Jean Kane

Jean Kane
Chief Executive Officer
Welsh Companies

Being the CEO of one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Twin Cities is not something I take lightly. As an industry leader and integral member of the commercial real estate sector, I have a reputation for listening, providing straightforward counsel and executing and delivering results. I have been a key contributor to the company since 1987 and strive to embody the entrepreneurial spirit and core values upon which our firm was built: integrity, excellence, teamwork, and innovation.

Through hands-on leadership, I actively lead the strategy of the company’s real estate services, including; Brokerage, Real Estate Management, Project Management, Architecture and Engineering & Property Services. I am responsible for collaborating with a high performance management team to achieve the objectives of the company and our clients by fostering a results-orientated culture that encourages creative thinking. I have been vigilant about upholding the commitment to excellence that made our company what it is today.

I refuse to sit behind a desk all day, so I am always actively engaged with employees to determine company-wide initiatives that will increase Colliers’ success for years to come. Under my leadership, Colliers Minneapolis/St. Paul has grown to 240 professionals and is recognized as a top commercial real estate provider throughout the Midwest. I have been instrumental in supporting company initiatives to create best-in-class solutions, not only for clients, but also for the company’s employees and brokers. As a result, Colliers Minneapolis/St. Paul has been named a top workplace in the Twin Cities by both the Star Tribune and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

I have been active in the business community for over 30 years and my local influence extends to a national level as well. I have served as a member of NAIOP’s distinguished National Executive Committee and served as National Chairman in 2014 In 2017. I have been recognized as one of The MN Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO’s, National Real Estate Investor’s Top 11 Women CRE Executives and I recieved the National NAIOP Outstanding Service Award in 2017. I currently serve on several executive committees for various local and national business associations and I am committed to working with other corporate and community leaders to cultivate economic growth in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. I have been a featured speaker and panelist at events across the country, sharing my insights and unique perspective on the industry with other professionals.