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Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Professional Experience

Tom DeSautel is a Vice President in the Minneapolis Office of CBRE, where he focuses exclusively on providing real estate solutions to tenants with locations in the Twin Cities and across the world. Recognized industry wide as a Suburban real estate expert, Tom is valued for his strategic thinking, financial modeling, lease negotiations, and client centered focus.

Tom works closely with companies to develop and fine tune their real estate strategies to meet key business objectives. Aligning real estate to objectives saves his clients time and money while providing increased lease flexibility, and recruit/retain key employees. Tom works closely with each client to tailor their strategies to ultimately find and negotiate the best economical terms and lease flexibility for both his local and national corporate clients.

Tom’s core strength is analyzing occupancy scenarios through in-depth financial modeling where he describes the cost benefit analysis between a lease renewal, relocation and expansion. Tom uses a straightforward, factual approach while working with clients.

Tom's specialties include:
  • Tenant Representation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Real Estate Strategies
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Portfolio Optimization
  • Occupancy Cost Reduction Strategies

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Emerging Brokers Committee Member
  • Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate (MNCAR)
  • Quantum Learning Certification


  • CBRE Rookie of the Year, 2014
  • Personal and Professional Growth Award, 2012

Community Involvement

  • University of North Dakota CoBPA Advisory Board Member
  • University of North Dakota National Football Committee Co-Chair
  • Founding Board Member of Young Professionals Network (University of North Dakota)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities
  • Co-Founder of Hastings Football Alumni Golf Classic
  • NFL Alumni MN Chapter “Caring for Kids” Committee Member


  • The University of North Dakota, Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • The University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), Marketing


  • Rookie of the Year

Significant Assignments

Company / Locations

Square Feet
Cargill, Inc.
Blair, NE
Houston, TX

30,000 SF
23,000 SF
Bluestem Brands, Inc.
Eden Prairie, MN
345,000 SF
The Mosaic Company
Tampa, FL
Plymouth, MN

110,000 SF
75,000 SF
MEDRAD Interventional/Possis
Coon Rapids, MN

130,000 SF
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Wayzata, MN
Bloomington, MN

20,000 SF
19,000 SF
Rasmussen College
Bloomington, MN

48,000 SF
Bloomington, MN

36,000 SF
Emerson Process Management
Bloomington, MN

35,000 SF
Rust Consulting
Minneapolis, MN
Fairbault, MN

60,000 SF
35,000 SF
Dell Compellent
Edina, MN

41,000 SF
Padilla CRT
Minneapolis, MN

43,000 SF
ConAgra Foods
Bloomington, MN

17,000 SF


  • Cargill, Inc.
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Emerson Process Management
  • Gander Mountain
  • MEDRAD Interventional / Possis
  • MicroEdge
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Pulte Homes
  • Rasmussen College
  • Rust Consulting
  • The Mosaic Company
  • NEWSCYCLE Solutions
  • PadillaCRT
  • PrairieCare
  • Bluestem
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • Savigent Software
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402