what cre people

say about darren

Steve Schmidt
BRM engaged CRE Success to assist train and develop our directors and team, and the take-outs were first class. Leaning on his global experience, Darren's shared proven and simple ways for the entire team to improve immediately, as well as more broader strategic initiatives to add value to the long term.

Director, BRM Projects 

James Tyrrell

Executive Director

at IFC Seoul 

Darren and I worked together as colleagues for some years at JLL Korea but when I switched to a new role to manage the leasing of the Seoul International Finance Center in 2010, Darren played a pivotal part in representing numerous global companies that eventually made IFC Seoul their new home and lead to a successful lease up of our project. He was a great counterpart of some very big deals and the owner of the project AIG Global Real Estate came to recognize Darren as the top producer of tenant introductions to the 5.3 million square feet project. He was collaborative, aggressive when required in handling his clients and never lost sight of the goal which was a win/win outcome for both tenant and landlord. On moving to CBRE Korea he continued to spearhead some big names to IFC so we very grateful of his contribution. Living and working in a foreign country with language and cultural differences is never easy but Darren negotiated that very well which played out in the results he achieved for both himself and the companies he represented JLL and CBRE.
As President of JLL Victoria Toastmasters, I was thrilled that Darren joined when we founded the club last year. Darren is a seasoned presenter and engaging storyteller - not only is he a technically polished speaker (e.g confident gestures, a great voice and fluent language) he crafts his content to be interesting and relevant for his audience. It was fantastic to have Darren’s strong skills to draw on as examples for less experienced speakers within the club. He was an active Toastmaster, taking on speaking roles regularly, recruiting members from across the business and mentoring others, helping them prepare their presentations. Darren’s leaving JLL was a great loss to the Club, but I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing his speaking career flourish!
Leonie Mitaxa

Change and

Transformation Manager

at JLL

I worked with Darren for over 5 years at JLL Korea, when he was the Head of Markets, Leasing and Tenant Representation. I reported directly to Darren, and with his leadership and guidance, my team won more jobs than ever before. He leads by example, where his dedication to the business sets the tone of the team to achieve more. Throughout my professional career, I've never seen a boss more inspiring than Darren, and I must say I enjoyed working with him during my stay at JLL.
Bryant Lee

Director, Business Development at Zepetto

Darren and I worked together when he was heading Markets in Seoul, Korea and I was in Hong Kong. He was a great partner on projects and was one of my favorite people to work with across APAC. He made clients very happy during his tenure w his tenacity to deliver excellent results as well as being timely on all communications.
Brian Brenner

Managing Director

at JLL

Suah Baek

Associate Director at

Colliers International

I’ve worked with Darren over 7 years since 2011. He was my line manager at JLL Tenant Representation Team about 5 years, then he moved to CBRE Korea as the managing director. I enjoyed working with him and learnt a lot from him. He is smart and good at numbers. He quickly understands and analyze given situations to come up with strategies. His directions were always crystal clear. He has a can-do attitude with lots of energy! If you consult on commercial real estate matters with him, you are in good hands.
Sohyun Park

Senior Director at JLL 

Mr. Darren Krakowiak was my MD when I was working for CBRE.We had one-on-one meeting on a regular basis and I felt he wasvery supportive, which motivated me to work harder. I believethat his smart and speedy decision very much contributed on thesuccess of the company at that time.
Darren is a rare breed of men who find happiness and satisfaction in uplifting others. He has been very helpful by providing me with insightful suggestions and career advice on an upcoming opportunity. He has motivated me, even though we've never met in person, and I have to state the fact that we connected via LinkedIn just a month ago. All in all, I have found Darren to be a person of intelligence, energy and integrity, and I recommend speaking with him for professional advice on working in real estate.
Rohan Gopala Krishna

MBA Real Estate

Darren and I worked together as colleagues and a boss at JLL and CBRE Korea. We have done a number of projects together and Darren has always worked hard to get things done right for our clients. He had excellent presentation skill and always very supportive and I enjoyed working with him.
Irene Sunghee Hwang

Head of Business 


As a Managing Partner of Edge Communications based in Korea, I had the opportunity of working together with Darren on public relations and communications initiatives to raise the awareness of his firm, CBRE, in the commercial real estate sector in Korea. Darren proved to be quite savvy in communications strategy and tactics and was a pleasure to work with in positioning his firm as a top player in the local market sector. Having known Darren for many years, his style is that of a people person who is well liked among colleagues and clients – always striving for success and getting the most out of teams. Darren is an Asia guy and if he chooses to return to Asia or Korea, I’m sure it will be in a successful capacity.
Jeffrey Bohn

Managing Partner,

Edge Communication Inc.

As the Chairman and CEO of AMCHAM, I have had a chance to work closely with Darren. Darren has contributed greatly to AMCHAM's many programs, especially as a Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee, This committee is very important to many of the AMCHAM members. I have always enjoyed Darren's leadership style and commitment to building his business. I also know that he has a strong following of employees, partners and clients who will continue to rely on Darren's expertise. If Darren ever chooses to return to Korea, he will be welcomed back with open arms at AMCHAM.
James Kim

Chairman and CEO

at AMCHAM Korea

Darren is an exceptional speaker with a rare combination of composure, audience engagement and FIRE power to uplift others. Darren and I were both members of the JLL Victoria Toastmasters Club and volunteered to be the first members to give our ice breaker speech to the group. Darren was an active member of club and went on to become the 'Guru' in speaking for many of us. He always went above and beyond to help others by sharing his knowledge in commercial real estate and capabilities as a public speaker. He truely is an inspiration! I am sure that Darren will continue to help others in commercial real estate with their personal and professional development.
Anuja Nikam

Stretegic Sourcing

Specialist at Coles

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