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DANIEL ORGAN '11

Profiles written and edited by Andrew Wickenden ā€™09 and Ronny Frishman Pā€™00.

Current Position
Commercial Real Estate Adviser, Cushman & Wakefield; New York, N.Y.

2009 Salisbury Summer International Internship
Equity Group Investments in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

At Equity Group Investments, Daniel Organ ’11 spent a summer examining real estate related to Brazil’s emerging middle class. With two commercial real estate internships already under his belt, Organ trained in Chicago, Ill., before heading to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, “excited to take my interest in real estate to the international level and get a different perspective on the way the market functions worldwide,” says Organ.

While in Brazil, supported by the Salisbury Award, Organ met with management teams of different sectors of the real estate market to review their real estate portfolios, ascertain how each individual company would benefit from the emerging middle class and visit six major Brazilian cities to understand each company’s assets.

That experience, he says, prepared him for his current role at Cushman & Wakefield, the largest private real estate services firm in the world. At the company’s main office in New York, Organ assists corporations with their real estate endeavors, specifically working with companies with an office presence in Manhattan.

For Organ, building relationships with clients, getting to know new businesses, and bringing in new business is a big thrill. But with approximately 400 million square feet of office space in Manhattan, he says, “There’s a steep learning curve, and you have to take it upon yourself to get to know the market. You have to go out there and develop business, meet with CEOs and CFOs, people who understand business and the economy and how it ties into their real estate. Then you have to service the business you’ve developed.”

The requisite skills and confidence for this role Organ attributes to his HWS education and the Salisbury experience in particular. “The Salisbury Award is probably the most important thing on my résumé pertaining to real estate,” he says. “Having that background and that understanding coming out of college addresses a big concern that I think Cushman & Wakefield has when hiring new people: Can this kid work in the real world and be independent to become an integral part of this company? When you can show you’re on your own, working and navigating a foreign country for three months, it proves you’re up to the challenge.”

 

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