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Member Profile: Mindy Rietz, CBRE

By Larissa Reid, Frauenshuh HealthCare Real Estate Solutions

Mindy Rietz headshotOn a blustery, February morning, I sat down with Mindy Rietz, associate at CBRE and vice chair of NAIOP Minnesota’s Developing Leaders Committee.  If you don’t know Mindy, she’s fast-paced, bright, curious, and what I would call spunky.  She’s a mover and shaker with a can-do attitude.

Question: Mindy, where are you from?

Mindy: I’m a transplant. I grew up in Iowa and moved to Minneapolis about seven years ago.

Q: So, did you grow up on a farm?

M: No, (she laughs) everyone asks me that.  I grew up in Davenport, where Joe Mauer played rookie ball for the Quad City River Bandits.

Q: Were you involved in any activities growing up?

M: I was really active in high school.  I played four sports: volleyball, soccer, track and competitive cheerleading. Balancing schoolwork and athletics taught me time management skills.

Q: Tell me about your role as the vice chair of the Developing Leaders (DL) Committee.

Real Estate Recess

M: Working in conjunction with the current chair Shawn Smith, I help coordinate DL activities and networking events, run the monthly meeting and develop the overarching strategy for the committee. The DL committee has sub-committees that we also oversee: the Mentorship Program, the DL Educational Mini-Series and my personal favorite, Real Estate Recess.

Q:  Why did you decide to get involved with NAIOP?

M: In the past, I’ve been involved in many other great industry organizations but I gravitated to NAIOP.  NAIOP is all about building connections and networking.  I’ve been able to learn from some of the best. It’s an incredibly diverse group of people working in all facets of real estate.   What I find to be so valuable about the DL group is that it functions as a peer-mentorship group of like-minded individuals.  We are all in similar spots in our careers, growing together in our fields and wanting to help each other succeed.

Mindy - CEC Camp Fire GalaQ: What is your role at CBRE?

M: I’m currently working in the Investment Properties Group as an associate, representing private clients in the disposition and acquisition of office, industrial and retail properties. My job is challenging, fun, rewarding and every day is different.  Starting out in accounting and brokerage, I understand how each piece of the process fits together, which allows me to better service my clients.

Q: Mentorship is a central pillar to the DL Committee.  Do you have a mentor?

M: I have several mentors. Tom Holtz has been a great friend and mentor for the last four years. He has taught me a lot over the years, not just about real estate, but relationships and family as well. Tom went to the University of Minnesota and I went to the University of Iowa. This rivalry has been a fun way for us to connect whenever the teams are playing each other. Tom will say, “Hey, the Gophers are going to beat those Hawkeyes, looks like lunch is on you this time.” Mark Reiling, Tanya Bell, Marcia Lockman and my business partners, Jim Leary and Steve Lysen, are also mentors of mine.

Q: What’s next for Mindy?  You are set to chair the DL Committee next year but I’m sure you have more coming around the bend.

M: In the fall, I’m testing for my CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member).  I also volunteer with NAIOP’s Community Enhancement Committee as well as the CCIM Programs Committee.

March 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Recap | Developing Leaders Mentor Program Kick-Off Event

Developing Leaders 2013 Mentor Program Kick-off EventThe NAIOP Developing Leaders 2013 Mentor Program is off to another good start with approximately 45 of the 58 participants in the program attending the kick-off event on February 7th at Mozza Mia.  Amy Ciani opened the evening with a lively address to everyone in attendance, outlining expectations and planned events throughout the year including multiple roundtable discussions, joint attendance at NAIOP breakfast program events, and a year-end appreciation party. The mentor program has been incredibly successful matching up prominent figures from many of the major industry players in town with NAIOP’s Developing Leaders. Based on the enthusiasm shown at the kick-off event, the 2013 program will definitely continue to build on past successes.

The mentor program subcommittee consists of Amy Ciani, Boston Weir, and Mike Fitzpatrick.  Please contact Mike, Amy, or Boston if you have any questions or would like to get more involved.

February 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

NAIOP Minnesota Launching its 2013 Developing Leaders Mentor Program

NAIOP Developing LeadersToday is the kick-off event for the Developing Leaders Mentor Program at Mozza Mia at 50th and France in Edina.  58 NAIOP members will participate in this year’s program. Other events this year will include multiple round table discussions throughout the year, joint attendance at NAIOP breakfast program events, and a year-end appreciation party.

