High Quality Space, Hands On Service

As the largest Minnesota-owned commercial property owner, we offer decades of experience in commercial development and real estate management — and a long history of success.

Our strength lies in our team of experts ready to assist you through each step.

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We invest for the long-term

At CSM, we believe that the greatest benefits for all parties come from long-term investments in the communities and businesses we serve. We manage our properties with the quality of care only a seasoned commercial ownership perspective provides.

We offer broad expertise

As long-term owners and managers, we have developed an unparalleled level of expertise in various business sectors. Our commercial portfolio includes retail, office, and industrial spaces.

We’ve built strength in numbers

CSM’s long-hold philosophy has resulted in tremendous financial strength. Our nationwide portfolio of properties provides purchasing power for goods and services, and a diversified stability that benefits our customers.

We manage the building so you can manage your business

From manufacturing facilities to corporate offices and distribution centers, different businesses have different needs. CSM thrives on the challenge of meeting unusual demands and creating new ways to solve old problems. The quality workmanship and service that go into the award-winning retail, office, and industrial properties provide a professional image and smooth-running daily operations for CSM tenants nationwide.

The breadth and depth of CSM’s real estate portfolio ensures that you will find the ideal location or building in which to build or relocate your business. During the development process, CSM creates the architectural design, manages the construction, and takes care of the legal work. As property owners, CSM offers full property management services so each client can concentrate on running their business.

Benefit from in-house property management and building services

Avoid the expense and complexity of working with a long list of consultants and vendors. From acquisition to commercial property management and site assembly, our in-house team of experts at CSM Corporation can help you negotiate the nuances of even the most complicated project.

Among other specialties, we offer dedicated expertise in:

Architecture

Our LEED-certified architects can create custom environments to fit your work styles and personalities, all within your budget. Your specific structural and design needs drive our team’s passion to create.

Construction services

When you partner with CSM our construction services are there whether you need build-to-suit customization or simply some quick improvements to your space. Our attention to detail means we complete your work according to spec, on time, and within your budget.

Development

We’re experts in commercial real estate, so we can quickly assemble the right team of development experts to meet your project’s specific needs and goals.

Leasing

Whether you need office, warehouse, showroom, retail or even yard space, CSM Corporation will find you the right space in our portfolio, or prepare a build-to-suit plan for one of our land sites— and we’ll do it within your timeline and budget. We also offer temporary leases as short at 30 days, available in as little as 24 hours.

Legal

From buying a commercial property to negotiating a lease every step of your project will be easier when you work with CSM Corporation’s in-house legal team. We offer efficient response times and counsel you can trust to help you navigate the nuances and make smart decisions.

Property Management

CSM Corporation’s property management team ensures the upkeep of your space. Our mission to provide “High quality space, hands on service,” consistently has tenants rating us as responsive and knowledgeable for regular maintenance and when they need us most—a must so you can get back to business. Each of our property managers has more than 10 years of property manager experience with CSM.

Property Maintenance

Once in your space, choose ProTech our in-house maintenance team to handle repairs and upkeep. As a shared service, ProTech keeps maintenance costs down and allows you to stay focused on your business. ProTech maintains all CSM commercial properties providing superior service and upkeep.

ProTech is also available to maintain non-CSM properties. Contact us to learn more.

In-house expertise. Exceptional results.

You deserve a reliable partner to keep your best interests in mind. CSM is that partner.

Our customers tell us the way we work is what sets us apart. Functioning as an integrated project team provides the agility needed to respond to opportunities and keep your project on track. When each functional area of a complex project has quick access to the right resources, we can maintain momentum throughout the project lifecycle.

Our integrated approach creates successful projects like these:

  • CSM designed a 25,000 square foot property for office and adult daycare use with the option to convert to a multi-tenant office/warehouse building.
  • Our strategic approach to site analysis, water and energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, material selection, and management of waste created an award-winning facility with limited impact on the environment.
  • The vision for a mixed-use hotel and retail complex required CSM to find a solution for maximizing density while minimizing environmental impact.

We keep building on successful projects because we know a single lease or ribbon cutting is only the first step toward long-term success. Our leasehold improvement results speak for themselves through high tenant retention rates, long-term clients and industry recognition. All of this builds long-term value.

