Robert Billingsley’s career began in 1971 when he joined Cross & Brown in Manhattan as a commercial broker where he eventually became the youngest Vice President in the firm’s 75-year history.
As a founding principal of Colliers ABR, Inc. in 1977, served on the Board of Directors of the firm’s successor, Cassidy Turley and is now Vice Chairman of its successor Cushman & Wakefield. Mr. Billingsley has designed and implemented marketing programs for over 20 million square feet of office space. He has exclusively represented numerous prestigious landlords including TIAA, AEW, The Bank of East Asia, Gucci America and The Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Additionally, he has represented tenants in some of the firm’s most notable deals, including TIAA, MTA and Gucci in transactions that exceed 5 million square feet.
Mr. Billingsley lectures on strategies for leasing office buildings and taught in the Graduate Real Estate Program at Cornell University for 10 years.
Georgetown University, BSFS
John Carroll Award, Highest honor bestowed upon Georgetown Alumnus, Recipient
2011 Georgetown Wall Street Alliance Dinner, Honoree
LSA Family Health Service in East Harlem, Director
Awards & Associations
• Grand Central Partnership, Board of Directors
• Regional Plan Association, Vice Chairman
• Licensed Real Estate Broker in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts
• Real Estate Board of New York, (REBNY) Member
Sample Major Transactions
• Assurant Lease (55,000 SF): Represented tenant in renewing lease for headquarters at 1 CMP
• Pernod Ricard Lease (80,000 SF): Represented landlord (AEW) in lease at 250 Park Avenue
• Fairchild Publications Lease (300,000 SF): Represented landlord (TIAA) in lease at 750 Third Avenue
• Gucci America Lease (300,000 SF): Represented tenant in renewing US Operating Center in Secaucus, NJ
• Interpublic Group Lease (370,000 SF): Represented the landlord (TIAA) in the lease at 750 Third Avenue
• 401 Fifth Avenue ($30 million): Represented Stahl AEW Fund in purchase of the former Tiffany Building
• 43 West 23rd Street (100,000 SF) Represented landlord (Castro Family) with leases to Barclays, Time Warner, Eataly and Datorama
• 119 West 40th Street ($105 million): Represented AEW/CABR Fund in purchase of the 330,000-square-foot office building
AEW Capital Management, Assurant, Bollinger, Inc., Castro Family, Gucci America, Korein Family, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The Bank of East Asia, TIAA
660 Madison Avenue, 300 Park Avenue, 609 Fifth Avenue, 150 East 58th Street, 250 Park Avenue*, 360 Lexington Avenue*, 110 East 42nd Street, , 730 Third Avenue, 750 Third Avenue, 485 Lexington Avenue, 375 Park Avenue (The Seagram Building), 405 Lexington Avenue (The Chrysler Building), 666 Third Avenue, 380 Madison Avenue, 6 East 43rd Street, 277 Park Avenue, 104 West 40th Street, 229 West 28th Street, 401 Fifth Avenue, 240 West 40th Street, 43 West 23rd Street (*indicates current agency)