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Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate Announces Nathan Kelly as Managing Director

CLEVELAND, December 15, 2017 – Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate welcomes Nathan Kelly as the firm’s first Managing Director. He will be responsible for CRESCO’s overall leadership, direction in the market and ensuring the highest quality of client service.


The decision to hire Nathan as CRESCO’s first Managing Director comes after a lengthy search. “We have enjoyed 26 years of consistent growth.” Says founding Principal Joseph Barna, “However, my partners and I realize we have outgrown the ‘player coach’ model of running a business. As a result of an extensive strategic search, we are confident that Nathan Kelly possesses all the skill sets to lead our organization to that next level.”


CRESCO is no stranger to growing. Over the past year and a half, they’ve added six members to their team between Sales Associates and Support Staff.


Kelly joins Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO, after senior public-sector positions in economic development, municipal planning and performance improvement. A respected and connected community leader, he established a reputation as an effective and resourceful strategist and consensus builder.


Nathan is an economic development expert; he led more than $1B in public-private transactions and countless business retention, expansion and attraction deals. He was a critical player in downtown redevelopment projects that included historic renovations of once-empty office buildings and the redevelopment of the Playhouse Square District. Kelly also led Cuyahoga County’s role in the 2016 RNC Convention in Cleveland.


Nathan currently serves on the boards of many Cleveland organizations, including Destination Cleveland, the HELP Foundation, the Cleveland Sight Center, the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board to the Urban Land Institute in Cleveland. He’s previously been recognized in Crain’s “150 Names to Know in Northeast Ohio” and “Forty Under Forty.”

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