Brian Watson is the Founder and CEO of the privately held commercial real estate investment organization, Northstar Commercial Partners.
Brian Watson is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the privately held commercial real estate investment organization, Northstar Commercial Partners.
In this capacity, he serves to manage the firm’s overall business, investment strategy, and new initiatives, as well as sitting on the investment committee of all underlying funds, and is involved in all major investment decisions. Since founding the firm in 2000, Brian has positioned Northstar as a leading multi-faceted vertically integrated real estate company. Northstar’s line of business, value-add real estate focused on job creation, is currently one of the premier acquirers of vacant and/or value-add properties in markets throughout the United States. Northstar focuses on buying these assets from lenders, corporations, and other owners, then improving and placing them back into productivity in order to create jobs and opportunities in their local communities and in the process delivering significant returns to its investors. To date, Brian has been involved in the acquisition of over 130 assets as founder and CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners during the company’s 18 year history. The company currently has interests in 48 assets in 16 States throughout America, with a potential market value approaching $1 billion USD.
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Brian began his career at Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado, Inc. (C&W), an international commercial real- estate firm. During his seven-year tenure at this firm, he had the distinction of being the youngest broker in company history to qualify for a Directorship title, which was a direct result of his consistent high production and comprehensive understanding of commercial real estate.
Though Brian performed tenant representation, he primarily focused on landlord representation for the majority of his career at C&W. He represented clients such as Lend Lease Real Estate, CarrAmerica Realty LP, P&O Investments/Denver Technological Center, Mission Viejo Companies, Shea Properties, Terrabrook, ERE/Yarmouth and acted as agent for two major Colorado office parks, Highlands Ranch and Stonegate. He also received C&W's prestigious Service Excellence Award for his superior ability to handle complex, high value transactions. Mr. Watson's extensive education and experience in the real estate industry has been instrumental to the success of Northstar Commercial Partners.
Brian is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder – BS with an emphasis in Real Estate. He has been married to his wife Patricia Watson, a practicing lawyer and has three children. Brian and Patricia live in Denver, Colorado. Brian has lived in the State since 1981.
The business model of Northstar is to create opportunity through work. By restoring dysfunctional real estate, Brian felt that he serves both his investors and the community at large by creating jobs and adding value. Brian has a deep sense of faith that compels him to find the good in people and leave the world a better place than how he was born into it. For this reason, he contributes a portion of his fees and interests from his business endeavors and donates them to charitable projects in his community and abroad. Brian’s initiatives stretch throughout the globe with a focus on bridging the gap between people of different faiths and cultures.
Marcus & Millichap | Advisory Council Member
Opportunity Coalition | Co-Founder and CEO
Leadership Program of the Rockies | Board Member
Colorado Commission on Family Medicine for the 6th Congressional District | Board Member appointed by the Governor of Colorado
ExecConnect (advocating for stronger education in schools, helping to revitalize neighborhoods through the Swansea Neighborhood initiative, and enhancing the community with projects such as Bike Share) | Member
Energy and Environment Council and the Governmental Affairs Council | Chairman’s Roundtable Member
Colorado Republican Party | State Chairman of the Finance Committee
Council for Opportunity International | Board of Governors; President’s Council
International Board of Directors for Mercy Ships | Executive Committee Member
Brokers Benefiting Kids | President and Board Member
Citywide Banks | Board Member
Alliance for Choice in Education | Chairman of the Advisory Board
Save our Youth | Chairman of the Board of Directors and youth mentor