John’s career began as an accountant for ConAgra in Omaha, NE. After several years of honing his accounting skills, he moved to the Twin Cities and joined the staff of a community development corporation where he leased and managed commercial property and made business loans for working capital and real estate projects.
In 1994, John joined the Saint Paul Port Authority as Vice President of Redevelopment. He provided clients with real estate services such as buy vs. lease decisions, site searches, lease and sale negotiations, and strategic real estate planning for industrial companies. He led the redevelopment of three industrial business parks totaling over 75 acres and approximately $50 million in project costs.
For nearly 15 years, John has provided strategic real estate solutions to industrial companies as Vice President with Paramount Real Estate. His unique combination of accounting and public sector approvals and processes has helped him add value to purchase, lease, and sale transactions for manufacturing and distribution clients. Today, John continues to provide real estate solutions to industrial clients with Forte Real Estate Partners’ Advisory Division. Forte was formed as result of a merger between Paramount Real Estate and Excelsior Advisory in 2021.
John is a licensed real estate broker and has an accounting degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
- CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member
- MNCAR – Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors
- National Development Council – Certified Economic Development Finance Professional
- NAIOP – National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
“The Forte Real Estate Partners industrial team-Phil Simonet, Joe Schultz, Jack Buttenhoff, and John Young was our trusted partner throughout the sale of our property, which resulted in an outstanding experience. Selling real estate during a pandemic is not ideal. The Forte Team made it seem like business as usual.”
– Owner, Machine Tool Supply Co.
"Forte found us a great location with the type of image and rent we wanted and did a great job negotiating the lease for us. We would hire them again and recommend others hire them too!"
– Art Miller, Owner
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