Two NorthMarq professionals selected for’s Women of Influence recognition

Susan Branscome selected for third time; Sharon Plattner is first-time winner

NorthMarq, a leader in commercial real estate capital markets, announces two winners for’s annual Women of Influence recognition. Susan Branscome, managing director-Cincinnati, and Sharon Plattner, managing director-Freddie Mac production, are both long-time leaders in debt and equity transactions and within the commercial real estate industry. They were two of seven winners in the debt and equity category for the awards.

Three-time winner Branscome founded Quest Realty in 1998, as one of two women in the country to start a commercial real estate mortgage banking firm. She and her team joined NorthMarq in 2014 when her firm was acquired; in her career, she has originated more than $3 billion in commercial real estate debt for all property types with all types of lenders. Prior to beginning her career in commercial mortgage banking, Susan was a construction lender with Bank One and permanent loan lender with Carillon Advisors, the investment advisor for Union Central Life Insurance Company and Manhattan National Life, now Ameritas.

First-time winner Sharon Plattner joined NorthMarq in 2018 as managing director of Freddie Mac production, responsible for assisting NorthMarq’s originators in securing Freddie Mac financing for their clients. She has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, with 11 years at Freddie Mac, where she was responsible for leading a team of 17 with production of more than $16 billion. She also has experience as an originator for Berkadia, an underwriter for Morgan Stanley, and a project manager for a Chicago-area developer.

In addition to her professional career, Plattner started RENEW, a professional association focused on women working in commercial real estate finance roles. The association started in 2017, and after one full year of operation, reached more than 250 members at the beginning of 2019.

In business since 1960, NorthMarq has grown to more than 550 employees through more than 20 acquisitions, with the most recent acquisition of Texas Realty Capital in Austin, Texas.

Northmarq is a full-service capital markets resource for commercial real estate investors, offering seamless collaboration with top experts in debt, equity, investment sales, loan servicing, and fund management. The company combines industry-leading capabilities with a flexible structure, enabling its national team of experienced professionals to create innovative solutions for clients. Northmarq's solid foundation and entrepreneurial approach have built an annual transaction volume of more than $39 billion and a loan servicing portfolio of more than $76 billion. Through the 2022 acquisition of Stan Johnson Company and Four Pillars Capital Markets, Northmarq established itself as a provider of opportunities across all major asset classes. For more information, visit: