C&W Miami Broker Leaves To Start Firm

Jul 27, 2020 No Comments by

Ericka Witkowski has launched her own commercial real estate firm after leaving Cushman & Wakefield’s South Florida Office. Her new company, Witko Group, focuses on representing owners, landlords and tenants throughout South Florida.

To her position as Founder and Principal, Witkowski brings comprehensive experience from previous positions with several top brokerage firms, as well as a solutions-based, technology-forward approach to help clients succeed in the era of COVID-19.

Witkowski most recently served as Director of Office Leasing with Cushman & Wakefield in Miami, where she represented some of the market’s most notable owners and investors, including Market Street Real Estate Partners, East End Capital, Related Group and Banyan Street Capital. During her time at Cushman & Wakefield, she played a critical role in the completion of sales and leases totaling $186.5 million in transaction value and over 435,000 square feet of space.

In 2019, she was part of a team that executed South Florida’s largest office lease of the year — Lennar Corporation’s 156,000-square-foot, 16-year headquarters lease at 5505 Waterford at Blue Lagoon. Witkowski and team represented landlord Franklin Street Properties in the lease, which was named “Office Lease of the Year” by NAIOP South Florida.

With Witko Group, Witkowski sees an opportunity to fill a need in the South Florida commercial real estate market by working more intimately with her clients and providing greater innovation, accessibility, flexibility and communication.

 

“The pandemic has highlighted the fact that brokerage cannot be conducted the same way it has been the last decade. There is extreme value in the ability to be nimble and offer innovative solutions to clients in order to adapt to the current environment,” said Witkowski. “As a boutique firm, Witko Group will be able to provide the personal level of service and latest technological innovations that are often lacking in the market, while serving as not only a partner, but an extension of the team to our clients.”

Born in the midst of a global health crisis, Witko Group is helping clients be proactive in adapting to new challenges and expectations with technology-based solutions, such as programs that allow tenants to walk through every inch of a suite in the digital space. Additionally, the firm’s entirely cloud-based, platform gives clients access to real-time reports, updates and contracts, allowing for constant and transparent communication.

Witko Group also provides a consultative approach for building out space, working with developers on build-to-suit projects, as well as landlords and owners on spec suites designed for a post-COVID world, with innovative features that help tenants maintain safe distances and a clean, touch-free environment.

 

“We are living through a completely unprecedented experience – clients are dealing with issues they’ve never seen or dealt with,” Witkowski said. “What every owner and landlord should be asking themselves is, ‘What can we proactively do now to keep us not only competitive, but meeting the needs of our tenants and their employees?’ Demands for certain submarkets will change during and post COVID. It’s prudent to prepare your asset to ensure it will be ready for the way tenants balance office space in the future.”

 

“The goal is to be bold and to equip clients with the technology and solutions they need to succeed now, and come out of this even stronger than before,” Witkowski added.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2017, Witkowski served in brokerage roles with both Avison Young and Colliers International. She is a graduate of Florida State University and serves on the board of directors for Camillus House.

 

 

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