Larry Richey is the managing principal and market leader for Cushman & Wakefield’s Florida offices. Since taking on the statewide leadership responsibility four years ago, he has grown the firm’s Florida operation to No. 1 in the state, in terms of market share, for the commercial real estate services industry.
Richey is the past chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and remains active on the boards of the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Florida State University Real Estate Executive Board. He has received a lifetime achievement award from the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors, as well as the Hall of Fame Award from NAIOP.
1. College alma mater? Florida State University, B.S. in Accounting; Georgia State, J.D.
2. Last book you read? Silent Night by Danielle Steel.
3. Last place you vacationed? Chile, for a group cycling trip.
4. PC or Mac? Mac.
5. Guilty-pleasure food? Key lime pie.
6. We’ll find you on the weekend doing? Cycling, boating, golfing and spending time with family.
7. Biggest fear? Being mediocre. As Van Morrison’s lyrics say, “You have to fight every day to keep mediocrity at bay.”
8. Proudest moment? Graduating from law school, after six years of night classes.
9. Dream dinner companion? Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi.
10. Any pets? My thriving saltwater aquarium makes it easy to travel.
11. Who did you last text? My wife, of course.
12. What is your cellphone wallpaper image? My wife and I at Palma Ceia Country Club’s 100-year anniversary event.
13. What do you listen to in the car? Bloomberg News during weekdays, classic rock on nights and weekends.
14. What is your go-to drink order? Scotch or red wine, when it comes to adult beverages.
15. Favorite candy? Snickers.
16. Do you suffer from Primenesia (the act of ordering from Amazon and forgetting about it)? Definitely.
17. Pool or beach? Beach.
18. Charity you support? The American Diabetes Association through the annual Tour de Cure cycling event.
19. Favorite childhood memory? Receiving the MVP award, age 9, in PAL football. That was the peak of my athletic career.
20. Words of advice? Focus on everyone other than yourself and you will be happier and more successful.