Simon Caplan, SIOR

Professional Expertise

Simon Caplan, a Principal with Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate, has been in the construction and real estate industry for over thirty (30) years. Simon began his career with Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate as Vice President in 1998  eventually transitioning into a partner role in 2001.

Simon’s personal experience representing both tenant and landlord, and buyer and seller on real estate transactions has provided him with the acute awareness of completely understanding his clients’ needs. Simon averages over 30 transactions annually, including both sales and leases ranging from 1,500 to 500,000 SF and land sales from 1 to 60 acres. Simon has achieved multiple land sales at Northeast Ohio’s highest price for industrial land. Simon’s assistance on due diligence matters has more than proven his worth to his list of many repeat clients. Simon strives to maximize value for his clients by using his knowledge, his experience, his tenacity and out-of-the-box thinking to provide top of the market results.

Upon graduation from Linsly Military Institute, Simon entered the construction business, starting as a laborer and working his way up to supervising projects such as apartment buildings, shopping centers and single-family homes. From 1983 to 1992, Simon was President of the Big 4 Lumber Company, where he also became involved in real estate development and ownership. Simon’s business, construction and property ownership background provides him with the overall understanding and ability to comprehend most companies’ requirements making him the perfect real estate consultant.

Simon entered the real estate brokerage business in 1994 as a sales associate with CB Commercial Real Estate Group, a large international real estate firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in sale, lease and build-to-suit industrial properties. During Simon’s tenure in the CB Commercial Cleveland office, he was one of the top three overall producers in 1995.

Clients Served

  • AIC Ventures
  • Airgas
  • Allen Bradley
  • Ardac Money Controls
  • Best Equipment
  • Ben Venue
  • Burton Carol
  • CAB Recycling
  • Capstone
  • C&K Industrial
  • Cleveland Machine Controls
  • Colgate Palmolive
  • Consolidated Graphics
  • Conversion Resources
  • Cort Furniture
  • Cuyahoga County School Board
  • Davis Development
  • Dollar Bank
  • Dupont
  • ECRM
  • FBC Chemical
  • First Industrial REIT
  • FMI Medical Systems
  • Geis Companies
  • Great Lake Textiles
  • Heat Seal
  • Kase Equipment
  • Keystone Threaded
  • Leibert
  • Majestic Steel
  • Medical Specialties
  • Morganite North America
  • North American Refractories
  • Northern Stamping
  • Ohio Machinery
  • ORIX Capital Markets
  • Pepsi
  • Power Brake
  • Premier Development
  • Reliance Electric
  • Reserve Millwork
  • RPI Group
  • Road Runner
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Rogers Group
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • SID Management
  • Siegel Properties
  • Snyders of Hanover
  • Solon Park Apartments
  • Stylin Concepts
  • STAG Capital Partners
  • Todd Associates
  • Transmaxx
  • Tyler Elevator
  • Tysson-Atlas Limited
  • United Survey
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • ValueWorld
  • Willow Bend Development
  • Wine Trends
  • Zaremba

Major Transactions

  • J. Shear LLC, Trelleborg Tire, 61 SR 43 Hartville, Ohio - 483,115 SF
  • Camp GLT LLC, International Paper, 6225 Camp, Solon, Ohio - 115,972 SF


  • Majestic Steel/Landerwood Crossing/Relocated the corporate office headquarters of NE Ohio’s largest specialty steel supplier and service center
  • Airgas/Weyerhaeuser/Assisted Airgas in establishing a location for a new major full service filling facility in NE Ohio while providing a dramatic cost savings to the client
  • FMI/Solon Town House/Assisted in the relocation of the US headquarters for a facility to design, develop, test and manufacture of a new high tech CAT Scan Imaging system
  • GLT/Consulted on the acquisition of five (5) large industrial properties, all still owned to house their growing manufacturing companies
  • Land Sales/Consulted on more than thirty (30) transactions covering over 300 acres for a multitude of uses including industrial, retail, office, multifamily, senior citizen, and hotel, achieving top of the market sale pricing, while assisting with complicated due diligence issues including rezoning, easements, wetlands, environmental and adverse building conditions

Professional Affiliations

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

Professional Recognition

  • NAIOP “Industrial Deal of the Year” 1996 & 2014
  • NAIOP “Industrial Broker of the Year” 2012
  • NAIOP “Industrial Transaction of the Year” 2008
  • CoStar Power Broker

Community Leadership

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Med Wish
  • Miracle Fund at University Hospital
  • Seidman Cancer Center


  • Linsly Military Institute

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