The mentor program has been incredibly successful in the past.  It matches up leaders from many of the major industry players in town with members of the NAIOP Minnesota Developing Leaders committee.  The Developing Leaders that participate in this program are given the unique opportunity to have a one-on-one relationship with real estate executives, developers, and many other individuals that provide them with invaluable knowledge and experience.  It is open to all Developing Leaders and is well worth the nominal fee.

February 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

Know Your Committees: Developing Leaders

Developing Leaders Dinner With a WinnerIn an attempt to increase participation and knowledge of NAIOP Minnesota’s committees, the Communications Committee is starting a series called Know Your Committees.  Our inaugural committee spotlight features the Developing Leaders Committee.

What: The Developing Leaders Committee is a committee designed for young professionals aged 35 and younger.

Where/When: The committee currently meets over lunch on the second Wednesday of the month at the NAIOP Minnesota Office (4248 Park Glen Road in St. Louis Park), but the location may change.  Contact Ben Bastian (see below) for updated information.

Why: The Developing Leaders Committee provides an excellent chance for young professionals to become involved and undertake leadership roles in NAIOP.  The committee programs and activities provide its members access to decision makers and leaders of many of the Twin Cities’ leading real estate companies, access that would normally be unavailable to most young professionals.  Committee members also have the opportunity to participate in the mentorship program, through which many of the industry’s key players are teamed up with Developing Leaders to answer questions that the mentee may have, provide leadership and assistance, and potentially more. (more…)

January 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Recap | Rookies & Rock Stars

SONY DSCThe Developing Leaders Committee revamped their premier event for 2012, and the new event, Rookies & Rock Stars, was held in early November at The Guthrie’s Endless Bridge with great success.  R&R was an upscale networking event featuring past Dinner with a Winner icons and current NAIOP Minnesota board members as “Rock Stars” and Developing Leaders as “Rookies.” Over 20 Rock Stars attended, providing the 40 DLs in attendance with unmatched networking possibilities. The Developing Leaders Committee is very excited about the turnout and excellent feedback received from attendees. The event raised over $1,000 for our chapter’s charity partner, Catalyst Community Partners.

To learn more about the Developing Leaders, please contact Ben Bastian at (612) 336-4233 or
Thank You Rock Stars:SONY DSC
Stu Ackerberg – The Ackerberg Group
Mary Bujold – Maxfield Research
Rick Collins – Ryan Companies
Arne Cook – Anderson – KM Builders
Charlie Ferrell – Faegre Baker Daniels
Rich Forschler – Faegre Baker Daniels
Jim Freytag – CBRE
Casey Hankinson – Ryan Companies
Dave Jellison – Liberty Property Trust
Terry Kingston – Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq
David Kordonowy – Steiner Development, Inc.
Pat Mascia – Duke Realty
Dave Menke – The Opus Group
Clint Miller – Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq
Pat Minea – NorthMarq Capital
Tim Murnane – The Opus Group
Ed Padilla – NorthMarq Capital
Dennis Panzer – Cassidy Turley
Whit Peyton – CBRE
Kaye Rakow – NAIOP Minnesota
Mary Ranum – Fredrikson & Byron
Todd Rapp – Himle Rapp & Company
Scott Tankenoff – Hillcrest Development

December 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

Rookies & Rock Stars | November 7

Rookies & Rock Stars

A Cocktail Party and Networking Event Between NAIOP Developing Leaders and  Industry Experts.

WHO: Rookies: NAIOP Developing Leaders
               Rock Stars: NAIOP Board Members & Past Dinner with a Winner Icons

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Guthrie Theater Endless Bridge, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis

COST: Rookies = $25 (which will be donated to Catalyst)
                Rock Stars = $0

RSVP: Register online at or call 952-928-4647.

Space is limited and only a few spots remain – sign up today!

October 23, 2012 at 11:12 am

Member Profile: Chris Weirens

Chris grew up in Cottage Grove, Minnesota and graduated from Park High School in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004 majoring in Urban Studies. During his last year of study he interned with the City of Newport, Minnesota and after graduating was hired on full time as the Zoning and Planning Official. (more…)

February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

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