NEW YORK CITY—Earlier this month, Joseph Caridileft Colliers International, where he was COO, tobecome senior managing director at Cushman &Wakefield. Much of his new role is about hiring anddeveloping brokerage personnel, as he tells GlobeSt.com in thisEXCLUSIVE interview.

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GlobeSt.com: What will you be doing in your newjob?

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Joseph Caridi: One of the maincomponents of my role here is recruiting and helping to developjunior to mid-level brokers and working to elevate them to the nextlevel as well as support the tri-state management.

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When we're recruiting, we have to evaluate not just the abilitybut also the culture of those who are coming into the firm. We'relooking elevate mid-level brokers to senior-level brokers becausethat's what I believe you need to move the company to the nextgeneration of managers and senior executives. We'll bring in juniorto mid-level brokers and work with them to create the next wave ofdominant brokers.

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GlobeSt.com: Why did you leave Colliers to joinCushman & Wakefield?

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Caridi: It's a great opportunity thatcame at the right time.

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When I got the chance to be at a company which I feel is thenumber one commercial real estate brand and to work with Ron [LoRusso, president, NY tri-state region} and the existing team, I hadto take it. Ron is a dynamic guy who's focused on many of the samethings I am: energetic leadership and recruiting talentedbrokers.

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GlobeSt.com: Why was this right for younow?

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Caridi: I see it as Cushman wanting toget to the next level and to build on the success it's already had,which is appealing. You can only move ahead by hiring good peopleand those who are motivated to build on the success of thecompany.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.