CBRE Hires Cushman & Wakefield’s Phillip Thomas to DC Investment Leasing Team


CBRE (CBRE) has named Phillip Thomas as a new executive vice president in its Washington, D.C., bureau as part of the firm’s advisory and transaction services group.

Thomas joins CBRE from Cushman & Wakefield (CWK), where he served as vice chairman and represented several high-profile and historic office projects in the District. His clients included Beacon Capital Partners, American Real Estate Partners, Skanska, and Oxford Properties.

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In his new role, Thomas will focus on investor leasing and work with CBRE Vice Chairman Randy Harrell, as well as the team of Kevin Howard, Joe Coleman, Lara Nealon and Kaleigh Jones to continue to grow CBRE’s portfolio of D.C. area listings. 

“I joined CBRE for the opportunity to partner with Randy Harrell, someone I have known and respected my entire career, to be part of a true team, and to also have the support of the CBRE platform behind me,” Thomas told Commercial Observer. “My goals are to help the team grow our portfolio, mentor teammates, share in the team’s success, and build a business which will allow my teammates to grow in their careers and be successful.”

One of Thomas’ recent notable deals at C&W was the renewal of the Education Advisory Board for Beacon Capital Partners at 2445 M Street.

“Other deals which stick out in my career are those which allowed buildings to move forward with development, like Venable at Terrell Place and Alston & Bird at 950 F Street,” Thomas said. “Seeing a building be built and knowing you were part of making it happen is very rewarding.”

Previously, Thomas served as a managing director at CarrAmerica, where he spent the first 20 years of his career and led the D.C. office.  

Looking at his work ahead, he noted his strategy would be to provide good advice and service to his clients as they navigate coming out of the pandemic. 

“I believe there is pent-up demand from both tenants and investors, and once schools are fully opened and more vaccinations are deployed, the city will blossom and the market will recover,” Thomas said. “We are already seeing signs of renewed confidence in tenants planning for the future. I’m really very hopeful.”

Also joining Thomas in moving to CBRE are Senior Associate Brittany Gosnell and Associate Paul Adkins, who worked with him at C&W.