Executive Vice Chairman • United States
Mr. Cole is Vice Chair of Cushman & Wakefield’s Capital Markets Group. With over 37 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Cole has represented over 82 million square feet of commercial, office and industrial space, and has executed over 250 sales transactions with a total consideration in excess of $9.2 billion. A multiple recipient of C&W’s prestigious national “Top Producer” Award, Mr. Cole is considered one of the top institutional office and industrial investment sales specialists in Southern California. In 2010, he was C&W’s top investment broker in the Western United States region and top 5 nationally. Jeff was named top capital markets broker for Cushman & Wakefield for the Western United States in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Cole was a Principal with the Trammell Crow Company and its predecessor Tooley & Company where he led the Orange County Office Leasing and Management Group for 22 years starting in 1985. In 1998 Mr. Cole co-founded and co-directed Trammell Crow Company’s Southern California Investment Services Group. While at Trammell Crow Company, Mr. Cole received the prestigious national “Top Producer” designation continuously from 1998 to 2006. His previous experience also included five years with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Company as a top producing sales consultant specializing in office/industrial sales and leasing in the Los Angeles South Bay office.
Mr. Cole has directed the successful marketing and investment campaigns for large office and industrial projects for clients such as AEW, American Realty Advisors, Clarion Partners, INVESCO, The Irvine Company, Metropolitan Life, Prudential Real Estate Investors, and RREEF. A licensed Real Estate Broker in California, Mr. Cole was named one of Orange County’s Most Influential Business Leaders by the Orange County Business Journal in 2017. He was also named by CONNECT Media as a California Top Broker Award recipient for 2017. He is the former Chairman of the City of Newport Beach Planning Commission where he served from 2003 - 2009. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Orange County between 1997 and 2005. He was a member of the National Board of Directors of NAIOP 1998-1999, serving as the Orange County Chapter President in 1994.
Mr. Cole is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received his B.S. degree in Business, with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. He has taught Real Estate Graduate and Extension courses at the University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Irvine (UCI). Mr. Cole sits on C&W’s National Broker Advisory Committee and is a current member of the ULI and NAIOP.