Commercial team

Matt van Slooten

Matt Van Slooten

President of Commercial Properties

Matt Van Slooten oversees the management and strategy for CSM’s diversified portfolio of industrial, office and retail properties. From the planning phases of new commercial property acquisitions and developments, to long-term management and strategy, Matt leverages the company’s portfolio strength to identify new growth opportunities and ensure smooth operations. Matt knows commercial real estate from the ground up, with a unique understanding of how property management, marketing, finance, design and construction all impact the end product.

Matt leads a high-performing and cohesive commercial team that has produced industry-leading tenant satisfaction, high occupancy rates and has developed a comprehensive portfolio management process to guide decision-making and enhance revenue. This multi-disciplinary team is a prime example of CSM’s quality in action, with attention to detail, an eye on the bottom line and a comprehensive approach to tackle any challenge quickly.

Matt’s 25+ years of experience span all aspects of commercial real estate, from the construction trailer to the board room. Prior to joining the CSM team, he served as president of Carlson Real Estate Company where he led the growth and diversification of the company’s portfolio through acquisitions and development. Matt also managed generational transitions in Board leadership for the family-owned real estate investment and development company.

A lifelong Minnesotan with deep roots in Northeast Minneapolis, Matt is a key leader within the Twin Cities commercial real estate community. He served as NAIOP Chapter President in 2002 and was honored as the commercial real estate association’s President’s Award winner in 2009. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and served on the Minnesota chapter’s board as the membership chair. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Carlson Fellow Award for Leadership Achievement, the highest honor given by Carlson. He also was selected to serve as a Chamber of Commerce representative on the Property Tax Committee formed by the State Legislature to recommend ways to simplify the Minnesota Property Tax system.

Brad Kittleson

Brad Kittleson

Vice President of Commercial Properties

As Vice President of Commercial Properties, Brad brings his insight and expertise to a wide variety of company initiatives.

For more than 25 years, Brad has been an integral part of the CSM success story. He has created and implemented strategic business plans while leading the Residential and Commercial Property Management teams, as well as ProTech, CSM’s in-house maintenance and construction division. In the early 1990’s, Brad launched CSM’s advancement in hotel acquisition and management. As a member of corporate leadership, he has spearheaded numerous company initiatives while serving on the strategic committees of Corporate Planning, Global Accounting, Property Acquisition, Lease Review and Financial Analysis, as well as committees responsible for development, design and construction of properties, asset management, human resources, employee training and I.T. initiatives.

Prior to joining CSM, Brad oversaw property management, renovations and repositioning for the Milwaukee-based Decade Companies. He studied public administration and park management at the University of Minnesota.

Brad has been a frequent program speaker and has served on the Board of Directors and numerous committees at the Building Owners and Managers Association, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, Institute of Real Estate Management and the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association.

Brad volunteers with River Valley Church in Apple Valley, MN, and Feed My Starving Children. He also co-chairs CSM Cares, which promotes employee involvement in charitable activities, resulting in CSM becoming one of the largest financial contributors to the Ronald McDonald House Upper Midwest.

John Ferrier

John Ferrier

Vice President of Architecture

John oversees the design of all CSM architectural projects. He specializes in the design of new buildings, renovations and additions throughout CSM’s business lines, including lodging, office, industrial, residential and retail.

John is involved in all phases of a project; from feasibility and schematic design, to the creation of construction documents and providing post-construction review and guidance. A LEED-Accredited professional, he developed CSM’s Sustainable Design Guide, which is used to outline strategies for energy-efficient, sustainable design.

John is a licensed architect, a certified interior designer and a nationally certified architect from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. His designs have received numerous Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) Awards of Excellence, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Best in Real Estate Award and several STARR Awards from the Minnesota Shopping Center Association. John earned the CSM Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2008 and the CSM Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2013.

Prior to joining CSM, John gained experience at several Twin Cities architectural firms including BWBR, Setter Leach & Lindstrom and Houwman Architects.

John graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in environmental design and architecture. He volunteers his time with Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Bruce Carland

Bruce Carland

Director of Commercial Leasing

Bruce manages a leasing portfolio of 30 Twin Cities-based commercial properties. His exceptional customer service to clients, including tenants and third party brokers, builds strong performance across CSM properties.

