Van W. Martin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

professional experience

Van W. Martin has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lansing and Grand Rapids affiliate offices of CBRE, he cultivates excellence in commercial real estate by both demonstrating and demanding leadership, integrity and professionalism. In addition to actively pursuing new business development, Mr. Martin manages several corporate services accounts and leads the investment properties team.

Mr. Martin 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.


  • In 1996 Mr. Martin was awarded the Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) designation by the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, joining an elite roster of 1,100 experienced real estate specialists worldwide.
  • Mr. Martin was recognized by CBRE as one of the company’s top 200 U.S. Sales Professionals in 2001, a distinction which he received again in 2003 and 2007.
  • CBRE honored him in 2003 with his inclusion in the Colbert Coldwell Circle, which is comprised of the top 3% of performing sales professionals within the organization worldwide.
  • 2003 was also the year in which the Commercial Board of Realtors® (CBOR) designated Mr. Martin as “Realtor of the Year.”