Cushman & Wakefield’s Tampa office operations began in June 1978. The Tampa office was the second Cushman & Wakefield office in the state of Florida opening shortly after the Miami office and it was the first commercial real estate firm to have a presence in Tampa.
Cushman & Wakefield Tampa office was established 36 years ago with the acquisition of the J.L. Hearin Real Estate firm, a successful local brokerage operation owned and managed by Evelyne Andretta, a prominent industrial brokers. At the time, John Dowling, executive director from our NYC corporate office, was representing Verizon (formerly known as GTE) in looking to establish a southeast US headquarters. With no current space available within the size requirement in the Tampa Central Business District, the decision was made to break ground on Tampa City Center. The first step in establishing the location was to create the quad block in the center of downtown Tampa which would hold Tampa City Center, the Hilton, the city owned Fort Brooke Parking Garage, and one other parking lot for future development. Upon certificate of occupancy in 1981, Tampa City Center quickly became one of the most recognized buildings in the state of Florida.
Cushman & Wakefield Tampa is distinguished for transacting highly complex and bigger deals in the market, which has made us the “go to” firm for these types of transactions. We have been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the #1 firm by volume more than any other firm over the past 36 years. The local professional organizations – NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals) and FGCAR (Florida Gulf Coast Association of Realtors), consistently rank Cushman & Wakefield Tampa’s deals and brokerage professionals at the top of the list. When NAIOP gave out their first ever Brokerage Firm of the Year award, it was Cushman & Wakefield Tampa who won it.
Larry Richey, who has led the Tampa office for the past 24 years, is deeply involved in the community and has held chairman positions at the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, as well as being the President of FGCAR in 2013. Larry has recently become the Area Leader overseeing all of Cushman & Wakefield’s Florida operations across the state. The Tampa office consistently supports the major local and national business organizations referenced above, as well as the Westshore Alliance, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk. The firm’s culture is held in very high esteem endorsing Cushman & Wakefield Tampa’s guiding principles: Work Ethic, Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence and Community, which drive our focus and passion to give our very best allowing us to play a vital role in local real estate. Cushman & Wakefield is responsible for some of the highest profile transactions in Tampa Bay.
Much of Cushman & Wakefield’s success in Tampa is due to the unique collaborative culture that has been carefully fostered in the office since its inception. In an industry historically known for entrepreneurs and individual success, Cushman & Wakefield Tampa was among the first commercial real estate firms to embrace the power of teamwork and shared information.
As a result, Cushman & Wakefield Tampa is home to some of the most tenured professionals in the city. With nearly 15 employees having been a part of Cushman & Wakefield Tampa for more than 15 years, there is no other firm in Tampa with a comparable length of tenure among its staff.
In late 2013, Cushman & Wakefield Tampa decided to better define what makes the office so unique in the market. Teams of established professionals and new employees met to discuss the Cushman & Wakefield local culture and how to describe it. With ready acceptance from the entire office, the following “guiding principles” were defined so that they could serve as a roadmap for the future and ensure the longevity of what makes Cushman & Wakefield Tampa special.
Care for others through commitment to our community, demonstrated by: leadership, mentorship, volunteerism, and giving.
Think and deliver/act “Best” in all we do.
Be honest, trustworthy, respectful; and have the courage to always do the right thing.
Think team first; put ego and self-interest aside; be generous; commit to best solutions by embracing all of the resources around you.
Demonstrate drive, passion, and discipline; strive to exceed expectations.
Our employees value the opportunity to invest their personal time and resources to benefit a wide variety of deserving organizations. The following is just a representative sample of our supported community service partners:
Cushman & Wakefield firmly believes that our greatest asset and the backbone of our success is our people. While having an established position as one of Tampa’s most active and successful commercial real estate services firms certainly helps to attract top industry talent, the commitment to employee satisfaction and career growth is what keeps our team members at Cushman & Wakefield.
Cushman & Wakefield Tampa is home to over 50 professionals in our downtown office and in properties we oversee throughout the surrounding region. This includes producers, support staff, and operational teams in all of our vertically integrated services. As we continue to grow, we’re always looking for top talent in every area who want to be part of the best team in Tampa.
For a searchable list of our Tampa staff, please visit the People Finder page of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Website.