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Ryan T. Watts

Executive Vice President

Ryan T. Watts Executive Vice President
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Professional Experience

Ryan Watts joined CBRE in 2000 and is an Executive Vice President in the Minneapolis Institutional Properties Group specializing in major investment transactions for single-tenant and multi-tenant office and industrial properties. 

Ryan is a member of Institutional Properties nationally and is partnered locally with Sonja Dusil, Judd Welliver, and Tom Holtz. As an investment professional, Mr. Watts and the team provide advisory and brokerage services required for complex real estate transactions and investment sales. Ryan is also a member of CBRE Corporate Capital Markets, a group focusing on the sale of single tenant properties, sale/leasebacks, and built-to-suit financing.

Prior to joining the Institutional Properties team, Ryan was a part of CBRE’s Global Corporate Service group focusing on representation and advisory services for corporate clients. Ryan started his career in CBRE’s Chicago office in the Financial Consulting Group and transferred to Minneapolis in 2003 as a Director of the Minneapolis Financial Group. The Financial Consulting Group provides financial and analytical consulting for Institutional Real Estate dispositions, acquisitions, and leasing transactions.  


Professional Affiliations / Accreditations


  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR)
  • MNCAR – Financial instructor for annual brokerage basics educational series designed for new members
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker - Minnesota




Mr. Watts has completed more than $12 billion in transaction consideration value for office, industrial, land and corporate sale/leaseback consulting and sale assignments.

  • 2017: CBRE America’s Top Producer; recognizing sales professionals in the top 10% of the America’s region by production
  • 2015 & ‘16: CBRE America’s Top Producer; recognizing sales professionals in the top 20% of the America’s region by production
  • 2011 & ‘13-‘17: CBRE Chairman’s Club Award; awarded to top local sales professionals by revenue
  • 2008, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’15, ’16, ’17: MNCAR Investment Transaction of the Year
  • 2008: Rookie of the Year; awarded to newly commissioned sales professional with the highest annual revenue
  • 2005: CBRE Sales Professional Cornerstone; recognizing exemplary commitment and dedication



    • University of Wisconsin at Madison, Bachelor of Business Administration; Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Significant Assignments



 Property Location Square Feet
33 South Sixth-City Center Minneapolis CBD, MN 1,617,888
Mayo Clinic Square Minneapolis CBD, MN Office
Land O'Lakes Headquarters Campus             Arden Hills, MN 207,598
IRET Office Portfolio MN, CO, NE, ID, MO and WI 2,549,222
Thresher Square              Minneapolis CBD, MN 117,144
Plymouth Corporate Center   Plymouth, MN 628,436
Wedgwood Commerce Center I   Maple Grove, MN 85,404
50 South 10th Street   Minneapolis CBD, MN 498,768
601 Tower at Carlson Center 
Minnetonka, MN 288,458
Cargill at 9350 & 9380 Excelsior Crossings Hopkins, MN 501,603
Oracle and International Centre Minneapolis CBD, MN  622,173
MoneyGram and 1600 Towers St. Louis Park, MN 491,785
The Colonnade   Golden Vallely, MN 355,797
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN Sale/Leaseback   Eagan, MN 1,133,188
Founders Properties National Single Tenant Portfolio Various 902,338
Cargill at 9320 Excelsior Crossings  Hopkins, MN 254,915
AMB/Prologis Minneapolis Portfolio Minneapolis Area, MN 3,925,167
Stinson Office Park  Minneapolis, MN 307,045
Principal Minneapolis Portfolio Minneapolis Area, MN 448,254
ING Sale/Leaseback Minneapolis Area, MN Office
First Industrial Office/Tech Portfolio Minneapolis Area, MN 766,240
TCF Tower and Bank Building Minneapolis CBD, MN 465,766
Fifth Street Towers   Minneapolis CBD, MN 1,073,004
Interchange Office Park   St. Louis Park, MN 989,004


  • ASB
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Cargill
  • Carlson Real Estate
  • CBRE Global  Investors
  • Cornerstone
  • Cross Harbor Capital
  • CSM
  • Duke Realty
  • EOP/Blackstone
  • First Industrial
  • Founders Properties
  • Franklin Street Properties Corp.
  • Hines
  • ING
  • IRET
  • Meritex Enterprises
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Opus
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Prologis
  • Prudential
  • Ryan Companies
  • WCB Properties
Ryan T. Watts Executive Vice President
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402