Steven Ernst

Steve Ernst

Executive Director

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    201 North Franklin Street
    Suite 3300
    Tampa, FL 33602-5163
    United States

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    +1 813 349-8378

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Steve Ernst is an industry veteran in the commercial real estate arena with more than 34 years of experience and has been with the Cushman & Wakefield organization and legacy companies for 24 years. He serves in a leadership role in the company’s Global Occupier Services group’s Tampa-based team, which orchestrates national accounts with top-flight companies such as Aetna, Voya, Citizens Bank, PNC Bank, PwC, iHeartMedia, Stanley Black & Decker, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Citi, Newell Brands, and The Hanover Insurance Group. Steve’s focus as an Executive Director is on Transaction Management, Portfolio Strategy, team building and client relations. In addition to performing client transaction management services, he leads a team of transaction managers and financial analysts for oversight quality control and training. Steve’s background as a former owner-developer and landlord makes him unique when representing space occupiers.

Steve also works on the Tampa GOS “Large Deal” team, leading or playing a key role in large, complex transactions, such as Headquarters or Regional Headquarters assignments, build-to-suit transactions, sale-leasebacks, etc. Some of Steve’s headquarter assignments include PwC (NYC), Voya (NYC), Aetna (NYC), Citizens Bank (Providence, RI), Stanley Convergent Security (Indianapolis, IN) and several other regional offices build-to-suit transactions across the country.

A native New Englander, born and raised in Clinton, MA, Steve graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics. Steve was an All-Ivy running back for the storied Harvard football program. He started his career at the national real estate development firms of Boston-based Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Towermarc Corporation, before joining CLW Real Estate Services Group / Cassidy Turley / DTZ -- the legacy firms of Cushman & Wakefield. Steve has been a resident of Tampa, Florida for more than 25 years and has four children.

Major Transactions

  • PwC - North American Headquarters, Midtown, Manhattan, NY - 1 MM SF acquired space; 1 MM SF disposed space
  • Multiple build-to-suits for various national clients
  • Multiple HQ and Regional HQ transactions for various national clients


  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, Florida
  • Member, CoreNet Global


  • CoStar Power Broker

Community Leadership

  • FCA of Tampa Bay


  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Harvard University


  • Aetna
  • Voya
  • Citizens Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • iHeartMedia
  • Stanley Black & Decker