Norman “Norm” Bertke is the Executive Managing Director of Asset Services for CBRE’s North East Division of nearly 300 million square feet of real estate. In this role, Norman works with CBRE’s market-specific Asset Services teams across the Eastern U.S. to provide seamless and impactful management services to property owners and investors, ensuring an integrated real estate strategy that maximizes every aspect of the real estate cycle. Additionally, he is responsible for new business development for the region.
Norman rejoined CBRE in 2014 after leading all aspects of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities and Space Management at Huntington National Bank for over four years. Mr. Bertke brings nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.
Prior to Huntington, Norm was a Managing Director for CBRE overseeing all aspects of Asset Services for CBRE’s diverse and extensive portfolio of commercial, industrial, office and retail properties in Central and Southwest Ohio. He managed the 17 million square feet portfolio, and his responsibilities included supervision of all operational activities, staffing, budgeting, client relations and management reporting for CBRE’s clients.
Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Bertke was the Senior Vice President of Asset Services for Columbus Commercial Realty (CCR), which was acquired by CB Richard Ellis in 2005. Norm was responsible for growing the CCR managed property portfolio from four to eight million square feet while with the firm. Norm’s varied background in Project Management and Real Estate includes a stint as a Real Estate Manager with YUM Brand Restaurants, where he was responsible for restaurant site selection, contract negotiations and development for KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants.
Prior to YUM Brands, Norman was a Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) where he managed a variety of properties for institutional and private owners including a 1.5 million-square-foot trophy office property in the Chicago CBD. His project management experience includes five years as an Acquisitions Officer and Captain in the United States Air Force, where he managed $100+ million acquisitions of high-tech satellite equipment.
“High Roller” fund-raiser and rider for Pelotonia, a grass-roots bike ride to raise money for cancer research
A graduate of Leadership Columbus
“Forty under 40,” recipient
“Senior Company Grade Officer of the Year (No. 1 of 700 Air Force officers)