Member Spotlight - Erika Kaufman

February 1, 2018
Written by: Erika Kaufman
Erika Kaufman
Cushman & Wakefield
Member Name:  Erika Kaufman

Years in Commercial Real Estate:  20+

What part of the real estate industry are you in?  What company do you currently work for?  Commercial brokerage, transaction management, account management, and federal leasing. I currently manage the GSA Account for Cushman & Wakefield.

What is your favorite part of CREW?  If you are a new member, why did you join CREW?  Mentorship and support for the next generation of woman in the commercial real estate industry.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  Hobbies?  No spare time!  My husband runs a full-service taxidermy business in our home, we have two kids, 3 English bulldogs and a horse.  I love to foster / rescue and support bulldogs with special needs. 

Are you a Colorado native?  If not, where are you from and how did you end up in Colorado?  No, I moved here in 1982 with my family from Elkhart, Indiana and Holland, Michigan.

Favorite spot in Denver (or surrounding areas)?  Estes Park- I love to ghost hunt with my children at the Stanley Hotel

What food, dessert or treat can you NOT resist?  Dark chocolate with raspberries

Dream vacation?  Bali

Biggest accomplishment of your career?  Managing a deadly shopping mall shooting in a small community in Oklahoma. The gang related shooting deeply impacted the families of the victims, our mall employees, the mall tenants, the community, and me personally.  Through the firsthand experience, I was able to view real estate and its importance to the community from a new perspective.         

Favorite motivational quote to inspire you at work?  “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”― Deepak Chopra