Cassidy Turley Continues to Grow New York Brokerage Services Team

Firm’s Strategic Recruiting Efforts Attract Established New York Market Leaders

Published on May 21, 2012

NEW YORK – May 21, 2012 – Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., announced today that the firm has added two new senior team members to its New York Brokerage Group, Robert Yaffa and Wayne Van Aken. Effective immediately, Mr. Yaffa has been named Executive Managing Director, Principal and Mr. Van Aken, Vice President.  

“Our firm’s New York strategic recruitment effort continues to add top-tier talent, expanding our team and offerings,” said Peter Hennessy, President, New York Tri-State region, Cassidy Turley. “Rob and Wayne are exceptional additions to our team. They are well respected throughout the industry and bring their years of experience, industry knowledge and expertise to our clients. We’re thrilled to have them on board.” 

Robert Yaffa joins Cassidy Turley as Executive Managing Director, Principal. A creative problem solver and skilled negotiator, Mr. Yaffa will join the Brokerage Group focusing on tenant representation, space disposition and strategic planning. Representing clients across New York’s leading industries – finance, media, legal and technology – Mr. Yaffa was recognized by The Real Estate Board of New York for the “Most Ingenious Deal” for his work with U.S. Customs. Additionally, Mr. Yaffa works with a significant number of multi-market clients. He and Mr. Van Aken have completed a significant number of transactions outside the New York region. Mr. Yaffa joins Cassidy Turley with over 20 years of real estate experience, having most recently been Executive Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis. 

Wayne Van Aken joins the Cassidy Turley Brokerage Group as Vice President. In his new role, Mr. Van Aken will utilize his 13 years of commercial real estate experience to support existing client account growth and the pursuit of new business. Mr. Van Aken focuses on tenant representation, specifically in Midtown South, where he has closed more than 1.1 million square feet of transactions representing a variety of technology, media, communications and production companies. Prior to joining Cassidy Turley, Mr. Van Aken was Managing Director at Grubb & Ellis where he provided transactional support for New York City and national projects and served as the firm’s Midtown South market specialist. 

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About Cassidy Turley

Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,600 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. The company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2011, manages 455 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 28,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside of North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit for more information about Cassidy Turley.

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