JRT Realty Group, the nation’s largest certified woman-owned commercial real estate firm, said July 15 that it hired Andrew Judd as chief operating officer.
Judd, who has spent 17 years at Cushman & Wakefield, will be based in New York City and report to Jodi Pulice, founder and Chief Executive Officer of JRT Realty.
“Andrew has been a friend and colleague for more than 20 years and, along with JRT’s strategic alliance with Cushman & Wakefield, he has consistently supported our mission to bring diversity into the realm of commercial real estate,” Pulice said. “Andrew’s combination of skills, experience, and industry stature will be leveraged immediately as our firm is poised for rapid growth.”
An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Judd will spearhead the firm’s efforts to help Fortune 500 firms and others maximize their Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier diversity spending mandates as many seek to be part of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an elite group of companies that reach $1 billion in spending with minority- and women-owned firms.
Internally, he will be responsible for business strategies, operating plans and procedures, new business development and existing account oversight, recruitment and retention initiatives, and cross-selling the firm’s breadth of real estate services to its clients. He will also oversee the firm’s staff, including leasing and sales brokers, account managers, marketing and corporate communications specialists, and support personnel.
“This is an incredible opportunity to join a mission-driven organization and work together with the leadership team to chart the path forward for JRT, which is on an upward trajectory,” Judd said. “My career has come full circle, returning to the New York City market where I first got my start in the industry. I’m excited for our growth plans and the opportunity to have a direct and meaningful impact nationally, in New York City and within the commercial real estate industry at large.”
“Andrew shares my vision for the future of commercial real estate,” Pulice said. “We both believe we have a moral and ethical responsibility to change the narrative—and the reality. The more you diversify the makeup of your teams, the more you broaden your opportunities and the service provided to clients. Being inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s also good business.”
Judd most recently served as senior managing director and managing principal for Cushman & Wakefield’s New Jersey region. In this position, he managed brokerage and business line professionals and oversaw all organizational activities affecting more than 250 employees across the company’s three New Jersey offices, which consistently ranked among the most profitable markets in the company.
Judd began his real estate career at CBRE in the New York City office, where he served as managing director of marketing services. He is a member of CoreNet Global and the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP).