Cushman & Wakefield Expands Chicago Valuation & Advisory Team

Cushman & Wakefield Expands Chicago Valuation & Advisory Team

CHICAGO, February 22, 2018 – Global commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has added three key valuation and appraisal professionals to its Midwest team in the Chicagoland area, the company announced today. The hires are the latest in a string of 140 key talent acquisitions the firm has made over the last year as it expands the reach of its Valuation & Advisory practice group across the Americas.

Michael Gathman, MAI, has worked in the real estate industry for more than 20 years and has serviced a wide array of valuation clients including corporations, financial entities, developers, and pension funds. He has provided valuation services for mixed-use developments, industrial, office, retail, and hotel assets, with a particular emphasis on existing and proposed multi-family projects including condominium properties. He joins the firm from NPV Advisors and was previously an appraiser with Realty Services International and Real Estate Counselors International, Inc. Gathman holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and is a member of the Appraisal Institute and the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals.

Andrew Menck, MAI, MRICS, joins the firm from competitor CBRE, where he was a Vice President responsible for complex appraisal assignments for multiple property types across the Midwest. A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Menck brings 12 years of experience in valuation and appraisal of multi-family housing to his role with Cushman & Wakefield and specializes in low income housing tax credit and GSE-sponsored assignments. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Chicago Real Estate Council.

Kari Olbrecht, MAI, returns to Cushman & Wakefield from Stout Advisory, where she was a Senior Vice President for the company’s Valuation & Advisory practice group. She has more than two decades of experience in the real estate industry with a particular emphasis on valuation consulting. Olbrecht has provided valuation services for a variety of property types, including CBD and suburban office properties, multi-family housing, industrial assets, healthcare facilities, and shopping centers. She is a graduate of DePaul University and a member of the Appraisal Institute.

“At Cushman & Wakefield, we take tremendous pride in providing best-in-class valuation and advisory services to a wide array of institutional clients – and our people are at the core of what we do,” said Mike Schaeffer, MAI, FRICS, Executive Managing Director of Valuation & Advisory at Cushman & Wakefield. “The additions of Michael, Andrew, and Kari are a tremendous asset for our Chicago team and for our clients across the Midwest region, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome these extremely talented, senior-level appraisers to our ranks.”

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman &Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm with 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries helping occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $6 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. To learn more, visit or follow @CushWake on Twitter.

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