Ron Scholder
Ron Scholder Email Ron 612.867.4766

Industry Veteran Chooses Carlson Partners

We’re excited to welcome our newest hire, Ron Scholder, to Carlson Partners as Director. With 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, Ron is a veteran strategist who has seen just about everything. Those years of experience gives him unique insight into how to navigate the current environment, which is full of surprises for even a seasoned pro.

“We know that our team will benefit from Ron’s experience and energy,” said Tim Olsen. “His strategic approach to helping businesses be successful is a perfect match for Carlson Partners.” Finding the right spaces for businesses at any stage of their development is key to their long-term success, and Ron has the insight gained from years in the field to zero in on the right solution for any client.

“I decided to join Carlson Partners because the company culture – engaging, collaborative, high-energy – fits the way I work,” said Ron. Working with both office and industrial clients over the years, Ron has built an extensive network of relationships that will be an asset for our clients. And he knows the Twin Cities market inside and out, giving him an edge in a changing economy.

Ron is a longtime Minnesotan and lives in Edina with his significant other Julie; they enjoy spending time in Delray Beach, Florida as well. He’s an avid biker and loves to explore the trails around the Twin Cities.

Lindsey Samson
Lindsey Samson Email Lindsey 701.521.0920
Jon Becker
Jon Becker Email Jon 651.269.6368

Jon Becker joined Carlson Partners as a seasoned sales executive with 15 years of developing relationships in the medical industries. Jon grew up in Plato, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he played baseball. He has spent his professional career in the Twin Cities, diving into the complex medical market, having negotiated strategic deals generating over 100 million dollars of revenue.

Outside of work, Jon stays (very) busy on the farm he calls home. Living just outside the metro in Afton with his wife and three young kids, he combines an active family life with his love for animals. In addition to owning black lab and a few barn cats, he raises cows, pigs and goats. He also finds time to hunt, fish and coach his kids’ youth sports teams.

Amy Carlson
Amy Carlson Email Amy 612.616.8714

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.

Ted Carlson
Ted Carlson Email Ted 612.812.7788

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.


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.


Tim Olsen joined Carlson Partners (formally Carlson Commercial) in 2014. An 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.


Sami Reber joined Carlson Partners in 2021. She has over five years of commercial real estate experience here in the Twin Cities. Sami has experience in tenant and buyer representation, acquisition, dispositions, development and investment sales. She brings great insight to our team, along with a strategic approach that’s a perfect fit with ours.

Sami has a broad range of real estate experience in the office, healthcare, retail and industrial markets. She brings a strong skill set in market analytics and client services. Sami’s ability to assemble, analyze and communicate relevant data and solutions to achieve objectives of our clients is a tremendous asset to the team.

Sami, an Edina native and Harvard alum, is more than a team member – she’s a coach. Sami played hockey for Edina High School and Harvard, followed by a stint as assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In 2016, Sami took over as the Edina Girls’ varsity hockey head coach and has won four Minnesota girls state high school hockey state championships in five seasons as head coach (Go, Hornets!). In addition to hockey (coaching and playing), Sami enjoys golfing and taking advantage of Minnesota’s lakes.

Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson Email Ian 651.324.7239

Ian Thompson joined Carlson Partners in 2022, bringing 10 years of experience in a wide variety of roles in commercial real estate. He’s represented both sellers and buyers of industrial and retail properties, as well as downtown single-standing office buildings. Ian is a licensed real estate broker in Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota Association of Commercial Realtors (MNCAR), as well as a member of Brokers in Industrial Real Estate (BIIR). His practical, problem-solving approach backed by years of experience make him a great addition to the Carlson team, where he’ll be focusing on all markets in the Twin Cities area.

Prior to joining the commercial real-estate world, Ian attended Cretin-Durham Hall High School & Saint Mary’s University where he studied Marketing and Public Relations. He is active in the community, volunteering for the Special Olympics and the Dorothy Day center. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Ian enjoys taking advantage of Minnesota’s great outdoors. His favorite hobbies include skydiving, camping near the St. Croix River, and hosting friends.

Jess Scarrella
Jess Scarrella Email Jess 651.485.7896

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.