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Jean Kane | Colliers | Minneapolis - St. Paul

Jean Kane


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Professional Summary

Being the CEO of one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Twin Cities is not something I  take lightly. As an industry leader and integral member of the commercial real estate sector, I  have a reputation for listening, providing straightforward counsel and executing and delivering results. I have been a key contributor to the company since 1987 and strive to embody the entrepreneurial spirit and core values upon which our firm was built: integrity, excellence, teamwork, and innovation. 

Through hands-on leadership, I actively lead the strategy of the company’s real estate services, including; Brokerage, Real Estate Management, Project Management, Architecture and Engineering & Property Services. I am responsible for collaborating with a high performance management team to achieve the objectives of the company and our clients by fostering a results-orientated culture that encourages creative thinking. I have been vigilant about upholding the commitment to excellence that made our company what it is today. 

I refuse  to sit behind a desk all day, so I am always actively engaged with employees to determine company-wide initiatives that will increase Colliers’ success for years to come.  Under my leadership, Colliers Minneapolis/St. Paul has grown to 240 professionals and is recognized as a top commercial real estate provider throughout the Midwest. I have  been instrumental in supporting company initiatives to create best-in-class solutions, not only for clients, but also for the company’s employees and brokers. As a result, Colliers Minneapolis/St. Paul has been named a top workplace in the Twin Cities by both the Star Tribune and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 

I have been active in the business community for over 30 years and my  local influence extends to a national level as well. I  have served as a member of NAIOP’s distinguished National Executive Committee and served as National Chairman in 2014 In 2017.  I have been recognized as one of The MN Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO's, National Real Estate Investor's Top 11 Women CRE Executives  and I recieved the National NAIOP Outstanding Service Award in 2017.  I currently serve on several executive committees for various local and national business associations and I am committed to working with other corporate and community leaders to cultivate economic growth in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. I have  been a featured speaker and panelist at events across the country, sharing my insights and unique perspective on the industry with other professionals.


  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Most Admired CEO’s, 2017
  • National Real Estate Investor Top 11 Woman CRE Executives, 2017
  • National NAIOP Outstanding Service Award, 2017
  • Top Women in Finance, Finance & Commerce, 2014
  • Real Estate Forum Women of Influence Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Real Estate Forum Legends Woman of Distinction, 2013
  • Midwest Real Estate News’ Hall of Fame 2012 & 2011
  • 200 Minnesotans You Should Know, Twin Cities Business Magazine, 2010
  • Women of Influence, Real Estate Forum, 2009 & 2014 
  • President’s Award, NAIOP, 2008
  • Women to Watch, Business Journal, 2002
  • Top 10 Corporate Women in Minnesota - Twin Cities Business Magazine


Bachelor of Arts, Business | Gustavus Adolphus College

Memberships & Involvements

  • ULI MN, Current District Council Chair, Past Chair of Mission Advancement & Treasurer
  • 2014 Chairman, National NAIOP
  • Member and Past Chapter Chair, Young President’s Organization/Woman President’s Organization (YPO/WPO)
  • Member CCIM, LAMBDA Alpha    
  • International and ICSC



Asset Management, Asset Resolution Services, Construction Management, Development Consulting, Mortgage Brokerage, Property and Facilities Management, Receivership, Sustainability Services

Service Lines

Corporate Solutions, Landlord Representation, Real Estate Management Services, Tenant Representation

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