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Linsey Smith

Linsey Smith


Cushman & Wakefield

Leads Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago research operations

Previously VP of consumer insights at Compass Group

Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, Northwestern University

Linsey Smith leads Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago research operations, and colleagues say she has dramatically changed the way the firm’s research aligns with business and client objectives. A native of Cupertino, CA, Smith earned a PhD in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University and joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2019. 

Linsey has a different mindset,” says Victoria Noonan, Chicago Managing Principal, Cushman & Wakefield. “She joined us with a more experiential, consumer background, and I thought how she looks at data to tell a story would transform our research. She’s done exactly that. My brokers frequently note that we have not had research of this quality, especially in terms of how it benefits client service, in their decades-spanning careers. 

Noonan adds, “Her whole heart goes all the way through this. Linsey is an empathetic leader, which is rare, and a mentor, even at this early stage of her career. She recognizes talent and guides it to the right role. For example, a researcher on her team had given notice, and Linsey, aware of opportunities in Cushman & Wakefield’s evolving, national research efforts suggested he apply. We were able to retain and redirect a talented young researcher who would be difficult to replace, especially during the pandemic.” 

These are just a few reasons we chose Smith as one of the Chicago/Midwest 2021 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s fifth annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.


Inside The Story

Cushman & Wakefield’s Smith

About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).