Lee & Associates Opens Minneapolis Office

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Lee & Associates, the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America, has expanded further in the Midwest with the opening of its first office in Minnesota.

“We are extremely excited about planting the Lee flag in Minnesota”

The office, which is located at 5353 Gamble Drive, St. Louis Park, MN, is headed by veterans and former Cassidy Turley, Transwestern and Cushman & Wakefield brokers Chris Garcia; Jeff Minea; Duane Poppe, SIOR, CCIM; and Kai Thomsen. Among the four of them, they provide over 75 years of CRE experience in the Twin Cities area.

“We are extremely excited about planting the Lee flag in Minnesota,” said Jeffrey Rinkov, CEO of Lee & Associates. “Meaningful expansion has been our priority for the last five years. In this office, we not only have a solid and respected team in Chris, Jeff, Duane and Kai, but offer our national platform a strong foothold in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro market.”

Garcia, an industrial specialist with 13 years of experience in the Twin Cities commercial real estate market, spent eight years at Northmarq, which is now Cushman & Wakefield. In 2010, Garcia established his own brokerage firm, CGC Commercial, which had become an important player in the local and regional industrial brokerage market.

Minea—with over 30 years’ experience, including 23 years with Welsh/Colliers, and five years with Cushman & Wakefield as well as CGC Commercial most recently—focuses on tenant representation with emphasis on industrial and med-tech businesses.

Poppe, who is an industrial specialist with both a CCIM and SIOR designation, specializes in industrial sales and leasing within the North Metro of Minneapolis-St. Paul. He spent the last six years with Transwestern and nine with Cassidy Turley.

Thomsen spent 11 years with Cushman & Wakefield, formerly CTMT; prior to that he spent five years at Welsh Companies, now Colliers. He is a specialist in office sales and leasing within the West Metro of Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

About Lee & Associates

Lee & Associates is the largest broker-owned firm in North America with locations across the U.S. and Canada. With more than 800 brokers nationwide, Lee & Associates provides a wide range of specialized commercial real estate services on a local, regional and national level. For the latest news from Lee & Associates, visit lee-associates.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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