Ep. 74 Living Legends - John Cushman Part 1

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About John Cushman, Chairman of Global Transactions, Cushman & Wakefield

John C. Cushman, III is a global leader in the commercial real estate industry. He currently serves as Chairman, Global Transactions, where he is responsible for formulating and articulating strategic policies and initiatives for Cushman & Wakefield on a national and global basis.

Over the course of his 50+ year career, John has played an instrumental role in advancing Cushman & Wakefield to its position as one of the top commercial real estate firms in the world. Prior to his becoming Chairman of the Board and subsequently Co-Chairman of the Board of Cushman & Wakefield, John was acknowledged by a variety of media sources as the top office leasing broker in the United States.

John began his career with Cushman & Wakefield in 1963 in New York City. In 1967, he moved to Los Angeles to open Cushman & Wakefield’s first office in Southern California. In 1965, he was responsible for 60% of Cushman & Wakefield’s offices in the United States. John and his twin brother, Louis B. Cushman, started their own firm in 1978, Cushman Realty Corporation, which they grew from two offices to operations in eleven US cities with over 200 employees. In 2001, Cushman Realty Corporation merged with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and John became Global Chairman of the Board of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. In September 2015, Cushman & Wakefield merged with DTZ, with the newly formed organization retaining the storied Cushman & Wakefield name. In 2017, John served as Chairman of the Centennial Committee for Cushman & Wakefield’s 100th anniversary. He currently sits on Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Advisory Board.

In his free time, John enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors on his ranch with family and friends. He also serves as Chairman and Director of Zaca Mesa Winery in Santa Barbara County, California. John has served on the boards of 14 public corporations throughout his career.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Colgate University
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Colgate University
  • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School