As senior vice president and market leader, Brandon is responsible for directing the development and investment activities of all commercial properties, including office, industrial, and mixed-use in the Midwest region.
Brandon joined United Properties in 2004 as a retail broker. In 2006, he was hired by the commercial development group to focus on retail and mixed-use properties. From 2006 to 2013, his notable projects include the historic Minneapolis Ford Center office renovation/conversion, Nicollet Mall Nieman Marcus office conversion, the Penn & American mixed-use redevelopment in Bloomington, MN, Bielenberg Gardens shopping center in Woodbury, MN, and headquarters projects for Be the Match and CH Robinson.
Since 2014, Brandon has developed over 4 million square feet of industrial space in the Twin Cities, including the state’s most environmentally sustainable industrial building—the LEED Silver Midway Stadium Business Center. During this time, he also completed headquarters projects for Wurth Adams, Nilfisk-Advance, Perbix Machines (now Tesla), JunoPacific, and Marmon Holdings. He acquired the Days Hotel in partnership with the University of Minnesota, with led to the formation of a public-private partnership with the University to master plan the East Gateway campus into a future healthcare innovation district. Brandon is currently leading the planning of one of Minneapolis’ largest public-private projects, the 48-acre riverfront redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal, which will include a 20-acre park, affordable housing, an amphitheater, and advanced manufacturing space.
Prior to United Properties, Brandon worked in the A&R Department for Def Jam Records in Hollywood, CA.
Professional and Community Involvement
Brandon’s industry achievements include the 2020 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2019 NAIOP Minnesota President, 2014‐2017 NAIOP Minnesota Public Policy Chair, past chair of the Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative, and annual volunteering for ULI’s Urban Plan program—teaching high school kids about the complexities and tradeoffs in real estate redevelopment.
Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in entrepreneurial studies and finance, with a minor in marketing from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management.