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Name: Salmen, Michael

Company: Transwestern

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Street Address:
706 2nd Ave S, Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

Primary Phone: (612) 359-1660

Secondary/Cell Phone: (612) 840-1978

Fax: (612) 343-4201

Specialty: Industrial, Office, Land, Investment

Mike co-founded Equity Commercial Services, the predecessor to Transwestern in the Twin Cities, in 1996 and has been a partner since its inception. He focuses on new business development as well as the marketing of third-party brokerage accounts. Mike also provides tenant advisory services on a local and national level. A top producer, Mike brings over 22 years of experience in the Twin Cities marketplace. Mike played an integral part in bringing Transwestern to the Twin Cities marketplace and building it into one of the premier commercial real estate firms.

Mike has spent his entire real estate career in the Twin Cities marketplace. A business and community leader, Mike is viewed as one of the top office brokers in the area. During his career, Mike has been recognized as a top producer by a variety of organizations including the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors, who honored Mike as its “Broker of the Year” in 2006.

In addition to his lengthy work experience, Mike has volunteered a great deal of his time to the real estate industry and beyond. He is a past president of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors and has spent countless hours volunteering his time to this organization. Outside of work, Mike co-founded and is chairman of the Golf Classic “fore” Diabetes Research, which has raised nearly $4 million dollars for research at the Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota.

MNCAR Broker of the Year
REALTORS® Commercial Alliance National Award
Costar Power Broker
Business Journal’s Top Office Brokers List
Twin Cities Business Five Star Award, Best in Client Satisfaction

Mike is a member of the following organizations:
Transwestern, Board of Directors
Minnesota Commercial Association of REALTORS (MNCAR), Member and Past President
MNCAR Exchange, Board of Directors
Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS (SIOR), Member
National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Member
University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Real Estate Board of Advisors
Golf Classic “Fore” Diabetes Research, Co-Founder and Chairman
University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Member
Town and Country Club, Board of Directors

B.A. in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

M.B.A. in Finance
Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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