Michael L. Howard

Vice President

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Michael Howard manages commercial leasing and sales transactions for his clients.  He represents both local and national companies with their real estate needs for Northeast Ohio and across the country.

In addition to participating in numerous investment sales, he collaborates with his clients in formulating transaction management strategies and processes to help align a company’s portfolio of properties with their business strategy while driving down costs. He has been involved in sale leasebacks and the implementation and origination of corporate site searches, acquisitions, and dispositions for companies such as Ridge Tool, General Motors, Sherwin-Williams, UPS, Federal Mogul, Bohler Uddeholm, Rockwell International, Sears Logistics, CEVA Logistics and Ford Motor.

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • Ohio Association of Realtors, Member
  • Florida Association of Realtors, Member
  • National Association of Realtors, Member
  • City of Cleveland’s Far West Design Review Committee, Member
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), former Member
  • Cudell Community Development Corporation, former Board Member
  • Boy Scouts of America’s Two Rivers District, former Membership Chairman
  • Notary Public


  • Four-time recipient of the Cleveland Tradition of Excellence Award
  • Top Industrial Producer for 2004 in the Cleveland Office
  • NAIOP Industrial Broker of the Year in 1992


  • University of Akron, Bachelor of Science - Finance; graduated cum laude
  • CCIM 101, 102, 104 courses completed

Significant Assignments

  • AAA Self Storage – 2 Properties, VA | $14,500,000
  • McGraw Hill, Ashland, OH | 602,877 SF
  • Ridge Tool, Cambridge, OH | 128,537 SF
  • Willow Grove Self Storage, Willlow Grove, PA | $8,500,000
  • CalSTRS Industrial Portfolio – 16 Properties | 1,587,952 SF
  • Ford Motor Company Plant, Lorain, OH | 2,105,702 SF
  • Sherwin Willliams Research Ctr, Warrensville Hts, OH | 475,000 SF
  • Storage Post Portfolio – 11 Properties, NJ, NY | $171,600,000
  • Cold Metal Products, Youngstown, OH | 425,219 SF
  • Cotton Club Bottling, Cuyahoga Hts., OH | 296,554 SF


  • Arrow Electronics
  • CEVA
  • Clopay
  • Duke Realty
  • Ford Motor
  • Greif Brothers
  • Mueller Tire
  • Rockwell International
  • Shaw Carpet
  • Siemens
  • Bohler Uddeholm
  • Clarion Partners
  • First Industrial Realty
  • GE Capital
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Keefe Supply
  • NBC
  • PNC Bank
  • Sears Logistics
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Travel Centers of America
  • U-Store-It


“Mike Howard, and CBRE Brokerage Services, were an absolute pleasure to work with on a recent real estate transaction my client closed in November 2018, in the City of Cleveland. My Client, had utilized several other brokerage services in the Cleveland area, and they produced little-to-no results, and offered little in the way of solutions. Once my Client engaged Mike, and his team, the question rapidly became what deal should we take? Mike’s contacts, self initiative, and desire to find the right party for my Client led to an excellent conclusion. Mike was available at all hours via phone, email, or in person, and kept my Client informed of any activity that was occurring on the listed properties. He provided well-thought out solutions to issues, and was critical in helping put together a solid deal that led to a solid result. His knowledge of the market, professionalism, and demeanor are invaluable tools that serve his clients well. I would recommend Mike and CBRE to any Client without hesitation.”

- Eric S. Zufelt, Esq.

“In May of 2015, Mr. Howard took over the listing of several multi-tenant industrial buildings we own in the Warrensville Heights, Ohio area. The condition of the properties has deteriorated over the years and there is a great amount of competition in the area from newer and more modern properties. Within a short amount of time, Mr. Howard was able to improve our occupancy rate to 100%, as well as increase our rental rate and the quality of tenant. He was also able to give some great advice regarding the aesthetics of the property by having us implement some low cost, high impact improvements. He is also extremely professional and a tremendous wealth of knowledge regarding the market in the Greater Cleveland Area. I would highly recommend Mr. Howard for your commercial real estate needs.”

- Timothy Mahon
Operations, Michael Downing Realty, LTD

“Working with Michael was great. He was always responsive and clearly understood what we wanted. Even though there was very little inventory that fit our needs, he was determined to find us the right space. We couldn't have made this move without him!"

- Jennifer Ilgauskas and Nicolas Young, D.O.

"Michael, I wanted to formally thank you for your assistance in helping me find the perfect office space!!! Prior to us connecting, my office move was a very stressful and overwhelming thought! In working with you, however, you made sure to have a clear understanding of type of space I was looking for and provided me with a number of different options to explore. In the end I love the space that we’ve chosen, and I am more than satisfied with your level of professionalism and expertise! You come highly recommended from team B.I.G.!”

- Cheryl Perez
President, Benefit Innovations Group (BIG)

"Mike Howard was, in a relatively short period of time, able to generate interest in the industrial properties located in Plymouth, OH from a couple of potential owner/users, causing the current tenant to step up and purchase the property----and at an attractive price. Great result,  appreciate getting Mike on board.  He did a great job and was a pleasure to work with"

- Michael A. Vallance
Brian M. Seymour
Capital Crossing Servicing Company, LLC