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‘Mr Silicon Alley’ is latest big hire for Cushman

Wesley Rudes, an industry veteran who is one of Lower Manhattan’s most prolific brokers, has joined Cushman & Wakefield as Executive Director.

With 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Rudes most recently served as a principal with Cresa.


Rudes has closed hundreds of Downtown transactions, and has completed more than four million square feet of transactions overall representing both tenants and landlords.

His recruitment is the latest in a string of recent significant hires in Cushman & Wakefield’s New York office and comes on the heels of its purchase of investment sales powerhouse, Massey Knakal.

“Wes Rudes has a first-class reputation among New York brokers as a master deal-closer specializing in the Downtown sub-market,” said Ron Lo Russo, president of Cushman & Wakefield’s New York Tri-State Region. “We are excited by the influx of new talent into our firm and we expect Wes to make major contributions to our success.”

Rudes recently closed a 135,000 s/f renewal for a Downtown financial services company. As a landlord’s agent, he has represented 18 office buildings in Manhattan and elsewhere in the region.

Rudes has also represented numerous mission-critical and telecommunications companies, including NYI, Velocita Communications, Con Ed Communications and Peer 1 Hosting, in acquiring and developing data center sites across the country.

Earlier in his career,  Rudes was instrumental in launching an initiative that leased pre-built, web-enabled space to 250 technology companies in Lower Manhattan, which helped spur development of Silicon Alley.


In addition to Rudes, Cushman & Wakefield recently hired Joseph Caridi, former COO for Colliers International, to serve as a senior managing director and a key member of the firm’s Tri-State management team. Caridi is responsible for driving growth, recruiting, and executing strategic initiatives for the region.

The firm also recently hired Douglas Regal, formerly of ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC, as a Director, Evan Algier, also formerly of ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC as a senior associate, Seth Hecht, formerly of Colliers International, as a airector, as well as Alex Shames and Charles Goldman, associates, also from Colliers.

Wesley Rudes brokered the sale of the 675,000-square-foot 75 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan, and managed more than 300,000 square feet of acquisitions and dispositions on behalf of Portware, LLC, The New York Internet Company and Reliance Insurance.

He will be based in Cushman & Wakefield’s Downtown Manhattan office and work in conjunction with executive director Frank Cento.

Prior to his tenure at Cresa, Rudes served as executive managing director with Murray Hill Properties and as a managing director with Newmark Knight Frank.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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