Real Estate Journal — 30 Under 30 — February 22 - March 14, 2019 — 1C


M id A tlantic

30 U nder 30

Kelsey Nakamura, Cushman & Wakefield NJ “Work is an ideal mix of focusing on dense analytical work, creative problem solving & interacting with people - I love it! ”


after graduating, I went into brokerage at what was then Cassidy Turley, now Cushman & Wakefield. After five years as a broker, I decided I wanted to gain a greater understand- ing of the landlord side of the business and went to Saxum Real Estate where I was the Director of Leasing & Asset Management. While I ulti- mately missed being a broker and came back to Cushman & Wakefield a year later, it’s an experience I draw on today as I understand both sides of the table and is certainly a benefit for my clients. In my current role at Cush- man & Wakefield, I focus on all aspects of office broker- age, including both tenant and landlord representation. Throughout my career, I’ve completed over two million s/f of transactions, helping compa- nies ranging fromFortune 500s to start ups and non-profits to better align their real estate with their business strategy. For me, the work is an ideal mix of focusing on dense ana- lytical work, creative problem solving and interacting with people - I love it! 

your career? Throughout my career, Ray Trevisan and Bill O’Keefe have been invaluable resources and great mentors. They were the first people I ever worked with, and I con- tinue to work on projects with them today. I have learned so much from Ray and Bill, and their guidance has been a tremendous influence on how I approach my business when working on transactions with others as well as on my own. What impact has social media / networking had on your career? Networking continues to have a big impact on my work from a business development perspective. Social media is a tool I use to better access, understand and connect with, and expand my network. Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position and why you choose the field/ profession you are in today? Heading into my senior year of college, I worked as a sum- mer marketing intern at Nor- mandy Real Estate Partners. It was a great experience, and

hat is your great- est professional accomplishment?

Kelsey Nakamura Director Years with company/firm: 6 Years in field: 7 Years in real estate industry: 7 Real estate organizations/affiliations: NAIOP NJ – Board of Trustees, Co-Chair Community Action Committee

I view the number of repeat cli- ents that I have as my greatest professional accomplishment to date. I am thrilled that my clients are happy with my dedication and level of service and that we are often work- ing together on a multitude of projects. How do you contribute to your company and / or the industry? I strive to contribute to the industry in a number of ways, including my involve- ment with NAIOP New Jersey. Currently, I am on NAIOP New Jersey’s Board of Trustees and serve as the Co-chair of the Community Action Committee. I’m really excited about our 1 Million Meals for NJ fund drive for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Every dollar donated equals three meals for hungry neighbors across New Jersey. There are more than 900,000 people in New Jersey who face hunger everyday, and nearly 270,000 of them are chil- dren (that’s one in every seven children). It’s phenomenal that the commercial real estate com-

ideas, best practices and net- working strategies, and have participated in training and development initiatives that have helped some of our junior professionals grow in the early stages of their careers. On a personal note, when I was first starting out, the next youngest person at my firmwas 15 years older than me. The recession really knocked out a whole generation of profes- sionals in our industry. I still remember that and place an emphasis on helping to build a young, supportive community of men and women within com- mercial real estate, one that works well together, even if we are competitors. Who or what has been the strongest influence in

munity is uniting under one cause to create such a positive impact in the communities we live and work in. With NAIOP, I also recently completed my two-year com- mitment as the Co-chair of the Membership Committee. At Cushman & Wakefield, my goal is to contribute on a multitude of fronts. From a pure business perspective, I am active in developing new client relationships for my team and the firm, and in the servicing of the requirements of existing clients – both on the tenant representation side and the landlord representation side, and I am proud of my success as one of the top producers among my peer group. I also focus on contributing to the sharing of


Cushman &Wakefield is proud to congratulate Kelsey Nakamura for being named to Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal’s “30 Under 30”


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