Cushman & Wakefield Elevates Industry Veteran to top Retail Spot

Global commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield announced today that industry veteran Thomas S. Helm, MAI, MRICS, has been promoted to lead its Valuation & Advisory Retail team across the Midwest.   

Helm joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2004 and has been an active member of the Retail Practice Group, which is one of the largest specialty practices in the firm. He has worked on both a national and international level, with services provided from coast to coast in the U.S.

“Tom has been with our practice since the beginning and helped us become an industry leader when it comes to our appraisal capabilities of complex and oftentimes very specialized retail assets.” said Richard Latella, Executive Managing Director of Valuation & Advisory’s Retail Practice in the Americas for Cushman & Wakefield. “It’s because of the team’s depth of knowledge and experience led by members like Tom that we are the industry leader when it comes to valuing and consulting on the nation’s largest and most complex retail properties.” In 2016, the group valued nearly 50% of the top 200 sale and financing transactions as tracked by Real Capital Analytics.

Mr. Helm’s real estate experience spans over 25 years and includes the analysis of regional malls, lifestyle centers, neighborhood/community/power retail centers, and free-standing retail (e.g. big-box, grocery, theaters, fitness).
“Retail has rapidly evolved over the last decade and the Midwest has been front and center” said Helm. “As these changes occur, I am excited to increase my role in the Midwest. It keeps things interesting and allows our team to adapt to the changes in the market while continuing to serve the needs of our clients.” 

Helm is a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Drake University and is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 12 states. In 2012, 2013, and 2016, Helm was awarded the Cushman & Wakefield Achievement Award as the “Top Valuation & Advisory Producer” for the Midwest Region.