Gary Danklefsen

Gary Danklefsen

Sr. Director


Mr. Danklefsen joined Cushman & Wakefield as a Senior Director in the Seattle office in 2011, overseeing investment sales and advisory services in the Puget Sound Region. He is one of the most experienced real estate practitioners in the United States, with an extensive corporate services, investment sales and industrial development background. In his career he has completed over $3B of real estate transactions and development.

With 30 years of experience, Mr. Danklefsen has worked on the largest real estate transactions in the country including major portfolio sales in California ($260 million) and major acquisitions in Washington, Texas (MCI Campus), and Florida. He was the Director of CBRE on the Washington Mutual (WaMu) account from 2003-2007 and grew the team from one to seventeen people, handling over six hundred transactions within Washington Mutual’s 33+ million square feet portfolio.

In January 2007, First Industrial recruited Mr. Danklefsen to open their Seattle office, which became profitable within 18 months, generating in excess of $1 million of revenue. During his tenure, First Industrial became the largest land acquirer in the area with the purchase of over 350 acres in three separate transactions. In the fall of 2008, First Industrial became the second largest acquirer of real estate in this region. He also oversaw development of the first LEED® Certified big box warehouses in the State of Washington.

Prior to WaMu, Mr. Danklefsen and his team of seven people represented Boeing Commercial Airplane Group worldwide for 10 years. His team completed major transactions such as the acquisition of the Mastro and Horbach portfolio of over 20 properties with an acquisition price of $211 million and the CPI portfolio totaling 10 properties valued over $80 million. He handled the 777 expansion that included land acquisitions of over 1000 acres with such high profile properties as Long Acres, Harbor Pointe and Frederickson.

Mr. Danklefsen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Seattle University, graduating cum laude. He was the founding board member of the Washington State Commercial Broker Association and served as its President. Mr. Danklefsen is a member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors and has the designation of CRE.

Major Transactions

H&M, Office
10-Bldg. Portfolio

S. Seattle, WA
$211 million

Longacres, Land
Renton, WA
$100 million

Irvine Campus
Irvine, CA
$151 million

Pemco Headquarters
Seattle, WA
$52.5 million

Sunset Corporate
Bellevue, WA
$91 million

First Park, Meridian Campus
Lacey, WA
$30 million

CPI, Industrial, 20-Bldg. Portfolio
S. Seattle, WA
$81.5 million

Gateway Corp Center, Industrial/Office

16 bldg portfolio

  Seattle, WA 

  $50 million

Sabey East Marginal Corp Center, Industrial
Seattle, WA
$36.5 million

Northwest Landing

Dupont, WA

$20 million

MCI Campus
San Antonio, TX
$36 million

SeaTac Note Sale

SeaTac, WA

$30 million