NEW YORK CITY-To boost its Downtown office, Cushman & Wakefield has added industry veteran Tom Kaufman to its roster, has learned. He will be charged with handling the new space coming online in Lower Manhattan over the next few years. Kaufman will serve as executive director; John Thompson was previously brought on as a director. This marks Kaufman‘s return to the firm.

Kaufman who has 24 years of experience in the real estate industry, was a senior vice president at CB Richard Ellis. CBRE officials did not issue any comment by deadline.

Kaufman has acted as a leasing agent for several properties on behalf of the Trump Organization, including 767 Fifth Ave., 725 Fifth Ave. and 40 Wall St. He has leased 80 Broad St., 20 Exchange Pl, 100 Wall St. and One Broadway. He also provided consulting services to banks, partnerships, corporations and property owners. He arranged the sale and financing of properties, including the $50-million sale of 20 Exchange Pl., the $110-million refinancing of 45 Broadway, and the $115-million construction loan for the Pyramid Mall in Taunton, MA.

His client list includes Atlantic Mutual Insurance, Battery Park City Authority, Bear Wagner Specialists, Chapdelaine & Co., Dean Witter Reynolds, Ebasco Services and First Options of Chicago, Prior to working at CBRE, Kaufman was an executive vice president at Tishman Real Estate Services. Previously, he was a senior director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Downtown office, where he specialized in tenant representation and agency assignments. Joe Harbert, Cushman & Wakefield’s chief operating officer for the New York Metro Region, says Kaufman’s “extensive experience in multiple aspects of the industry make him a well-rounded professional and an asset to our firm and our clients .”

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