Michael Wang - Moderator Founder of Project Queens Michael Wang - Moderator Founder of Project Queens
Michael Wang is a native New Yorker. He was raised in Flushing, Queens and attended school in Downtown Manhattan.
He is the founder of Project Queens. A commercial real estate brokerage focused in Queens, NY. He is also the Co-Chair of the Queens Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Committee. He spends time each week connecting with community leaders and is an active participate of various programs throughout the year. Rachel Casonova Sr. Managing Director of Workplace Innovation at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Rachel Casanova is a Senior Managing Director of Workplace Innovation based in the firm’s Midtown Manhattan office. Having joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2018, Rachel is equipped with more than 25 years of diverse industry experience advising companies on how to transform their real estate assets to reinforce long-term business strategies and create a workplace experience unique to the company’s corporate culture. Rachel is passionate about workplace innovation and helps companies build and implement strategic plans to establish flexible and dynamic workplace environments, optimize space utilization and ensure buildings and portfolios are “future proof.” In a time of uncertainty about the future of office space, Rachel provides solutions for a range of workplace programs, from having employees in the office full-time to managing remote and distributed workforces.
As a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Recovery Readiness Task Force, Rachel is co-leading the application of the firm’s Six Feet Office design concept in the United States, helping companies grasp complex and critical workplace innovation strategies for a post-COVID-19 world. As a part of this effort, Rachel is also working with investors to help landlords better understand tenant and employee priorities. Forward-thinking and creative, Rachel is passionate about the convergence of organizational behavior, the human experience and real estate. She is frequently called upon as a subject matter expert and has contributed regularly to audiences at conferences and education seminars. Rachel has recently spoken at Worktech. RealComm, CoreNet, CRE Tech, Cornell University, NYU, IIDA and Neocon, among others. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Rachel founded Balansett, a workplace consulting practice, with clients spanning legal firms, professional services, technology, non-profits and architectural firms. During the course of her career, Rachel has addressed workplace-related advances from multiple vantage points—working within an end-user environment at Nortel Networks, serving as a design consultant at Herman Miller and leading Workplace Strategy at Mancini Duffy, Perkins + Will and, most recently, R/ GA. Martin Cottingham Principal at Avison Young
Martin Cottingham is a Principal specializing in transaction management in Avison Young’s New York office. A real estate veteran with over 23 years of experience, Cottingham’s success leading major initiatives at Avison Young is the product of his hard work, knowledge of the industry and unique background.
Cottingham is a preferred provider for national transactions for JPMorgan Chase, providing an array of services including office and retail leasing, consulting and sales in cities across the country. His tireless efforts working with NYU Winthrop University Hospital’s real estate task force reduced portfolio operating costs across the owned and leased facilities in the hospital’s network, enabling the institution to identify over $5 million in savings. Cottingham also worked with city officials to transform vacant lots on Brooklyn’s Coney Island Boardwalk into the stunning 5,000-seat Ford Amphitheater. Cottingham’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Real Estate Board of New York, which named him a finalist for the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award for arranging the relocation of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) headquarters from Harlem to 1133 Avenue of the Americas. The NBPA project also received the Design & Construction of a New Facility Award from the New York Chapter of the International Facility Management Association. Previously, Cottingham was a Managing Director of the Corporate Services Group, for Grubb & Ellis (now Newmark Knight Frank), where he oversaw the firm’s corporate services in the Northeast region. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Cottingham was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Company, where he was responsible for all global facility management, property management, design, development, construction, facility planning, furniture procurement and corporate services units for a real estate portfolio totaling more than 4 million square feet. Prior to being named Managing Director, Cottingham oversaw all site activities for the development of Bear Stearns’ 1.2 million-square-foot world headquarters at 383 Madison Avenue. Education St. Joseph’s College – Bachelor of Science, Organizational Management, New York University – Master of Science, Real Estate Development and New York University – Certificate in Construction Management. Joe Ogno CEO of JMO Workplace Strategy at Jason Office Products
For over 17 years I helped corporations of all sizes, colleges, hospitals, law firms, research facilities, retailers, nursing homes, federal laboratories, and professional sports teams with strategies to help them plan for how they will work, learn & play tomorrow.
Working with large clients i.e. NYC DCAS, National Grid, CUNY, NYC H&H, Nutrisystem, Altice, JLL et al has allowed me to glean best practices & understanding of how real estate, technology & furniture (as an amalgamation) are crucial to an organization’s goal. I bring those key points to all clients big & small. Today, with the advent of Covid 19, flexible/mobile spaces are not simply good practice, they are critical. Besides being on the R.E. Committee at QCC, I am a national member of The International Facility Manager Association & Treasurer of Long Island Chapter, Board Member of The Bayport Civic Association and founding member of Long Island Thought Leaders. Graduated with dual BBS degrees in Communications & Business from Adelphi University. Lifelong NYC & L.I. resident. Live in Bayport NY with wife Patti & 2 children.