Chad Thomas, CPM

Chad Thomas

Senior Vice President, Property Management



Chad began his career in Seattle, WA as a Technical Director in theater production. In working with production venues from the Seattle Reparatory Theater to Microsoft Corporation, he gained valuable experience in physical building systems, team operations, and visionary thinking.

In 2002, Chad took a position as a Property Manager with Upper Midwest Management Corporation (UMMC) in MN. Over the past 20 years, Chad led and grew the Commercial Property Division of UMMC, managing all aspects of the business and over 3.1 million square feet of commercial assets. With his ‘hands on’ approach to problem solving and the care of properties, Chad developed extensive expertise in building systems and property operations. Chad takes a full service approach to managing his portfolio by overseeing budgeting, accounting, tenant and capital improvements and leasing contracts. Chad has represented both international and domestic clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial assets, including the negotiation of financing and the development of strong banking relationships.

Chad maintains the highest personal commitment to his clients and manages their assets to maximize the value and productivity of each property. Chad works to remain closely engaged with building tenants and his team delivers personal, responsive service for an exceptional tenant experience.

At Forte Real Estate Partners, Chad directs a team of property managers, accountants, and facilities personnel to ensure excellence in service and value for each of Forte’s clients.


Bachelor of Arts, Theater/Technical Production, St. Olaf College, Northfield MN
Masters of Business Administration, Cameron University, Lawton OK
Licensed Real Estate Professional-Minnesota


  • CPM- Certified Property Manager, Institute of Real Estate Management
  • NAIOP- National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • MNCAR- Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors
  • TCN Worldwide
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce


"The healthcare advisory team has been a vital part of Children’s real estate strategy and development work for many years. Steve lives and breathes our mission with us and it is evident in his commitment to our organization. We are very thankful for his industry insight and extensive experience. He is a true pioneer in the healthcare real estate advisory realm!"

– Jim Leste, Childrens Minnesota

"Focus Financial has partnered with this team because of their market knowledge and strong industry relationships. We have worked together on numerous real estate transactions in various sub-markets over the last 15 years. We have tremendous confidence that the team will deliver professional real estate advice."

– John Dritz, Focus Financial Network, Inc.


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