The Real Deal New York

CB Richard Ellis reaches over to Long Island for new head of Downtown office

By Tom Acitelli | November 16, 2007 03:32PM

CB Richard Ellis found its new Downtown Manhattan office leader on another island – Long Island. Early last month, the commercial brokerage services giant hired Sheldon Cohen, the director of real estate planning and development for Nassau County since 2002, to be a senior managing director and the manager of the daily operations at the CBRE office at 140 Broadway, where 39 people work.

Cohen, who is trained as an attorney and has an MBA from Stanford University, was the first person to hold the Nassau County position, and also sat on the county executive’s executive management team. As real estate planning and development director, Cohen implemented the county’s first strategic real estate consolidation plan, which, according to a CBRE release, provided for a significant program of property disposition, acquisition, and management of county land. He also handled lease negotiations as well as building and space management for the county, which has more than 1.3 million people.

Cohen, 50, succeeds broker Bruce Surry, who has doubled as the Downtown office’s manager. Surry, the New York Post reported, will now focus full-time on brokering.

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