People

Thomas A. Donovan

Vice Chairman


Biography

Mr. Donovan is a Vice Chairman in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield. Previously, he was a Partner at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal on December 31, 2014.

In 1998, Mr. Donovan joined Massey Knakal to head up the firm's first full-service outer borough office. The Queens office has gone from a two-person start-up to a flourishing establishment more than 10 times its original size. He has built a strong presence in the Queens marketplace in neighborhoods including Astoria, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Sunnyside and Woodside. To date, he has been personally responsible for the sale of close to 500 properties in excess of $1.85 billion.

Mr. Donovan graduated from St. Francis Preparatory High School before attending St. John's University, where he studied business management. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. As a member of the 8th Marine Regiment, Mr. Donovan was an influencing force in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The tenacity, courage and determination he displayed while in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait awarded him a Combat Action Ribbon.

Mr. Donovan's dedication to serve and protect continued with almost a decade of service as a New York City police officer. In 1997, he turned to real estate and gained valuable experience as a title closer. From there he built relationships and implemented his capabilities into the sale of investment properties.

Mr. Donovan’s personal philanthropic efforts are numerous. He is a member of the VFW Catholic War Veterans and a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. In 2008, Mr. Donovan accepted a position on the Board of Directors for The Brain Tumor Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Varadi Ovarian Institute for Cancer Education (VOICE).

Awards:

-Real Estate Forum’s Top Broker: 2014

-Top Sales Broker by CoStar Group: 2008-2014

-Massey Knakal Salesperson of the Year in Queens: 2008-2014

-Massey Knakal 3rd place Company-Wide Salesperson of the Year: 2010

-Massey Knakal 2nd place Company-Wide Salesperson of the Year: 2009

-Massey Knakal Award representing overall values in Queens: 2000, 2001, 2008

-Crain’s New York Business’ 40 Under 40 list: 2005


Affiliations

  • Columbus Citizens Foundation
  • VFW, Catholic War Veterans
  • Varardi Ovarian Initiative for Cancer Education (VOICE)

Articles

    Queens is Heating Up, and Investors are Taking Notice
    3.28.2017
    Queens, NY has had all of the underpinnings of the next trendy area for some time now. Its sheer size - home to 2.4 million residents across 178 square miles - would make it the fourth largest city by population in the United States, lagging only Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world, with more than 138 unique...View Article

    Ridgewood: A Modern Renaissance
    12.31.2014
    Transformation is under way in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood. As young professionals continue to get priced out of nearby areas they are rediscovering Ridgewood as a more economical alternative. This uptick in demand for housing in this supply constrained market is leading to rising rents and higher per unit sale prices for multifamily investors.View Article

    Queens Boulevard: The Heart of Queens
    2.19.2014
    The skyline of Queens is forever changing. Along Queens Boulevard, the major thoroughfare connecting Midtown Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge to Jamaica, are some of the more prolific buildings in the entire borough, passing through some of the most dynamic and highly sought after neighborhoods. View Article

Thomas A. Donovan
Vice Chairman
tom.donovan@cushwake.com
(718) 512 2626
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Tommy Lin
Director
tommy.lin@cushwake.com
(718) 512 2609
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Eugene Kim
Director
eugene.kim@cushwake.com
(718) 512 2618
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Robert Rappa
Associate Director
robert.rappa@cushwake.com
(718) 512 2601
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Notable Recent Transactions

Monte Excelsior - 240-Unit Luxury Apartment Building Complex/$65,000,000 Development/Conversion Sites, Apartment Buildings, Bellerose, New York

 

80-08 & 81-10 135th Street, Briarwood, NY 11435-1049/$29,500,000 Commercial Buildings, Apartment Buildings, Briarwood, New York

 

150 / 165 / 220 Trantor Place, Staten Island, NY/$12,200,000 Apartment Buildings, Staten Island, New York

 

109-15/25 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11433/$9,800,000 Apartment Buildings, Jamaica, New York

 

11048 72nd Avenue, Flushing, NY 11375-4950/$8,300,000 Apartment Buildings, Rego Park, New York