Gene Spiegelman has been a prominent leader in the retail real estate industry for the past 27 years and is regarded as a foremost industry expert. His passionate commitment to his clients and acumen in negotiating complex retail transactions have distinguished him in the field. With extensive experience in both retailer and landlord representation on a global scale, Gene possesses a unique perspective with specific emphasis on the urban, luxury and specialty retail sectors.
In June 2018, Gene joined RIPCO Real Estate LLC as Vice Chairman & Principal. Moving into an entrepreneurial role, Gene has focused on growing the New York metro region largest independent retail services firm and providing clients with the expertise and guidance required to navigate the complexities of today’s retail environment.
Prior to joining RIPCO, Gene enjoyed a distinguished 18-year career at Cushman & Wakefield. He was widely credited with launching Retail Services in the United States and highly regarded for his passionate commitment to its growth to become an industry leader. He also had the distinction of being recognized as a five-time Cushman & Wakefield leading retail producer and consistently ranked among the firm’s top producing real estate professionals.
In 2014, Gene was named Head of North America Retail Services, providing leadership for the United States, Canada, Mexico and coordination of C&W’s global cross-border retail initiatives. He drove Cushman & Wakefield’s client-only mandate across the Retail Platform and prepared Retail Services for future growth following the 2015 merger with DTZ.
In 2015, Gene negotiated the most significant retail deal in modern-day Boston history with his representation of Millennium Tower Boston in the lease of 142,000 square feet to Primark, in the city’s renowned Downtown Crossing. He is also a two-time winner of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Retail Deal of the Year Award for representing Crate & Barrel in a 48,000 square foot lease at 611 Broadway in 2001 and Gucci in its lease to Diesel at 685 Fifth Avenue in 2008.
He is a frequent contributor to important news publications and broadcast outlets, providing commentary and insight on retail industry trends and events.
Gene received a Master’s degree in Real Estate Investment and Development from New York University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association of New York.
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