Don’t Mess With Texas? Transwestern’s Lindsay Ornstein and Patrick Robinson Take Manhattan, One Broker at a Time

The Park Avenue office of Transwestern’s scrappy New York City branch has the feel of a tech startup. A disassembled Ping-Pong table rests inside a conference room. The firm’s principals share office space with their employees. Meetings are sometimes held on the outdoor patio, which overlooks a frenetic Midtown scene. It captures the young, boutique feel that Lindsay Ornstein, 35, and Patrick Robinson, 53, have been aiming for ever since Transwestern—a Texas-based commercial real estate services, investment and development firm—tapped the duo to open up its New York City offices in 2011. Mr. Robinson and Ms. Ornstein, who previously worked together at Staubach before the firm was acquired by Jones Lang LaSalle in 2008, discussed Transwestern’s big steps into the crowded and competitive New York City marketplace.
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Don’t Mess With Texas? Transwestern’s Lindsay Ornstein and Patrick Robinson Take Manhattan, One Broker at a Time