In his 29-year career at the company, Bruce has consistently completed more than 40 lease transactions per year, resulting in more than 700,000 square feet of annually leased space.

He has built his entire real estate career with CSM, developing his expertise through such projects as the Trane Company lease in White Bear Parkway Business Center, Allina Hospitals at Westgate V and Wells Fargo and Fairview Hospitals at the Kasota Business Center.

Bruce received a Bachelor of Arts in management with an emphasis on marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

He is a member and past President of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR) and Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP). He volunteers on his church’s pastoral mentoring committee and coaches youth sports.

Brian Averbeck

Brian Averbeck

Senior Director of Commercial Properties

Brian leads the Commercial Property Management division responsible for over 11 million square feet of retail, office and industrial properties around the nation. He also oversees ProTech, CSM’s comprehensive in-house team which provides full-service maintenance and tenant improvement services across our portfolio.

Brian develops long-term strategies for properties and works closely with ownership, our asset management group and leasing department to maximize the value of each property. As a 19-year company veteran, he uses his extensive knowledge of CSM’s real estate projects and information systems to hone long-term forecasting and define strategic initiatives for the commercial department.

His commitment to efficiency and cost savings has generated tremendous revenue growth and expansion for ProTech in a highly competitive real estate market.

Brian’s CSM career spans roles such as Commercial Property Manager, ProTech Operations Manager, Regional Commercial Property Manager and head of Asset Management. He was promoted to Senior Director of Commercial Properties in 2015. He also won CSM’s Outstanding Achievement in Leadership Award the last two years in a row.

Brian graduated from Metro State University with a major in accounting and a minor in criminal justice. He also is a member of NAIOP, BOMA, and involved with his church youth group.

Joel Rietz

Joel Rietz

General Counsel

Joel oversees all legal aspects of CSM’s real estate and corporate activities. His comprehensive legal expertise includes the acquisition, sale, leasing, development, construction, management, operation and financing of commercial, hotel and residential real estate projects. He also represents CSM in property tax appeals, 1031 exchanges, corporate matters, collections, bankruptcies, workouts and commercial evictions, as well as providing a broad range of legal support to other CSM departments.

Joel sets the CSM Legal Department apart from other corporate legal departments by managing a lean and highly-trained team that performs most services in-house with minimal use of outside counsel. Joel also represents CSM in many types of large, sophisticated transactions. His extensive legal and business background make him uniquely qualified for this position.

Prior to joining CSM in 2004, he served as a real estate transactional attorney at major law firms in California and Minnesota.

Joel earned a BBA Honors Degree in real estate and accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was named the Outstanding Business Student of his class. His law degree is from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and California (inactive), and is a licensed real estate broker in Minnesota.

Shanna Strowbridge

Shanna Strowbridge

Associate General Counsel

Shanna is responsible for providing legal review and coordination of all aspects of commercial leasing for CSM.  She also provides oversight of real property acquisitions and sales, including the management of due diligence and preparation of purchase agreements and collateral documents.  She serves as a resource for legal questions regarding residential and commercial property management and assists with contract drafting and general legal matters for the various departments within the company.

With 15 years of experience in real estate and business law in the Twin Cities area, Shanna has represented local and national developers and builders in acquisitions, parcel sales and structuring of master-planned communities and has handled many complex real estate transactions.  She has also represented many companies on corporate and contractual matters and has overseen several mergers and acquisitions.  Additionally, she has experience advising clients on the resolution of environmental matters and providing guidance on related due diligence items.

She enjoys working in a corporate environment where her business perspective can be used to identify, understand and assist in resolving the company’s legal and business concerns.  Previous to joining CSM’s in-house team, Strowbridge served as a shareholder at local law firms and has previous corporate legal experience working at a local commercial real estate developer and management company.

Shanna graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with degrees in History and English and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Andy McIntosh

Andy McIntosh

Director of Commercial Leasing

Andy is a key player in CSM’s Commercial Leasing unit, identifying and securing the right office or industrial solution to meet each client’s business and operational goals. His responsibilities include 30 properties, totaling 3.2 million square feet.

Andy leverages his knowledge of current market conditions, extensive industry network and outstanding customer service to maximize the financial objectives of the portfolio.

