Brian Watson is the Founder and CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners (“Northstar”). In this capacity he manages the firm’s overall business, new initiatives, investment strategies and all major investment decisions, as well as sits on the investment committee of all investment activities.
Since founding the firm in 2000, Brian has positioned Northstar as a leading, multi-faceted and vertically integrated real estate company. Northstar’s line of business, which is 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 attractive returns to its investors.
Brian began his career at Cushman & Wakefield (“C&W”), an international commercial real estate firm. During his seven-year tenure at this firm, he focused on both landlord and tenant representation assignments throughout America. Brian received several acknowledgements while at the firm, including being the youngest broker at the time to secure a Directorship title for his production, and 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 the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Real Estate. Brian has lived in Colorado since 1981 and grew up in Olathe on the stunning Western Slope of Colorado, known for its agriculture and ranching.
The business model of Northstar focuses on having a positive impact on its investors, tenants, vendors, local community, and world at large by creating jobs and opportunity for thousands of people through profitable commercial real estate investments. Brian has a deep sense of faith that compels him to find the good in people and leave the world a better place than it was when 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 backgrounds, faiths, belief systems, and cultures.