I have been involved in the RE Business for more years than I’d like to admit and have worked with more RE entrepreneurs than I can remember. You my friend (Brian Watson) are a rare breed. While many have big aspirations and talk a good game only a select few really execute. For the last 2 years you have had a steely determination to acquire the portfolio and while the obstacles were many you never took your eye off the target nor allowed circumstance to diminish your steadfast belief that you would succeed. I truly hope that the perseverance and fortitude you have exhibited in pursuing the portfolio translates into the success you expect for your investors and yourself. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved. While the compensation is gratifying and appreciated, I hope you felt our involvement added value throughout the process.
Partner, Managing Director Capital Markets - Equity Practice
Brian Watson and the Northstar team offered their assistance at a critical time for Grease Monkey. With their real estate expertise, we were able to complete an acquisition that grew our company by 10%. They have since helped us on numerous occasions. We are blessed to have a partnership with a solid group of people who help us meet our business needs.
John B. Adams
Partner / Member
Grease Monkey International, Inc.
On the eve of our 100th Anniversary, Denver Christian Schools made the decision to move to the Southwest Denver Metro area. Northstar is walking this challenging path with us every step of the way, selling our three previous properties and procuring our beautiful, brand new campus. Brian Watson and his Northstar team have an obvious and deep heart for education, together with the needed understanding and expertise. They knew and found exactly what we our school community needed. What delightful educational partners! I cannot imagine doing this without them.
Todd K. Lanting
Denver Christian Schools
Northstar acquired a vacant 206,000 SF office building in our market. As an owner, they worked hard to lease-up the asset, and I was pleased to work with them as their broker representative. They understand the momentum of a deal, importance of brokers, and add value every step of the way. We look forward to representing Northstar on many exciting projects to come.
Mr. Robert Whittelsey
Senior Vice President
Our team has had a great experience working with Northstar Commercial Partners. Northstar purchased a multi-tenant office building in West Denver with significant vacancy and hired Cushman & Wakefield to reposition the asset. We have had great success with our leasing efforts, far outperforming the market due to Northstar's aggressive deal making mentality and responsiveness. We look forward to having future success with Northstar Commercial Partners.
We have completed numerous acquisitions and dispositions with Northstar Commercial Partners over the years and have closed every transaction we have pursued with them. Their professional approach, diligence and tenacity is refreshing and a key to their success!
Managing Director, Principal
The Northstar Commercial Partners' ownership and Property Management team does an excellent job of meeting our needs. We look forward to working with them for many years to come!
Mr. Ryan Harrington
I have been very pleased with the way that Northstar's team interfaced with ours. I know that everyone on our team was very pleased to have Northstar as the Landlord for our move. This was a very difficult timeframe in a building with some endemic challenges and eveyone was able to jointly fire on all cylinders and achieve our occupancy. I appreciate all of your team's efforts.
Mr. Dustin Whistler
Fuller Real Estate
Northstar Commercial Partners understands the value of entrepreneurship and start-up ventures. Given this, we are working with them to develop the Innovation Pavilion concept in key markets throughout the country.
Mr. Vic Ahmed
Founder / CEO
Brian Watson and Northstar Commercial Partners have provided the missing link of a real estate investment needed to execute a long standing dream of Afrikmall led by Dr. Kobina Lartson. Their belief in this vision has created a platform for incubating start-ups, spurring entrepreneurship and sharing rich African culture in Colorado and beyond.
Emmanuel K. Eliason
Chief Business Development Officer
Northstar has proven to be extremely creative and thorough in the re-positioning of our asset. We are excited to build a long term, successful investment relationship with them on properties throughout the U.S.
Mr. Steve Bigari
Stellar Restaurant Solutions
Our team has had the pleasure of working with Northstar Commercial Partners for several years. A truly knowledgeable and friendly company to work with on every transaction. We appreciate their expertise in the commercial market.
Assistant Vice President
Land Title Guarantee Company
We have worked with Northstar Commercial Partners on a number of office and retail projects. Northstar’s team combines vision, leadership, and market sensibilities that are driven by an end product devoted to quality. As architects, we appreciate owners and developers who strive to do things the right way, and who work well with the external project pressures of schedules, costs and jurisdictions that may not always be friendly.
Mr. Scott R. Higa, AIA, NCARB
We have worked with Northstar on several development projects. They quickly and effectively respond to offers and simply know how to make deals. Their efficiency and expertise makes working with them a true pleasure!
We enjoyed working with your entire team in the lease up and sale of The Greens at Inverness. Northstar’s ability to buy assets at an extremely low basis allows money to be invested into an asset during Northstar’s ownership in order to significantly upgrade the asset. Dovetailing our leasing expertise with the Northstar property and asset management teams led to our taking the asset from 70% leased to over 95% leased, and ultimately a successful sale.
