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Mike Watts

President, Americas Investor Leasing

Mike Watts President, Americas Investor Leasing

Professional Experience

Mike Watts is President, Investor Leasing in the Americas. In this role, Mr. Watts primarily focuses on Office and ensures CBRE’s Investor Leasing product is differentiated from the competition. He works closely with Industrial and Retail leadership to ensure a consistent Investor Leasing service delivery model for clients across all product types, as well as with Americas Advisory leaders in Property Management, Capital Markets, Project Management, Valuations and Client Care to provide investors with a holistic portfolio strategy that delivers unmatched client outcomes. He has a distinguished background in commercial real estate, with more than 25 years advising owners and occupiers on their real estate strategies in the Midwest and nationally.

Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Watts served as President of the Midwest at Transwestern and oversaw the company’s national agency leasing business development platform. Before joining Transwestern, Mr. Watts was with J.F. McKinney and Associates, where he oversaw the leasing of the 1.5 million-sq.-ft. Hyatt Center development in Chicago and repositioned several high-profile projects in Downtown Chicago. Before that, he worked for LaSalle Partners, where he served as the downtown regional leasing director.

Professional Accreditations/Achievements

  • Licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois
  • Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 – 2006


  • University of Michigan, Master of Business Administration
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts, Marketing and Philosophy
Mike Watts President, Americas Investor Leasing