Minneapolis, MN, March 31, 2017
Jean Kane, CEO of Welsh and Colliers International | Minneapolis-St. Paul, has been named one of Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s 2017 Most Admired CEOs. The award seeks nominations of metro-area leaders from organizations who have a track record of business success. The nominations aren’t judged solely on professional accomplishments, but also considers individuals who make outstanding contributions to their industry and the Minneapolis-St. Paul community. Over 70 nominations were submitted to the second annual Most Admired CEOs award project.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized as one of the Most Admired CEO’s by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal,” says Kane. “I am privileged and humbled to be named alongside so many influential leaders in our business community.”

Leading from a unique viewpoint, Jean’s reputation for listening, providing straightforward counsel and results-driven execution has been the foundation for her professional success in positioning the Twin Cities office of Welsh & Colliers International as a top commercial real estate service provider in the Midwest. She has a proven track record of developing and executing effective business strategies and building consensus through collaboration.

Kane began her career in 1987 as a property manager. Her hard work and dedication was rewarded as she moved into other divisions, gaining expertise in asset management, financing and acquisitions and dispositions. She was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and in 2012 was named Chief Executive Officer.

Instrumental in supporting initiatives to create best-in-class services, not only for clients, but also for employees and the greater good of the community, Jean embodies an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages integrity, teamwork, creativity and innovation. Her 30-year history in the industry is a testament to the spirit and core values upon which influencers are built.

“Jean Kane is an incredible role model in the commercial real estate industry, and the overall Twin Cities business community. She’s made outstanding contributions to Welsh and Colliers, the industry and the community and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. Not only is she an inspiration to me personally, but she’s an inspiration to every woman who’s ever had dreams of becoming a leader. She’s a trailblazer, an innovator and has an empowering energy about her. I’m proud to call her my colleague and friend,” says Christine Fruechte, CEO, Colle+McVoy

Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s class of the 2017 Most Admired CEO includes Dr. Jeffrey Chell, Be The Match, Andrew Duff, Piper Jaffray Cos, Chad Dunkley, New Horizon Academy, MayoKao, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Vick Holt, Proto Labs Inc., Hoyt Hsiao, Shaw-Lundquist Associates Inc, Jean Kane, Welsh and Colliers International Minneapolis-St.Paul, Timothy Tucker, Augustana Care, Kathy Tunheim, Tunheim, and Steve Wellington, Wellington Management Inc. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Nicollet Island Pavilion.