Thomas A. Donovan

Vice Chairman


Mr. Donovan is a Vice Chairman in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield. Previously, he was a Partner at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal on December 31, 2014.

In 1998, Mr. Donovan joined Massey Knakal to head up the firm's first full-service outer borough office. The Queens office has gone from a two-person start-up to a flourishing establishment more than 10 times its original size. He has built a strong presence in the Queens marketplace in neighborhoods including Astoria, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Sunnyside and Woodside. To date, he has been personally responsible for the sale of close to 500 properties in excess of $1.85 billion.

Mr. Donovan graduated from St. Francis Preparatory High School before attending St. John's University, where he studied business management. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. As a member of the 8th Marine Regiment, Mr. Donovan was an influencing force in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The tenacity, courage and determination he displayed while in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait awarded him a Combat Action Ribbon.

Mr. Donovan's dedication to serve and protect continued with almost a decade of service as a New York City police officer. In 1997, he turned to real estate and gained valuable experience as a title closer. From there he built relationships and implemented his capabilities into the sale of investment properties.

Mr. Donovan’s personal philanthropic efforts are numerous. He is a member of the VFW Catholic War Veterans and a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. In 2008, Mr. Donovan accepted a position on the Board of Directors for The Brain Tumor Foundation. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Varadi Ovarian Institute for Cancer Education (VOICE).


-Real Estate Forum’s Top Broker: 2014

-Top Sales Broker by CoStar Group: 2008-2014

-Massey Knakal Salesperson of the Year in Queens: 2008-2014

-Massey Knakal 3rd place Company-Wide Salesperson of the Year: 2010

-Massey Knakal 2nd place Company-Wide Salesperson of the Year: 2009

-Massey Knakal Award representing overall values in Queens: 2000, 2001, 2008

-Crain’s New York Business’ 40 Under 40 list: 2005


  • Columbus Citizens Foundation
  • VFW, Catholic War Veterans
  • Varardi Ovarian Initiative for Cancer Education (VOICE)


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Thomas A. Donovan
Vice Chairman
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