WASHINGTON, DC-Cushman & Wakefield has hired industry veteran James M. Underhill to serve as executive managing director for the firm’s Metropolitan Washington, DC area division. “Jim Underhill is the consummate real estate executive, and he will be a great resource for clients in this area,” says Brian McVay, C&W Washington, DC region executive managing director.

The Harvard Business School-educated Underhill brings with him a 20-year history in the real estate industry, a history riddled with leadership roles and multi-million transactions. In advance of joining Cushman, he served as the president of Underhill Properties LLC, a company he founded in 2003 that focuses on the acquisition and development of Mid-Atlantic region waterfront properties. Additionally, Underhill is the founder and former president of the Staubach Co.—Northeast. He also played a role in establishing and expanding Trammell Crow Co.’s Washington, DC area office.

Now, C&W will rely on him to further enhance its offerings and presence in the area. “C&W’s local capabilities and reputation for client service are exceptional,” Underhill says; the real estate services concern was deemed 2004 Brokerage Firm of Year by Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors. “It will be my goal to build upon this and expand the firm’s service lines and client relationships.”

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