Panel Discussion with Cushman & Wakefield Leaders Hosted by CREW New York

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On March 3, Paul Massey, Robert A. Knakal and Ron Lo Russo gave insight into Cushman & Wakefield’s successful and transformative acquisition of Massey Knakal

From left to right: Laura Walker, Karen Shaw, Paul Massey, Ron Lo Russo, Jane Lyons, Erin Bond, Robert Knakal and Robin Fisher

Cushman & Wakefield leaders, Paul Massey, Ron Lo Russo and Robert Knakal, joined CREW New York Co-President Jane Lyons and other board and committee members for CREW New York's March luncheon.

CREW New York prides itself on monitoring the pulse of the New York City real estate market. To have leadership from Cushman & Wakefield and Massey an example of the kind of thought-provoking programming we'll continue to have for our members.

On March 3, CREW New York – New York City’s largest commercial real estate organization for women – hosted a luncheon featuring a panel with Paul Massey and Robert Knakal, formerly of Massey Knakal, and Ron Lo Russo of Cushman & Wakefield. The Cushman & Wakefield leaders discussed recent real estate news regarding the company’s successful acquisition of Massey Knakal, New York’s #1 investment sales firm. The discussion was moderated by Joe Anuta, a real estate reporter with Crain’s New York.

“CREW New York prides itself on monitoring the pulse of the New York City real estate market. To have leadership from Cushman & Wakefield and Massey Knakal speak with our organization in a pivotal time in their history is a pleasure, and an example of the kind of thought-provoking programming we will continue to have for our members in the future,” said Jane Lyons, co-president of CREW New York and a managing partner at Rhodes Associates.

As of December 31, 2014, Massey Knakal, New York City’s most successful building sales firm with an aggregate value of $23 billion, was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate services firm with offices in 58 countries and 16,000 employees. Cushman & Wakefield’s acquisition of Massey Knakal makes it the largest commercial real estate firm in Manhattan, with the most number of offices in the Tri State area.

During the panel discussion, Anuta asked the Cushman & Wakefield leadership rounds of questions regarding their newly configured roles and responsibilities, what the Massey Knakal acquisition accomplished for Cushman & Wakefield, why Massey Knakal chose to join Cushman & Wakefield, and how diversity and technology fit into the growing real estate market. The speakers also detailed some of the many ways Cushman & Wakefield plans on incorporating Massey Knakal’s ideals and leadership methodologies into its global organization.

“What attracted us to Cushman & Wakefield was the way Ed and Ron approach the business with integrity, a collaborative culture, and a client only focus. We love what we do and wanted to enhance the breadth of real estate services we can offer our clients. The integration is going phenomenally well,” said Paul Massey, Cushman & Wakefield’s president of New York City Investment Sales.

CREW New York’s panel discussion about the Cushman & Wakefield’s acquisition of Massey Knakal comes on the heels of its own merger between Commercial Real Estate Women’s New York chapter and the Association for Real Estate Women on January 1. With more than 350 members, the organization provides professionals from across New York’s real estate industry with opportunities to network and develop new business relationships throughout the year.

“The Cushman & Wakefield representatives we had at this event are some of the best and most intuitive in New York City real estate. CREW New York is already attracting the attention of the highest level of leadership in the city and is being regarded as a go-to organization to learn the latest in commercial real estate news. We are very proud of that,” said Christine Chipurnoi, co-president of CREW New York and vice president of Insurance Services at Wells Fargo.

Upcoming CREW New York events include an introductory Discover CREW breakfast networking event from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the Wells Fargo Learning Center, 150 East 42nd Street. CREW New York’s next luncheon will feature high-powered women in real estate and is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Club 101 on Park Avenue. For more information about CREW New York events and membership opportunities, visit

About CREW New York: CREW New York was established in 2014, in light of a merger between the Association for Real Estate Women (AREW) and the New York City chapter of the national Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network. AREW was the first association founded in the U.S. dedicated to the professional growth of women real estate professionals and the largest such organization in New York City. CREW Network is the industry’s premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. Combined, CREW New York offers a rich and varied schedule of educational, business and career development-related programs and events to encourage the career growth among both men and women in all segments and levels of the real estate industry. For more information, visit

About CREW Network: The mission of CREW Network is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. CREW Network does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to "do the deal." Members comprise 9,500-plus commercial real estate professionals in more than 70 chapters across North America. Find CREW Network on Facebook, follow CREW Network on Twitter, and visit CREW Network at

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