Cresa on Track to Reach Recruitment Goals With Addition of Four Industry Veterans

Cresa adds strength to its Atlanta, Silicon Valley and Boston offices, marking 123 new hires in 2019

Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2019
Cresa, the world’s only global occupier-centric commercial real estate firm, today announced the addition of four high-profile industry veterans to the organization. The appointments of Lisa Dunavin, Doug Sugimoto, Matthew George, and Vicki Keenan mark the rapid expansion of Cresa in 2019 and reflect the success of CEO Jim Underhill’s vision to grow the company, foster a strong culture in the workplace, and provide high impact services to its clients.

Since the start of 2019, Cresa has made 123 new hires, expanding the company to over 1,100 employees. Cresa is already more than halfway towards their recruitment goals for 2019 and is seeing significant talent joining from both its large global competitors as well as specialty boutique firms.

“We welcome Lisa, Doug, Matthew, and Vicki to the Cresa family. The breadth of experience and talent our new hires bring to Cresa will undoubtedly play a crucial role as we provide best in class service to our clients and propel the company forward,” said Jim Underhill, CEO, Cresa.“ When I joined Cresa three years ago, I was passionate about building a culture that values the individual and provides employees the platform to think creatively and achieve their dreams. Our rapid expansion and the caliber of new hires reflects the ongoing success of the company and our ability to offer industry veterans a workplace that prioritizes culture, a voice in company direction, and the ability to compete for the most significant assignments in the world.”

The Appointments

Joining Cresa’s Atlanta office as Managing Principal and Atlanta Market Leader, Ms. Dunavin will be responsible for the development and execution of the Atlanta Office’s growth plan. As a 25-year veteran of the Atlanta real estate market, Ms. Dunavin joins Cresa with experience from some of the nation’s most recognized firms including Trammel Crow, Hines, and most recently, Cushman & Wakefield where she was Senior Managing Director. In 2014, she was appointed Managing Principal of Cassidy Turley/DTZ, making her Atlanta’s first female market leader of a global commercial real estate company and was recognized in 2015 as one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  

Reflecting the growth of Cresa’s West Coast operations, Mr. Sugimoto will join Bob Badagliacco and Mark George in leading Cresa’s Silicon Valley office. Mr. Sugimoto joins Cresa from Cushman & Wakefield, where he was a Senior Director in their San Jose office, representing major tech clients. Prior to Cushman, he held Director of Real Estate positions at 3Comm, SGI, Intuit, Raza Foundries and Covad.

Cresa’s Boston office has made two growth hires with the addition of Mr. George and Ms. Keenan. Mr. George brings to Cresa over 25 years of experience in all facets of the commercial real estate industry. He will be working with the urban advisory team to assist clients on complex assignments in one of Boston’s most dynamic markets. Ms. Keenan joins Cresa’s Boston office as a Principal with more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, most recently with CBRE. She will work alongside the advisory team to provide workplace advisory, transaction management, and portfolio assessments to clients locally and globally.  

About Cresa
Cresa is the world's only global commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents occupiers and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate solutions. Delivered across every industry, its services include Consulting, Facilities Management, Global Portfolio Solutions, Investment Banking, Lease Administration, Location Strategy & Economic Development Incentives, Project Management, Transaction Management and Workplace Intelligence. With over 1000 employees in more than 80 offices globally, Cresa partners with occupiers everywhere. For more information, please visit