Mr. Richard Egitto, CCIM
We appreciate Northstar's generous contribution of office space in the West Point Office Building. Your generosity allows us to use our resources to reach out to community members and advocate for a great public education for all students in Jefferson County. We are grateful that our limited resources can go directly to programs and we can operate with such low overhead. Thank you, once again, for this opportunity.
Jeffco Students First
Brian Watson and his team at Northstar Commercial Partners found a unique property for our new campus at a price significantly below market. The Northstar team has lead the charge in securing the new property and selling our existing campuses in a creative and professional manner. We truly appreciate the dedication and commitment that Northstar has brought to the table for Denver Christian Schools!
President of the Board of Trustees
Denver Christian Schools
We have worked with Northstar Commercial Partners on complex, sophisticated real estate transactions. They timely respond to the needs and demands of counsel and the parties to secure the completion of each transaction. Working with Northstar is consistently a delight in what are often stressful and anxious undertakings.
Rene M. Larkin
Fennemore Craig, P.C.
The team at Northstar Commercial Partners is responsive, ethical and professional. Northstar has a unique approach in that they not only acquire real estate assets, but they also invest capital in those assets. Their acquisition of and financial investment in properties creates jobs and strengthens the economy within the communities they serve.
From my perspective, Northstar Commercial Partners understands the importance of protecting their investments with an effective Insurance and Risk Management Program. It is a pleasure to work with the entire Northstar team.
Assistant Vice President
Cherry Creek Insurance Group
In our relationship as a real estate legal team to Northstar, we have found their innovation, professionalism, and thought-out projects the key to their success. The creative and entrepreneurial philosophy that Northstar displays in their work is inspiring and not something you see every day in our business. We look forward to being a long-term partner of Northstar.
Brian Watson is a dynamic leader, who has more influence in more circles than most of our established political leaders. Brian puts his considerable talents into every enterprise he takes on and his accomplishments are extensive and widespread. I admire Brian’s tremendous business acumen and his positive, optimistic outlook as he makes a solid impact in the business and public policy arena.
Leadership Program of the Rockies
George McElroy and Associates has been located Cherry Creek Place 1 for well over 20 years. Once Northstar Commercial purchased the property, we saw immediate changes. Northstar invested needed capital to improve the building, including common areas, the deli, and exterior landscaping. They also began aggressive leasing the vacant space. They were fantastic with our lease renewal process. They graciously assisted in the selection of paint and carpet with our lease renewal; our space has never looked better. We look forward to a very long term relationship with Northstar as our landlord.
Sr. Tax Consultant
George McElroy & Associates, Inc
Northstar did an excellent job of repositioning a vacant industrial building in our market. It was a pleasure to work with them, and we look forward to our next value-add deal together.
Mr. Jeff White
Mark V Commercial
Northstar came through for Teen Challenge Rocky Mountains in a big way, with their donation of office space to house our administrative office. Because of this generosity, TCRM saves much-needed funds from rent and utilities. We have space to host community meetings and training sessions. This allows us to focus funding even more on the population we serve. Northstar serves the Denver community by providing this office space enabling TCRM to enhance facilities capability.
Rev. Cary Coffey
I have known Brian Watson as a commercial real estate colleague for over 20 years.
I admired his tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit when he ventured off on his own to start Northstar Commercial Partners, leaving behind a successful brokerage career at Cushman & Wakefield. He seemed to have a keen eye for unrealized value, turning around overlooked assets.
But it was only recently that I had the good fortune to work directly with Brian as his leasing agent when he purchased Cherry Creek Place I. Brian hit the ground running making smart value-add improvements to the property literally in the first week after closing. As a result, interest in the property grew, and because of his responsive win/win deal-making approach, we have leased 47,000 sf in 6 months. Occupancy has climbed from 69% to 81%, and the property is well positioned to continue to appreciate through leasing success.
As a broker, it is a pleasure to work with an owner who “gets it”, treating tenants as valued clients not an adversarial party. I look forward to working with Brian for years to come.
Vector Property Services
"I have known Brian Watson since he was a college student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, when he was an intern for me in my real estate investment company. Brian was a quick study in the business and I was pleased to help fund his first commercial real estate investment when he left Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado, where he was a very successful commercial real estate broker. Since that first investment over 16 years ago, Brian and I have Invested in numerous properties together and have made great returns on almost every deal we did. I am not normally one to invest in partnerships, but Brian has the ability to come up with very unique and interesting properties that have substantial upside potential and Northstar has proven to be a great management company."
"I have known Brian Watson for many years, and have invested in multiple transactions with him. Even though I reside in Nashville, TN and the Northstar Team is in Denver, I feel extremely confident in their ability to perform, their honesty and transparency, and responsiveness. Their focus is always on putting their co-capital partners first. I look forward to growing my investment relationship with Northstar for many years to come!"
“The Northstar team provided our family business with an investment opportunity we think provides us with a lot of upside potential.”