The Cushman & Wakefield brand celebrates 100 years!

2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of Cushman & Wakefield.  100 years of working with some of the largest and most interesting clients in the world. 100 years of taking our clients’ ideas and putting them into action.

As we mark our centennial, we are in a unique position to take advantage of future drivers of growth, and to continue to provide ideas and solutions to the most complex real estate problems of today and tomorrow. Our future is full of new and exciting opportunities for growth – for you – our clients – and for us.

By staying true to the mission of J. Clydesdale Cushman and Bernard Wakefield, who founded their firm 100 years ago in New York City, we remain dedicated to integrity and committed to cutting-edge ideas. Thank you for joining us in celebrating our storied history, the excellence of our company and our people, and the ideas that will take us into tomorrow.

Centennial Video

With a century-old leading brand and a tradition over 200 years in the making, we have a legacy of taking ideas – shaping ideas – and helping clients put them into action.

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A Conversation with John Santora

John Santora, Vice Chairman, President, Tri-State Region, reflects on Cushman & Wakefield’s legacy in New York City, his own 40 years with the firm, and what he sees for the next 100 years.  

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Our History in Motion

Take a step back in time to explore the major milestones of our 100+-year-old history with our interactive timeline.

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John C. Cushman III

Celebrating 100+ with John C. Cushman, III

The Chairman of our Centennial Celebrations and descendent of our firm’s founders takes you on a tour of Cushman & Wakefield’s history – and future.

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Our People, Our Stories

Featuring the Cushman & Wakefield professionals who have made an impact during our 100+ year history.

Sandra Seeley: Motivated by Doing a Great Job and Giving Back

What year did you join Cushman & Wakefield (or one of the merged firms) and in what role? Sandy : I joined in June 1984 in Human Resources as an administrator at A.E. LePage. Shortly after, [...]

Justina Yap: Spring in her Step after 38 Years

Today, Justina works as an Administrative Officer at Springleaf Tower in Singapore – an office building for which Cushman & Wakefield provides building management services. Although officially taking on the position in 2005, Justina was [...]

Kevin Arnold: Action Gets Results

Since joining Kilpatrick Green in 1984 as an electrician, Kevin’s career has taken him through almost a dozen different companies on the journey to becoming Cushman & Wakefield. Since January 2016, he has served as the [...]

John Welch: Flying High After 48 Years

John Welch, an Associate Vice President in Toronto’s Office Leasing division, is an award-winning broker who specializes in the downtown market and has represented a long list of large corporations. Still going strong, John has [...]

Chris Vardon: Fantastic People and Work Variety

What year did you join Cushman & Wakefield, in what office, and what role? Chris Vardon: I joined the firm in the summer of 1986 as an assistant to Bruce Andrews in the midtown office of [...]

Robert Stokes: Life Well Lived Comes Down to Relationships

What year did you join Cushman & Wakefield, in what office, and what role? I started in December 1979 in the Vancouver office as a ‘sales trainee’ which at that time meant ‘here’s a phonebook [...]

Lloyd Cooper: Works Hard, Plays Hard – 24/7

With a tenure that stretches back 32 years, Lloyd Cooper has been the city’s top sales producer for over a decade and stood among Canada’s National Top Ten salespeople since 1994. His team’s portfolio includes [...]

Paul Langer: 38 Years Marked by Hard Work, Integrity, and Strong Relationships

What year did you join Cushman & Wakefield, in what office, and what role? Paul Langer: I started in the business in 1979 with A.E. LePage in Edmonton. In 1983, I moved to J.J. Barnicke Ltd. [...]

Fred Beaubien: Career Adventures, Big Wins, and Sound Advice

Fred Beaubien, who began his career 47 years ago in 1970 as one of Cushman & Wakefield's first Chicago employees, played an instrumental role in establishing the Cushman & Wakefield brand in the city. He [...]

Louis B. Cushman: Household Name and Proud Mentor

Building on a family legacy of leadership in commercial real estate, Louis (Lou) B. Cushman has worked in the business for 52 years, amassing a bulging portfolio of trophy wins in the U.S. and internationally, industry and [...]

Roberta (Bobbi) Mathies: Wild, Fun Ride

When did you join Cushman & Wakefield? Bobbi Mathies : In March 1976, I joined the Los Angeles office to work for John Cushman, who was at that time Executive Vice President and a Director of [...]

Glen Moore: Summer Job Lasts 38 years—and Counting

What year did you join Cushman & Wakefield, in what office, and what role? Glen Moore: 1979 as a summer student. Research and Planning Department at 50 Holly Street in Toronto. What are the biggest changes [...]

Parizah Md Said: Never say no!

Never say no is the mantra Parizah has lived by ever since joining Cushman & Wakefield’s Property Management team in Singapore back in 1986. During her 31 years in the business, Parizah’s decision to take [...]

Anshul Jain, India: Dreaming of big wins on the job — and the tennis court

Outside of his hectic life in real estate, Anshul loves spending time outdoors and is also passionate about charitable causes related to kids and education. He is an aspiring drummer—although claims he was “miserably hopeless” [...]

August Direnzo: Five decades — and the best is yet to come!

In a career that’s spanned more than five decades and is still going strong with Cushman & Wakefield, Augie DiRenzo, Vice Chairman & Global Advisory Board Member, has “been there” through sweeping changes to our firm, [...]

Thomas J. Usher: Mentor to many – upholds family legacy

Tom Usher ​got his early start in the business with Gilley Co., which was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield in 1979. That’s when Tom officially joined the firm famously founded by his grandfather, J. Clydesdale Cushman, and [...]

Robert F.R. Ballard: 49-year veteran going strong – and loving it!

“Dress for success, arrive at 8 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. Reach out to colleagues, find a mentor, and hang in there!” – Robert’s advice to young brokers. A native New Yorker, Executive Managing Director [...]

Sampah Bin Mahadi: Meet APAC’s longest-serving employee

Sampah began his 45-year journey with Cushman & Wakefield as a building maintenance technician back in 1972. Sampah now works with the maintenance team at Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education College West as part of [...]

About Us

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. Our 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate by combining our global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $6 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Cushman & Wakefield brand. 100 years of taking our clients’ ideas and putting them into action. To learn more, visit, or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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