Originally posted in the May issue of Utah Business and Utah Business online.
Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce
Dana Baird loves a challenge, from completing a simple deal to putting the pieces of a complicated transaction together. That’s why it’s no surprise that she has consistently been a top three producer at Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce in the last five years.
In addition, her team has consistently been at the forefront, producing over 1.5 million square feet totaling $275 million of executed deal transactions on an annual basis. “I thoroughly enjoy the people I work with, as well as guiding my team to success,” she says. “There is excitement in having an impact on Utah’s ever changing economy.”
Those around Baird consider her to be a driven and confident individual who is not afraid to speak up. “If there is ever a problem, I tackle it and find a solution,” she says. “I don’t dwell on the negative.”
Baird is a recipient of the coveted Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, and she currently serves as president of the Utah Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP Utah). Outside of brokerage, she serves as president of the Skyline youth lacrosse program and recently organized an art night fundraiser at Oakridge Elementary, which raised $15,000 for the school’s underfunded art programs.
“I have never viewed my career as being female versus male. I see myself having done things differently, not because of that minority status, but as a response to not isolating myself as a woman. I get in and play with everyone by taking a seat at the table instead of asking for one.”
Check out her full interview YouTube: Dana Baird, 30 Women to Watch