By Briana Waris
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Hughes Marino announces new hire of Kevin Brennan, former Executive Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield, as Executive Vice President for its San Francisco region (which includes offices in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and San Jose).
Brennan, a 29-year veteran of representing commercial tenants in the San Francisco region, has joined Cale Miller and Cameron Love, at Hughes Marino’s 16th floor office at One California in Downtown San Francisco. Hughes Marino’s presence in the East Bay includes Kameron Schroeder, former Senior Vice President of JLL, and Matt Geist at their Walnut Creek office on North California Blvd.
“Kevin is an extraordinary human being. He’s one of the most accomplished senior brokers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we are incredibly proud to have him join our team” said Jason Hughes, Chairman & CEO of Hughes Marino.
Prior to joining Hughes Marino, Brennan led the C&W tenant representation business. Prior to C&W, Brennan helped launch The Staubach Company two decades ago (it was subsequently sold to JLL approximately 10 years ago and as such, Brennan spent 7 years as a Managing Director at JLL) where he served as the Managing Partner.
Accolades include: CoStar Power Broker virtually every year since inception; recipient of the California Real Estate Journal’s “Deal of the Year” award; Highest ranking San Francisco Business Times tenant-only commercial real estate consultant.
He has negotiated millions of square feet of office lease transactions with an aggregate leasehold financial value in the multiple billions. Kevin has specifically represented such prestigious corporate clients as Jones Day; Winston & Strawn; Deutsche Bank; Skadden Arps; Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (Sephora & DFS Group); Levi Strauss & Co.; University of California Office of the President; Kirkland & Ellis; Gordon & Rees; Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.; Booz Allen Hamilton and Morgan Stanley.
One of Kevin’s specialization areas is studying business trends for larger law firms. In fact, he’s directly worked on more than 70 different law firm office leasing projects on behalf of 24 law firms, 17 of which are Am Law 200 firms. In the aggregate, these said law firm projects total ~2.5 million square feet.
In addition to a strong city and regional focus, Kevin has coordinated client projects nationally for corporations such as Transamerica, which had office requirements in virtually every major metropolitan market in the U.S.
His areas of commercial real estate expertise include finance, trends analysis, market assessment, transaction strategy and execution.
Brennan received a BA in Political Science from UCLA.
Cushman & Wakefield
Executive Managing Director; 2016-2019
25+ years of tenant real estate advisory experience. Joined Cushman to lead its tenant real estate business. Completed over 7 million square feet of transactions valued in excess of $2.5 billion. His current and former clients include LVMH; Levi Strauss & Co.; Morgan Stanley; Jones Day; Kirkland & Ellis; Booz Allen Hamilton; University of California Office of the President; Sedgwick Detert; Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.; and Skadden Arps.
Among Kevin’s more prominent tenant representation accomplishments are the completion of 1 million SF of transactions for Transamerica Corporation and a 250,000 SF headquarters lease restructure and renewal for a global law firm. The latter transaction was reported to be the largest law firm transaction ever executed in San Francisco and was named among Office Deals of the Year by the California Real Estate Journal.
Awarded numerous industry accolades and awards. These include The San Francisco Business Times highest ranking tenant-only commercial real estate consultant–and the official Top Individual Real Estate Advisor List in San Francisco. Costar Group has added his name to the annual national list of tenant advisors in virtually every year since the inception of this award over a decade ago. He is also the recipient of the California Real Estate Journal’s “Deal of the Year” award.
Education & Affiliations:
BA in Political Science, from the University of California at Los Angeles. His professional affiliations include serving as former Chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) at the School of Business, UC Berkeley, and he is a former Board of Director member for Raphael House.
Managing Director; 2009-2016
Kevin effectively returned “back home” to The Staubach Company and Jones Lang Wootton, when he rejoined JLL (e.g. JLL is comprised of The Staubach Co. and Jones Lang Wootton along with LaSalle Partners and others). He was at the combined JLL company for more than thirteen (13) years in total. At JLL, Kevin specifically helped larger corporations and partnerships figure out and implement the best way to finance and locate their office headquarters. Kevin’s legal industry focus caused him to be invited to sit on JLL’s global law firm practice group executive committee.
Executive Vice President & Branch Manager; 2005-2009
Kevin and his team were recruited by Studley – a direct competitor to Roger Staubach’s firm–during an unfortunately tumultuous season at The Staubach Co. in the Bay Area. While at Studley, Kevin honed his leadership skills and financial acumen. However, at the end of his four (4) year contract, Kevin very much missed the culture and people at The Staubach Co., so he immediately rejoined the company. During his four (4) year absence, The Staubach Co. merged with JLL.
The Staubach Company
Senior Vice President & Principal; 1999-2005
Coming from Jones Lang Wootton–the predecessor in part to JLL, Kevin’s experience opening and leading The Staubach Co’s San Francisco office was an invaluable season. Kevin and his partners grew the Staubach Co. office from 3 professionals in early 1999 to the market leader in tenant brokerage by year end 2004. Specifically, Kevin helped larger corporations and partnerships figure out and implement the best way to finance and locate their office headquarters, while also building the office.
Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship (Non-Profit)
Board Chair and Member; 2003-2010
Kevin was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) at the School of Business at UC Berkeley. YEAH is Haas’ public mission and is focused on helping underserved middle school and high school students learn about business and enter college.
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