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Van Martin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Van Martin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Van Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Lansing 1111 Michigan Ave.
Suite 300
East Lansing, MI 48823

Professional Experience

Van W. Martin is Chairman and CEO of CBRE|Martin and CBRE|Grand Rapids. He manages a team of over 70 employees including leasing and sales professionals who provide solutions and create value for clients with local, national, and global real estate requirements. He oversees operations across a full spectrum of business lines including asset services, brokerage services, business development, corporate services, and investment property services. 

Through strategic direction and leadership, Van fosters a culture of high-performance and dedication. He is instrumental in driving growth and has led the company to become Mid-Michigan's leader in commercial real estate. With more than 35 years of experience, Van has an extensive background and in-depth knowledge of the real estate industry. His expertise has earned him the title as one of CBRE's Top Performing Professionals in the U.S. in four different years, as well as his designation as "Realtor of the Year:" in 2003 by the Commercial Board of Realtors. 

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Board of REALTORS® (CBOR), the Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® (CAR), the Michigan Commercial Alliance of REALORS® (MiCAR) and the Michigan Association of REALTORS® (MAR), and has held various leadership positions within each organization.

Professional Affiliations and Accreditations

  • CRE: Counselor of Real Estate
  • SIOR: Society of Industrial & Office REALTORS®
  • CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member #1489
  • GRI: Graduate, REALTORS® Institute
  • ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centers
  • RNMI: REALTORS® National Marketing Institute
  • BOMA: Building Owners & Managers Association
  • IREM: Institute of Real Estate Management
  • IFMA: International Facility Management Association
  • NAR: National Association of REALTORS®
  • MAR: Michigan Association of REALTORS®
  • CBOR: Commercial Board of REALTORS®
  • CAR: Commercial Alliance of REALTORS®
  • MiCAR: Michigan Commercial Alliance of REALTORS®
  • CPIX: Commercial Properties Information Exchange
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors 


  • BS/BA: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) - Real Estate Institute I, II and III, and Real Estate Finance
  • CCIM #1489 – Fund. of Real Estate & Investment Taxation; Fund. of Creating a Real Estate Investment; Adv. Real Estate Taxation & Mktg. Tools of Investment Real Estate; The Impact of Human Behavior on Comm.-Inv. Decision Making; Case Studies in Comm.-Inv. Real Estate Brokerage; and Adv. Techniques in Mktg. Comm. Real Estate
  • SIOR – Office Marketing Specialists and Industrial Real Estate II

Professional Accolades Received

  • 2012 CBRE Top 225 Professional in the U.S.
  • 2012 CBRE Top 20 Private Capital Group Producer
  • 2012 Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business
  • 2007 CBRE Top 200 U.S. Sales Professionals
  • 2003 Designated "Realtor of the Year" by Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR)
  • 2003 CBRE Colbert Coldwell Circle Designee, CBRE Top 100 U.S. Sale Professionals
  • 2001 CBRE Top 200 U.S. Sales Professionals 

Partial List of Clients Represented

  • Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
  • Ashley Capital
  • City of Lansing
  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company
  • Delta Dental
  • Eyde Company 
  • Farmers Insurance Group 
  • Fifth Third Bank 
  • Jackson National Life Insurance Company 
  • Lansing Community College 
  • Meijer 
  • Sparrow Health System 
  • Peckham, Inc.
  • Michigan Health and Hospital Association 
  • RJ Schinner Co, Inc.
  • State of Michigan 
  • The Dow Chemical Company

Sampling of Significant Assignments

  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company (359 Acres/Corp. Headquarters/Land Assemblage)
  • Jackson National Life Insurance Co. (320 Acres/Corp. Headquarters/Land Assemblage)
  • Coolidge Park (76 Acres Land Sale)
  • Ashley Capital (628,000 SF Industrial Lease)
  • Bridgewater Place, Grand Rapids (425,000 SF Office Sale)
  • Rogers Plaza Town Center (365,572 SF Retail Sale)
  • Sparrow (49,357 SF Office Lease)
  • Comprehensive Logistics (250,100 SF Industrial Sale)
  • Lansing Towne Center & Meridian Towne Center (198,709 SF Retail Sale)
  • One Michigan Avenue (150,000 SF Office Sale)
  • Varnum Riddering Schmidt & Howlett, LLP (104,395 SF Office Lease)
  • Hannah Plaza/USA Café (97,246 SF Retail Sale)
  • Accident Fund Insurance Company of America (27,223 SF Office Lease)


Van Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Lansing 1111 Michigan Ave.
Suite 300
East Lansing, MI 48823

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