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Mike Salmen

706 Second Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Direct: (612) 359-1660
MN LIC # 20037566

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Mike Salmen  
Managing Principal
Agency Leasing; Capital Markets; Occupier Solutions; Tenant Advisory: Office


Mike co-founded Equity Commercial Services, the predecessor to Transwestern in the Twin Cities, in 1996 and has been a partner since its inception. He focuses on new business development as well as the marketing of third-party brokerage accounts. Mike also provides occupier solutions to tenants on a local and national level. A top producer, Mike brings over 32 years of experience in the Twin Cities marketplace. Mike played an integral role in bringing Transwestern to the Twin Cities marketplace and building it into one of the region’s premier commercial real estate firms.


Mike has spent his entire real estate career in the Twin Cities marketplace. A business and community leader, Mike is viewed as one of the top real estate professionals in the area. During his career, Mike has been recognized as a top producer by a variety of organizations including the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors, which honored him as its “Broker of the Year” in 2006. 
In addition to his lengthy work experience, Mike has volunteered a great deal of his time to the real estate industry and beyond.  He is a past president of the Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.  He has spent countless hours volunteering his time to both organizations.  Outside of work, Mike co-founded the Golf Classic “fore” Diabetes Research, which has raised over $7 million dollars for research at the Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota. 


SIOR Robert P. Boblett Award 2018
REALTORS® Commercial Alliance National Award
Costar Power Broker, 2006-2017
Business Journal’s Top Office Brokers List
Twin Cities Business Five Star Award, Best in Client Satisfaction
Transwestern President’s Award, Midwest Region
National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, Minnesota Chapter, Board of Directors
Cretin-Derham Hall, Board of Directors
Minneapolis Downtown Council, Board of Directors
Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate (MNCAR), Member and Past President
Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS, Minnesota Chapter, Member and Past President
University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Real Estate Board of Advisors


B.A. in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
M.B.A. in Finance
Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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