Richard Karson is an Executive Vice President of CBRE with over 30 years of experience in both tenant representation and property sale sectors. He has a thorough knowledge of both parties’ perspectives, which he brings in analyzing and negotiating transactions. Richard has a substantial record and expertise in coordinating the myriad of issues and disciplines involved in complex strategic real estate projects.
With his experience in advising a broad spectrum of businesses, organizations and property owners, Richard has compiled a substantial track record in the successful implementation of complex strategic real estate projects and has been repeatedly cited for creativity in brokerage, including the Henry Hart Rice Award, the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) top award.
An industry visionary, Richard was the guiding force in bringing CBRE (formerly Insignia/ESG) to Long Island. In addition to his position as a senior broker at CBRE, he was responsible for expanding and enhancing the professional capabilities of the firm’s operations in the region and managing a significant portion of the major transactions in the region. Richard is also credited for bringing the concept of “added value services” to the marketplace.
Richard has also taken on the leadership position for the CBRE Healthcare Services platform in the northeast, targeting hospitals and physician groups to identify cost savings and value-creation related to real estate. He has developed a vast network of healthcare providers and has extensive industry knowledge.
His most recent healthcare assignment is the North Shore-LIJ Health System portfolio optimization study, consisting of 2.3 million square of real estate. He is part of the CBRE team that represented NSLIJ in 750,000 SF of leases and acquisitions between 2010 and 2014.
Professional Affiliations / Accreditations
- Member, Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island (CIBS)
Richard’s knowledge of both the Manhattan and Long Island office markets, as well as the rest of the boroughs, has given him an unrivaled reputation in the industry. By far, Richard’s most significant achievement was the Henry Hart Rice Award, the top award for creative deal-making and the New York real estate industry’s most coveted honor in 2004 for “The Making of the Rodale Building in New York City.”
In addition to the REBNY award, he has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards in recent years including;
- Long Island Business News – Commercial Team of the Year (2013)
- ABLI/CIBS - Most Ingenious Deal of the Year (2010, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1998)
- RexCorp Realty’s – Deal of the Year (2006)
- RexCorp Realty’s – Broker of the Year (2006, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000)
- Colbert Coldwell Circle - CBRE Top 100 Revenue Producer (2009)
- Boston University, Bachelor of ArtS