Darren Krakowiak is a leader in the commercial real estate industry in Asia Pacific. He has coached and mentored hundreds of professionals to higher levels of performance..

Meet Darren Krakowiak


Darren became a Director of JLL Australia at age 27 and the country head of CBRE Korea at age 35 - he knows firsthand what is takes to achieve success in commercial real estate.

In 2019, Darren returned home to Melbourne after a 12 year absence; he experienced the challenges of starting all over again in our industry.

Darren noticed the lack of quality resources to help people who needed it, and the shortage of leaders providing that support.

As he drew on his own experience to motivate himself, he realised that the industry needed someone new to step up, so in 2020 he founded CRE Success


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My Story


I have always enjoyed being a commercial real estate leader who lifts others up to achieve their full potential.

When I returned to Australia in 2019, and was no longer directly responsible for providing that leadership, I noticed people in senior positions who weren't able or willing to elevate others.

I identified a gap in the commercial real estate sector to be a resource to support others' professional development. I also saw the potential to help existing leaders fulfil their full range of responsibilities. 

I have the capability, experience, knowledge and passion required to serve in this role. So, I launched CRE Success in April 2020.

I then spent six months laying the groundwork for the CRE Success platform; coaching and mentoring clients on a one-on-one basis, learning the discipline of Executive Coaching at Swinburne University, and delivering group training courses to people and companies in commercial real estate.

I now understand the market's needs even better. With these enhanced skills and knowledge, I've built the CRE Success platform to pursue my mission of being a leader in the industry who supports the professional aspirations of even more people.

I continue to develop the platform to achieve my mission, which I seek to accomplish directly through the people I serve and indirectly by helping develop better leaders which other people benefit from.

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Behind the scenes

This is Juwon and I in New York City - the place where she lived for seven years and we visited together in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

We met in Seoul in 2015 and got married in 2018. We both love to travel. This photo is from the last holiday we took together before the birth of our daughter in May 2020.

On this trip, we took the opportunity to get some 'baby bump' photos done (but you can't see the bump in this one!).


Our 5 Ps - what we stand for


We do what we do with passion.

We pursue goals with persistence.

We keep a positive attitude.

We believe in preparation

We act with professionalism.

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Rob Aird, Managing Director of Unispace, on CRE Success: The Podcast with Darren Krakowiak discussing leadership.
What's inside the box? It might be a new Blue Yeti microphone to be used by Darren Krakowiak on CRE Success: The Podcast - a leading podcast globally for commercial real estate professionals.
Shelley Boland is a leader Corporate Real Estate professional who is also active in CoreNet in Asia Pacific. She joined Darren Krakowiak on CRE Success: The Podcast in 2020 to discuss how service providers, CRE professionals and end-users in the financial services industry can deliver market-leading property solutions.
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Darren Krakowiak is the Founder of CRE Success. He providers coaching, consulting, mentoring, speaking and training to the commercial real estate industry in Asia Pacific and North America.
To find out how to use LinkedIn to grow your network, show them your capability and then know them off the platform, watch the Personal Branding webinar with Darren Krakowiak, Founder of CRE Success.
For Darren Krakowiak, the Founder of CRE Success, a blue Blue Yeti - which matches the corporate colours of CRE Success - was a no brainer when picking a podcast microphone.
Passion. Persistence. Positive Thinking. Preparation. Professionalism. These are The 5 Ps of Commercial Real Estate Success. Get the mini eBook, written by Darren Krakowiak, when you join CRE Success: Membership.

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