Atlanta's Stalwarts, Newcomers All Flocking To Its Priciest Buildings

Bisnow, Sept. 5, 2019: The activity still boils down to the key that has driven office tenants this past cycle: recruitment. Amid signs the economy could be heading for a slowdown or possibly a recession, companies' C-suites are aware how their office space directly affects their ability to recruit new talent, Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Ken Ashley said. “It's budget season. We'll see how the budgets impact the moves for next year,” Ashley said. "But the reality is the talent war is hotter than ever."

Members of Cushman & Wakefield Named to Duke Long Lists

Cushman & Wakefield Atlanta blog, July 30, 2019: Real estate blogger Duke Long recently included several members of Cushman & Wakefield on his annual lists of the Top 100 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Follow On Twitter and the Top 150 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect With On LinkedIn.

Duke Long’s Updated 2019 Top 150 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect With On LinkedIn.

Duke Long, July 3, 2019: Ken Ashley ranked No. 38 on the annual list of the Top 100 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect With On LinkedIn.

How Gen Z Influences Your Office Design, June 24, 2019: At last year's CoreNet Global Conference in Boston , CoreNet chairman and Ernst & Young's Americas leader David Kamen remarked that corporate real estate spaces are now being designed to suit the generation of Americans that are currently in high school.

Duke Long’s Updated: 2019 Top 100 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Follow On Twitter.

Duke Long, June 11, 2019: Ken Ashley ranked No. 4 on the annual list of the Top 100 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Follow on Twitter.

What It Takes to Be a CRE Thought Leader

Real Estate Forum, June issue: “The key to thought leadership success, especially on social media, is consistency,” says Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield. “Just like starting a diet or a workout plan, establishing yourself as a thought leader is a long-term commitment. Picking your voice and sticking to it is critical,” he says. For example, Ashley continued, if you’re going to be an authority on SEC football, be an authority on everything related to SEC football and don’t confuse people by talking about something far afield. Pick an area or trend and don’t mix your message with topics that aren’t in your area of expertise, he advises.

OFS and beyond: A closer look at Gwinnett’s recent real estate gambles

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 31, 2018: Ken Ashley is a top Atlanta-based broker for real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. He said the possibility of the site becoming part of a transit hub adds value and that, with the exception of the former General Motors plant in Doraville, the OFS site might be the largest northside Atlanta site that’s also convenient to the Atlanta airport.“In an attract-and-retain economy, being closer in to the city is never a bad thing,” Ashley said.

Sublease Right Prescription for Guardian

CoStar, May 8, 2018: "Guardian had outgrown its existing premises, and the 171 17th space, which could no longer accommodate all of [Cushman & Wakefield's] requirements, was a beneficial sublease for both parties," said Cushman broker Sam Hollis. He and partners Ken Ashley and Whitney Hembree represented Guardian in the sublease.

Guardian moves HQ to Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA

Guardian Pharmacy, May 5, 2018: “We are most appreciative of the excellent work done by Sam Hollis and Ken Ashley of the Cushman & Wakefield brokerage team in helping us locate here. We are impressed with the level of quality offered by the building owner, KBS Realty Advisors, and the expertise of the Cushman & Wakefield team managing the building. Our team looks forward to enjoying this office environment for many years to come.”

Ford: Tech culture can rise from ruins

Auto News, May 7, 2018: "One way to compete is with sticks and bricks," said Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate services firm. "Younger workers are interested in creating impact. It feels good to work in a space that's historically significant."

Atlanta Office Is So Red-Hot, CRE 'Is Pinching Itself To See If This Market Is Real'

Bisnow, March 16, 2018: “Atlanta's real estate industry is pinching itself to see if this market is real,” Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Ken Ashley said in an email. “Velocity in Atlanta's office market is at a torrid pace. There is robust demand for space by companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries. Expansions are as common as millennials noshing on avocado toast.”

Beasley Passionate About Helping Others

Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 13, 2017: "Beasley brings several qualities to bear in pursing her career in commercial real estate, according to Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Ken Ashley. “Janelle has the mindset of a consultant, and is an excellent listener,” Ashley said. “She has a real sense of urgency to serve our clients, as well as a big-picture view of our business that’s rare for a young broker. [She] demonstrates this with not just words, but action. At a point in her career were many would be focused on themselves, she commits time to support not-for-profits in our community.”

Parker Leaves Marta, an Agency He Helped Revive

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 5, 2017: Beyond its financial improvement in his tenure, Parker’s team helped boost MARTA’s reputation.“I have a Breeze card at the very top of my wallet,” said Ken Ashley, an executive director in Atlanta at real estate services giant Cushman & Wakefield.“Prior to Keith’s arrival it wasn’t at the top. It wasn’t even in my wallet.” Ashley, who helps major companies find and lease office space, said under Parker’s leadership, Corporate America signaled their vote of confidence in MARTA by increasingly choosing sites near its train stations.

Ashley said Parker helped make MARTA “a trusted brand.”“More and more business people here in Atlanta are using MARTA for more than just the airport, which in and of itself is a minor miracle,” he said.Beyond improving the agency’s financial performance, Ashley also credited Parker with the little things: improving customer service, launching a better smartphone app and modernizing the system.“The concept is if you mind the pennies the dollars will take care of themselves,” Ashley said. “By paying attention to the details of the operation and delivering a great customer service the customers will come.”

Potential disruptors see opportunity in Atlanta’s commercial real estate industry. But cultural differences pose an obstacle.

Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 21, 2017: Investing in technology startups and ephemeral software can seem alien to real estate investors.“When people think about real estate investing, they are typically thinking about sticks-and-bricks, they are thinking about dirt,” said Ken Ashley, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office.

$25 Million Venture Capital Fund Targets Atlanta's #1 Industry

Atlanta Business Chronicle, September 19, 2017: Real estate involves large and complex transactions which lead to problems that can be solved with technology, said Ken Ashley, executive director at real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. “If tech entrepreneurs in the CRE industry can provide real-time data and information solutions, they will have cracked the code on many problems,” Ashley said. “Put simply, decision support is an area ripe for improvement.”