MINNEAPOLIS (February 26, 2018) – Eight brokers from Cushman & Wakefield’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office took home honors as the best in the market at the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate’s (MNCAR) annual MNCAR Awards.

Bill Rothstein

Bill Rothstein, an Executive Director for Cushman & Wakefield, was named as two Volunteers of the Year, an award given annually to MNCAR members who give back to the organization.

“Bill’s enthusiasm for volunteering shows how important helping the industry is to him,” said Mike Ohmes, Managing Principal of Cushman & Wakefield’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office. “He’s unique in that he’s a longtime industry veteran giving back in ways that many 30-year professionals stopped doing a long time ago. We are eager to support volunteers such as Bill with our company resources as well as financially. We are proud of the impact they make in our community and the CRE industry.”

Three other Cushman & Wakefield brokers or projects were named MNCAR Award winners, including:


  • Ben Jensen

    Dan Buettner

    Brian Woolsey

    U.S. Bank, 2017 Office Transaction of the Year. Brian Woolsey, Dan Buettner and Ben Jensen represented U.S. Bank in a 258,000-square-foot (sf) lease at Excelsior Crossings in Hopkins. The transaction was honored for its many moving parts, including negotiating an early termination for an existing sublease at the property, and its massive impact on Hopkins, where 1,500 U.S. Bank employees will move their operations.

  • Jon Yanta

    Kris Smeltzer

    MyPillow at Gateway South, 2017 Industrial Transaction of the Year. Executive Directors Kris Smeltzer and Jon Yanta represented landlord Duke Realty in a 173,000 sf lease for MyPillow at Gateway South, a speculative industrial development in Shakopee. The win marked Cushman & Wakefield’s second consecutive year taking home Industrial Transaction of the Year.

  • Jim Larson

    Jen Helm

    Residence Inn Hotel in Eagan, 2017 Hospitality Transaction of the Year. Senior Director Jen Helm represented the buyer, Continental Properties, and Senior Director Jim Larson represented seller United Properties in a land sale that led to the construction of a 127-room Residence Inn next to the new Central Park Commons shopping center in Eagan.

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