WE ALIGN BUSINESS STRATEGY AND REAL ESTATE STRATEGY.
Help us understand your business, and we’ll craft a real estate solution to save you time and money.
RELOCATE. RENOVATE. RENEW. RESTRUCTURE.
We search, dig, and scour the market to find the perfect space. Then we negotiate your lease or purchase. We also manage vendors. Our tactics create value.
WE REPRESENT OUR CLIENTS, NOT LANDLORDS.
Our loyalty is always to you, the business leader.
WE WILL MAINTAIN TRANSPARENCY & INTEGRITY THROUGH THE PROCESS.
When negotiating terms that reflect our strategy you will know how we are compensated. Our fees are typically paid by the landlord or seller and always aligned with market.
Adam Barrett is joining Carlson Partners as a director, and brings with him considerable experience and a passion for the helping companies find spaces that meet more than just square footage requirements. He’s tapped into the rapidly changing dynamics of the downtown market, and he knows how to find a “home” that’s fit your company’s culture.
Early in his career, Adam helped launch the concept of high-end, full-service packages for downtown Minneapolis tenants, incorporating conference centers, fitness centers, on-site medical clinics, and more into corporate spaces. Seven years in IT staffing and consulting have given him even more insight into the importance of well-defined corporate culture for successful teams.
Adam is a lifelong Minneapolis resident and graduate of Gustavus Adolphus with connections to communities across the Twin Cities. He’s excited to work in downtown Minneapolis, but it’s Lake Harriet that is his “place of zen.” He makes the most of this urban oasis, running, kayaking, swimming, and enjoying popcorn as only the Lake Harriet bandshell snack bar can make it.
Amy Carlson joined the Carlson Partners (formally Carlson Commercial) team in 2015 as the CEO. She is a seasoned retail expert who brings a strategic, long-term approach to every tenant representation. Most notable, Amy has an exceptional knack for matching retail tenants – from small shops to Fortune 500 companies – with maximum-value spaces.
Amy has worked in the real estate industry since 1998 and obtained her Minnesota real estate license in 2005. Her energy and enthusiasm quickly led her to commercial real estate. Many well-known retail brands have relied on Amy’s visionary skills for right-space solutions.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, she worked for Colliers International (formerly Welsh) and is a member of ICSC, MNCAR and MSCA. Amy and her husband Ted (also with Carlson Commercial) welcomed Danielle in 2013 and Cody in 2016. Away from work, Amy enjoys family and friends, playing tennis and cabin time.
As the founding member of Carlson Partners, Ted charts the course for the company. Prior to Carlson Partners, Ted enjoyed 12+ years of experience within the local office of an international brokerage firm, finishing his tenure as the top producer. Ted’s strengths include business development, financial analysis, and negotiations; he helps our clients match business strategy with real estate strategy. He will create an individual customized strategy to support your business needs, find the right space and structure a deal that fits your culture and maximizes every square foot of space. Ted has completed assignments in 40+ states with an aggregate value of over $2 billion.
A graduate of the UW-Madison real estate program, Ted has earned his CCIM & SIOR designations. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Lifeworks.
Away from work, Ted is an avid water sports enthusiast, outdoorsman and family man. He and Amy are the proud parents of Dani and Cody, and two black labs, Cabo and Hank.
Mike is a Vice President who has been with Carlson Partners (formally Carlson Commercial) since 2013. Mike, who specializes in tenant and buyer representation, is a tireless and diligent advocate for his clients. His market knowledge, discipline and aggressive negotiation skills yield consistently favorable results. He’s developed strong relationships with many of his clients, leading to considerable repeat (and referral) business.
Mike is a licensed real estate broker in Minnesota, and is a member of the Minnesota Association of Commercial Realtors (MNCAR). He was promoted to Senior Associate in 2016.
Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Political Science, and received a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Mike lives in downtown Minneapolis with his wife and infant son. When he’s not working, he stays busy supporting various philanthropic causes, and spending time with his growing family!
Stephanie Lee brings a new level of strategic expertise to the Carlson Partners team. With more than 15 years of experience in corporate America as a consultant and analyst, she has deep knowledge of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and business turnarounds. She also has extensive experience in asset acquisition and property management as an investor, giving her a unique understanding of Carlson Partners’s clients’ challenges. Creating alignment between real estate strategies and business strategies, she brings big picture perspective to every deal.
An active member of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR) and CoreNet Global, Stephanie also serves on the Emerging Broker Committee and the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative Events Committee.
Stephanie graduated from Monash University in Australia with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree. She also holds an MBA from University of St. Thomas and is currently pursuing her Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.
Lucas has been a baseball player ever since he was big enough to pick up a bat, and recently completed his professional career with the Baltimore Orioles Organization. He’s eager to apply his ability to stay cool under pressure to negotiating commercial real estate deals. If it seems like Lucas is a natural, it may be because his father is also in real estate, and Lucas himself acquired his first Real Estate investment in 2015.
