VOL. 9 | NO. 47 | Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wyatt Aiken, Accomplished Memphis Commercial Real Estate Broker, Dies
By Patrick Lantrip
Widely known and highly respected Memphis commercial real estate broker Wyatt Aiken died Friday morning after an extended illness.
Aiken was executive vice president/CEO of Cushman Wakefield-Commercial Advisors. Among his many professional achievements, Aiken served as president of the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) Memphis Chapter in 2007-2008.
SOIR is the leading commercial real estate association representing the top producers in the industry.
“Our deep sadness in the loss of Wyatt is somehow overwhelmed in the joy and knowledge that he is no longer suffering and struggling against the terrible disease that he and Tricia and his children have bravely battled together for the last several years,” Larry Jensen, his partner and friend for more than 25 years, said in a release through the SIOR.
After receiving his MBA from Tulane University in 1983, Aiken began his career in commercial real estate as a leasing agent and marketing principal with Trammell Crow Co.
Five years later he took a job with the national commercial real estate brokerage firm, Cushman and Wakefield Inc.
Aiken eventually became one of the founding brokers of Cushman Wakefield-Commercial Advisors.
During his 30-plus year career in real estate he won many awards including the “Largest Dollar Volume” in the U.S. for an Industrial Transaction by SIOR in 2002, the Broker of the Year Pinnacle Award in 2009 and most recently, the Hall of Fame Principal Award in 2014.
Throughout his career Aiken represented many notable clients such as FedEx Trade Networks, Johnson and Johnson HCS, Technicolor, Pfizer, Trumbull Labs and Trane.
Among many friends and family, he leaves his wife, Tricia, and three children, James, Rachel and Philip.
Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Ave., with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m.