Work Life

Scott Abell’s career in commercial real estate, with a specialty in finance, spans more than three decades.

Much of his success can be attributed to Scott’s genuine desire to develop creative financing opportunities for clients. This is one reason he was the top producing finance officer for Burnham Real Estate over consecutive years before transitioning to Senior Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Real Estate Finance group.

Scott has personally arranged financing for over $1 billion in loans for commercial/industrial and multifamily real estate projects.

Insight & Know-How

Over the years, Scott developed expertise in negotiation, origination, and debt products. He earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law with an emphasis in real estate, tax, and business law. Scott is also a graduate of the University of Southern California. His professional memberships and activities include:

Away From The Office

When he’s not formulating financing strategies with colleagues, Scott is active in a variety of sports. He can be found teeing it up with his wife Laurie on the golf course, or hitting the slopes near his vacation home in Steamboat Springs—or, better yet, playing softball with buddies he’s known for 40 years. Although a man of few regrets, Scott does wish he’d continued with the saxophone lessons he began at an early age. His love of all varieties of music still lives on, as does his dream of playing sax with a rock and roll band, like Bobby Keys of The Rolling Stones.

His father, who was an officer in the Marines, instilled Scott’s sense of duty to others. He gives back in meaningful ways to programs that benefit children, wounded warriors, and those with physical and developmental disabilities. Each winter, Scott volunteers his time to the Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports program, where he teaches children with autism and wounded veterans how to be successful in a variety of snow sports. Back home in San Diego, Scott volunteers his time and talent to the Tee It Up For The Troops golf tournament that benefits military veterans.