Cushman & Wakefield today announced that Bill Magner, a leading commercial real estate brokerage professional and executive with 30 years of industry experience, has been named Executive Managing Director and Area Leader of the firm's Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Region. The role was previously held by Jim Underhill, who was recently named CEO, Americas for the firm.
Mr. Magner will be based in Cushman & Wakefield's Washington, D.C. office. He was previously Director of Brokerage for the Mid-Atlantic region of Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was asked to direct Tenant Representation Services for the U.S. and was a Member of the Global Transactions Board.
Prior to joining JLL, Mr. Magner was Principal and Executive Team member of Spaulding & Slye, a full-service commercial real estate firm based in Boston, MA, which was acquired by JLL in 2006. He spent 22 years with Spaulding & Slye, first as an agency and tenant representative, where he was involved in relationships with IBM, Lockheed Martin and Bank of America. Mr. Magner soon rose to lead the firm's Bethesda office.
"Bill comes to Cushman & Wakefield with unmatched experience and is well-respected within our industry - both in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country," said Mr. Underhill. "Under his direction, Spaulding & Slye was well-known in Washington for its collaborative approach in serving clients. We look forward to Bill bringing his talent to our Mid-Atlantic and Southeast operations."
"I am very pleased to join Cushman & Wakefield at this moment in time," said Mr. Magner. "I have long respected the level of talent and professionalism represented by the Cushman & Wakefield brand and I am looking forward to bringing my background to the team as it pursues an aggressive growth strategy domestically and abroad."
In 1996, Mr. Magner was appointed Director of Transaction Services for Spaulding & Slye's Washington, D.C. market, overseeing the development of industry-specific practice groups, and building the firm's Investor Services team, which included Debt, Structured Finance, Investment Sales and Investor Leading. His responsibilities grew to include the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, and Spaulding & Slye became a major competitor in the Washington, D.C. market.
Mr. Magner began his real estate career as a broker with the McCann Company in Houston.r. Magner is an active member of his community. He is a former Board Chair of the Mater Dei School in Bethesda and currently sits on the Boards of The Washington Jesuit Academy, Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, and the Ivy Mount School in Bethesda.