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to honoring our veterans, Mr. Mosler serves as Chair of the Veterans Initiative at Cushman & Wakefield alongside LTC Frank Stanley, US Army, Manager of Veteran Recruiting & Programs. This new comprehensive program works to hire United States Veterans for positions in various sectors of Cushman & Wakefield. This program is part of our special commitment to give back to our veterans in thanks for the tremendous sacrifices they have made for us.
Read more about the Veterans Initiative here.
As one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the New York Tri-State Region, we are deeply committed to and embedded within our communities. Through the generosity of spirit of our employees, Cushman & Wakefield has the opportunity to support a number of great causes and organizations throughout the New York Tri-State Region.
Below are some of the charitable initiatives that Cushman & Wakefield has been involved with recently:
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey provides a meaningful volunteer experience in a positive, safe environment that is perfect for individuals, families, and groups of almost any size. Cushman & Wakefield began supporting this important organization in 2013, and each year, a team of dedicated employees gathers to sort and distribute boxes of food to those in need. Most recently, on March 20, 2018, 24 members of our New Jersey offices assisted the Community FoodBank of New Jersey by sorting and packing boxes of food to be delivered to senior citizens in need.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey distributes food, provides education and training, and develops programs to help hungry people throughout the state. Their mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. To learn more about this important organization, click here
Cycle for Survival
On Friday, February 9, 2018, Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders (CWFL) Tri-State participated in Cycle for Survival at the Equinox Rockefeller Center in New York. By participating in the high-energy team cycling event, the 27-person team raised over $10,000 for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to fund life-saving rare cancer research.
Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. The organization partners with Equinox to host indoor cycling events – all to raise funds for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s rare cancer research. To learn more about the organization, click here.
Corporate Fun Run
Since 2016, Cushman & Wakefield of New Jersey has joined the Corporate Fun Run held at The Meadowlands Racetrack, raising money to Tackle Kids Cancer, an initiative started by The Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer patients. On May 31, 2018, 31 employees from Cushman & Wakefield’s New Jersey offices participated in the Corporate Fun Run. To learn more about the organization, click here.
Volunteer of America’s Operation Backpack provided over 17,000 homeless children with a new backpack filled with needed school supplies in time for the first day of school. The organization calls upon corporate partners like Cushman & Wakefield to assist in providing and stuffing the backpacks for these children. On August 23, 2018, the Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) hosted a volunteer event for Operation Backpack where a group of women from Cushman & Wakefield assisted in stuffing these backpacks for local children in need. For more information about the initiative, click here.