Duane Davis

Rise-ing Star Award Winner

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CBRE Retail has named Duane Davis as its 2022 RISE-ing Star for his incredible work and contributions to the business. This annual award is given to an Associate or Senior Associate who is in the first years of their career and has demonstrated growth at the company in multiple ways. The award denotes CBRE’s RISE values of respect, integrity, service, and excellence.

“Duane is the definition of a team player, eagerly taking on his roles with enthusiasm and the utmost accountability,” said Stephen Sjurset, Executive Vice President of CBRE’s New York City-based office. “Clients, colleagues and peers are drawn to Duane by his positive energy, charisma and skillset. There is no task or assignment, no matter how daunting or challenging, that would knock Duane off his game.”

A former member of CBRE’s Research team, Davis pivoted just two years ago to become a broker and has leased over 300,000 square feet of retail space across 20 deals in New York City. Gaining a bounty of real-world experience, Davis has participated in dealmaking along Manhattan’s high streets and has played a key role in retailers’ strategic store rollouts, store optimization strategies and restructurings. He works with clients across all sectors of the retail industry, both domestic and international, from fashion, hospitality and grocery, to medical, fitness, automotive, financial services, cosmetics and start-ups. Davis prides himself in providing his clients with first-to-market information and education on up-and-coming trends, all while leveraging market knowledge to help them achieve success.

“Duane’s early success is equal parts talent and effort,” says First Vice President Joe Hudson. “He has taken on challenges and setbacks, all with a positive mindset. For Duane, it is about the destination, not the turbulence. He is appreciated by his team and his clients not only for his hard work, but for his effortless ability to make those around him smile and laugh.”

Duane is a member of New York Junior Tennis & Learning, an organization for minority youth and adolescents. He also volunteers at the Special Olympics tennis clinic at Bates College, his alma mater, where he was a co-captain of the tennis team with his twin brother.

Since high school, Duane has been a member of Project Hope and remains an energetic volunteer. Growing up in a single-parent household with an active and involved first-generation mom led him to help to tackle food insecurity by soliciting food donations and working in a soup kitchen.