Lucas grew up in Minnesota and went to the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, and attended both the University of Arizona (on a baseball scholarship where he helped win the 2012 national championship) and the University of San Diego.
Like many of our team, he loves the outdoors and takes the chance to golf and spend time fishing when he can. He joins our growing contingent of dog-owners at Carlson Partners, with his puppy Jimmy joining the pack. Lucas lives in Richfield, and currently is busy planning a November wedding with fiancée Libby Jacoby.
Connor Nichols is a real estate professional with the mind and drive of an entrepreneur. He started young, working as a laborer on residential and commercial job sites in high school, so he knows this business from the ground up. That experience expanded into leasing, property management, investment sales and development.
Connor used his residential experience to build a tenant representation career, which he has pursued successfully over the last six years. He’s following in his family’s footsteps and has learned a lot from them about how to advise companies and how to match business strategy to real estate strategy. Connor excels at building relationships and advises clients without prejudice regarding the time, effort or personal gain. He works hard to make his clients’ transactions as seamless as possible, and he treats every engagement as his top priority.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Connor enjoys taking advantage of the Minnesota’s great outdoors. His favorite hobbies include golfing, fishing, and upland hunting with his two hunting dogs, Puca and Olly.
Tim Olsen joined Carlson Partners (formally Carlson Commercial) in 2014. A 12-year industry veteran, he is an expert in tenant representation and his highly-specialized and tailored approach save his clients time and money. Tim focuses heavily on understanding his clients’ long-term business strategy which allows him to incorporate a more strategic approach to their real estate requirements
Tim brings his experience and expertise to Carlson Partners day-to-day operations, driving considerable value via his extensive market knowledge and organizational skills.
Tim is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, with dual degrees in Economics and Communications. In addition to being a Minnesota licensed real estate broker, Tim is a member of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and has earned an SIOR designation.
Tim enjoys bow hunting, upland hunting, competitive hockey and giving back to his community. In 2016, Tim was selected as Minnesota’s Twin Cities Finest through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Minnesota. This honor is given to 25 of the city’s most accomplished men and women based on their involvement in the community and success as a professional.
Nick joined Carlson Partners (formally Carlson Commercial) in 2016 after working with City Center Real Estate Services in commercial property management. Nick is looking forward to bringing his knowledge of the Minneapolis market and a relentless work ethic to help Carlson Commercial continue to grow and assist their clients.
Nick graduated in 2013 and shortly after met with industry veterans to learn about the commercial real estate industry. Nick was provided with a background of the industry and a few different suggestions of how to break into it. From there Nick landed a job in the vibrant and up and coming North Loop neighborhood where he was a part of the redevelopment and record breaking sale of the TractorWorks building in 2014. Soon after Nick was promoted and moved to the Plaza Seven Office Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Once again he was an integral part of the redevelopment and sale of the Class A office tower in 2016. Both buildings were under 60% occupied prior to being redeveloped and just over 95% occupied at the time of sale. Having worked directly with multiple landlord’s, Nick is able to bring a wealth of knowledge to his clients and provide them with a strategic approach to best fit their needs.
Nick graduated from Winona State University with a BA in Business Administration and Human Resources. Nick enjoys golfing, bicycling, watching sports and hanging out with family in his free time.
A born salesman, Alec has been preparing to make deals his whole life — his family owns Poquet Auto Sales and he’s had a chance to watch experts in action. Alec grew up in the Twin Cities suburb of Eden Prairie, went to Eden Prairie High School, and graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis with a bachelor of business administration degree. Most recently, he worked at Social Indoor to generate business and establish relationships with clients.
When he’s not working, he loves to travel, with a special focus on appreciating architecture and homes in other parts of the world. And as a native Minnesotan, golfing and boating are in his skill set. Fun fact: Alec has an identical twin brother who also lives in the Twin Cities.
Jess joined Carlson Partners in 2017 after working with City Center Real Estate Services in commercial property management. At Carlson, she is focused on marketing, lease administration, prospecting and support for the Carlson Commercial team.
Jess was drawn to real estate at an early age from her father, Tim. She enjoys the fast past work environment and the constant change the real estate industry has to offer. Jess is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, where she studied Sports Management and Public Relations. Outside of work, Jess enjoys hanging out with her family, relaxing by a lake and hanging out with her dog, Murphy.
Tim joined Carlson Partners in 2019. Tim brings a data-driven understanding of the commercial real estate market to Carlson Partners. As a researcher at CRBE, he delved into current market information, gathering data on properties, transactions, tenants and new developments in order to develop insights into market conditions.
When Tim isn’t crunching numbers or making deals, he’s playing softball, training for power lifting, or hanging out with his German shepherd mix rescue pup.