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Professional Experience

Shawn O’Brien combines a passion for the business with his knowledge developed over twenty years of representing clients in acquisition, disposition, retail leasing, site selection, ground leases and vacant land assemblage assignments. In addition, Mr. O’Brien’s CCIM training, market insight and knowledge of decision making analysis tools allow him to provide investment analysis services, retail development consultation and 1031 Exchange expertise to his clients.


  • CBRE Top 20 Retail Professionals (2001-2002)

Accreditations And Affiliations

  • CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • CBOR:  Detroit Area Commercial Board of REALTORS®
  • NAR: National Association of REALTORS®
  • IREM: Institute of Real Estate Management
  • ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centers
  • MAR: Michigan Association of REALTORS®
  • MDS: Michigan Developer’s Showcase/Committee Co-Chair, Moderator and Presenter 2001-2006


  • Michigan State University, BA/BS; Marketing/Economics
  • CCIM: Designation - 1996
  • ICSC: Advanced Shopping Center Marketing and Analysis

civic affiliations

  • Haslett Schools Foundation (Board Member)
  • “Children’s Miracle Network” (Campaign Coordinator)
  • East Lansing Rotary (Board Member)
  • Greater Lansing Area Hockey Association (GLAHA)
  • Junior Achievement Consultant (1995 – 1999)
  • St. Martha’s Parish (Member)
  • MSU Alumni Club (Member, 1995 – Present)
  • MSU Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni, Board Vice President (1990 – Present)
  • GLAHA High School Hockey Coach (1987 – 1995)

Partial List Of Clients Represented

  • Arby’s
  • Atlantis Development Group
  • Bank One
  • Bennigan’s Restaurants
  • Biggby Coffee
  • Burger King
  • Capitol National Bank
  • Culver’s Restaurants
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Dollar General
  • Family Dollar Stores
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Hart Advisers
  • Independent Bank
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Lennar Partners
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Meijer, Inc.
  • Menard, Inc.
  • NuUnion Credit Union
  • Planet Fitness
  • Saturn of Okemos, Grand Ledge
  • Sears
  • Wendy’s

Sampling Of Significant Assignments

During the last ten years, Mr. O’Brien has been directly involved in the sale of over $300,000,000 in commercial real estate sales and leasing. He has also brokered over 700 acres of development land. 

A sampling of these transactions includes:

  • J. America Retail (125,000 SF - Lease/Sale)
  • NuUnion Credit Union (Various Branch Sites - Sale)
  • Atlantis Development Group (2,990 Units Sale)
  • Hart Advisers (197,000 SF Sale)
  • Menard, Inc. (Three 25-Acre Sites Sale)
  • Lennar Properties (277,522 SF - Sale)

Available Properties