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Bentley Smith is a Senior Vice President with CBRE’s Institutional Properties team. Located in Minneapolis, MN, he has more than 10 years of industrial sales and leasing experience within the commercial real estate profession. Bentley specializes in representing institutional, private, and corporate clients in the acquisition, disposition and sourcing the equity capital stack in industrial real estate transactions. Bentley began his career with CBRE in 2018 and has been involved in more than 182 transactions, valued at over $6.7 billion and totaling over 64 MSF.

Bentley is a member of CBRE National Partners, a collaborative national partnership formed in 2010 that focuses exclusively on industrial and logistics capital markets. Located in twelve key markets, the 95 investment sales and support professionals connect local market expertise to a national capital markets perspective. Enhanced by a fully integrated debt platform, National Partners provides strategic advisory guidance to maximize proceeds and enhance the surety of execution for national, regional and local clients. In 2022, the team successfully completed transactions totaling 167 million sq. ft. with an aggregate value of $22.3 billion. Please visit our website at The North Central NP professionals consist of six capital markets partners, nine dedicated support team members, and four financial analysts covering the Midwest markets of Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin.

Prior to joining the Institutional Properties team at CBRE, Bentley was an analyst for HFF in Austin, Texas where he underwrote and helped facilitate the sale of over $1.3 billion worth of investment properties in the Austin and San Antonio markets. Prior to his work at HFF, Bentley was a Senior Associate for Colliers International in Austin, Texas focused on industrial and logistics leasing in Austin, Texas.


  • University of St. Thomas - Bachelor of Arts; Business Marketing
  • Mr. Smith currently holds a real estate license in Minnesota

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Member of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties)
  • Member of MNCAR (Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate)
  • Finance & Commerce – 2020 Rising Young Professional
  • CBRE Minneapolis Rookie of the Year - 2019
  • Associate of the Year – Colliers International, Austin, TX - 2015 - 2016

Significant Transactions

  • SuperValu / Wholesale Distribution Portfolio Sale Leaseback
    5,953,152 SF
    $505 million
  • United Properties Development Platform JV
    3,689,745 SF
    $382 million
  • Prologis / Core Logistics Portfolio
    2,534,813 SF
    $246.5 million
  • United Properties / Industrial Development Platform
    2,018,891 SF
    $226.6 million
  • Scannell / Core Logistics Portfolio
    1,360,226 SF
    $216.2 million
  • Onward Investors JV Recap / Minneapolis Portfolio
    1,389,949 SF
    $143 million
  • Capital Partners Development JV
    795,250 SF
    $101.5 million
  • Hyde Development / 76 Commerce Center 4
    352,240 SF
    $88.5 million
  • First Industrial / Best Buy Distribution Center
    580,733 SF
    $54 million

Clients Represented

  • AEW Capital Management
  • Altus Properties
  • Artis REIT
  • Biynah Industrial Partners
  • Blackstone / Link
  • Capital Partners
  • CBRE Global Investors
  • CSM Corporation
  • DRA Advisors
  • Eagle Ridge Partners
  • First Industrial Realty Trust
  • Founders Properties
  • Interstate Development
  • Investcorp
  • Meritex Enterprises
  • New York Life
  • Onward Investors
  • Opus Development
  • PCCP
  • Principal Real Estate Investors
  • Prologis
  • Ryan Cos.
  • Scannell Properties
  • Seefreid Properties
  • TA Associates Realty
  • The Travelers Companies
  • Tryperion Partners
  • United Properties