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Ryan T. Watts

Executive Vice President

Ryan T. Watts Executive Vice President
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Professional Experience

Ryan Watts joined CBRE in 2000 and is an Executive Vice President in the Minneapolis Institutional Properties Group specializing in major investment transactions for single-tenant and multi-tenant office and industrial properties. 

Ryan is a member of Institutional Properties nationally and is partnered locally with Sonja Dusil, Judd Welliver, Bentley Smith and Tom Holtz. As an investment professional, Mr. Watts and the team provide advisory and brokerage services required for complex real estate transactions and investment sales. Ryan is also a member of CBRE Corporate Capital Markets, a group focusing on the sale of single tenant properties, sale/leasebacks, and built-to-suit financing.

Prior to joining the Institutional Properties team, Ryan was a part of CBRE’s Global Corporate Service group focusing on representation and advisory services for corporate clients. Ryan started his career in CBRE’s Chicago office in the Financial Consulting Group and transferred to Minneapolis in 2003 as a Director of the Minneapolis Financial Group. The Financial Consulting Group provides financial and analytical consulting for Institutional Real Estate dispositions, acquisitions, and leasing transactions.  


Professional Affiliations / Accreditations


  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR)
  • MNCAR – Financial instructor for annual brokerage basics educational series designed for new members
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker - Minnesota




Mr. Watts has completed more than 361 transactions in over 90 national markets valued at $13.04 billion since 2005.

  • 2019 CBRE Minneapolis Service Line Leader
  • 2018 & 19: Top sales professional in the Minneapolis office
  • 2017-19: CBRE America’s Top Producer; recognizing sales professionals in the top 10% of the Americas region by production
  • 2015, 16: CBRE America’s Top Producer; recognizing sales professionals in the top 20% of the Americas region by production
  • 2011, 13-19: CBRE Chairman’s Club Award; awarded to top local sales professionals by revenue
  • 2008, 10, 11, 13, 15-18: MNCAR Investment Transaction of the Year
  • 2008: Rookie of the Year



    • University of Wisconsin at Madison, Bachelor of Business Administration; Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Significant Assignments



 Property Location Square Feet
Xcel Energy Minneapolis Headquarters Minneapolis CBD, MN   210,523
RBC Gateway Tower Minneapolis CBD, MN  531,419
Supervalu Sale/Leaseback Portfolio CA, WI, IL, FL, PA 4,984,902
33 South Sixth-City Center Minneapolis CBD, MN 1,617,888
Mayo Clinic Square Minneapolis CBD, MN 222,178
Land O'Lakes Headquarters Campus             Arden Hills, MN 207,598
Vanta Multi-Tenant Madison, WI 1,696,404 
IRET Office Portfolio MN, CO, NE, ID, MO and WI 2,549,222
Ameriprise Headquarters Minneapolis CBD, MN 847,667
Plymouth Corporate Center   Plymouth, MN 628,436
50 South 10th Street   Minneapolis CBD, MN 498,768
Two22 (CMT Tower) Minneapolis CBD, MN 727,170 
601 Tower at Carlson Center
Minnetonka, MN 288,458
Cargill at 9350 & 9380 Excelsior Crossings Hopkins, MN 501,603
Oracle and International Centre Minneapolis CBD, MN  622,173
Towers at West End  St. Louis Park, MN 497,234
The Colonnade  Golden Vallely, MN 355,797
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN Sale/Leaseback   Eagan, MN 1,133,188
Founders Properties National Single Tenant Portfolio Various 902,338
Cargill at 9320 Excelsior Crossings Hopkins, MN 254,915
AMB/Prologis Minneapolis Portfolio Minneapolis Area, MN 3,925,167
Principal Minneapolis Portfolio Minneapolis Area, MN 448,254
ING Sale/Leaseback Minneapolis Area, MN 1,055,923
TCF Tower and Bank Building Minneapolis CBD, MN 465,766
Fifth Street Towers   Minneapolis CBD, MN 1,073,004
Interchange Office Park   St. Louis Park, MN 989,004


  • Artis REIT
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Cargill
  • Carlson Real Estate
  • CBRE Global  Investors
  • Cross Harbor Capital
  • DRA Advisors
  • Duke Realty
  • EOP/Blackstone
  • First Industrial
  • Founders Properties
  • Franklin Street Properties Corp.
  • Hines
  • Hudson Advisors
  • Investcorp
  • ING
  • IRET
  • Meritex Enterprises
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New York Life
  • Opus
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Prologis
  • Prudential
  • Ryan Companies
  • United Properties
Ryan T. Watts Executive Vice President
Minneapolis-St. Paul 800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402