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Ken Rapp is a Vice Chairman in CBRE’s Midtown Manhattan office and has acted as a real estate consultant and tenant representative for the firm since 1988.  Ken specializes primarily in representing corporations and law firms with operations in Manhattan, as well as select Global accounts.

Ken’s thorough and extensive knowledge of the New York City real estate market has enabled him to complete over 500 lease transactions totaling more than 20+ million sq. ft. with aggregate rent commitments in excess of $20 billion.

Major projects have included lease acquisitions and dispositions for law firms, financial services firms, media and Fortune 500 Companies, AM 200 firms, multi-market relocations, lease auditing and strategic development, implementation of occupancy cost reduction strategies and advanced lease renewals.  Throughout his career, Ken has cultivated exclusive and long-term relationships with local owners, developers, and corporate clients.

During his tenure at CBRE, Ken has been named a "Top 10" Producer in the New York City Office more than 20 times and has been in the top 100 of CBRE nationally more than 15 times.  He has won many management awards, including the Managing Officers Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Technology Award and International Award.  Ken has been awarded the CBRE Colbert Coldwell Circle designation 15 times, representing the top 3% of producers at CBRE worldwide.

Ken is the 2021 recipient of CBRE’s highest award, the William H. McCarthy Award: In honor and memory of William H. McCarthy, this award recognizes one high-producing professional annually for materially impacting CBRE’s culture, driving excellence, and unselfishly leading by example to make CBRE a better company. This outstanding individual is always willing to collaborate and share with his or her colleagues, while exemplifying loyalty, integrity, knowledge, empathy, service, and teamwork.

Ken was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and spent the subsequent 12 years in Bern, Switzerland.  He currently resides in New York City with his wife Shelley and daughters Dillon and Tyler.