As an executive managing director at Newmark Knight Frank’s Dallas office, John Shaunfield has accumulated over 27 years experience in commercial real estate and executive level corporate management. Mr. Shaunfield joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2008 when it acquired Predium, a local firm where he was a partner. His success continued there, and in 2009 he was recognized by Newmark Knight Frank as its National Broker of the Year.
As a leader in the DFW real estate market, several companies have used Mr. Shaunfield’s expertise in securing their headquarters locations, including Huawei Technologies, Air Liquide, SCOR Re-Insurance, Reddy Ice, Exco Resources and Systemware, among others. He has also assisted clients with significant transactions in key locations for TXU, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Corporate Express, HealthSouth Corporation and Tektronix. With his unique ability to understand a company’s needs and translate that into a real estate strategy, many clients have engaged Mr. Shaunfield to provide his expertise to oversee their entire portfolio.
Mr. Shaunfield’s professional career extends beyond commercial real estate. He was the vice president of operations for Vianet Technologies, Inc. (VNTK) until early 2002. During his tenure, he was responsible for the finance, accounting, legal and operational aspects of the organization. Mr. Shaunfield created the first “working” company budgets, renegotiated contracts with existing vendors, established the employee benefits package, and organized the move from three separate facilities into one central location.
Before and after his tenure with Vianet, he was the managing partner with a Dallas headquartered national commercial real estate firm. During this time he helped implement the company’s conversion from a local real estate business to a national corporate services real estate firm. He was responsible for the establishment of policies and procedures, management of the portfolio account team, and negotiation of lease contracts for clients throughout the United States.
- Power Broker, D CEO Magazine, 2010 - 2016
- Heavy Hitters, Dallas Business Journal, 2005 - 2012
- Valued Partner Award, Huawei Technologies
- National Broker of the Year, Newmark Knight Frank, 2009
- Top 35 Under 35, Black’s Guide
- Broker of the Year, Mohr Partners, 2005 and 2006
- President’s Award, Mohr Partners, 1995
Mr. Shaunfield received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and real estate development from the University of Texas at Austin.