Leveraging her deep experience in operations, strategic planning, and public speaking, ELIZABETH KING FORSTNEGER develops and delivers solutions that drive growth. Her value to clients, stakeholders, and colleagues extends beyond advice on commercial real estate issues, and into the areas of workforce sustainability and improved operational efficiency. Elizabeth is best known for her communication skills, collaborative approach, and emphasis on servant leadership, which enables her to inspire and bring out the best in others.
Building on her experience as a financial and operational auditor, Elizabeth gravitated toward commercial real estate, which allowed her natural problem-solving ability and strong interpersonal skills to come to the fore. An intuitive, critical thinker, she has traditionally assumed control of complex projects that resulted in actionable insights and winning strategies for her clients. Elizabeth has also emerged as a solid facilitator, an energetic and audience-focused presenter able to create an environment that fosters learning and idea exchange. She is an attentive listener who excels at isolating issues, navigating conversations, and anticipating unforeseen circumstances.
A lifelong learner, Elizabeth’s relevant insights and commitment to quality service propel her clients toward informed real estate decisions, helping them gain a competitive advantage within their markets. Bringing unparalleled attention to detail and an unshakable work ethic to each project, she focuses on the entire real estate portfolio to provide clarity in all real estate-related matters, including choices related to geographical market, talent acquisition, and operations. Through her personal commitment to excellence, Elizabeth continues to make enduring contributions to C & W’s expanding platform of thought leadership.
-Cushman & Wakefield-
Senior Managing Director, Head of Integrated Portfolio Management - Americas
May 2019 – Present
Elizabeth leverages her deep experience in strategic planning, operations, and synthesis of client needs to develop and deliver solutions that drive growth. As the Americas Head of Integrated Portfolio Management for Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services business, she enhances Cushman & Wakefield’s differentiating value propositions for Strategy & Advisory, Transaction Management, and Portfolio Administration in each business development opportunity and is often retained by the firm’s largest multi-market accounts for her input on innovation, best practices, and decision support of real estate concerns as they arise. Specifically, Elizabeth leads teams to develop tools complemented by focused advisory to ensure best-fit optimization solutions for office, industrial, and retail occupiers of space across the globe. She is best known for her communication skills, collaborative approach, and emphasis on servant leadership, which enables her to inspire and bring out the best in others.
Cushman & Wakefield advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment, and has established a preeminent position in the world’s major markets, as evidenced by its frequent involvement in many of the most significant property leases, sales and assignments. C&W transforms the way people work, shop and live.
Founded in 1917, C & W has 250 offices in 60 countries and 43,000 employees. The firm offers a complete range of services for all property types, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, equity, debt and structured finance, corporate finance and investment banking, corporate services, property management, facilities management, project management, consulting and appraisal. A recognized leader in local and global real estate research, the firm publishes its market information and studies online at www.cushmanwakefield.com/research-and-insight.
Senior Director, Portfolio Strategy Practice Leader
Mar 2017 – May 2019
In this role, Elizabeth designs best-fit client solutions for occupiers of space. She advises the firm’s largest multi-market accounts, offering input on innovation, best practices, and decision support of real estate concerns as they arise. Benefits of client engagement extend beyond individual projects to all aspects of the enterprise, create cost savings, and deliver actionable strategies that produce results.
Elizabeth provides trusted counsel on all issues relating to the following:
● Portfolio Optimization Solution Development
● Organizational Process Design
● Workplace Strategy
● Location Analysis
● Elizabeth designed Centers of Excellence strategies for a grow technology firms and numerous professional services firms to maximize their respective portfolios based on skills, clients, and utilization.
● Elizabeth led a multi-channel change management program for a global pharmaceutical company based on employee engagement in support of innovation and collaboration.
Director, Strategic Consulting
Feb 2012 – Mar 2017
-Grubb & Ellis Company-
Director, Strategic Consulting Group
Sep 2004 – Feb 2012
During her tenure, Elizabeth was responsible for strategic corporate real estate planning and operations for companies across the U.S. She also negotiated municipal incentives and managed customer, labor, and transportation analyses for corporations with retail, manufacturing, distribution, customer care, and headquarters operations.
● For a Fortune 1000 insurance firm managing the space needs of a variety of business units, Elizabeth provided advisory services and built tools to provide real estate decision support and foster consensus building.
● Elizabeth provided advisory services and strategic guidance to a Fortune 50 technology client on issues relating to energy management, carbon emissions (scope 1 and 2) and sustainability issues relating to their portfolio
● Elizabeth conceived and led a 30-person, multi-disciplined practice group of focused on delivery of sustainability-related services to clients and messaging the company's successes in this realm
Feb 2004 – Sep 2004
Provided management consulting services to clients in the real estate industry to improve business performance through strategic planning, organizational considerations, benchmarking, and process improvement.
-Opus North Corporation-
Real Estate Accountant
Jan 2000 – Feb 2004
Supervised and trained staff, served as liaison to property managers and owners, provided financial analyses for 20 properties, coordinated bank funding through loan draws for building construction.
-Ernst & Young, LLP-
Auditor, Accounting and Assurance Business Services
Sep 1999 – Nov 2000
Executed financial statement audit programs as part of the assurance process for real estate, manufacturing, and financial services clients, including the identification of control weaknesses, regulatory compliance issues, development of the work papers and audit findings through interaction with engagement partners and all levels of client personnel.