5 Questions with Jack Griffin

Jack Griffin • 12/20/2019
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Jack GriffinAs a self-described ‘people-person’, Jack started looking for a job in the commercial real estate industry right out of college so that he could both work with a lot of people and help a lot of people find places to work/live. He knew that capital markets would be a perfect fit for him because of the balance between analytical and brokerage work. After networking with a few people at Cushman & Wakefield, he was hired to be an Analyst on the Equity, Debt & Structured Finance/Capital Markets team in Boston and has been here ever since.

Jack took the time to tell us about how the senior housing market is impacting Boston as well as his love of music. Thanks, Jack!

What do you like most about your job?

I like the fact that I am doing a balance of analytical work and working with people. In my position, I’m learning how to sell something that not a lot people understand, so I’ve had to learn how to present the product accordingly. My position is extremely well rounded – I am an analyst, a salesman, a designer/marketer, a writer, and a process manager – I wear so many different hats daily its almost hard to keep track. I love this job, and I never thought I would be doing so many different things in one job under the title of ‘analyst’. I feel very fortunate that this is my first job out of college because I see so many different aspects of what a job can be, and I’ve learned so many different things.

When you’re not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I am playing music all the time. Literally 24/7. Any spare second I have is dedicated to playing music in bands, listening to music, or playing bass/guitar. If anyone ever needs a musician for a party or event, I’m your guy. And I can sing!

What does CRE in Boston look like five years from now?

Since I work on a national team, CRE in Boston isn’t exactly my 100% focus since we work with so many different markets. But, if I had to predict senior housing trends in CRE over the next five years, I would say that the Boston market is only going to get stronger and have increased occupancy. In Boston, as people are aging, they are moving back into the city from the suburbs, which opens a massive senior housing market. Boston is one of the strongest markets nationally for senior housing so 5 years from now I see this market becoming even larger.

What’s the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of?

While there isn’t one thing in particular I am proud of, the things I’ve accomplished during my time at Cushman & Wakefield as a whole would be my biggest accomplishment. It’s very exciting to say that in my first year and a half of working in the industry, I helped sell hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate – not a lot of people get to say that! I feel an immense amount of pride both working and growing on this team, and also seeing all of the deals I worked on be so successful.

What’s your favorite spot in all of Boston?

Though it doesn’t happen too often, if I’m going out in Boston you can probably find me in Cambridge/Harvard Square or the Fenway area. If I’m going to splurge on a dinner, it would definitely be at Oleana in Cambridge!

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