Coming from a long line of real estate professionals, including
parents that both worked at
Cushman & Wakefield, Tara
Stacom was practically destined
for the business. She even
interned at C&W while still in
“While experiencing my
family’s involvement in the
industry at a young age
sparked my interest, my passion for commercial real estate didn’t come
until I was living and breathing it myself,” Stacom says.
And live and breathe it she does. Stacom has been responsible for more than 35 million square feet of office transactions
ranging from gross and net leases to synthetic and ground
leases, build-to-suits and property acquisitions and dispositions
during her career. Her clients include the Bank of New York,
Remy Cointreau USA, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York,
Colgate-Palmolive Co., SL Green and Blackstone.
So far this year, Stacom has handled three of the largest tenant rep transactions for new office space in Midtown Manhattan.
And live and breathe it she doe
They include Aetna’s 40,139-square-foot lease and Wells Fargo’s
44,716-square-foot deal at 100 Park Ave. and Marcum &
Kliegman’s 67,152-square-foot lease at 750 Third Ave.
Besides consistently being one of C&W’s top-producing
brokers, Stacom was the first and only woman in the firm’s
history to achieve the number-one ranking worldwide. Her
accomplishments have earned her a stellar reputation in the
industry and a display case full of awards. In 2008, for instance,
Stacom received Northwood University’s Distinguished
Women’s Award in recognition of the enormous contribution
she has made to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies
and public and private sector services worldwide.
Stacom is actively involved in organizations that aid in the
development of women, such as Girls Inc. Her commitment to
learning led her to found and chair ire@l, a real estate program
in the business college at Lehigh University, where she is a
trustee. It now has an enrollment of over 200 students.
“For women embarking on their careers in commercial real
estate, I would tell them it is a long-term commitment. It takes
time to create and foster relationships, and client relationships
are critical in this business,” Stacom says. “With what’s occurred
in the economy, our business has changed. Women have a real
opportunity to create value for clients in unique new ways.” ◆
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