Since joining Cushman & Wakefield in 1979, Jeffrey W. Barker has been responsible for commercial office leasing and land sales in the suburban Philadelphia marketplace. He has developed extensive experience in both exclusive tenant and agency representation, including involvement in several of the largest exclusive tenant representation and land acquisition assignments completed in the Philadelphia area. He has been responsible for leasing and sales in the Delaware Valley in excess of 6,000,000 square feet since 1995.
Some of the major transactions in which he has been involved include the sale of a 1,200,000 square foot headquarters and centralized research facility on 300 acres for Aventis Pharmaceuticals; 260,000 square foot lease to The Hartford Fire Insurance Company on behalf of Argent Ventures; a 125,000 square foot build–to–suit for XL America; a 112,000 square foot lease to Astra-Merck on behalf of a major Pennsylvania based Pension Fund, over 400,000 sq. ft. of leases for CSL Behring; 240,000 square feet of leases and 170,000 square feet of sales for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company of Canada; 80,000 square feet of leases and a 311 acre land sale for Pfizer, Inc.; 225,000 square feet of leases and an 160 acre land sale to Sterling Drug, Inc., for a 1 million square foot centralized research center; and numerous other assignments for clients such as NSM Insurance, Pharmanet, and Cutanea Life Sciences.
Mr. Barker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from St. Joseph's University in 1979 and has completed numerous courses at the Wharton School of Real Estate, Temple University School of Real Estate, as well as CCIM Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment and Taxation.
Mr. Barker currently serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Handmaids of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and has traveled to El Salvador, CA on annual service missions eleven times with the Handmaids Project FIAT. In addition he is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association, the Planned Giving Committee of St. Joseph's Preparatory School, is a former volunteer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and former Secretary for the Board of Education of St. Margaret's School, as well as the athletic director for the St. Margaret Youth Ministry CYO.
Awards & Associations
Mr. Barker has been honored as the Top Broker (2000, 2009, 2013) and Top Commercial Broker (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015) in the Philadelphia office as well as the Top 100 Nationally (1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2013).