John C. Santora currently serves as Vice Chairman, President, Tri-State Region. Previously he serviced as Global Chief Operating Officer and Chief Integration Officer for the new Cushman & Wakefield Inc. A nearly 40-year veteran of the firm, he is responsible for driving forward the execution of Cushman & Wakefield’s strategic plan in the New York Tri-state region.
One of the commercial real estate industry’s most experienced global executives, John has relationships with leading executives of key multinational clients. Prior to the integration he was CEO of North America, which was C&W’s largest global operating region where he further integrated service lines in the regions across Leasing, Capital Markets, Valuation & Advisory and CIS. In 2010 he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield’s Corporate Occupier & Investor Services (CIS) group. John was a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Board of Directors for 20 years.
John is a fellow of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Chairman of the Realty Advisory Board, an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a member of the Board of Trustees for Local 32BJ-Health and Benefit Funds. John attended New York City Community College and the College of Staten Island, majoring in engineering and fire science. He is also a certified Property Manager by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), LEED GA.
John sits on the Board of the FDNY Foundation and Richmond University Medical Center. He also serves on a number of non-profit boards and has been the recipient of many prestigious industry and charity honors.
Awards & Associations
Mr. Santora is involved in numerous charities and has been the recipient of many prestigious honors a few listed below:
- 2015: John F.L. Sipp Distinguished Service Award
- 2008: Community Quarterback Award – United Way
- 2007: Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award – FDNY Foundation
- 2006: REBNY Good Scout Award – Boy Scouts of America
- 2005: Management Executive of the Year – Real Estate Board of NY
- 2004: Lifetime Achievement Award – Covenant House
- 2001: Certified Property Manager of the Year – IREM