Prior to joining CSM in 2011, Andy was an independent commercial real estate broker, guiding landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers through the acquisition, disposition and leasing of office and industrial properties. He also oversaw development ventures as a project manager for a commercial construction company.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College with majors in law, jurisprudence, and social thought. He is an active member of both the Minnesota Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) and Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate (MNCAR), serving as MNCAR President in 2015. Andy is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Andy volunteers as a coach and sports board director for the youth soccer and hockey programs in Apple Valley, MN. He is a former member of the Burnsville Planning Commission.

Justin Wing

Justin Wing

Senior Leasing Associate

Justin manages all aspects of lease negotiations for CSM’s growing retail portfolio, including more than 1.9 million square feet of retail space in six states.

Since joining CSM in September of 2007, he has completed over 400 lease transactions totaling over three million square feet and worth over $250M in rent consideration. Justin’s efforts have attracted larger, more prominent tenants, resulting in greater stability and increased valuations. He has played a central role in redevelopment opportunities and helped generate additional retail space at several of CSM’s shopping centers.

Prior to CSM, Justin worked in the commercial leasing department of Paster Enterprises. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has served as the ICSC Next Generation State Chair for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. As a licensed Minnesota real estate salesperson, he is a member of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA), and the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR).

Justin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in real estate studies and a Bachelor of Arts in marketing management from the University of St. Thomas. His volunteer commitments include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Children’s Miracle Network at Gillette Children’s Hospital and Hope for the City.

Ryan Bartley

Ryan Bartley

Director-Commercial Development and Investments

Ryan is responsible for sourcing and coordinating development and investment activities within our Commercial group, in addition to contributing to asset management of the Commercial portfolio.

Ryan formalizes long term strategies for the properties and works closely with our leasing and property management groups to maximize the value of each property. Additionally, he oversees new acquisitions and developments and manages dispositions of commercial properties. Ryan is also involved in the review of financing of CSM’s commercial projects, including managing lender and equity partner relationships.

Prior to joining CSM, Ryan was Vice President of Industrial Brokerage at Paramount Real Estate Corp. He was responsible for the leasing and sales of 2 million square feet of institutional and entrepreneurial owned industrial projects in the Twin Cities. Ryan entered the commercial real estate industry in 2004 and as a broker completed more than 250 lease and sale transactions with an aggregate total consideration of over $200 million.

Ryan is actively involved in his community and the Twin Cities commercial real estate industry. He has been a member of Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors (MNCAR) since 2006, National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) since 2007 and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) since 2013. He has also served on a number of committees for MNCAR and NAIOP.

Dan Ullom

Dan Ullom

Construction Manager

As Construction Manager, Dan oversees all construction projects for CSM’s Commercial Properties, Lodging and Residential divisions. He is the point person for preliminary budgets, conceptual estimates and competitive pricing. In addition to negotiating construction contracts and municipality development approvals, Dan facilitates productive communication between CSM’s in-house architecture and construction groups and outside tenants.

His dedication to providing timely and exceptional customer service is paramount in creating a good working relationship with new tenants, internal clients and our lodging operations group. Dan enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and sees every challenge as an opportunity for his team to create a final product that exceeds expectations.

During his tenure with CSM, Dan has overseen nearly one million square feet of new construction. His marquee projects include the 110-room expansion of the multi-use Renaissance Depot Minneapolis and Central Park Commons, a 440,000 square foot mixed-use redevelopment of the former Lockheed Martin site in Eagan, MN.

Dan graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman with a degree in construction engineering technology. He is a member of the Family Advisory Council at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and also volunteers his time with Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“We are passionate about process improvement. In the past two years, our department has created unit & building level plans and site plans for every building in the portfolio. These plans reflect the current condition of our buildings and incorporate all changes that have taken place over the years. In addition, we continually update building floor plans to include current tenant layouts and tenant leasing information to ensure accurate information is provided in SharePoint. This improvement has made tenant and building information more easily accessible and accurate.”

– CSM Architectural Group

“CSM IT is committed to delivering great service from our helpdesk, infrastructure and data teams. Great customer service starts with how we treat each other. As such, we’re active in creating an environment of just not technical innovation but of positive personal growth through our data, training and support services. We deliver consistent quality to enable our users to be more effective, productive, and forward thinking.”

– IT Team