Being the CEO and controlling owner of one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Twin Cities is not something that Jean Kane takes lightly. As an industry leader and integral member of the commercial real estate sector, Jean has a reputation for listening, providing straightforward counsel, and executing and delivering results. A key contributor to Welsh since 1987, Jean embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and core values upon which our company was built: integrity, excellence, teamwork, and innovation.

Through hands-on leadership, she actively oversees and influences the operations of the company’s real estate services, including; Brokerage and Real Estate Management (operating as Colliers International | Minneapolis-St. Paul), Construction, Architecture, Capital, and Facility Services. Jean leads the team in achieving the objectives of the company and our clients by fostering a results-orientated culture that encourages creative thinking. She has been vigilant about upholding the commitment to excellence that made our company what it is today.

Refusing to sit behind a desk all day, Jean actively engages with employees to determine company-wide initiatives that will increase Welsh and Colliers’ success for years to come. During her tenure, Welsh and Colliers has earned certification as a woman-owned business by WBENC, which helps clients fulfill their supplier diversity programs with targeted group businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises.  Under her leadership, Welsh thrives and has grown to a 300-employee firm, recognized as a top service provider throughout the Midwest. Jean has been instrumental in supporting company initiatives to create best-in-class services, not only for our clients, but also for the company’s employees and brokers. As a result, Welsh has been named a top workplace in the Twin Cities by both the Star Tribune and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Active in the business community for nearly 30 years, Jean’s local influence extends to a national level. She is a member of NAIOP’s distinguished National Executive Committee, has recently been honored in Midwest Real Estate News’ Hall of Fame, and has been named among the ‘200 Minnesotans You Should Know’ by Twin Cities Business Magazine. Jean currently serves on several executive committees for various local and national business associations and is committed to working with other corporate and community leaders to cultivate economic growth in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.

woman owned commercial real estate business

Jean Kane

CEO, Welsh & Colliers International | Minneapolis-St. Paul