Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2019 in the July issues of the magazines. Each day, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2019.

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Today’s spotlight: Susan LaGanke

Title: Senior managing director, Project & Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield

As a senior managing director based in Cushman & Wakefield’s Phoenix office, LaGanke leads the firm’s National Mid Cap Multi-Market Practice and Southwest Area comprising Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. She brings an extensive more than 25  years of successful multi-disciplinary industry experience across construction and development and other pertinent areas of commercial real estate. Drawing upon her deep skills and exceptional track record interfacing with clients, she is a leading role in further growing and strengthening our internal business alongside our strategic full-service line platform by ensuring consistent delivery of the group’s best-in-class services.

Source of pride: “Successfully growing project management businesses.  One of the reasons I have been able to grow each of my markets or platforms is that I take pride in really connecting with people.  My longevity in the industry, business acumen, and attention to details, enables me to ask all the right questions to fully understand what each Client needs to provide the right solution. The trust that I build with both internal and external stakeholders is very rewarding.”

The personality trait that helped you succeed:Exceptionally bubbly, positive and upbeat attitude.  Some of this has been born from the confidence and excitement that I have in knowing I have developed a great team behind me. But, I also believe that if you start with a positive and happy outlook, people want to talk with you and hear what you have to say.”

The personality trait that got you into trouble:Growing up in New England, we Bostonians are known to ‘tell it like it is.’ Dealing with many different cultures and personalities both professionally and personally have taught me to really consider my audience before I speak.”

Best childhood memory:Spending time at the beach on the weekends, and after a sun and sand day, my grandmother, ‘Nana,’ brought over homemade apple pie and chocolate chip cookies. Always a great day!”