Anthony Orso joined Newmark Knight Frank as president of Capital Markets Strategies in 2018. Based in the firm’s New York headquarters, Mr. Orso also serves as NKF’s liaison with Cantor Fitzgerald’s commercial-backed mortgage securities (CMBS) business and advises the firm on its third-party debt business.
Mr. Orso is the co-founder and former CEO of CCRE (Cantor Commercial Real Estate), Cantor Fitzgerald’s fully integrated commercial and multifamily real estate finance company. During his tenure as CEO, CCRE closed approximately $50 billions of dollars’ worth of loans and opened locations across the U.S. In 2014, CCRE was ranked as the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company by Crain’s New York Business. That same year, Mr. Orso was named No. 1 in Commercial Observer’s 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance.
Prior to CCRE, Mr. Orso was a managing director at Credit Suisse and co-head of the Credit Suisse Real Estate Direct Group, where he was responsible for over $200 billion in North American real estate loans. Mr. Orso also oversaw the expansion of the business in the United States, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
Mr. Orso earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University. Active in his community, he serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.