Member Profile: Tanya Bell, Wellington Management, Inc.

June 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

Tanya BellPersonal Summary
I was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming, so I am a westerner at heart.  I came to Minnesota by way of Nebraska and Colorado and graduated from Marshall Senior High in Marshall, Minn.  I graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Economics.  I was the Cargill endowed intern and worked in the Economic Analysis group at the mansion on Lake Minnetonka. I survived a grueling 10+ interviews for one of two spots as Data Bank Coordinator at then Coldwell Banker. In the 16 years at CB I played several roles; I moved to the downtown Minneapolis office when it was opened and then back to Bloomington.  I worked through the Koll merger and became managing director and sales manager.  I was in the Top Five several times, awarded the Charter Award and Bob Jackson Award.

In 1999 I joined Wellington Management first as Director of Acquisitions and Development then as a Vice President. I launched the firm’s residential real estate practice, beginning in 2002 with the award-winning Emerald Gardens, a 212-unit condo development on the border of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  My projects have ranged from the complete renovation of the Drake Marble Building into award winning office space for Northwest Area Foundation and Drake Bank to River Bend Business Center, a 170,000 s.f. business park located along the Mississippi River in St. Paul.  In all, I led our group in over $175M in new construction and re-development and over $115M in acquisitions of real estate assets.Emerald Gardens-Drake Marble-River Bend Business Center

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Beginning January 1st of this year I transitioned from Wellington Management to pursue opportunities to consult with users and parties facing challenges or opportunities in real estate, including Wellington Management.  I also get to spend more time on my personal interests in Habitat for Humanity/affordable housing and the Friends of the St. Paul Library.

My work day has changed a bit in my transition into a consultant.  I remain committed to three projects for Wellington Management; 2700 University Avenue, River Bend Business Center and Tartan Crossing.  I have begun to work on assignments helping one non-profit organization to assess its real estate, one to re-purpose or sell an asset and another to search for a new corporate headquarters.  I am thinking of changing my title to “instigator” and remain actively interested in the Midway area along the Central Corridor.

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I really enjoy time with my three daughters; two still at home and seniors in high school next year.  We enjoy seeing live music and travel.   I am trying to plan for the coming transition and will likely pour myself into my favorite commitments to The Friends of the St. Paul Library (where I currently serve as chair) and the Minnesota Book Awards and Opus and Olives (have chaired in the past).  I also just completed six years on the Habitat board where I served as co-chair of the Development Committee and the Facilities Task Force.  Habitat has just begun construction on its new headquarters which was the charge of the Facilities Committee.

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