“Skyscraper Queen” Darcy Stacom leaving CBRE

Darcy Stacom is leaving CBRE, her home for more than two decades, as the big-ticket sales market grinds through difficult times.

Stacom is leaving the brokerage to start her own boutique advisory firm named Stacom CRE, the Financial Times reported.

“Commercial real estate in New York and globally is in transition, and that provides a great opportunity for a new, nimble boutique advisory firm in this space,” Stacom said. She added that  many properties will require “restructuring, repositioning and rethinking”.

Bill Shanahan, Stacom’s partner, will stay on at CBRE while Doug Middleton will continue to run the company’s property investment division.

Stacom spent 22 years at CBRE, where her headline deals include the $5.4 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in 2006 and the $2.8 billion sale of the General Motors Building in 2008.

Her father, Matthew, was a top broker at Cushman & Wakefield, where Stacom started working in the mailroom at age 15 and climbed up the ladder. She moved on to CBRE in 2002.

At her new company, Stacom said she won’t have some of the internal conflicts and will be free from the rat race of competing in the CRE sales rankings.

“For years I did that dance,” she said. “And I did it well.”

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