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Ronald L. Patzer, Managing Director

Ronald L. Patzer

Managing Director

Ronald L. Patzer Managing Director
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Professional Experience

Strategic Accounts provides dedicated real estate professionals who serve our institutional and investor clients as single points of contact. These specialists navigate and leverage CBRE’s resources expertly on behalf of clients with a focus on operational excellence and execution. They partner with clients to meet their immediate and long-term goals while fostering mutual growth opportunities. Our unique platform enables CBRE to provide superior communication and deliver unmatched services to clients.

Ronald Patzer facilitates and coordinates the integrated and comprehensive performance on assignments undertaken for CBRE's top institutional clients. He oversees the national delivery of services, including strategy formation, property transitions, team performance, operations, leasing and financial reporting on more than 80 million square feet of real estate assets worth in excess of $12 billion. 

Prior to joining the Strategic Accounts Group in 1998, Mr. Patzer was a Senior Controller in the National Accounting Group, focusing on leading all aspects of financial and reporting for CBRE’s top institutional clients. He began his career with CBRE in 1992 as a Real Estate Manager overseeing a portfolio of institutional assets. Mr. Patzer has helped clients achieve top results, including:

Fortress - Mr. Patzer's efforts on a 3.4 million-square-foot multi-market portfolio resulted in 5% over-market occupancy and held expenses $1 million below pro-forma. He also played a key roll in portfolio disposition, netting Fortress a 20% return on investment.

CalEast/LaSalle Investment Management - Assisted CalEast in rolling out the "Key Performance Indicator" incentive program to the CBRE field personal, resulting in CalEast exceeding the NAICREF benchmark by 270 basis points over an eight-year average. Implemented an enhanced occupancy program resulting in above pro-forma retention rate throughout the eight-year fund life.

TIAA-CREF - Under Mr. Patzer's direction, the portfolio of TIAA-CREF properties managed/leased by CBRE has grown from 3.5 million square feet to 20.6 million square feet.  His intense review of challenged assets has raised the CBRE/TIAA portfolio occupancy to 91%.

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Organization of Commercial Realtors (OCR)
  • Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR)
  • BOMA
  • Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate


  • Leadership Award
  • Personal Professional Growth Award
  • Navigator Award
  • Cornerstone for Property Management Award
  • CBRE Real Estate Manager of the Year


  • Minnesota State University, Marshall, Bachelor of Science degree in accounting
  • Minnesota State University, Marshall, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration


  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • Brookfield Asset Management
  • Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers
  • GE
  • HCP
  • OhioSTRS
  • Slate Properties
  • Eaton Vance
  • JP Morgan

Ronald L. Patzer Managing Director
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402