Glenn Markman, whose passion, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit transformed his home borough of Brooklyn, many of New York’s neighborhoods and the City’s real estate industry, lost his battle with cancer yesterday (Tuesday). He was 52.
Mr Markman, who credited his success to his childhood experience playing basketball at the Bensonhurst Jewish Community House and Kutscher’s Sports Academy, was widely regarded as a highly accomplished real estate professional, successful entrepreneur and generous, civic-minded philanthropist.
He often remarked that “being a successful broker is no different than playing point guard. You need to make your team better, keep your eye on the competition and make sure you see the entire floor – controlling the entire game. No different than completing a real estate transaction.”
In his 28 years of experience as a real estate broker, including the past 12 years at Cushman & Wakefield, Mr Markman gained recognition as a leading expert on the Downtown Brooklyn market.
“Glenn was devoted to his family, clients, Cushman & Wakefield and his Brooklyn roots,” said Ed Forst, president & CEO of Cushman & Wakefield. “Glenn distinguished himself through his work ethic, integrity and passion.”
“When Glenn joined Cushman & Wakefield I was the CEO and from day one I knew he was a difference maker, a team player and a leader,” said Bruce Mosler, chairman of Global Brokerage at Cushman & Wakefield.
Bruce Ratner, chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, who knew Mr Markman for 25 years, added, “Glenn’s courage in his last months was an inspiration to his many friends, but the truth is that he led his whole life with grace and optimism. He was a kind and generous man, the best father to his children, Clio and Edie Ray, and the best husband to his wife, Jan. I will miss him tremendously.”
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jan Testori-Markman and their son Clio, a sophomore at the College of Holy Cross, and daughter Edie Ray, a junior at Trevor Day School.
Contributions in his memory can be made to The New York Community Trust-Glenn Markman Memorial Fund, 909 Third Avenue, 22nd Fl, New York, NY. 10022.