Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida supports Ian recovery efforts and economic development as region moves forward

December 20, 2022 CONRIC PR

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2022) – Gary Tasman and the team at Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida (CPSWFL), a leading full-service commercial property brokerage based in Fort Myers, have contributed $50,000 to aid in the area’s recovery. Half the donation will support the Southwest Florida Hurricane Ian Relief Fund, an effort of the Collaboratory and United Way; the remainder going to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties. Since 2007, CPSWFL has helped to shape the landscape of Southwest Florida, and their contributions – both professionally and personally – continue to have great impact on the future of the region.


“This community has been so resilient, and we are proud to support the efforts of forward-thinking organizations that believe in Southwest Florida and all it has to offer,” said Gary Tasman, CEO and Principal Broker of CPSWFL. “It’s important that we don’t just build back what was here, but that we build back better and stronger.”


The Collaboratory, formerly the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, is all about cultivating regional change for the common good. CEO Sarah Owen, a self-proclaimed delusional optimist, has a vision for the region and is dedicated to solving all social problems in Southwest Florida within 18 years. She was about one year into this endeavor when Ian hit; and, as most optimists do, she has found a silver lining in the storm.


“This is real accountability to come out and publicly put a deadline to solving all the area’s social issues. We want to end suffering and develop a thriving region. When natural disasters strike, first we want to do all we can to end the immediate suffering. Second, how do we rebuild?” said Owen. “Sometimes we look at problems as problems rather than looking at the possibilities. Now that the disaster’s got everyone’s attention, the entire community is focused on the same thing the Collaboratory has been talking about – focusing on possibilities, on what our region could be!”


Owen was a recent guest on Tasman’s What’s Developing Southwest Florida podcast. Both Tasman and Owen are thinking big. They believe the best part of recovery efforts is that the entire community is coming together and everyone from local change-makers to government officials are hearing from the people who live in these hard-hit areas. Each has different avenues for effecting positive change through redevelopment, and each is passionate and enthusiastic for the opportunity to listen to what the community wants and to be intentional about engaging everyone in the region as a critical component in the process. Learn more about these efforts by listening to the full conversation at


CPSWFL is well-known for continued contributions to local and regional nonprofit organizations. The brokerage was recognized for its commitment to philanthropy in 2021 as Community Steward of the Year at the Industry Appreciation Awards, presented by the Lee County Economic Development Office, Horizon Council and Horizon Foundation. To see the full list of causes, or to learn more about CPSWFL, please call 239-489-3600 or visit


For more information about the Collaboratory, please visit


About Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida, LLC

Cushman and Wakefield | Commercial Property Southwest Florida, LLC delivers integrated solutions by actively advising, implementing, and managing on behalf of landlords, tenants, and investors through every stage of the real estate process. They cultivate long term relationships, advising clients in buying, selling, financing, leasing, and managing assets. C&W also provides valuation advice, strategic planning and research, portfolio analysis, site selection and space location assistance.


For more information about Commercial Property Southwest Florida, please contact Gary Tasman at or visit




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